Re: Paolono/Paolona and Lita, Russia? #russia #belarus

Jeannette Tsoulos

I would say that the applicant has nominated Poland and Lithuania as the birthplaces required, rather than towns. Lita was the Hebrew name of Lithuania, Lite was the Yiddish and Litwa the Polish. As for Paolono, the final letter looks more like a d than an o. This would make Paolond. The applicant would have spoken with an accent and the clerk was writing down what he heard, which could easily have sounded like Paolond. Both Poland and Lithuania were part of the Russian Empire when the applicant was born.

Jeannette TSOULOS

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