I want to introduce you to a new set of records I found among Revision lists.
Before doing this, I want to go back to history of our region.
You probably remember that in 1812, by the Treaty of Bucharest, the Ottomans
gave to Russia Empire the eastern part of the Principality of Moldavia
(Moldova), and also parts in the South which were under Turk ruling. That
territory constituted Bessarabia.
I would suggest to check out an article about History of Jews in Bessarabia
The Budjak part of Bessarabia (South-west part) went back to Moldavia
Principality in 1856 and returned back to Russia in 1878. You can see at the
article I references on page 4 "Map7-Southern Bessarabia 1856-1878 - part of
You can see a south-western part of Bessarabia with towns on the map - Cahul
and Chilia under Moldavia Principality, later Romania. This part of
Bessarabia with towns of Cahul (Kagul), Chilia (Kiliya), also Izmail, Leovo,
Reni, and some smaller towns went from Moldavia Principality to Russian in
1812, back to Moldavia Principality in 1856, and back to Russia in 1878.
Records we found are exactly from that region from that time.
This is "List of residents of that Southern region in 1860 who relisted
[probably moved] to different places in Bessarabia and got all privileges
and monetary allowance".
What is interesting is that the list has Jewish records together with
non-Jewish. That is a very rear case. I think I only found another small
set like that.
Records unfortunately do not have towns people lived or/and moved too. It
is possible that they even did not move, but lived in the same towns, and
had "Russian" protection of sort. There is though amount of money they
received. It is usually 35 rubles per person. Also there is a column Who
signed when receiving money. In some cases it was the person who got the
money, but in many cases it was somebody else, because a person was not literate.
We are going to translate all what is in these pages. If anyone is interested in working on this documents, please let me know. It is total of about 10-12 pages handwritten in Russian.
All the best, be safe and healthy. Yefim Kogan