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Q: Name of a town in Russia ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Name of a town in Russia
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: geoffles-ga
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Posted: 27 Nov 2003 11:39 PST
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Question ID: 281201
My mother was born in March 1918 in YAKETERIERESLAVA or YAKETEREENESLAV, RUSSIA.
I am trying to ascertain if this town still exists or if it has
changed its name and what it is now called, so that I can obtain some
documentation regarding her birth.
Subject: Re: Name of a town in Russia
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 27 Nov 2003 13:42 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Geoffles,

I have identified the town as Yekaterinoslav  (Ekaterinoslav)  which
was renamed in 1926 as Dnipropetrovsk or Dnepropetrovsk (Russian

The city of Dnepropetrovsk (Dnipropetrovs?k in Ukrainian) is situated
on the river Dnieper (Dnepr or Dnipro) in the Central Ukraine.

?This town was founded in 1776 by the Russian duke, Potemkin by order
of Catherine II, Empress of the Russian Empire and called
Yekaterinoslav from 1776 to 1926. During 1918 the town?s name was
Sicheslav (The Glory for Sich?/Fortress of Cossacks).?


?In the beginning of 19th century the city of Yekaterinoslav had only
6389 inhabitants, in 1865 - 22,816, in 1887 - 48,000 and in 1897 the
population had increased to 121, 200 people. For the last thirty years
of the century the population of the city increased 5 times.?

?In 1897, because of the development of the city, third in the Russian
Empire, Yekaterinoslav opened the electrical tram.?

?In 1926 the city of Yekaterinoslav was renamed - Dnipropetrovsk had
appeared.... The Dnipropetrovs'k (Dnepropetrovsk in Russian) city name
consists of two words: "Dnipro" (Dnieper River) and "Petrovsk" (named
for Petrovskiy). Grigoriy Petrovskiy (1878-1958) was the first
Parliament (Soviet) leader of the new communist Ukrainian republic.?

Dnepropetrovsk History


? Founded in 1787 by the Russian statesman Grigory A. Potemkin, the
city originally was named Ekaterinoslav in honor of Catherine the
Great. The present name, also spelled Dnepropetrovsk, was adopted in

History from Roots Web:

?Dnipropetrovsk, formerly (UNTIL 1926) YEKATERINOSLAV, OR
EKATERINOSLAV, city and administrative centre, Dnipropetrovsk oblast
(province), south-central Ukraine. It lies along the Dnieper River,
near its confluence with the Samara. The river has been considerably
widened by the construction of a dam about 50 miles (80 km)
downstream. Founded in 1783 as Yekaterinoslav on the river's north
bank, the settlement was moved to its present site on the south bank
in 1786. The community was known as Novorossiysk from 1796 to 1802,
when its old name was restored and it became a provincial centre.
Despite the bridging of the Dnieper in 1796 and the growth of trade in
the early 19th century, Yekaterinoslav remained small until
industrialization began in the 1880s, when railways were built to
Odessa, the Donets Basin, and Moscow. In 1926 the Soviets renamed it

Source: Roots Web

Additional information that may interest you

You might find the following document useful as it provides a great
deal of information and links to valuable resources for genealogy
An Introduction to Ukrainian research courtesy of the Center Genealogy Institute

This page contains links to the  history of Yekaterinaslav,
information about the city of Dniepropetrovsk and other topics of

Search criteria:
Yaketeriereslava OR Yaketereeneslav 

I hope you find this helpful! If anything is unclear with my answer,
please ask for clarification.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by geoffles-ga on 28 Nov 2003 11:42 PST
Thank you very much for your immediate response to my question - I am
amazed at your response time!
However I am surprised that Dnepropetrovsk / Yekateterinoslav Russia
that you identified, is as far away from Lithuania as my map
My grandparents lived in Lithuania, but went to Russia during the 1st
world war to escape the fighting, and that is when my mother was born
in Yekaterinoslav. They then returned to Lithuania after the end of
Is it possible that there could have been another Yekaterinoslav
closer to the Lithuanian border?

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 28 Nov 2003 12:16 PST
Dear Geoffles,

I did additional research and discovered a town called Yekaterinoslavka in Russia

Yekaterinoslavka, Russia
Latitude 53.8167 Longitude 55.3000 Altitude (feet) 754 
There are some maps at the bottom of the following webpage.

Here is a list of places in Russia beginning with Ye

Settlement of town type (1964), raion centre (Octyabrsk raion).
The settlement is situated at Ivanovka r.
Zone time: +6 from Moscow one.
Renamings: the Kaganovich (the 30th - 1957). 
the station Yekaterinoslavka, north side (from 1914). Transbaikal line.
It was electrified in 1983, alternating current.
Economics: Food industry, agriculture. The largest elevator.

Perhaps Yekaterinoslavka is the town you have in mind.

geoffles-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
The researcher answered exactly what I wanted - including the response
to my clarification. The response was written in a friendly way & I
was impressed with the speed & additional info that provided me other
sources to search for & I hope help me find the archives I was looking
for. Thanks very much for a great research job!

Subject: Re: Name of a town in Russia
From: bobbie7-ga on 09 Dec 2003 05:29 PST
Thank you for your kind words, five stars and nice tip!

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