Re: Brick Wall -->Epiphany -->Breakthrough #usa

Michele Lock

I'm glad you were able to figure out the one town was Kosava in Belarus.

What I do when I've been able to locate one town for certain, but have close relatives giving other names for their town of origin, I go to Google maps, and blow up the region around the town name, in this case Kosava. Then I look for nearby towns (actually villages) that have names in Belorussian that sound similar to the names given in documents. For instance - Lubizetz: about 10 miles east of Kosava is the village with the name Liubishchitsy. In Yiddish, the last syllable was often left off of names, and the "i" after an 'L' was usually left out. This would give the name "Lubishchits", very close to the name "Lubizetz". 

And the names Brasew and Rastonbresie: Kosava is located in the Brest region of Belarus. I think the 'Brasev' and 'bresie' are referring to Brest. And the 'Raston' part of the second name - this may refer to the town Ruzany, located about 14 miles northwest of Kosava. Ruzany did have a synagogue, according to the Jewishgen page on the town. 

I would, however, be interested in others' opinions on this matter of the town names.

Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

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