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This Web site has been designed to share all of that information.
We hope that Amdurs everywhere will find their families here and will add information to it, in the process enriching everyone’s knowledge.
As far as we know, no one assumed the last name of Amdur while still living in Indua.
That would have defeated the purpose of distinguishing one from the other.
The Russian law mandating the adoption of fixed surnames was enacted in 1809.
Prior to that time, Jews had just secular (Yiddish) and sacred (Hebrew) names.
Rather, they only took the name when they had left Indura for some other place.
We have used a variety of archival documents in our research, including the 1755 Polish census of the Jews of Indura, a 1784 Braslav Jewish census, many other censuses and other 19th century documents such as Rabbi, tax, voter and conscription lists.
Novo Aleksandrovsk later became Zarasai district and , as a result of border changes following World War I, Braslav (55'38"N / 27'02"E) today is in the far northeastern corner of Belarus.Thus, a town might have a “Simon the tailor” and a “Simon from Amdur.” Later, when Jews had to adopt hereditary family names, Simon the tailor might become Simon Schneider, while Simon from Amdur would become Simon Amdur.We assume that all those whose names are Amdur, Amdursky and Amdurer descent from someone who lived in Indura just prior to the adoption of family names.About the Amdurs All of the Amdurs we have found to date appear to belong to one of three seemingly disparate branches.Our branch lived in the Braslav uyezd (township) of the Novo Aleksandrovsk district of what in the19th century was first Vilna and then Kovno guberniya (province) of Russia.
Facial similarities suggest that there is a strong family linkage. We don’t know anything about the original home of the Amdurers but they are included as well.