Re: Searching for Riuva/Rivka/Sonia Levine or Levine #russia #belarus

Michele Lock

From the posts for the woman Rebecca/Rivka/Sarah/Sonia, here’s what you’ve been able to tell us about her, along with several comments/questions from me:


June 6, 1895 – birthdate of Rivka Levin, according to – what is Ancestry’s source for this birthdate? And where does Ancestry say that this Rivka Levin was born? In the UK or in Russia? {Please note - Ancestry all too often mixes up persons, especially if they have a common surname like Levin}. This may be your Rivka Levin, or it may be an entirely different person.


June 6, 1894 – birthdate of Sarah/Sonia Levine McQuaid, from her 1958 gravestone in Northern Ireland.


Goumin, Minsk, Russia – birthplace of Sarah/Sonia Levine McQuaid, from her 1958 gravestone in Northern Ireland


1928 – Birth certificate of your father says that his mother’s name was Riuva Levine. Does this birth certificate give her age, or any other biographical information about her, such as town of residence at that time? Does the age match those for Rivka Levin above, or Sarah/Sonia Levine McQuaid?


1958  - year of death, burial in a Protestant cemetery in Omagh, North Ireland. Given name on gravestone is Sonia.


1958 – death certificate gives her maiden name as Sarah Rubimova Levin. What age does her death certificate give for her? Does the death certificate list her parents’ names? Place of birth?


Some more thoughts on her names – Sonia is often taken as the Russian form of the name Sarah, so that is not unusual to see. As for the surnames Rubimova and Levin – it is somewhat strange to see her listed with two surnames, with the first in the Russian female form of Rubinov. Possibly her original surname was Rubimov/Rubinov/Rubin, and Levin is a surname she began to use later. Or possibly the Rubimova was actually meant to be the Patronymic female form Rubimovna/Rubinovna, signaling that her father’s name was Reuben Levin.


She also may have had the original double given name of Sarah Rivka or Rivka Sarah. It was not uncommon for Jewish persons to be known by either individual name in different records.


My advice when there is conflicting information between various records – locate even more records, like census records, marriage certificates, city directories, or whatever records are available from the time in Northern Ireland and the UK. Those might help sort out the conflicts. Also, as much as feasible, get copies of the original images of these records – there could be transcription errors that occurred when the record information was extracted and put online.


This certainly seems like a solvable puzzle, given enough time and effort.

Michele Lock

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Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

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