Great grandfather not from northern Lithuania? #lithuania


Michele Lock
 

I have come across the marriage record of my great grandfather Abel Kalon's second marriage in Zeimelis, Lithuania in 1909. I know that their family also lived in Zagare and in Joniskis, all near the Lithuania/Latvia border, but I am puzzled why this great grandfather stated in the record that he (or his family) was from Krukovsky Volosts. When I googled this place name, it comes up as the estate of a Russian nobleman near Vitebsk in Belarus. 

Could this great grandfather be saying that his family, perhaps some generations earlier, came from Vitebsk? Or could it be that his family once lived on an estate in the northern part of Lithuania that was owned by the Krukovsky family? This is all rather puzzling to me.

Any info would be appreciated.

Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA


Jill Whitehead
 

Jews were commonly asked to look after the estates of landed families, or were employed by them in certain occupations. In my ancestral area of Suwalki Lomza gubernias in NE Poland (part of which went into Lithuania in 1919) the two big land owners were the Pacs and the Radziwills in the 19th century (same family as Lee Radziwill, sister of Jackie Kennedy). These landowners on occasion would send families to their other (often undeveloped) estates in other areas, some quite far away. In the late 19th century when my ancestors were emigrating to all points west, and across the world,  others from the Baltic countries were sent within the Pale of Settlement south to Ukraine to develop estates/land there.  

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


Simon Zelman
 

I'm not 100% sure if this would apply to estates but families were often registered in one town for generations after they moved somewhere else, due to the difficulty and complexity of changing the family's registration. I have several examples in my tree, one being my SLEVICH family that lived in Komay/Kamajai until the 1860s or so, then lived in Daugavpils/Dvinsk for about 30 years, and then moved to Vilnius where they lived until around WWI. Most, if not all, of the records I've found in both Daugavpils and Vilnius list the person as being from Komay, even if they were born in Daugavpils and had never personally lived in Komay.

 Simon Zelman<zelman.simon@...