Re: Belarus? Geography Question: Slonim Zaludok Grodno Wilna
Hello Joel --
During the years you mentioned, first born sons were exempt from service in the Czar's army. Later born sons were sometimes "adopted" by neighbors who had no sons and were past child-bearing age. So on official records, they had the "adoptive" family's last name.
According to Wikipedia:
Slonim is now a city in the Grodno Region of Belarus.(Belarusian: Сло́нім, Russian: Сло́ним, Lithuanian: Slanimas, Polish: Słonim, Yiddish: סלאָנים, Slonim)
It is located at the junction of the Shchara and Isa rivers, 143 km (89 mi) southeast of Grodno.
Slonim was in the area annexed by Russia in 1795. Administratively it was part of the Slonim Governorate until 1797, Vilna Governorate until 1801 and Grodno Governorate until World War I. In 1897 it was the fourth largest city of the governorate after the leading cities of Białystok, Grodno and Brześć.
Zaludok -- See photos at
See the KehilaLinks website at
And the JewishGen webpage at
Jewish Cemetery Project webpage for Zaludok
Zaludok memorial in Holon cemetery in Israel
Zaludok genealogy Message Board
Researching families Poretsky, Pelovsky and Antokolski from the shtetl Zaludok in Belarus. The Pelovsky family originated in Vilna.