Can't find Dolhinif, Russia #general


LiquidMirror <arnold.rabinowitz@...>
 

I retreived my uncle's Petition for Citizenship - on it is "I was born
in Dolhinif, Russia on March 9, 1905".

Can not find town, village, city or anything about this?

Can you help???????????

Arnold Rabinowitz
Wallingford, CT


Stan Goodman <SPAM_FOILER@...>
 

On Sat, 6 Aug 2005 04:49:11 UTC, arnold.rabinowitz@gmail.com
(LiquidMirror) opined:

I retreived my uncle's Petition for Citizenship - on it is "I was born
in Dolhinif, Russia on March 9, 1905".

Can not find town, village, city or anything about this?

Can you help???????????

Arnold Rabinowitz
Wallingford, CT
Given that the name has an "H" in it, you are probably barking up the
wrong tree by looking in Russia. Not every place that was in the
Russian Empire (which is what the petition form wanted) is or was in
Russia. Much more likely, your uncle was born in Ukraina.

The last syllable of "Dolhinif" is very suspicious and improbable. It
would be a good idea to scan the relevant portion of the petition
(just the word itself) in as high a definition as you can manage, so
that it will be large enough to enable people to ponder what the
letters really are, and post it on Viewmate.

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ISMACH: >from Lomza Gubernia, Galicia, and Ukraina
HERTANU, ABRAMOVICI, LAUER: >from Dorohoi District, Romania
GRISARU, VATARU: >from Iasi, Dorohoi, and Mileanca, Romania

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Alexander Sharon
 

Arnold Rabinowitz wrote in

I retreived my uncle's Petition for Citizenship - on it is "I was born
in Dolhinif, Russia on March 9, 1905".

Can not find town, village, city or anything about this?
Arnold,

This is Dolginovo (ex Dolginuv, Dolginov, or Dolhinow) located near the
larger town Vileyka in Belarus at 5439 2729.

Town used to be located in Vilna Guberniya (Russian Empire) prior to the end
ofWWI, and was in Poland, Wilno Province during the interwar period.

Alexander Sharon
Calgary, Ab.


Jules Levin
 

At 05:27 AM 8/6/2005, you wrote:

I retreived my uncle's Petition for Citizenship - on it is "I was born
in Dolhinif, Russia on March 9, 1905".

Can not find town, village, city or anything about this?
Arnold,

This is Dolginovo (ex Dolginuv, Dolginov, or Dolhinow) located near the
larger town Vileyka in Belarus at 5439 2729.
I concur with Alexander Sharon. The spelling and the actual name reveal
that we cannot allow ourselves to be too influenced by formal spelling
rules of contemporary Slavic languages. Although spelled with a Cyrillic
'g', in the local dialect, now called Belarusan, but more likely known to
the locals in 1905 as simply "prosta mova"--the simple tongue, to
distinguish it >from Lithuanian, this would have been pronounced like a
voiced velar fricative, like the 'g' in agua in some Spanishes, and no
doubt represented in English by 'h'. Not only was this the normal
pronunciation of 'hard' 'g' in Belarus, but also in vast areas of Southern
Russia, extending North quite close to the southern reaches of Moscow. The
spelling -if at the end is not a bad rendering of the unstressed final
syllable.
Jules Levin
Professor of Russian and Linguistics, Emeritus
UCLA, UCR
Los Angeles