I have hit a brick
wall looking for the origins of my family and would
appreciate some suggestions.
My paternal great
grandparents are Joseph and Kate Slootsky. According to the
census, they arrived here in 1892, as a married couple. All
nine of their children were born in the USA. The oldest two
in New Haven, Connecticut the rest in Bayonne, Jersey City
and Passaic, New Jersey. Some documents I’ve located have my
great grandmother’s first name as Kate, others as Gussie.
Her maiden name on birth records and marriage records of her
children appears as variations of the same name, Valodarsky,
Wollokosky, Valador, Volodarska, Vlador, and Valudet, which
of course confuses the issue.
I have tried using
various spellings of the name Slootsky (but have been
unsuccessful) in finding them entering any port in the USA.
I understand the records from Castle Gardens for that year
were lost in a fire, therefore, they may have entered there.
Unfortunately, I don't know where the family originated
here in the USA, most of Joseph Slootsky’s cousins changed
the spelling of their name to Slutsky or they changed their
name to Slade. In later years, some of Joseph’s own sons
changed their name to Slade. Joseph died in 1927 and is
buried in Baron Hirsch Cemetery in Staten Island. Kate
committed suicide in 1933 but I don’t know where she is
Oddly, my branch
of the Slootsky family plus 2 other Slootsky families all
lived down the street from one another in Bayonne, New
Jersey at the same time. The 3rd Slootsky
family left Bayonne and moved to Cape May, New Jersey but
I’ve never been able to figure out how these other families
are connected to our family.
I also discovered
a second Joseph Slootsky. He left the East coast moved to
Utah then to the state of Washington, however, I have never
found a connection with him and my Slootsky family.
The only clue I
have to where Joseph and Kate may have immigrated from is
that a cousin, Louis Slootsky, (and I’m still not exactly
sure how they are our cousins) came from Elizabetgrad, Kiev,
Russia. Louis’s wife, Sahre Archangelouskaya came from
Archangel, Arctic Circle, Russia. I understand that Louis
and Sahre were uncle and niece as well as husband and wife.
If anyone has any
suggestions for me I’d appreciate hearing them.