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Submitted by Maggie Welsh

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Russian
Approval Date: 9/8/2019 4:23 PM
Family Surname: Gitelman
Country: Russia
Town: Unknown
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I'm not sure if this is technically a translation but I am trying to decipher the name of the town in Russia he and his wife are from. It's on the document twice and to me it looks like Elatasha but I can't find any town remotely like that. The town would have been in Russia in 1910 when he immigrated to the US so could be in a different country now.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

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9/9/2019 8:29 PM I am sure the first letter is not E; it may be P. The name is written thrice in the image, each time the same. In any case, the word does not remind me of any place around eastern Europe and moreover sounds strange for those parts. I think it would be very hard to make a specific suggestion just based on the information you provided. I hope there may be another source of this information.
9/10/2019 8:58 AM Looking at the family in the 1920 census for Minnesota, there is a son listed named Hyman, born in 1903. If you look up Hyman Gitelman in the index, there is a link to his naturalization record (Hyman Lewis Gitelman). According to his naturalization record from 1930, he came through Port Huron, Michigan which matches the naturalization record for Sam Gitelman, confirming it's the right family. In Hyman's (typed) naturalization petition, it gives his birthplace as Falesta, Bessarabia, which at that time (1918-1940) was in Romania. This would be the town known in Russian as Faleshty and in Romanian as Falesti. Whoever filled in Sam's declaration of intention form above was close, but switched a lot of the letters around.
9/10/2019 10:36 AM Thank you! Thanks to your response and some feedback from other Jewishgen folks I have confirmed that it is Făleşti, which bounced between Russia and Romania but in 1991 became part of Moldova. This was a brick wall for me so I'm grateful to you all for helping break it!

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