TOWN NAME/LOCATION: YAGASTOR #general #russia


Ian Charles
 

A great-grandmother comes up in the 1911 census as having been born in "Yagastor Russia" (that's the spelling given) - I can't seem to find any reference to this place - any of you clever folk out there have a clue? Thanks in advance

Ian Charles
London, UK


Sally Bruckheimer
 

YAGASTOR could be a mispronounced Augustow, pronounced Yagustow, as the initial vowel includes the Y sound. It was a biggish city that is now in NE Poland. It was also the central city of Augustow district until the rebellion of 1860s, when that was divided into Suwalki and Łomza gubernias.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ


pb@...
 

I was going to make the same suggestion that it may be Augustowa.  My paternal grandparents were both from there, and the town is referred to as Yagastov in several documents (based on the Yiddish pronunciation of the name).  It was part of Russia until after the First World War.

You may be interested to know that the Yizkor Book of Augustowa has just been published in translation by Jewish Gen.

Philip Baker
Elstree, Herts


Ian Charles
 

Thanks Sally and Philip, and a third person who responded privately. You've solved the problem for me
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Ian Charles
London, UK