Searching for Ritevsky/Rits origins in Lithuania #belarus #lithuania


I am searching for the origins of the Ritevsky/Rits genealogical line in Lithuania. I have information indicating that it may have started in the village/town of Vilkaviskis, in south-east Suwalki Gubernia in the 1700's. Later, Ritevskys are found in Minsk in the 1870's and 1880's owning a chain of shops that specialized in selling collars, cuffs, etc. They immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1890's and changed their surname to Rits. I would welcome any help in learning more about their origins/early ancestors or their businesses in the Minsk region.
Thank You,
George Mason

Researching MOZESON in Lithuania, Poland, and Latvia,
NATHANSON in Lithuania and Latvia, and ORABENA/ARABENA in Spain.

Gerald and Margaret

I suggest you look at the website of a charity based in London and Belarus:
It helps Jews in Belarus become self-sufficient.  One project is genealogical research.  They have the huge advantage of being based in Belarus, knowing all the relevant languages, plus the ability to navigate through the local bureaucracies.
Good hunting,
Margaret Levin
London UK