Latvia SIG #Latvia Re: Zivia (Sveya, Sophie) KLAFF FAMILANT #latvia

Sergey Vlasov <sergey_vlasov@...>

Hi Scott,

Shavli (Shyaulyai — modern) was a city in Kovno Governorate of Russia till WW1.
Courland Governorate Courland Governorate was part of Russia till WW1
as well. These two governorates were geographically very close.
Courland Governorate become part of Latvia, which was founded in 1918.
So I don't think there were any significant barriers to move between
these governorates. My grandmother Fanny Zimson was born in Vindava in
1909 (modern Ventspils), which was a city in Courland Governorate, and
now is a city in Latvia. I was able to find much more Zimson's family
records >from Lithuania, than >from Latvia. So I think there was some
movement of people in that region, especially after a railroad was
built around that time, which connected Ukraine grain export with
Baltic Sea, passing over Shavli to Libava and Vindava (major ports in
Russian Baltic region).


Sergey Vlasov

From: Scott Familant <familant@...>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:18:41 +0000 (UTC)

Indeed, Schmuel Zalman ultimately served as a reverend in South Africa
and a relative >from another branch, Moses Claff, served as one in
England. Shavl is consistently identified as the home region for
Zivia's parents and siblings. However, her death certificate says she
was born in Latvia. I don't know if that's a mistake or true. I know
one of Zivia's sisters (Minna Weinberg) apparently lived in Riga and I
understand that Schmuel may have been trained as a cantor in Riga. So
perhaps Latvia isn't so far far-fetched. Plus, Zivia seems to be among
the youngest of her siblings by perhaps a decade or more. So maybe her
parents moved later in life?

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