Because borders changed a lot during the first part of the 20th
Century, I have found such information as this: on my grandfather's
first immigration papers, circa 1905, it states he was >from "Russia."
On his naturalization papers some years later, about 1932, he wrote
"Poland." That's because he was >from an area now in Belarus that had
been within the border changes.
Barbara SLOAN, searching SLONIMSKY, SLATAS, ZLATES, PESSIN, WEINGER,
KATZ and others.
From: Phyllis Kramer <phylliskramer1@...>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2013 17:24:24 -0400
Jay Lenefsky asked:
A relative, Jacob Berkowitz, wrote on his army draft application that he
came >from Vilowitz.His brother immigrated >from Ilya / Ilja - Belarus /
Lithuiania so I assume Vilowitz is in the general area. I have not been
able to find it. Would greatly appreciate it if someone can tell me where
First, no one could come >from Belarus/Lithuania because they are
separate modern day nations. I would speculate that you saw Russia in
the draft or census, and drew assumptions >from that.