Looking for information about my family from Yedenitz #bessarabia


I am trying to find information about my family from Bessarabia (Yedenitz).  My great-grandfather was Charles (Chaskel) Perlman. He was a rabbi.   He married Nechomo Mekler (Mackler or Meckler), my great-grandmother.  She died in Bessarabia before my great-grandfather came to the US around 1899 with five children including my grandmother who was about 5.  My grandmother had said that she was the youngest of 10 children.  We don't have any idea if those children were alive and stayed in Bessarabia or what.   My great-grandmother (Nechomo) had a brother, Boroch, a sister Sima, and another sister Rebecca who all came to the US, also around1898-1901.  I don't know if those were all her siblings or if more were in Bessarabia.   In the 1910 census of  Sima and family it listed Jennie Meckler as the mother and she came to the US and was a widow.  
I am at a road block with the information in the United States and would love to figure out how I can find anything from Yedenitz.  I also don't know anything about my great-grandfather and the Perlman family in Bessarabia.  I read the discussions and would love to have my blurb posted so maybe I could get some direction on what to do.
Thank you for your consideration.  Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Terry Manassee
great-granddaughter of Nechomo (Mekler, Mackler or Meckler) and Charles (Chaskel) Perlman.

Yefim Kogan

Hello Terry,  hello everybody who is interested in Bessarabia.


Here are several suggestions for Terry and also for everyone else who is researching their families.


  1. Our ancestors moved a lot in 19 century, that is why if you know that at some point they lived in Yedinetz, it does not mean that they did not come from close by or even not close town or village.  Do a broader search for that surname, and you may find your family somewhere else too.
  2. Do not use “Exact names”  (surname, first name)…  our ancestors changed their names, even it was forbidden at some point.
  3. We have some records for the Jewish cemetery in Yedinez, and in many other places in Bessarabia.  If you know where your great grandmother died, you can get some results from there.  Be aware that in 19 century or beginning of 20 century many gravestones do not have Surnames written…  use first name and father’s name instead.
  4. Do you know how the names (and surnames) were written in Russian?  That might be important… Instead of putting Mekler, Mackler, etc.  put an image with original Russian or Yiddish names (maybe from postcard, letter, etc.)
  5. I remember very well that in Miriam Weiner’s collection there were many records for people from Yedinez!  You should search that collection at Bessarabia website / Databases /Miriam Weiner’s collection.
  6. Also look into Business directory results of your search, and Voter’s list… you may find your family members there.
  7. I would suggest when you do a search analyze every line in the results window.


All the best,


Good luck to everybody with your research.


Yefim Kogan

Allison Mackler

Thanks for the guide Yefim, that's good information!

I found this post because of the mention of the name Mackler. My family is also from the area around Bessarabia and Ukraine. I have a marriage record in the US showing my 2x great-grandfather was born in Odessa, but had no other information other than they came from "Polish Russia."

It took me years to find any records for them on Jewish Gen. First I had to find their Yiddish names, which I got from their headstone when I visiting their grave a couple of years ago. Then, even though I thought I was being inexact, I was still limiting my searches too much! I finally found the marriage record of my 3x great-grandparents in Kishinev. I had been doing phonetic and sounds like searches on Mackler and Mekler, but the spelling used by the Russian officials were Meykler and similar. Their first names (Favyesh and Frima) were spelled different enough that I wouldn't have found them without going slowly through the records and reading each one. Plus, I wasn't expecting to find them in Bessarabia and was too focused on Ukraine.

So now I have found records showing they married in Kishinev, they had my 2x great-grandfather in Odessa and birth records of other children, in Kishinev, showing they were registered in Medzhybizh. I've also found a DNA cousin and her 3x great-grandfather was born in Odessa and records indicate that he was my 3x great-grandfather's brother.

I just wish there were more records for my family, there just aren't that many available for these areas and I don't know what other places they might have been.

Terry, I'd love to get in touch with you, but I see no way to contact you outside this forum.

R Jaffer

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Roberta Jaffer
Massachusetts, USA



My paternal grandparents and many of their Family members left Yedinetz starting in 1898 and I have done lots of research on this shetl.

My friend Eric Schwartzman manages a FB page dedicated to Yedinets.  It includes a subset of the Yitzkhor book from Yedinetz and some sections listing names have been translated.  I can provide you a PDF version of the book and you can email me at eberkowitz@....

Although my deceased father was born in Brooklyn, I knew his much older siblings who were born in Yedinetz and obtained a copy of an interview done with them years ago.   It is very interesting.        Ed Berkowitz


Thank you so much for your response.  Your suggestions give me a starting point as  I didn't know where to begin.  I do not have any postcards, letters, or anything like that.  Thanks to digitalization, I have found out more than my mother ever thought I would about her family.  I am eager to continue my search.
Thank you to this forum as a way to reach out to others who have more knowledge and expertise where to go than I do.
Terry Manassee