The First Vital Records
first two years of the colony - 1889 and 1890 - there were no vital records
recorded in Moises Ville. We don't know who died, nor who was born or married.
There are no records about the important events, as the offical inauguration of
the colony and the decision about its name. These facts were told many years later
by surviving colonists.
1891 Moises Ville began to keep a registration of births, marriages and deceased.
The responsiblity was of one of the colonists, Mr. Pinjas Glasberg, who wrote the
vital records in Yiddish in an old accounting book brought from Russia. Glasberg
carried out that activity until 1899, when the office of Moises Ville's Civil
Registration was open. Glasberg’s
registrations were recognized as official by the government of the province.
According to one of our historians, we found this curious fact that "an
official copy in Spanish was made from the original
written in Yiddish on a book with printed titles in Russian" (Noe Cociovich).
have a copy of that book, we need support to translate it.
Aaron Goldman Museum collection
The Creation of Moises Ville's
A search in
the Historical File of Santa Fe Province shows the first activity in Moises Ville
to pursue the opening of a Register Office:
The records in the Register
The first one in
charge of the office was Mr. Valentín Gallegos, who had some problems at the
beginning of his administration in correctly spelling some of the family names
whose sound he had never heard. As time went on, he learned to register them
correctly. On September 1900, Mr. Enrique F. Lovera took charge of the office, he
had even more problems than his predecessor with the names and family names and it
took him much longer to overcome this problem...
On July 1903
he was replaced by Mr. B. Romulo Fonda who was seemed to have been instructed from
the beginnings and didn't have problems with the “strange names”. Starting in
1909 several clerks followed one to another, such as Teófilo Obregón, Bernardo
Doyharzábal, Wenceslao Trigo, and Hemisferio Frutos. In June 1912 Mr. León
Baruch took charge of the Register Office and ran it for many years, with some
intermediate periods when he was replaced by B. Doyharzabal and Moises B. Kunin.
registered birth was on July 11 1899. The baby was Naum Milstein, son of Moises
Milstein, Russian, merchant, 24 years old, and of Holta Gras, Russian age 23. The
grandparents: Naum Milstein and Sima Waisman, Usher Gras and Zuctel Feldman.
Witness: Abraham Gutman, Russian, 47, and Juan Fontana, Swiss, 31.
The first registered death was on the
same date, July 11 1899. It was the boy Samuel Rosen, 7 years old, son of Mr.
Jacobo Rosen, 41, and of Libe Fingerman, 38. Causes of the death: dragged by a horse.
marriage, recorded on July 19 1899, was that of Mr. Marcos A. Bergel, born in
Alcazar El Kibir, Morocco, age 26, merchant resident of Santa Fe, son of Abraham
Bergel and Mercedes Levy; and of Ms. María Gutman, Russian born in Pleschenitsi,
Minsk, 21, occupation “characteristic of her gender", daughter of Abraham
Gutman and Esther Lifchitz.
As it can be
seen, the records of the Civil Register contain very important genealogical
information. In the recording of births - parents' and grandparents’ names of a
recently born child, birthplaces, age and the parents' profession. In the case of marriages – the names of the couple,
their ages and of their parents, professions and birthplaces. Sometimes in deaths,
cause of death especially in the case of young people.
The first marriage record (manuscript in bold):
In Moises Ville,--- San Cristobal department,
Santa Fe province, on date nineteen--- July of the year thousand
eight hundred ninety nine----. In front of me Valentín Gallegos, in
charge of the Register Office, there appeared Mr. Marcos A. Bergel----of
twenty six----- years old, Moroccan ------ nationality, born in Alcazar
El Kibir (Morocco)--------living in Santa Fe------of occupation
merchant--son of Mr. Abraham Bergel----- age forty five------years
old, nationality Moroccan
----- living in Alcazar El Kibir ----- and of occupation
merchant------and of Mrs. Mercedes Levy----- of thirty eight----- years
old, nationality Moroccan ----living in Alcazar El Kibir ------and
occupation characteristic of her gender------and Mrs. María
Gutman----- of twenty-one-------years old, nationality Russian ----born
in Pleschenitz Gub, Minsk (Russia)----- living in Moises Ville------and
occupation characteristic of her gender----- daughter of Mr. Abraham
Gutman-----of nationality Russian ------ occupation farmer----- and
living in this colony----and of Mrs. Esther Lifschitz----------- of
nationality Russian ------ occupation characteristic of her
gender--------and living in this colony--------------------------------.
Both of them that appeared manifested that it
was their will to marry, to be taken for husband and woman and that there was no
impediment for the celebration of their wedlock. The minor’s father who was
present, said that he gave freely and spontaneously his consent for his
daughter's marriage signing this record in test of
The witness Mr. Salomón Alexenicer------of
forty seven----years old, of nationality Russian --------and Mr.
Boris Kunin------of thirty six----years old, of Russian
nationality----both of this neighborhood and able for this act, they declared
about the identity of the future married, and that for their knowledge that they
had of them they believed them able to get married.
In this stage and being that no opposition has
been deduced, that accusation has not been made and that in opinion of the
public official that subscribes, the ability of the contracting parties has been
proven to marry, previous reading of the Articles 50, 51 and 53 of the National
Law of Marriage I interrogated Mr. Marcos A. Bergel------if he wanted as
a wife and woman María Gutman----- and if he was granted as husband and
having answered that affirmatively, I asked Miss María Gutman----- if
she wanted as a husband Mr. Marcos A. Bergel----- and if she was granted
as his wife and woman, and having also answered that affirmatively, I the undersigned,
in charge of the Register Office, on behalf of the Law and in
exercise of the Ministry that allows me, I declare that Mr. Marcos A.
Bergel--- and Mrs. María Gutman----they are united in
legitimate marriage. Finishing the act and once read the present record
to the interested ones they manifested their conformity and they signed it with
the witness that I certify.
The following signatures: Marcos A. Bergel, A.
Gutman, María Gutman, S. Alexinicer, Boris Kunin, Valentín Gallegos.
The File of the Civil
are two offices of the File of the Civil Registration of Santa Fe province that
contain Moises Ville's registrations: one in the provincial capital, Santa Fe, and
the other one in the main office of the Department (county), at San Cristobal.
The access to the file is restricted and only descendants of one registered can
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