Would people move from Kishinev to Akkerman while modifying last name? #ukraine #bessarabia


Odeda Zlotnick
 

"Band" can also be related to things made of cloth.
Translated from German - it can be a ribbon.

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Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.


luc.radu@...
 

Re -- Languages -- Both cities were in Bessarabia, part of the Russian Empire. Jews spoke  Yiddish and the "cultured" segment  was Russophone. Romanian was the peasants language since the old Moldavian nobility also became Russophone.

Luc Radu
Great Neck, NY


Yefim Kogan
 

Jews in Bessarabia moved to other places by many reasons:  1) Get a job or a better job;  2) Get married;  3) to get some privileges in other places.

I am working on Birth records for Town of Bendery in Bessarabia from 1909 - town  not far from Akkerman.  From 386 records,  I see 41 babies were born to a family (father) who was a Middle Class, registered in Kishinev.  Only 153 families were registered in Bendery.  Other families were from close by gubernias - Podolia, Kherson  but also a number of families registered in Volyn, Minsk, Mogilev, Kiev, Vilno, Lomzha, Sedlets, Warsaw and other gubernias.
My point is that Jews used to move a lot, and not only inside one gubernia, but from far away regions too.

As far as modifying surnames, we know that Jews had reasons for that too, like  to hide under other name from military conscription; also in smaller places (not Kishinev or Akkerman), if a Jewish family let say had 8 children, from that 5 sons...   small town may allow only 1-2 of these sons to  had families in that small place,  the others should move to other place.  That rule apply not to all places, and mostly to small shtetl.  Some decided to change their surnames because of that.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator


Jules Levin
 

Middle class, and even upper class Jewish families established businesses in many places because only familial connections established trust before modern international banking.  In the 19th Century my greatgrandmother's originally Kovno family Bregovsky/Beregovsky had businesses in St. Petersburg, Helsingfors, Viipuri (Vyborg), Latvia, and England.  My branch traveled to the US "cabin class". 

Jules Levin, Los Angeles


On 5/9/22 8:40 AM, Yefim Kogan via groups.jewishgen.org wrote:

Jews in Bessarabia moved to other places by many reasons:  1) Get a job or a better job;  2) Get married;  3) to get some privileges in other places.

I am working on Birth records for Town of Bendery in Bessarabia from 1909 - town  not far from Akkerman.  From 386 records,  I see 41 babies were born to a family (father) who was a Middle Class, registered in Kishinev.  Only 153 families were registered in Bendery.  Other families were from close by gubernias - Podolia, Kherson  but also a number of families registered in Volyn, Minsk, Mogilev, Kiev, Vilno, Lomzha, Sedlets, Warsaw and other gubernias.
My point is that Jews used to move a lot, and not only inside one gubernia, but from far away regions too.

As far as modifying surnames, we know that Jews had reasons for that too, like  to hide under other name from military conscription; also in smaller places (not Kishinev or Akkerman), if a Jewish family let say had 8 children, from that 5 sons...   small town may allow only 1-2 of these sons to  had families in that small place,  the others should move to other place.  That rule apply not to all places, and mostly to small shtetl.  Some decided to change their surnames because of that.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator


Alan Loew
 

The that were forced to live in the Russian controlled areas had long army demands for all sons but the oldest.
I have heard the commitment was for many years, perhaps 10-20 years of army service.
In many jewish settlements there would be three daughters with 4-8 sons.
Often if a daughter only had daughters, a sister would take a son from a sister to avoid the draft to the army.
So you can have 3 sons split to 3 different mothers, which resulted in the 3 brothers getting to use different last names.
So, in this case those 3 brothers with no additional name changes would never show up in any records as brothers!
This makes our family tree project very challenging and creates a pzle that is never fully completed.
A. Loew

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alan loew