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Matrona Grib and Vasiliy Pyz from Minsk
Posted by: Marielle Pyz-Ortiz (ID *****3558) Date: July 09, 2012 at 20:35:17
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Hey everyone. I'm trying to track down my Belorussian roots but have had little luck. I contacted the Minsk Archives numerous times but they do not have any records on either of them. I did, however, find Matrona's passenger manifest through Ellis Island. The only problem is that the town it lists she is from does not even exist! It says Matrona (also seen as Matrena) is from 'Jakuslkj, Russia.' it says Minsk also and I know she was from there. I would really love to find out just WHERE in Minsk she is from. This is the only document that says a Gubernia for her location instead of just Minsk. Her father is Jakob Grib an on her marriage document it lists her mother as only Pruzina. Her exact DOB is unknown since I found 4 or 5 different birthdays for her. It's usually around 1894/1895. She also had a sister and maybe a brother. She came to NY in 1914. Vasiliy Pyz is my great grandfather and he was from Klinok, Minsk. The Church there does not have records during his birth period. He was born Feb 24 1883 to parents Vladimir Pyz and Lukeria. He also had a younger brother named Stepan who was later executed for passing information on to an enemy. Vasiliy changed his name to William when he came to the US around 1912 and his last name to Pyzow. He was also married in Russia before meeting and marrying my great grandmother, Matrona Grib, in New York, after his first wife passed away. I would really love to know more about these people but have been completely stuck. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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