Witz -- a town in the old Russian Empire #general


Alice Josephs
 

Does anybody know what the present day name is of a place called Witz,
a place of birth noted in British naturalization papers of a former
citizen of the Russian Empire? I've had a go with the Daitch Mokotoff
search on the Shtetlseeker but obviously there are quite a few
contenders. I was wondering if anyone knew this as an anglicized or old
name of a town. I do realize it is also the ending of many surnames but
this is definitely a place.

I would appreciate the answer sent to me privately as well as to the
list as I receive the digest version.

Alice Josephs
UK


Werner Cohn <wernerco@...>
 

genealice@josephsonline.net wrote on 3/12/04
2:59 PM:

Subject: Witz -- a town in the old Russian Empire

Does anybody know what the present day name is of a place called
Witz, a place of birth noted in British naturalization papers of a
former citizen of the Russian Empire? I've had a go with the Daitch
Mokotoff search on the Shtetlseeker but obviously there are quite a
few contenders. I was wondering if anyone knew this as an anglicized > or old
name of a town. I do realize it is also the ending of many
surnames but this is definitely a place.

I would appreciate the answer sent to me privately as well as to the
list as I receive the digest version.
Witz is the German word for joke. Somebody has been pulling your leg.


Alice Josephs
 

Thank you for all the suggestions for the location of "Witz, Russia", as
noted in a set of naturalization papers. Possibles turned out to be Vidj
(Widz)in Lithuania, Vidzy and Wirze in Belarus.

Alice Josephs
UK


Subject: Witz -- a town in the old Russian Empire

Does anybody know what the present day name is of a place called
Witz, a place of birth noted in British naturalization papers of a
former citizen of the Russian Empire? I've had a go with the Daitch
Mokotoff search on the Shtetlseeker but obviously there are quite a
few contenders. I was wondering if anyone knew this as an anglicized > or old name of a town. I do realize it is also the ending of many
surnames but this is definitely a place.

I would appreciate the answer sent to me privately as well as to the
list as I receive the digest version.