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Jewish Families of Volhynia (Wolin) Gubernia

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  • Esther Rachel Eisenman (c.1874 - 1934)
    Mother listed as living in Wolina on Ellis Island Ships Manifest.
  • Leah Block (c.1868 - 1943)
    From Wolina (as listed on immigration papers) Born Nov. 1868 (per naturalization certificate issued Feb 29, 1939, no. 192506) Residence 48 Glenville Ave. Allston, MA 119 Brainard Rd

Volhynia Gubernia - Other Names: Volinskaya, Wolin, Wolyn, Wolina, Wolinsk, Volinski, Wolinski, Volenskii, Wolenskj, Wolenskja, Volin, Volyn.

Volhynia was located in what is now northwest Ukraine, on the border with Poland and Belarus.

Volhynia was ruled by Poland until the late 18th century, when Poland was partitioned by the Prussian, Austrian, and Russian empires. After the partition of Poland, Volhynia was a gubernia, or province, of the Russian Empire until 1919, when the western part of Volhynia once again became part of Poland. In 1945 the entire area of the Volhynia Gubernia was absorbed into the Soviet Union, but the gubernia system was no longer used and the Volhynia name was used to identify a smaller region, called an oblast, in the western part of the old gubernia. Most of what was the Volhynia Gubernia is now in Ukraine, with a small part of northern Volhynia in Belarus.

Major cities and towns in and around Volhynia include Zhitomir (the former capital), Rovno, Lutsk, Kovel, and Novograd-Volinsk.