Re: MSTISLAVSKY from Chernigov #ukraine

Lin Mor

Lisa, Have you come across the name Amchislavsky in your research? Amchislav or Omchislav is the Yiddish name for the town Mstislavl, located in the Mogilev Region, Eastern Belarus. I have yet to discover definite proof, but my theory is that at some point in time, before the Napoleonic Code requiring last names was enacted in the early 1800's, a number of Jewish families left Mstislavl to live in Chernigov and Poltava. When last names became required, some chose a place name. Mstislavsky, with -sky at the end, quite possibly means they they came from that place. (You may already know this.) I am sorry that I have no help for your immediate question, but may I suggest that you ask on the Ukraine SIG as well as UKR-Chernigov@... may have suggestions. I did look unsuccessfully on the Jewishgen Ukraine database, 

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