I am trying to decipher the birthplaces of my grandmother's parents who came over from Russia in 1914-1915 and were born in territory which now lies in Belarus.
On my grandmother's birth certificate, her parents' places of birth are given as "Dolginowa" (father) and "Lubotniki (mother).However, the plot thickens when you start looking at their ship arrival records.
Father Josef had an older brother Piotr, and mother Olimpia had an older sister Urszula.When you compare the siblings' arrival records with each other, you find the following inconsistencies:
Piotr reported that his last residence was Wilna, his birthplace was "Szivey," and that his father lived in "Szivey."
Meanwhile, Josef reported that his last residence was "Sziwcza," his birthplace was Wilna, and that his father lived in "Sziwcza."
Urszula reported that her last residence was "Bilmoni" (I could be mistaken about the transcription) and her birthplace was "Bilmoni," but that her mother was living in "Beresyna, Wilna."
Meanwhile, Olimpia also reported that her last residence was "Bilmoni" (again, perhaps a transcription error) and that her mother was living in "Bilmoni," but that her birthplace was "Zabsic."
Of course we all know that "Wilna" is Vilnius, but Josef and Olimpia were most likely referring to the region rather than the town.
I have also found "Dolginovo" (presently "Dauhinava") in the Minsk Oblast (from my grandmother's birth certificate) but I have never found any towns in the vicinity remotely resembling "Szivey" or "Sziwcza."
I have also found "Berezyna" in the Minsk Oblast, which looks to be a promising match with "Beresyna," but haven't found anything in the vicinity remotely resembling "Bilmoni" let alone "Zabsic" or the "Lubotniki" from my grandmother's birth certificate.
If anybody could help me decode the identities of these towns, I would greatly appreciate it!