Re: What is the difference between "town" and "residence" in Ukraine Death Records on JewishGen #ukraine

Chuck Weinstein

Town reflects either where the document was registered or the town in which the individual was registered.  It was very difficult to change your registration, and it persisted for generations, even though people moved about in the Pale. In most cases in these records, it is the town where the record was filed, however.  Many of these records have been digitized by and are on line.  Others are in the process.  Microfilms are no longer available in most Family History Centers, but are available in Salt Lake City.  

Documents were registered in the regional capital, which is generally near the town of residence.  They were later consolidated into regional archives.  

Chuck Weinstein
Towns Director, JewishGen Ukraine Research Division

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