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I am trying to track my grandfather, found someone with his name from the Ellis Island site--with a residence listed as "Moleziad." I'm told he came from Minsk, entered this country in @1905 as a deserter from the Russian army. Figured I could verify his identity with a geographic location--have checked the obvious resources around Minsk with no luck! Any clues?? Thanks!
Have you tried the ShtetlSeeker on www.jewishgen.org? I didn't get any results on an exact spelling but searching using the DM-Soundex will give you some possible alternative spellings. I only got one hit for Belarus. It's worth a try regardless of whether or not your ancestor is Jewish. Good luck!
Perhaps it must be Molcziad. It likes a Polish spelling (Mołchadz) of the town of Molchad in Baranovichi district.
http://www.brestregion.com/map.php?name ... 982&lng=en