Passport found from Vitebsk for GOLSMID #belarus


hurycane <hurycane@...>
 

My Father passed away two months ago and while going through his box of
religious items I found on the back of a shelf, I made a wonderful
discovery. At the bottom of the box of prayer books etc, I found a
small worn green "book". There was nothing on it to identify it, but
when I opened it, I knew I had found the passport of my Grandfather. My
Father always said the family came >from Riga, Latvia. He was the baby
of 5 and the only one born in this country (in 1909). The passport
clearly states that my Grandfather was named Rafol Abramov GOLSMID. It
was issued in 1904 in Vitebsk. Thanks to wonderful friends who did not
mind translating at 11pm, I also found out the following.
He was 37 years old in 1904, so now I know when he was born. He had
been in the Army and was then in the Reserves. He paid 15 rubles for
the passport on July 8, 1904 and he left >from the city of Lubav on July
25, 1904. My friends who translated this explained that Lubav was very
near Riga and that was probably why the family said they came from
Riga.(meaning they sailed >from there) Lubav was a port city and near
Riga. This information also gave me the name of my Great Grandfather
Abramov and now I know why my Father was named Abraham. The sad part is
that my Father never knew this himself. The passport was so small and
in a language he did not understand, that he probably never even knew
what it was. Now, I have something to go on for the paternal
genealogical search. Rafol was changed to Ralph in the United States and
GOLSMID was changed to GOLDSMITH.
So, be sure to look everywhere even if your older relatives say they
have nothing about the family...you just might find something
fascinating. If you have any information on Golsmid >from Vitebsk or
nearby, please contact me.

Donna Rice
Columbus, Georgia
hurycane@mindspring.com

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YuriShch1@...
 

In a message dated 12/5/98 6:29:58 AM Pacific Standard Time,
hurycane@mindspring.com writes:

<< My friends who translated this explained that Lubav was very
near Riga and that was probably why the family said they came from
Riga.(meaning they sailed >from there) Lubav was a port city and near
Riga. >>

Dear Donna!

I'm not sure you got correct explanations re Riga and Lubav >from you friends.
Lubav (or Lubava) is a pretty big port, you are absolutely right! Its modern
name is Lijepaya. But the distance between Riga and Lubava is about 180
kilometers. I guess it's too much to qualify these towns as "neighbors." You
family might live in Riga for the certain period of time, that's why they said
they came >from Riga...

Sincerely,
Yuri Shcherbina
LA, CA