Mitch Stone <mitch@...>
For the last several years, I have been attempting to locate
immigration records for the branch of my family which took the surname
HOYT. They were >from Minsk, and according to census registers,
emigrated between 1903 and 1905.
I have searched every manner of variant for HOYT, soundex and otherwise
(literally hundreds) in the EIDB, and come up empty. As nearly as I can
tell, no other Jewish families have this surname, so possibly it was
fabricated after they arrived in the United States. Consequently, I
have also tried searching for given names only, but have not found a
matching family even by this laborious method. They all lived in New
York, so I have no reason to believe they passed through any
immigration center other than Ellis Island.
The only potential clue I have as to what the family name might have
been (assuming it was not made up entirely) is the phonetic
pronunciation recorded in two census registers: "Hoyd" and "Hoyet."
Any thoughts or leads would be most appreciated. Please respond
Researching: BREITSTEIN, BRAZINSKY, GUTERMAN/GOODMAN,
KESSLER, SEROTA, SANDERS, PERETZ, HOYT,