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-- Margaret Fulford
SAMUEL BLACK - PASSPORT - UKRAINE - 1904 OR 1905
- This document was kept by the family and passed on to Samuel Black's grandson.
- Below is a link to detailed notes about this document (thanks to a kind librarian colleague at the University of Toronto). It provides new information about:
- (a) Sam's original name: The handwriting is difficult to decipher, but his name was approximately Shmil' Avrum-Iukov Blaikh [or Bleich]. ("Blaikh" and "Bleich" seem to be two ways of transcribing the same name.) According to the Given Names Database available from JewishGen, "Shmil" is a Yiddish nickname for the Yiddish name "Shmiel" / "Shmuel", which corresponds to the English name "Samuel" or "Sam."
- (b) Where he was from: We know from his 1917 draft registration that he was from Balta, but this passport provides more precise information: that he was from Kruti, near Balta, in the province of Podolia, Ukraine. According to the webpage about Kruti in JewishGen, this town is 19 miles west of Balta and is called "Kruti" in Ukrainian, "Krata" in Yiddish, and "Krutnoye" in Russian.
- Detailed notes about this document