[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Need Help Locating a Town in Belarus

Gary Warner garyw555 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 14 13:43:48 PDT 2013


The Polish C has a sound of Tz, as is Tzar, but just Z is pretty close.

Gary Warner

On 10/14/2013 1:19 PM, Nadia Anderson wrote:
> Dear List -
> First, I want to thank Jimmy Gerum for his help last week in deciphering
> the Ship Manifest for my gr-grandfather!  This information has led me to a
> second question about the last name of my gr-grandfather: Oscar Cilz. Based
> on my research so far, this seems to be an incredibly uncommon last name
> and I haven't turned up a lot of leads. The name is spelled Zilz on his
> ship manifest (1912). Later on his Naturalization  records (1914) it was
> spelled Cilz.
> I am wondering two things:
> #1 - anyone else has come across the last name Cilz/Zilz?
> #2 - if anyone with more knowledge of Polish/German/Russian last names can
> suggest alternate spellings of this name for me to include in my search?
> Thanks so much,
> Nadia
> On 7 October 2013 19:19, Nadia Anderson <anderson.nadia at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am trying to find out more information about my gr-grandfather's
>> history. His name was Oscar Cilz/Zilz and his Naturalisation Records list
>> Grodno as has birthplace. This is helpful, but because Grodno is both a
>> town and a region I am trying to narrow it down further.
>> His Ship Manifest also lists Grodno as his last permanent residence, but
>> there is more information that I cannot decipher, including a place of
>> birth and an address for his father Carl Zilz. I just don't have enough
>> familiarity with the Belarus region &/or I am not very good at reading this
>> style of handwriting, so I haven't been able to puzzle out these two words.
>> I am wondering if someone would be willing to take a look at the ship
>> manifest for me?
>> Thanks so much,
>> Nadia
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