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What are some of the key genealogical terms appearing on Russian-language records?  

Occupations

  • The most common occupations appearing on 19th century Russian-language records for Jews from Poland include: 
    • арендатор (leaseholder) 
    • батрак (cottager)
    • дубильщик (tanner)
    • купец (merchant)
    • мыловар (soapmaker)
    • мясник (butcher)
    • пекарь (baker)
    • плотник (carpenter)
    • поденщик (day-laborer)
    • портной (tailor)
    • раввин (rabbi)
    • ростовщик (moneylender)
    • сапожник (shoemaker)
    • скорняк (furrier)
    • ткач (weaver)
    • торговать (peddler)
    • торговец (trader)
    • трактирщик (innkeeper)
    • учитель (teacher)
    • школьник (synagogue sexton)
    • шлячник (hat-maker)

Status

  • Russian-language marriage and death records may identify the marriage status of spouses, parents, or the deceased:
    • холость (bachelor)
    • дева (maiden)
    • вдова (widow)
    • вдовец (widower)
Updated on September 22, 2020

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