I would like to ask assistance from anyone who may be able to help me, that has access to records or is able to do lookups.
Anton (alternate spellings Antoni, Anthony) ZUKOW (alternate spellings ZUK/ZUKOWSKY/ZUKOWSKI, maybe even with an "H" ZHUK), born 10/19/1893 in Poland, possible birth place Grodno. parents unknown. Single, no children (as far as I know). I have no idea when he arrived in Canada-he may have tried to enter the US first, and was turned away and entered Canada instead, so I have no idea if he first arrived at a US port, or a Canadian port, and which port it would be.
I was told that my great-grandfather Anton Zuk/Zukow/Zukowsky was allegedly a. related to General Zukow (Zhukov) and that b. he worked as a gamekeeper for Tsar Nicholas II. Any facts or documents about him have not been verifiable to date (such as immigration, etc). I was also told he snuck into the US from Canada, so somehow he made it into the country of Canada. So I am really at square one. If I can find his immigration to Canada, that might be a good start. I am going on the premise that he was from Grodno. If he was a gamekeeper as stated, it is possible he may have lived in, or lived nearby, the village of "Byelovyezhe" (sp?), since the Tsar had his biggest hunting/deer park located in that town.
In May 1929, under the name Anthony ZUKOW he filed a US Declaration of Intention, stating he entered the US through Buffalo, NY on June 15, 1914. He states his race is Russian.
In December 1931, he was issued a Certificate of Arrival from the US Department of Labor. This document states his Port of Entry: Buffalo, NY, Name: Anton ZUK (now ZUKOW), Date: June 15, 1914, Manner of Arrival: Train
In March 1932, he filed a US Petition for Citizenship under the name Anthony ZUKOW ZUKOWSKY, and in that document he states that his last foreign residence was Hamilton, Canada, at the time he entered the US his name was Anton ZUK (Anthony ZUKOW now) on June 15, 1914.
He ultimately wound up living in the Passaic/Clifton area of NJ. Was married twice, do not know the name of the first wife-I think her last name might be FILA but I am not sure, the second wife is Mary, who came from Zemeplin, Czechloslovakia. Had four children, Mary, Caroline, Helen and Emil.
I understand that Grodno is a region and a gubernia, and that there is also a city named Grodno. I also understand that many records were destroyed by the Soviets, so I would like to write the archives in both Minsk and Grodno in Belarus to see if they may have any records, but I cannot do this until I have some more detailed information to send a letter.
I am also thinking that I may be having a hard time because his name could have been misspelled on paperwork, SUK, SUKOW, SUKOWSKI, that kind of thing.
I would like to find any documentation of him in Grodno - Belarus-census, birth, church records; any record of him coming from Poland arriving in Canada, any record of him residing in Canada-census records, any mention of him anywhere in Canada (directories, etc), I am not sure if I can get records of him coming into the US through Buffalo. I am trying to find out his true name, maybe names of parents or relatives, really anything about him.
I am really at a loss, and trying to see if anyone has any ideas. Does anyone know if genealogy research has been done on General Zukow?
Please help, this man has been nothing but a mystery.