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