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28 September 2012

Who is Jake Sawilowsky of Augusta, GA, in 1910?

   Last spring while researching at the GA Archives, the name Jake Sawilowsky or Sawilowski appeared in records for Augusta, Richmond Co, GA in 1910. A researchers dilemma, is this the same person? With an unusual name in the south during this time, this should be an easy question with an even easier answer.
   Nothing is as it appears. Comparing census records with city directories, 1909 there are three Jacob, and 1910 there are still two Jacob.
   This family offers a very interesting study. According to the 1910 U.S. federal census, the Sawilowsky family was born in Russia. According to the Augusta city directories, Rosa, a widow, owns a dry goods store employing many family members. Some of the family members are in the shoemaker business.  The 1910 city directory listings for Sawilowsky include:
Jacob (2)
James (2)
Rosa (2)
   For more articles on Sawilowsky read Genealogical definitions: Source, citation, and repository , for more information on the Georgia Archives read Georgia Archives obstructs researcher’s right to use records or for more information on Georgia research read Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, . . .'