"Jarulewro": Is this a Town? #general
According to my research, my grandfather, Jacob SEGAL and his brother, Max SEGAL,
both give their hometown as "Jarulewro" on certain American records, such as
census and immigration applications. They arrived in the USA >from Czarist Russia
I cannot find this town listed on the JewishGen "Shtetlseeker" search engine,
however, not even using the "Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex." And a "Google" search did
not turn up a single clue, either.
Almost certainly, my grandfather and his brother had come >from somewhere that had
been part of the "Grand Duchy of Lithuania" during Czarist times, as they were
very proud of being Litvaks.
Any ideas? All assistance will be much appreciated.
New York City
Peter Zavon <pzavon@...>
Almost certainly, my grandfather and his brother had come >from somewhere thatI think it important to understand that the Grand Duchy of Lithuania ceased to
exist under that name when the last of its lands came under Russian control as a
result of the 17th century Partitions of Poland and the Napoleonic Wars that
followed soon after. So saying that someone had a connection to the Grand Duchy
"during Czarist times" can be subtly misleading. When Czarist times rolled over
those lands, the Grand Duchy ceased to exist. Jews saw themselves as Litvaks
based on a larger geographic extent for Lithuania than remained during Czarist
The Grand Duchy of Lithuania had a very large territory, and at one point extended
from the Baltic to the Black Sea.Peter Zavon