I want to reply to your message, but also give a few advice to everybody who is researching their families.
Rick, you right, the Last name is very important in searchers, but the spelling of the last name you are used to.
In your case you searched for HAROL last name, and did find exact match. That is very understandable.
There is NO letter in Russian alphabet, which are transcribed into “H”. There is no sound similar to sound of “H”.
Probably in Russian that surname was ХАРАЛ or ХАРОЛ, and that would be transcribed into KHARAL / KHAROL.
I would suggest never search for an exact surname.
I did a simple search for KHARAL in Bessarabia and got a lot of hits. One was really interesting and probably related to you.
Here is a marriage record for a person who according to the record had 2 surnames NISIMOV and KHARAL, but also the first name is David and his father’s name is Itsko. One more thing… the rabbi who married the couple was from Tuzor, which is another name for Kalarash!
Do you know anything about Enya-Khaya, wife of David KHARAL? Maybe it is a second wife? It says in the record that Groom was widower.
Here is a copy of original record in Russian and Hebrew:
There are many other records, which I would suggest to look at.
Here is one more finding:
Here is one more thing I would suggest. When you are trying to get help from this group, please put information you already know, we do not want to repeat your findings.
Also if you have a postcard, photo with the names written in any languages – that would be important to know and to see.
Yefim Kogan <yefimk@...>