Grandmother Emma Kliner was born in Ribet, Russia-Poland in 1892 according to her naturalization papers.

Passenger list in 1909 says Rybitwy as best as i can read it.

Trying to find this town, and relatives- family name of Klenner or Kliner or Klinger mother is Elizabeth or Louisa father is Frederick or Ferdinand

in later documents she calls herself German other documents mention Belarus, Thorn, Plock


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There are a number of possibilities but Georgenburg (in German):

Rybitwy is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Pakość, within Inowrocław County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in north-central Poland.

seems one of the most likely as Plock and Toruń (Thorn in German) are a couple of the nearest densely populated areas with names that are less challenging to those who are not Polish.

This largely disregards the Belarus reference.

Another possibility is Rybitwy the:

village in the administrative district of Gmina Józefów nad Wisłą, within Opole Lubelskie County, Lublin Voivodeship, in eastern Poland.

which is about 50 miles from another Toruń. Both however are not far from (the much bigger) Lublin and that has a name that also translates easily – but a location a long way from Plock.

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PS Rybitwy is Polish for tern.

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    Thank you for the insights. family legend tells that Ribet was near a river that flooded every year. I also do not know gramma's religion.
    – chris
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 22:19

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