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Middle class, and even upper class Jewish families established
businesses in many places because only familial connections
established trust before modern international banking. In the
19th Century my greatgrandmother's originally Kovno family
Bregovsky/Beregovsky had businesses in St. Petersburg,
Helsingfors, Viipuri (Vyborg), Latvia, and England. My branch
traveled to the US "cabin class".
Jules Levin, Los Angeles
On 5/9/22 8:40 AM, Yefim Kogan via
Jews in Bessarabia moved to other places by many reasons: 1) Get
a job or a better job; 2) Get married; 3) to get some privileges
in other places.
I am working on Birth records for Town of Bendery in Bessarabia
from 1909 - town not far from Akkerman. From 386 records, I see
41 babies were born to a family (father) who was a Middle Class,
registered in Kishinev. Only 153 families were registered in
Bendery. Other families were from close by gubernias - Podolia,
Kherson but also a number of families registered in Volyn, Minsk,
Mogilev, Kiev, Vilno, Lomzha, Sedlets, Warsaw and other gubernias.
My point is that Jews used to move a lot, and not only inside one
gubernia, but from far away regions too.
As far as modifying surnames, we know that Jews had reasons for
that too, like to hide under other name from military
conscription; also in smaller places (not Kishinev or Akkerman),
if a Jewish family let say had 8 children, from that 5 sons...
small town may allow only 1-2 of these sons to had families in
that small place, the others should move to other place. That
rule apply not to all places, and mostly to small shtetl. Some
decided to change their surnames because of that.
All the best,
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator