Mogilev or Mogilev? #belarus #ukraine


Lee Jaffe
 

Recent translations of Russian Empire documents through ViewMate indicate my great-grandfather was "a citizen of Mohilev."   This is news to me, since all previous info connected him to Snovsk (Shchors), Chernigov, Ukraine.  Checking JewishGen's Town Finder (Communities Database), I find two towns called "Mogilev" before WWI:

Mohyliv-Podilskyy, Ukraine.   https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/Community.php?usbgn=-1046905
Mahilyow, Belarus.   
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/Community.php?usbgn=-1945803

Does anyone have a suggestion about how to determine which town is most likely referred to as Mohilev in 1890-1904 Russian Empire documents?  I've tried searching the family Joroff/Zharov in the Belarus town as a possible indicator  – not a common name and none I can connect to my family – but haven't found an equivalent database for Ukraine for comparison.  I thought about proximity but neither is close enough to the Chernigov region to make it a likely contender.  

Thank you for any suggestions you can offer,

Lee Jaffe
JAFFE / Suchowola, Poland
STEIN/SZTEJNSAPIR / Lomza? Bialystok?
SCHWARTZ / Perth Amboy, NJ
WEINBLATT / ?
JOROFF/ZHAROV / Mohilev?
KOSHKIN / Snovsk, Ukraine

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