Solicitors Chambers <lawful@...>
My paternal grandfather was Solomon ALTSCHUL. (He changed his name to
COHEN after arriving in England in 1901; he was actually a
a cohen for religious purposes anyway.) Family legend says he was born
in Smolensk in about 1875. But isnt there something odd about that,
because as far as I know, Smolensk wasn't in the Pale of Settlement where
Jews were allowed?
Any idea where his birth records might be found?