Brothers with different surnames #general

Marcella S

If all the sons in a Lithuanian family had different last names how can you
know for sure that they were siblings - I have one son with the last name
ABRAMOVICH and the rest of the boys named OSIPOVICH - only family heresy puts
them together as a family - any suggestions on how to prove that bother
ABRAMOVICH was biologically a sibling of the OSIPOVICH brothers
Marcella Shames

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Surnames can be tricky in Russian Poland. The year isn't mentioned, but surnames
were not settled until well after adoption in 1827. So the family could have
'forgotten' the origianl name and used another if the sons were born early in
the 19th century.

The usual reasons for disparate records were:

1. The parents were married religiously but not civilly when the oldest son or
sons were born, so the oldest carried the mother's maiden name. The younger,
born after the parents married civilly, carried the father's surname.

2. The father might have died, so the sons were actually half-brothers, with the
same mother and different fathers. As Alex Sharon recently pointed out with
uncles, our European ancestors did not keep track of the nuances that
genealogists today expect.

3. The draft the exempted oldest son, so the 'odd' son might have been
registered as the oldest son of a son-less family (and exempt >from the draft)
while the rest were registered to the actual family.

4. It was possible in Jewish families for the groom to take the bride's surname
if the bride had no brothers. That way the father of the bride would have
someone to carry on the surname, and to say kaddish for him.

Sally Bruckheimer
Piscataway, NJ