Re: Surnames #general

Peter Cohen

If you are referring to the adoption of surnames when previously none were used, I do not think any such registers exist in the former Russian Empire. (I cannot speak to the Austrian Empire).  For a handful of relatives I have been able to trace them without last names in the 1795 Grand Duchy of Lithuania tax records and with last names in the 1811 Revision List.  It is interesting that the particular 1811 list I was looking at (Mikhaliskis) listed far more people with no last names than with last names.  By the time the 1818 Revision List came out, almost everyone had a last name.  So, despite the law saying they needed to take last names by 1808, it seems like compliance was very slow.
Peter Cohen

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