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Harry Chernicoff home town #courland #latvia


Mark Shernicoff
 

My grandfather Harry Chernicoff applied for citizenship in 1915 and on that form (see attached) listed his hometown as something like Windorv Russia.  I know that he was from somewhere around Courland/Kurland as he's buried in one of the Kurland plots at Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth Queens and is listed as a member of The Kurlander Young Men's Mutual Aid Society on Jewish Gen. Can anyone help me with the name of the town.

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Sally Bruckheimer
 

"from somewhere around Courland/Kurland as he's buried in one of the Kurland plots at Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth Queens"

Sometimes burial societies sold plots to 'anybody', so he may have been from there, and maybe not. One of my cousins is buried in the burial plot of a society for a place nowhere near where he came from. They must have been selling at a good plot when he died.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ


smthted@...
 


This appears to be Windava (Russian), formerly Windau (German), now Ventspils, a port in Courland.

Ted Smith
Reston, VA


Sherri Bobish
 


Hi Mark,

Might be Ventspils, Latvia.

Alternate names: Ventspils [Latv], Windau [Ger], Vindava [Rus], Vindoi [Yid], Windawa [Pol], Ventspilis [Lith], Vindavi [Est], Wentspils, Vindau

Region: Courland

https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/community.php?usbgn=-3214120

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ