Berko Portiansky in Yelizabetgrad #ukraine #russia


I am trying to learn about my paternal great grandparents and other family who lived in the Russian Empire, now Ukraine. According to papers they were from Elizabetgrad and the name was Portiansky or Portjansky. My great grandfather, Berko, came to the US with his son, Nuta in 1904. I could not find when he returned to Russia but when my grandfather, Leib, came over in 1912 he listed Berko as being in Elizavetgrad. I believe they were in the hides and skins business and maybe had a tannery over there. Once in America, my relatives changed their last name to Porter. Any help would be appreciated,

Stuart Porter, Fort Defiance, Virginia

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