Need help finding information about family from Khiton in Bessarbia #bessarabia

Rick Zeckel

I am doing some research for my wife. Her father's family came from what was, at the time, either Russia or Romania but is no Ukraine. The family name is Bukaresky which, it seems, was not uncommon for the area. Her grandfather came to the US in 1912. His name, as it appears on his Naturalization papers, was Abe Bukaresky and he was from Novoselytsya. The information I've been able to find elsewhere (and what has been passed down from her late aunt) is that he was from Khiton. Can someone explain the apparent discrepancy? Also, from what I've been able to piece together from various US documents and what little is on JewishGen, Abe's father was either Abram or Yankel; he was probably called both as some of the US documents show it as Abraham Jacob. Abe's paternal grandfather was named Kelman. The family was involved with a brewery. I'd really like to pin down more information about the family but am somewhat at a loss on where to look. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Feldman, Daniel

The correct spelling is Khotin., alternate spellings Khotyn and Chotin. You are likely referring to the district of Khotin which exists in present day Southwestern Ukraine. Within that district is the town of Novoseltsia which has alternate spellings. This region was part of Russia until 1918 when it was ceded to Rumania after WW1. Russia took it back in the years of WW2. Bessarabia is the larger general region that includes Khotin and the current border regions of Ukraine and Moldova.
Daniel Feldman, Williamsville, NY

R Jaffer

From the 1854 revision list you can find by searching the Bessarabia records under Romania-Moldova database, the family lived in Khotin and you learn all the names and ages of Kelman's family as well as the names and ages of his brother Motya's family. Only Motya is listed as a merchant at that time. Their father, Yos, is listed in 1848 as head of household with more names and ages. Lay out that large tree which can be the basis for your future research though DNA, future records on JewishGen, US research, and through joining the facebook group:

If you search the surname through the JewishGen unified search, you will find one family member who survived the Holocaust and multiple burials under JOWBR to explore. You can also explore the Shoa records at Yad Vashem.

You should also make a donation for the translation of in which your family is mentioned:
"Let me also mention the brewery, whichh employed 35-40 people. The owner was Leybish Bukaresku, who had ten children, and was a follower of the Sadigura Hassidic leader. The brewery became famous, and was later moved to Czernowitz."
Those who died are listed in the back of the book under the spelling of BUKARTZKI.

Happy hunting,
Roberta Jaffer

Yefim Kogan

Hello Rick,  Hello everybody,

These are interesting questions, that is why I am replying to the whole group.

It is not clear if you did any searches at the JewishGen / Romania (Bessarabia) Database....
I just tried a bit and found that we have a record from 1895 about your family name and that they were brewers...

Vsia Rossiia 1895 Business Directory


Searching for Surname (phonetically like) : BUKARESKY
1 matching record found.
Run on Sun, 16 Aug 2020 07:59:04 -0600

Surname Given Name Patronymic Occupation Year Column # Town
BUKARESKII     brewer 1895 56 Khotin



Also there are many other records for that family in Khotin, like Voting list with 14 such records.
What is very interesting that there are 5 Birth records from Novoselitsa for this family name.  There are total of 70 matches.

I would suggest to do a search for this family name and look into each record closely.

You had also a question about a discrepancy, that family was from Novoselitsa, but in some documents it was written Khotin. 
Here is explanation.  Khotin is a town,  but also a district (uezd in Russian), and Novoselitsa is part of Khotin district.  Also Novoselitsa is not far from Khotin.   In documents some said that they are from Bessarabia, others would say from Khotin...  probably some would say - Russia.

You also wrote in the beginning of your message that family came from what was, at the time, either Russia or Romania.  I would say that here it was Russian Empire, and Bessarabia was a province in Russian Empire. 
There is more interesting fact about  Novoselitsa.  The whole Khotin district was part of Moldova Principality until 1774 when the whole region of Bukovina was annexed by Austro-Hungary Empire, that included district of Khotin, but in 1812 the region Bessarabia went to Russia...  and at that time border between Austro-Hungary and Russia went thru town of Novoselitsa.  It was like that until 1918.  Well, because your family wrote Khotin... that means that they lived in Russian (Bessarabia) part of Novoselitsa.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan