Trying to find the connection and solve a mystery #belarus


Dror Bereznitsky
 

Hello

As part of researching my father's side of the family - Bereznitsky - I learned about Chaim Zelig Kantorowich my 3rd-great grandparent who lived in Grodno province during the 19th century (Seltz, Bereza).
I barely had any information about him until I made aware of a book he wrote. In this book I found out the names of his children, including Luba Bereznitsky my great-great-grandmother from Ruzhany.
Besides Lube I had no information about any other descendants until I got information about a possible descendant called Chaim Zelig Shkolnik, son of Mordechai and Miriam, born 1899 in Ruzhany and emigrated to Israel around 1923.
I have been trying to find the connection, assuming that Miriam was Chaim Zelig Kantorowich daughter (he mentioned a daughter named Mirel in his book).

Recently I found two birth certificates of Lejb (1901) and Chaim Shkolnik (1899) who were born in Pavlovo Ruzhany (Jewish agricultural colony, 2 miles SE of Ruzhany) to Shmuel son of Froim Shkolnik, wife Mirlya, daughter of Chaim Kantorovich.
It could be a match, only the father name does not fit what I know. Looking for more information I found out about Froim Shkolnik who is one of the 11 settlers who emigrated from Pavolovo to Israel to found Ekron (Mazkeret Batya).

Froim did have a son named Shmuel but his wife name was Sura and he had no son named Chaim.
Now, I might be trying to force things to connect but what are the odds that in a small village like Pavolovo there are 2 Froim Shkolniks that have a son name Shmuel?

Any help you can offer with solving this question will be blessed.

Thanks
Dror Bereznitsky


Sherri Bobish
 

Dror,

I don't have a specific answer, but I will say that the odds of two people, even in a small shtetl, having the same name, and living there at the same time, is absolutely possible.

For instance, they could be sons of two brothers, and each brother named their child after the same ancestor.  Hence, two cousins share the same name.

Just a thought,

Sherri Bobish


Diane Jacobs
 

I certainly agree with Sherri. I just found 2 brothers in Lithuania who have 4 children with the same first names.  And in my own family 2 brothers named their sons after my grandfather David. If I had been a male I also would have been David instead of Diane named by my father the third brother.

Diane Jacobs


On Jun 9, 2021, at 3:27 PM, Sherri Bobish <sherribob@...> wrote:

Dror,

I don't have a specific answer, but I will say that the odds of two people, even in a small shtetl, having the same name, and living there at the same time, is absolutely possible.

For instance, they could be sons of two brothers, and each brother named their child after the same ancestor.  Hence, two cousins share the same name.

Just a thought,

Sherri Bobish

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Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey