Looking for my grandfather Kazimer Rudiak

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I am searching to find out where my grandfather came from, some where in Europe. Kazimer Rudiak was born about 1885 his parents were Casimer Rudiak his wife was Wazila. Kazimer came to Thunder Bay (Port Arthur) Ontairo, Canada at the age 21 in 1906. He married Hastia Halabuski(Halabecki)in 1908 , her parents were Wazil Halabuski and Mazija Slobigan. Kazimer and Anastasia (Hastia) had 3 children Machael Rudiak (Rhoda)1909, Anka (Ann)1911, Maria (Mary)1916. Kazimer had a brother and two sisters Michael Rudiak lived in Cleveland , Eva,Mrs.George Shurbert, Cleveland , and Ann,Mrs William Ruzglo, in Poland. Kazimer farmed near Hymers Ontairo for about 24 years , he also used the last name of Rhoda when on the farm (his son used Rhoda all his life). Kazimer passed away in 1948 at Thunder Bay Ontairo.


I can be reached at this email address   carljoki0@gmail.com


Thank you,


Carl Joki

in Genealogy Help by Carl Joki G2G Rookie (130 points)

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Welcome Carl, If you could post all your data and include the wikitree profile page. It would assist us in helping you. We might spend all are time researching and just gathering the same info you already have or  give you unrelated info by mistake.

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by Living Lechner G2G6 Mach 6 (69.8k points)
Mike, I just wanted to thank you for reminding folks to share their WikiTree profiles! It makes collaboration so much simpler when everyone has a central point to reference.
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by Living Lechner G2G6 Mach 6 (69.8k points)
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There is a Kazimir Rudiak (who is not the one you are looking for because he is 3 years old) listed in the New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924.


His ethnicity is listed as "Austria Polish", which could be useful to narrow down an area for your Kazimir. Generally, Austrian Polish means Hungarian, Ukranian and Eastern Polish. Have you been able to find the Rudiaks in the 1911 census? That should tell you Kazimir's ethnicity and his father's. If it is listed as Austrian, Galician, Hungarian, or Polish, http://www.halgal.com is good for sources and ideas to do research on those places.

Have you tried tracing Kazimir's route (or that of Michael and Eva) through immigration? Ancestry has decent indexes for ships lists. If you don't have access to Ancestry (try checking your local library or LDS Family Centre for a modified version of their world collection), Library and Archives Canada has images of manifests available, but no nominal index. (http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/passenger/001045-130-e.html). You can narrow it down by year and port of arrival or departure before searching manually. (Since Kazimir likely came from Eastern Europe, try ports in Denmark, Germany, and Belgium first.) Also, since his siblings went to the US, try Family Search for US/Canada border crossing records for all three of them.

Edited to add: Do you have Kazimir's immigration papers? It looks like Kazimer was naturalized as a Canadian citizen in 1932. Library and Archives Canada has a searchable index of people who became citizens between 1915 and 1935 (http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/naturalization-1915-1932/001055-100.01-e.php). His nation of origin is listed as Poland. For $5 you can order a copy of his naturalization papers (http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/naturalization-1915-1932/001055-150-e.html), and that might give you more exact information.

Hope this helps!

by Living B G2G4 (4.9k points)
edited by Living B

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