PLOTKIN: Bischoff (Biechof), Moliger: Ukraine or Belarus? #russia

Norman Plotkin

Hi All:
I am new to JewishGen and haven't been able to find these answers on my own. My grandparents came to the US in the early 1900s: Jankiel "Jake" Plotkin and his spouse Rachel Lavisky (Levitsky). I am trying to find out if any of the following places still exist and if so are they in current day Ukraine OR current day Belarus. I first thought it was Belarus because I think there is a Moliger in Belarus but I also think there may be or was a Moliger in the Ukraine.
-Jankiel said his residence when he declared for US citizenship was in Kijon, Russia
-1904: they got married in Gostomliu. I cannot locate this place.
-1904 and 1906: they had two kids born in Kiev (they had two more kids that were born in New Orleans)
-Jankiel was aided by a Jewish group because of either the pogroms and/or to avoid the draft. He took the Merion from Liverpool to Philadelphia and arrived in 1911. His wife and kids arrived in the US later.  They ended up in New Orleans.
I grew up in New Orleans but moved to CA many years ago. I currently live in Lafayette, CA. My phone is 925/324-0839 if anyone wants to contact me.  I would appreciate it if anyone can answer any of my questions and/or give me any leads so that i can research this further. Thank you
Norman C. Plotkin


Hi Norman, 
Gostomliu is Hostomel

Giannis Daropoulos 


Nancy Siegel

Norman - What you refer to as Bischoff might be Bykhov, Belarus, which has many different spellings. It is in the Mogilev Region.  My grandmother, Sarah ERLIN, was born in Bykhov — Staryy (Old) Bykhov is how she referred to it. Her brother Aaron married Chana Reiza PLOTKIN. They immigrated to America and settled in Buffalo, NY. Other PLOTKIN family members settled in Canada.

See JewishGen’s Communities Database and Gazetteer and search for Bykhov:

See also:

Nancy Siegel
San Francisco, CA

Sherri Bobish


I looked at his nat paper, and my guess' are:
Either Bykhaw or Byalynichy in the region of Mogilev.
Mahilyow [Bel], Mogilev [Rus], Molev [Yid], Mohylew [Ger, Pol], Mohyliv [Ukr], Mogiliovas [Lith], Mohylów, Mogilew, Mahileu, Mohilev, Mahiliou, Mogilyov, Mohliv, Mogilev-na-Dniepr
Region: Mogilev
Byalynichy [Bel], Belynichi [Rus], Belinitch [Yid], Białynicze [Pol], Białyničy [Bel], Bjalynicy, Bialynichy, Byelinichi
Region: Mogilev
Bykhaw [Bel], Bykhov [Rus], Bichov [Yid], Bikhov Yashan [Heb], Bychów [Pol], Alt-Bikhev, Staryy Bykhov, Stary Bychów, Bychov, Bychaw, Bychaŭ
Region: Mogilev

Also, Kijon looks like Kiyow on the nat paper.  That is just a poor spelling of what Kiev sounded like to the clerk. 

Take into consideration that the clerk had to write down the current year and Jake's age and do the math on paper to figure out his year of birth.

My guess is that neither spelling nor math was this clerk's strong point.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Searching: RATOWSKY / CHAIMSON (Ariogala / Ragola, Lith.)
WALTZMAN / WALZMAN (Ustrzyki Dolne / Istryker, Pol.)
LEVY (Tyrawa Woloska, Pol.)
LEFFENFELD / LEFENFELD / FINK, KALTER (Daliowa/ Posada Jasliska, Pol.)
BOJDA / BERGER (Tarnobrzeg, Pol.)
SOKALSKY / SOLON / SOLAN / FINGER(MAN) (Grodek, Bialystok, Pol.)
BOBISH / APPEL (Odessa?)