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Herbert Lazerow

Researching records published by Crisitine Usdin I found 2 records of the same marriage
Marriages in Varaklani in 1885, 1887, 1888, 1897, 1895, 1897, 1901 and 1902 .
Year 1897, Date 01/1, Place Varaklanu
Groom: MANEVICH Yosel, age 33, Father Yudel, place of origin: Varklianski
Bride: MINKIN Tzira-Frada, age 27, Father not stated, place of origin: Rezekne
Marriages in Rezekne in 1897.
Year 1897, Date 01/2, Place Rezekne
Groom: MANEVICH Yosel, age 32, Father Yudel, place of origin: Varaklanu
Bride: MINKIN Frada-Tzira, age 24, Father Sabsa, place of origin: Drissa
Different witnesses, different age, place of origin.

It is possible that there actually were two marriage ceremonies, one at the
home of the bride, and the other at the home of the groom. I have never
heard of this as being customary among our eastern European forebears, but
it is possible.

Alternatively, there might have been only one marriage, but it was recorded
in two places. I believe that the witnesses were not persons who saw the
event occur. They are witnessing the fact that the person providing the
information to the recording court rabbi actually provided that information.

Had the two marriages been separated by a year or two in time, I would suggest
that the couple might have been divorced and re-married. Were that the
case, the second marriage record should reflect that they were both divorced,
rather than a bachelor and a maiden.

As to the differences in the bride's location, that is probably not her place
of origin, but her place of registration, and it is usually preceded by
her classification as (usually) a townsperson or (occasionally) a merchant.

Both the designation and the town are hereditary. Nonetheless, in theory,
the town should be the same because it was part of the bride's personal
status. But I have seen multiple records for a person with different registrations.
Most frequently, one registration is more precise than another.

One might list the uyezd (district), while another might specify the town
within the district. Both Drissa and Rezekne were sufficiently large that
I would not think this would occur, but it might.

The difference in names is quite common. A person might be Tzira-Frada in
one record, Tzira in another, and Frada in a third. It is less common to
see the names reversed, but I have seen that >from time to time also. The more
time that has elapsed between the two records, the more likely these name
me variations are. What is puzzling about this is that the records are a day

Finally, you might look again at the bride's ages. With the crossbar on the
European 7 and the unusual (to Americans) way that some Europeans write
their fours, it is possible that the bride's age was 24 or 27 in both records
This should be clear in the Hebrew language version of the records, though
I have certainly seen some script dolids that resemble zayins and vice-versa.

Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law and Director,
Institute on Int'l & Comparative Law
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego CA 92110-2492 U.S.A.

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