Wednesday, December 21, 2016

This Makes Your Research Look Easy!

I've been doing a lot of transcription for JewishGen's Subcarpathian SIG (which I'm now leading).  One town, Sandrovo (now Oleksandrivka, Ukraine), was filled with Fuchs/Fux families, all of whom were related.  But the following marriage record took the cake:

A Fux-filled marriage record

On August 16, 1927 (so not so very long ago), a couple from Sandrovo married in nearby Danilovo (now Danylovo, Ukraine).

The groom was Sloma Fux.  His parents were Chajem and Dvojra (nee Fux) Fux.

The bride was Reiza Fux.  Her parents were Leba and Feiga (nee Fux) Fux.

If that wasn't enough, the witnesses to the wedding were Chajem Fux and Ezra Fux.

If you ever get frustrated with your research, just be glad you aren't related to this couple!

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  1. Oy, makes my head hurt with all these Fux folks. Happy holidays to you and yours!

  2. Not the best name either, for obvious reasons! :)

    1. To the English speaker, definitely true. :) I succeeded in avoiding unfortunate puns about the name.

      It's just the equivalent of Fox--and also my great-great grandmother's maiden name.

    2. You are better behaved than I am. I figured it was a version of Fox or Fuchs, which we in the US pronounce F-Yooks---for obvious reasons. :)

    3. Yup, it's a version of Fuchs, which means Fox.

      And yes, F-Yooks is the way to go. I also used to work with someone who pronounced it Fyoosh.

  3. I'm somewhat familiar with the surnames among AJ, but does this mean that the bride & grooms parents were siblings to each other? 1st cousins? 2nd cousins? How interrelated were they?

    Reminds me of the Pitcairns, although with them I can easily trace their genealogy and they can marry, like among AJ a close 1/2 2C who could also be their 1/2 great-aunt/nephew type of relationship plus a few other ways. I already have a project member whose mother share the same mtDNA ancestress as her paternal grandmother and through that grandmother's parents plus through another male line, and through her paternal grandfather who also has that same paternal line going back to the same woman. This person descends from that woman 10 times.

    1. I haven't reconstructed the whole tree (I'm just indexing records for this town), but it looks like all of the Fux/Fuchs/Fuchsz families in the town had a common ancestor who was born around 1780. When I have the time, it's something that I want to try to put together, just for the challenge.

    2. This reminds me of when I visited the small island (10.75 sq miles) where my grandfather was from in 2004 & while trying to do family research, I was told by people of that island, and they insisted that just because we have the same surname does not mean that they were actually related. I was convinced that they had to be despite receiving surnames in Dec. 1849, that they all were interrelated even from generations before 1849!

      No surprise though that there were several branches of people who carried my surname that I could not link to each other nor us, but I've only gone far back as the 1840s, not before then when they did not have surnames. I did that for my grandmother's side.

      This is all my paternal side. While on my maternal side, surnames began in 1860/1861 with an equal amount of inconsistencies as I do on my father's side. It definitely makes research more challenging as you try to see if they were actually related, or not.

  4. very interesting research - thank you for sharing

  5. In the South during slavery hundreds of people were given the last name of the Slave owners in certain locations. I imagine many different groups of people have their own unique problems trying to unravel their genealogical roots.