Re: relocation in the North Pale in the late 19th century #belarus #lithuania

Harry Auerbach

In my family, there was some migration within the Pale in the 19th century. My maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Aron Grynfeld was registered in Lecycza, presumably after the Partition of Poland. My great-great-grandfather, Gersz Grynfeld, married my great-great-grandmother, Sura Feyga Rozenwald, in Zgierz. Their son, my great-grandfather Josek Cheskel Grynfeld, was born in Lodz. His brother was a merchant who settled in Czestochowa.
On my father's side, the earliest of my grandmother's ancestors I can trace, Gersz Korobov, was registered in Kopys, which is in modern-day Belarus. His son, Movsha (born circa 1786), migrated to Konotop and then to Romny, Ukraine, where my great-grandfather, Borukh-Gersz Korobov, was born in 1846, and where my grandmother was born in 1890. Evidently, Romny was briefly an economic center in the mid-nineteenth century, and many Jews sought opportunity there.
So, yes, while many families stayed in the same local area for many generations, many others moved around in search of opportunity. Migration is a timeless hallmark of the human species.
Harry Auerbach
Portland, Oregon
GRYNFELD (Lecycza, Zgierz, Lodz)
LEWKOWICZ(Pietrkow Tribunalski)
RICE (Lecycza, Zychlin)
MARGET (Vilna)

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