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I hope someone can help. I have been trying to find out if the family story of my great-grandfather being a Cossack. His name is Jacob Fischer he was born 26 AUG 1872 • Baden Kutshurgan, Odessa, Russia. His wife was Anna Wentz born 26 MAY 1872 • Elsass, Kutschurgan, Odessa, Russia. The emigrated to the United States October 1900.
I have an extensive Fisher Family tree on Ancestry but have not found any information regarding him being a Cossack. One of my 2nd cousins told me that he also received some metals as well. Can you please direct me to where i need to look for this information. thank you, Diane

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    We aren't going to be at our best here with not much more to go on than the name of an ordinary person. You might consider trying genealogy.stackexchange.com , as that's kind of their bread-and-butter. – T.E.D. Oct 22 '20 at 19:39
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    Most likely he was not a Cossak. First of all, he comes from Odessa (Ukraine), while the region of Cossaks was on Don (Russia). Second, the names of your grand-grandfather and his wife indicate that they both were Jews (or at least of the Jewish descent). Which makes it extremally unlikely that they had anything to do with Cossaks. – Alex Oct 22 '20 at 20:37
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    @MaxB - An explanation of that, elaborated out with the relevant history of the matter, seems like it would make for a good answer. – T.E.D. Oct 22 '20 at 20:51
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    @Alex - Same as above for you. – T.E.D. Oct 22 '20 at 20:51
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    Actually, considering the information at germansfromrussiasettlementlocations.org/2018/06/…, it's far more likely that both of them were descendants of German (most likely Catholic) colonists. – Meir Oct 22 '20 at 21:36

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