Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Re: moving from town to town, and rail connections, in Tsarist Russia #ukraine

Herbert Lazerow

<What's the likelihood that people would've moved >from town to town>

Great, but your question does not demand that. Your towns are only 25 miles apart. That would be within normal marrying range for the enterprising shadkhan. My study of marriages in Nezhin Ukraine indicated that only about half the people who married there ever had children there. Even accounting for childless couples and emigration, the most likely explanation is that the couple married at the bride's home and moved to the groom's home permanently.
19th century Russia is in fact a study in movement. People moved >from small towns to larger towns, and >from north to south, as economic opportunity presented itself. In 1800, Odessa was a town of roughly 100,000, primarily Ukrainian in ethnicity. A century later it had more than a million inhabitants, equally divided between Ukrainians, Russians and Jews.

<Was there rail service in that part of Ukraine at the end of the 19th century/early 20th century? Can anyone provide a useful guide to rail service in Russia during that period?>
Yes, there were railroads in Ukraine at that time. The rail connections for particular towns are set forth in a series of business directories called Vsya Rossiya, published periodically. The first one I know of was 1895. The introduction to each town describes its commerce and rail connections. Micros of these directories are available in the Library of Congress microform room in DC. I believe they also have them in the Stanford U library.

Herbert Lazerow
Professor of Law, University of San Diego

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