The cyrillic alphabet
The Usdin/Alterman 1875 census list one Girm(Гирм) and two Gerten(Гертен)
-GIRM YANKELEVICH USDIN (ГИРМ ЯНКЕЛЕВИЧ УЗДИН ) born in 1821 and certainly my Great Grandfather's brother.census
-GERTEN LEIBOVICH ALTERMAN (ГЕРТЕН ЛЕЙБОВИЧ АЛТЕРМАН )born in 1817 and certainly my Great Grandmother's Uncle.census
-GERTEN KHAIMOVICH ALTERMAN (ГЕРТЕН ХАИМОВИЧ- ШМУЕЛОВИЧ АЛТЕРМАН) born in 1873 and Gerten's Grandson
I didn't know the origins of the fist names, so I asked the Jewishgen to help on May 5, 2007
==The Russian alphabet does not have the letter "H" and uses instead
the letter "G." The names used by these two people would probably
have been Hirm and Herten.
==I looked up both names in Beider's dictionary of first names. I found
neither in the English language index (I didn't check the Russian because
I have only a limited knowledge of the Russian alphabet).
==I've been trying to free-associate to these names. I do not come up with
associations to any name I know in Yiddish, Hebrew, or German
More info would help. Men's names? Women's names? Cyrillic G can stand for
'h', so one can read 'Hirm' and/or Herten? I'd also like to actually
see the Cyrillic.
Date of archives, from where?
In Russian script, it is often difficult to distinguish m,
t, and sh written by scribes who were not too careful. I suspect the
names are Girsh and Gershen.(That's what I thought but I wanted to be sure)
Actually a Cyrillic T looks like an M, so Gerten could be Herman and
Girm could be Herm - which would work out fine if Gerten and Girm were
the same person, Herman.