Where was the salt merchant PERLMUTTER from? #names #russia #galicia
My grandmother's maiden name was SCHERL - PERLMUTTER.
I estimate the time of the incident in about mid 1800s, after formal surnames were adopted.
We have no idea where our PERLMUTTER came from and therefore no idea at all about this PERLMUTTER branch.
My question is: Where could have been a possible place that a Jew earned his living from exporting salt to Russia in mid 1800s,
Researching (main surnames):
From Austria, Slovakia: LOFFLER / LEFLER, LEDERER, SCHNEIDER, NATHAN, SEELENFRIED, ZAPPERT.
From Bukowina, Galicia: MINSTER / MUNSTER, NAGEL, SCHERL, PERLMUTTER, IWANIR.
From Poland / Belarus: ALTMAN, KAMINSKY, KAMINKIER, LUBETKIN, SZTARK, YOSELEWICZ, KOSLOWSKI, KRAMARZ, RAUCHFELD.
Do you have any male line descendants of those Perlmutters? Someone who can do a Y-DNA test and see whom he matches?
My genealogy research is electric.
It follows the path of least resistance.
There were salt mines in Drohobycz:
There are huge salt mines near Krakow. Krakow, now in Poland, was in Galicia in the 1800s. The Wieliczka Salt Mines are now a tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Salt was mined there from about the 13th century until the end of the 20th century. There are amazing salt carvings inside the mines which are huge. I recommend a visit there to anyone visiting the area. You can find out more by checking wikipedia
Drohobych, which someone mentioned above, which is close to Lviv (Lemberg), had salt pits and a salt business.
Drohobych was the center of the oil business - what is today Ukraine was the third largest producer of oil in the world after the US and Russia.
So our Jewish ancestors were or could have been involved in any of these businesses.
Avivah R. Z. Pinski
Wynnewood, PA (near Philadelphia)
Researching: Reznik-Drohiczyn, Poland
Zuchman - Sarnaki, Warsaw, Poland
Sundak - Latvia; Slonim - Belarus
Rifczes - Ukraine, Austria; Kopeikin - Belarus
Pinski - Mogilew, Belarus
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