Alternative place names for "Kunar, Poland, Russia" in census #poland #general


My paternal great-grandmother, Rachael Weinstein (née Jacob) was reported to have been born in "Kunar, Poland, Russia" in the 1891 UK census. I've checked in JG Townfinder but it doesn't appear to exists. It was probably a mis-spelling or mis-hearing of somewhere else (Townfinder doesn't allow wild cards). Has anyone any ideas of what it might be? I've searched online but the only Kunar seems to be in Afghanistan. There is a Kunara in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia but that is a VERY long way from Poland! Any thoughts? Thanks.

Lesley Bowman
originally from London

Jill Whitehead

Hi Lesley

This sounds like Kovno (Yidish) or Kaunas now in Lithuania, which until 1945 was in Poland. 


Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK


Hi Lesley, 

There are many immigrants for USA whose birth place appears , in passenger lists, as Kunar, Kunary, Kunarz, Kunara or Kunari. There are also variations of the above mentioned names; Konar, Konary etc. Most of these immigrants  were of Polish origin (some from Galicia, others from Russia). Probably the place you are looking for,  is a very small  shtetl and that is the reason why you can't find it using J G townfinder. From what it appears, there are a number of small villages in Poland named Konary. Perhaps if you knew the gubernia or the district that Kunar belonged to,  you could locate it more easily. 
Giannis Daropoulos 


Walter Silver

Hi Lesley,

Another consideration - perhaps it was a mis-hearing of Kutner (from Kutno) Poland? I've seen quite a number of town name variations in UK and US census records for some ancestors that seem to be the misunderstanding of whomever recorded the info.

Walter Silver
Cambridge, MA, US