Grandmother & Father immigrated from Russia/Poland in 1913, from listed location of Jesnayewa, Russia/Poland. have not been able thus far to find this town/city to further advance information of family roots! Traveled under the name Kloc...to New York...finally to Shamokin, Pa.

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    It would help greatly to provide a scan of the document where you found this name. I don't see any polish citty with a similar name, also a A followed by a Y is almost impossible in polish language so there's definitely a misspelling.
    – Bregalad
    Commented Apr 28, 2018 at 13:59
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    Yesnayewa is not likely correct spelling, but YA graphem is not meaningless, because there is a lot of villages which names are derived from the name of tree YASEN' ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ясень or Fraxinus Commented Apr 28, 2018 at 17:16
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    Maybe we are talinkg about en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesionowo,_Braniewo_County Commented Apr 28, 2018 at 17:19
  • jesnayewa was listed as Father's birthplace in passenger list of the ship Potsdam departed Rotterdam 29 may, 1913. Also, surname Kloc found
    – Tom Klutz
    Commented Apr 30, 2018 at 0:05

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My favorite site for finding place names in Russia and Europe is geonames. "http://www.geonames.org/advanced-search.html?"

Use the advanced search with the "fuzzy" search selected -- I've found it will present me with a result that includes the placename that I'm looking for.

In this case I didn't find any options for "Jesnayewa" but when using the "Y" variation I got the following results: enter image description here

Take a look at each of these places and see if they may be located in an area that is familiar.


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