Hasenpoth Oklad 1833-34
This page provides links to the full Hasenpoth Oklad files for 1833-34, from
the Courland archival records microfilmed in 1940 and now held by the
at the University of Marburg, Germany. The copies used here were made from a set
held by the Family History Library of the Mormon church, and are used with the permission of the Herder Institute. The Oklad lists were tax lists,
which varied in form among different towns and at different times. The present list
contains the names of over 1000 Jewish males of all ages, and shows the number in
the list, surname and given names, age, house number, and the page number in the list;
the page number includes a link to a scan of the original page, in
script. There are several points to bear in mind in using the lists:
- The lists are in roughly alphabetical order: surnames beginning with the same letter
are grouped together, but within each initial letter the grouping is by house number.
This order, based on that of the original lists, is maintained here to show family relationships (see below). Note that the letters I and J were not distinguished
in the original Gothic script, so I's and J's are intermixed.
- The last given name was usually a patronymic, i.e., the name of that individual's
father. In the lists, an individual with a certain given name is often followed
by multiple ones with that name as the patronymic. It is reasonable to infer that
these represent a father and sons, but the lists do not explicitly indicate such relationships.
- A small number (fewer than 10) names were added to the lists at later dates and
are thus out of the usual numerical sequence. Each appears at the end of the relevant
- The transcriptions are intended to be faithful representations of the originals,
warts and all. There are some inconsistencies in spelling, even within the same
family. A common occurrence is the interchangeability of c and k; see, for
the Jacobsohn family in entries 472-477, where both the surname
and the father's name/patronymic are spelled in different ways, or
the Potzdam(m)er family in entries 774-779.
- Jews in the Russian empire adopted surnames only around the early
19th century, and evidence of the origins can be seen in some families,
e.g., the Michelsohns, where several of the
older generation have the patronymic Michel.
- Missing fields are usually a reflection of illegibility, as can be confirmed from
the scans. In some cases, however, the information was simply omitted. For instance,
entry 431 is that of a Hase infant 4 days old, who had
not yet had his brith and thus had not yet been named formally.
- The scans vary in quality, due mainly to the variable quality of the original microfilms,
but scanning and compression of the files also take their toll. The first three
pages provide a good indication of the good, the bad and the
Surnames beginning with: