Re: Kagan family in Zvenigorodka, Kiev Gubernia and Philadelphia #ukraine


David Mason
 

The link is much appreciated!  I studied Russian rather than Ukrainian, but I'm finding the website pretty understandable.

Kahan is yet another variant I'm trying.  Pronunciation of Cyrillic Г varies between hard "G" (or sometimes "V") in Russian, and "H" in Ukrainian (hence Zvenigorodka/Zvenihorodka).  I'm hoping the surname's American spelling hasn't departed too far from these, but who knows? 

Even before translation, it would be hugely useful if handwritten records in Russian and Ukrainian could just be transcribed into computer text.  Cursive from a century ago differs considerably from what I was taught. Somewhat like trying to read German in gothic font!  I suspect difficulties with archaic cursive are a tighter bottleneck than translation, or simply reading the Russian and Ukrainian.

David Mason

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