JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: One name: one person or two? #general


Apollo Israel <apollo@...>
 

Dave Strausfeld asks a seemingly simple question: How likely would it be for
there to be two roughly-the-same-age Jewish women of the same name in one
shtetl?

However, the answer is not as obvious as it would seem to be. If you look at
the old records, it is *more* likely, not less likely, that two people (in
this case women) of the same age with the same name (especially a
not-so-common name like Krikszer) would be found in the one town -- they
probably would have been first or second cousins to each other, named after
the same grandmother or great-grandmother. Plethoras of first cousins with
the same name in the same town were not at all unusual in the shtetls. I
have dealt with a very confusing situation like that in researching my own
ancestors, and it took quite some sorting out to figure out which branch was
which.

For Dave to answer definitively the question of whether there was one Sluwa
Krikszer or two, he should first look closely at the details in the
documents he already has, namely Sluwa's and her (possible) brother's birth
records. What is the mother's name? What is the father's occupation? How old
are both the mother and the father? If the details match, that indicates
that the fathers, named as Majer in Sluwa's birth record and Moshe in the
son's, were one and the same person (his full name may have been Moshe Majer
or Majer Moshe). If the details vary wildly -- with, for example, Majer
being described as a butcher aged 28 while Moshe is described as a shoemaker
aged 45 -- that would show they are two different men. If looking at just
those two documents doesn't clarify things enough, I'd suggest trying to get
any other birth/marriage/death documents possible >from the town for any
other siblings or possible siblings, as well as for Majer / Moshe and the
mother/s. The key to solving this will be in the details.

Good luck,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

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