Re: Curious question on name change #records


May I throw my maternal GM (Anna Kaplan) and her unusual name changes into the Kaplan discussion of Donna Kanlan? In the USA, my GM was Anna Kaplan, and her marriage record says Anna Kaplan 19, from Grodno Russia, married Barnet Horowitz on 30 January 1914 in Manhattan, NY and that her parents were Isadore Kaplan and Esther Saltman. GM told me she came from Belarus with a sister who was sent back at immigration, and GM then had to go to Troy, NY alone after arrival. I don’t know if GM came through Canada or Ellis Island, but believe she arrived in the USA in 1910 too late to be included in the 1910 census.

My mother (Charlotte Horowitz) always said my GM’s real maiden name sounded like Kapoushnik, and on my mother’s death record, my father gave Kapoushnik as her mother’s maiden name. On the other hand, my aunt, my GM’s last surviving child, says my GM’s surname was Kaplan, and I assume Kaplan is shown on my GM’s death record (she died in Yonkers in 1977) since my aunt would have filled those forms out. I have found people named Kaplan/Kirpichnik in the Belarus Revision Lists from Grodno.

My questions is: Can anyone help me discover my GM’s maiden name back in Europe and what town in Grodno she likely came from?

Bruce Podwal


Researching Kaplan (Belarus), Podwal (Bessarabia), Horowitz (Lomza and Latvia), Fuchs (Jezierna/Ozerna)

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