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Alan Shuchat – Life Under the Tsars: Registration, Residence and Exit Routes

March 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

at Temple Emanuel


Records from the Russian Empire show that people were often registered as citizens of one town but lived in another. What was the system of registration and residence permits under the tsars and later in the Soviet Union?  How were people divided into social estates?  How did our ancestors obtain steamship tickets and travel from their shtetls to the steamship ports?  How can these records and historical knowledge help us trace our families before they emigrated?


Alan Shuchat is a retired professor of mathematics at Wellesley College. He has researched his family’s history for several decades and traced branches back to around 1800.  Shuchat lectured on Jewish agricultural colonies in the Russian Empire at the 2013 IAJGS conference in Boston. He is the coordinator of JGSGB’s Ukraine Special Interest Group and teaches in JGSGB’s genealogy course.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

Pre-lecture: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Belarus and Litvak SIGs

Post-lecture (approx. 3:30 pm)
Poland and Ukraine SIGs

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.


March 18, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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Newton Centre, MA 02459 United States
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