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Bernard and Mire Chazanoff moved to Odessa in 1884 from Nezhin after their children were born. Please click on the word Odessa above, to see photographs of Odessa in the early 1900s and present day.
Click here the relationship in Ukraine of Sosnitza to Kiev and Nezhin
Click here to see diary excerpts from our visit to Sosnitza.

The Chazanov family originated in Sosnitza, which lies in the Chernigov Province of Ukraine. We have traced the family back to living in the town through the 1700s.

Through marriage and immigration branches of the family settled in Chernigov, Nezhin, Krolovets, Odessa, Semenovka, and other towns in the surrounding Ukrainian areas. We have also found a Chazanov branch who eventually settled in Minsk.

The distance between Sosnitza and Nezhin is 40 miles. Upon immigration to America, many of our branch settled in Philadelphia.

The town of Sosnitza appeared to me to be one of the few "charming" towns I saw in Ukraine.

As we stood on the banks of the Dneiper River, I could not help but visualize our ancestors spending time there.

According to the census taken in the 1930s, the Jewish population was then 1,141. Today, there are no Jewish people living in Sosnitza.

Bernard Chazanoff, my great grandfather from Sosnitza, married Mire Chaiken from Nezhin.

#1..The Banks of the river Dneiper in Sosnitza. Samuel Rubinson b.1889, swam this river at night in order to escape from Russia and the military service.
#2..The stenciled architecture in Sosnitza today
#3..A typical home in Sosnitza in the 1800s
#4..A sign marking the spot were the Jews were murdered during the Holocaust in Sosnitza