Belarus SIG #Belarus Searching RASKIN, FELDMAN, GUTKIN, NAYSTADT or ZAGER families from Polotsk, Vitebsk #belarus


Dear Genners,

My grandfather, Mendel Lieb RASKIN (son of Shmuel) arrived in New York in
1910. Later, the same year, his wife Faige (nee URIN), their firstborn son
Samuel, and my grandfather?s brother Rachmael (Raymond) joined him in New
York. All of their arrival manifests have them coming >from Polotsk, Vitebsk
(now in Belarus) and all with the same surname, RASKIN. Between 1912 and
1915 they moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and in that timeframe they
changed the name to REIKEN (pronounced Ray-kin). Rachmael/Raymond?s wedding
certificate records his (and presumably my grandfather's) mother as Mollie
NAYSTADT (unfortunately, this entry is hard to decipher).

My research has revealed a cousin, Mary FELDMAN (>from Polotsk) who lived
with her husband Solomon and their children in Buffalo, NY. Her death
certificate names her father as Louis RASKIN. Another cousin (as confirmed
by her last surviving daughter) was Zelda/Jenny ZLOTKIN/ZLATKIN (nee: GUTKIN
or GOOTKIN), >from Polotsk, who married Hillel/Harry ZLOTKIN. The couple
lived in Toronto. Another cousin, A. ZAGER, was named as my grandfather's
New York contact on his arrival manifest. There may have been still another
cousin, S. Zalman GUTKIN, >from Polotsk, who arrived in Baltimore in 1913 and
named the Buffalo, New York FELDMAN?s (above) as his contact on his arrival
manifest. Thus far, I have been unsuccessful in determining how any of
these cousins may be have been related to my grandfather, my
great-grandparents, or even to each other.

I have had the good fortune in locating my grandmother?s family, URIN/ARON
who lived in Bobruisk, Belarus. As these two towns are 315 km (190 miles)
apart, I suspect, my grandparents may have been introduced by relatives
living in either Bobruisk or Polotsk. The Bobriusk SIG records have not yet
offered any insight, and the few Polotsk records which are currently online,
or which have been identified by a private researcher, offer no tangible
leads to my grandfather?s family.

Through this post, I am hoping to locate others connected to any of the
came >from either Polotsk or Bobruisk. If so, or if you can offer any
suggestions for other research sources, I welcome hearing >from you at:


Thanking you in advance,

Leslie Gut-Reiken, Zurich, Switzerland

(all >from Polotsk or Bobruisk, Belarus), SALAMANSKY, SOLOMIANSKY, WIENER,
LITOWITZ (all >from Lida, Belarus or Eisiskes, Lithuania)

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