Re: Jewish Migration #belarus #poland #ukraine

Mark Jacobson

Hi Yefim,

I think what you are working with is not a Revision List, which recorded family units with males and females of all ages often including deceased individuals, registered legally in a town and tracked over time. From your description it appears to be the 1874-75 military conscription census that only recorded males and recorded people where they actually lived, not where they were registered (although many I have found in the Ukraine include town of registration so you can backtrack to the earlier Revision Lists). This was done for the revised conscription law that reduced time of service but increased the pool of those who had to serve. You are correct that these census, more than Revision Lists which are static and show people in the same town over decades even though they physically left long before or never actually lived there, show the migration patterns clearly. If you find someone in the 1897 Census or various census from the 1880s or 1890s you will see other movement. In the Ukraine Jews were registered in 1882 in villages as part of a plan to remove Jews from small towns and move them to cities, that census shows a lot of movement because many are in different towns than 1875 and these were revised with red pen when people left over the next 10 years.

Mark Jacobson
Past President, JGSPBCI
Gesher Galicia Board member
JRI-Poland Town Leader Boryslaw and Drohobycz
Boca Raton, FL

DOGULOV/DOVGALEVSKY - Tripolye/Vasilkov/Kiev Ukraine;
COHEN/KANA/KAHAN - Tripolye, Ukraine;
JACOBSON - Polotsk/Lepel, Belarus; KOBLENTZ - Polotsk, Belarus;
KOPPEL - Stebnik/Drohobycz, Galicia;
JACOBI - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia; ROTHLEIN - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia;
TUCHFELD - Rzeszow/Stryj/Lvov, Galicia; GOLDSTEIN - Ranizow, Galicia

On Monday, December 16, 2019, 10:38:25 AM EST, Yefim Kogan via Groups.Jewishgen.Org <> wrote:

Hello everybody,

I want to share with you an interesting observation when working on a set of Bessarabia Revision List records.  Actually it is a Alphabetical Men's list of 1874 for a town of Khotin, Bessarabia.  Now this town is in Chernovits oblast of Ukraine.

This particular list is for people who lived in Khotin.  Usually Revision lists are for people who are registered in a particular place (society).  There is a big difference between these two lists.

The list I worked on shows how the Jews were migrating... I told you that people lived in Khotin, Bessarabia,  but about 30% were registered in other places in Bessarabia, and many other gubernias of Russian Empire.

The most common places families were registered were Brichany, Lipkany and Ataki in Bessarabia, Zhvanets, Lyantskorun, Orinin, Kamenets in Kamenets uezd of Podolia, also in many other places in Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Grodno, Kherson gubernias as well as in Lomza, Siedlce of King of Poland.
Information of where the family was registered entered into the record in the comments and because of it can be viewer om searches.
That particular set of records is going to be sent to JewishGen by the end of December and become available soon after.

Myth that our ancestors lived in a shteitl for the whole life and did not move much is definitely not true.  Our ancestors moved a lot, sometimes because of government laws not allowing them to stay in one place (for many reasons), but also many Jews, I would say mostly men moved to other towns, regions to marry someone, and you can see that in Marriage records.

Here is an article presented at one of the conferences about Jewish Migration:

Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Researching KOGAN, SPIVAK in Kaushany, Bessarabia, KHAIMOVICH in Galatz, Romania

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