JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: travel between small towns in Russia #general


Judith Singer
 

It is very likely that people would have moved >from town to town in
search of better employment opportunities, almost without regard to
their occupations. Jews in the Pale in the second half of the 19th
century were desperately poor.

Travel was by horsepower or for shorter distances by foot. Railway
development in the Russian Empire was limited even in the late 19th
century. Small towns did not have railroad service. There is a
railroad map of Russia circa 1883 available on-line >from the
University of Chicago Digital Preservation Collection of European
transportation maps at
http://luna.lib.uchicago.edu/luna/servlet/view/search?q=_luna_media_exif_filename=G7011-P3-1883-R3.tif
[or http://tinyurl.com/nofw48r --Mod.]

I'm not familiar with Ukrainian towns so you'll have to look for
yourself to see if a nearby city or large town had railroad service.

As an example, one contingent of my family moved >from the Mariampole
area in Lithuania to Kavarskas, a distance of about 100 miles, in the
1840s and then 50 years later most had dispersed to a variety of
destinations, including a few small towns 8 or 10 miles away, the
larger town of Vilkomir (16 miles away), the cities of Kovno and
Vilna, both about 60 miles away, and of course to the US, UK and South
Africa.

Happy Chanukah - Judith Singer

CHARNY - Kavarskas, Vilkomir, Anyksciai, Panevezys
SORTMAN / SORTAN - Seredzius

From: Evan Fishman <ebf2001@...>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2015 00:45:40 +0000 (UTC)
According to Alexander Beider the surname LISNITZER comes >from the
town, Luchinets (48 43' N, 27 50' E), 18 miles north of Mohyliv-
Podilskiyy. Other nearby towns of interest that have appeared on
documents related to LISNITZER are Mezhirov (27 miles NNE of Luchinets)
and Zhmerynka (25 NNE of Luchinets).

My theory is that members of the LISNITZER family migrated >from Luchinets
to Mezhirov and Zhmerynka. What's the likelihood that people would've
moved >from town to town?
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