Re: Looking for a town in Belarus #belarus


Adam Turner
 

The best-known place that resembles this name is not in Belarus: Ekaterinoslav (now called Dnipro), named for Catherine the Great. It is in central-southern Ukraine and had a very large Jewish population - about 41,000 - by 1900.

Are you sure that your Rose Hollander could not have been born in this Ekaterinoslav? It was not unusual for Jewish families from Belarus, and from other parts of the Russian Empire, to move to the big, growing cities of central Ukraine (Ekaterinoslav, Odessa, Elizabethgrad, etc.) in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. I can tell you for a fact that my gg-grandmother's older sister (born ~1860) moved from the area around Kobrin to Ekaterinoslav, probably around the 1890s, before eventually immigrating with her husband and daughters to Chicago in 1906.

Adam Turner

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