Hello Marlena! I was reading in bed and checked my e-mail on my mobile (modern conveniences!) and I had to get up to type to you. This is what I know bout my grandmother. She moved to London in 1914 or around this time. There with her were two sisters and her parents. From my understanding, my great-grandfather was very tall and of Russian descent. My great-grandmother was very petite. I don't know if her family had been in Rumania for years or not.
My Granny had mentioned 2 uncles that she had; but that is all my mum recalls. My grandmother passed away in 1996. My mum was born in England; and I still have family there (Norwich and Nottingham; but let's just say these relatives are not so inclined to know about anything of the past.
I have done my best to read about shetls and there is no way I imagine Granny's family didn't live in one. There is also again no way that somewhere in Eastern Europe there were extended relatives. She never spoke of them or quite frankly, maybe she didn't really know.
The researcher was someone who contacted me (I've been trying to research for years). He did send my mum some sort of birth or death record of Clara Moscovitch. I never got to see it or prove its authenticity; but I believe he was a real researcher who lived in Rumania. From my understanding Moscovitch literally means "Of Moscow". Is this true? You know Jews were not really given last names so I am curious if they just gave this name to Jews who came from Moscow? You are the first person that has mentioned Rivka in Botosani. Granny's name was anglicized to Rebecca Moss. I would be happy to meet you when you come to the States in June. If you have any other questions or thoughts, please let me know. I believe we had one picture of Granny when she was a young woman (I will try to find this to scan to your e-mail). Angel