Re: Morris Kasdan from #belarus #lithuania

Sherri Bobish

Hi Robert,

I did both a phonetic and then a soundex search at The JewishGen Unified Database.
A soundex search finds in this database

The Vsia Rossiia 1903 & 1911 Minsk, 1903 & 1911 Mogilev & 1911 Vitebsk Gubernias Database

KAZHDAN Moisey Shmuil Haberdashery 1903 787 Minsk


KAZHDAN Moisey Shmuil Haberdashery Goods 1911 1544 Minsk



There is a 1900 record in database 
Riga Passport and Travel Documents Registration List 1900
This fellow is older than your Moishe, but perhaps a relative?
son of Nison
A watchmaker, age 39 in 1900
Borisov, Minsk p. 
Melnichnaya 94, Riga

A search at The JewishGen Unified Database
for surname KASDAN (phonetic search)
and town Minsk finds hits on the surname spelled various ways, i.e. KOSDAN, KASHDAN, KASCHDAN.

A soundex search finds even more variations, i.e. KOZDON, and other spellings.

The name seems to be connected often to the town of Borisov
Barysaw [Bel], Borisov [Rus, Yid], Borysów [Pol], Baryssau [Ger], Barysavas [Lith], Barisava [Latv], Borisovas, Borissow, Barysaŭ
Region: Minsk

There is a KASHDAN / KASHDON  who lived in Kaunas, but were from Minsk.

Try the search at the Unified database and see if you find any helpful records.

Also, a search of NY passenger arrivals, using the Steve Morse portal to the Ancestry database, finds several people with the name you are searching (I used a soundex search on the first and surname.)
Including this fellow from Borisow, which I mentioned is in the Minsk region.
Name: Moische Kazdan
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: Hebrew
Marital status: Married
Age: 39
Birth Date: abt 1873
Birth Place: Russia
Other Birth Place: Borisow
Last Known Residence: Borisow, Russia
Departure Port: Hamburg
Arrival Date: 28 Feb 1912
Arrival Port: New York, New York, USA
Final Destination: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 5 Feet, 7 Inches
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Fair
Money in Possession: 30
Person in Old Country: Chaje Kazdan
Person in Old Country Relationship: Wife
Person in Old Country Residence: Barysaw
Person in US: Hole Rozow
Spouse: Chaje Kazdan
Ship Name: Amerika

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