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    Question Russian family rumor

    Hello everyone☺
    I am trying to find my elusive Russian ancestors. I don't have a lot of information, sadly. My Dad always said we have Russian ancestry on his father's side. But he didn't know exactly who, or when they came to Canada or America. This is all I know:

    My grandfather's name was Kenneth Ivan Pyott, (b. 13 March 1930, d. 25 Dec 2009) and he had an older cousin named Ivan Jackson (b. 18 March 1901, d. 20 Dec 1983)
    I know that an ethnic first name doesn't guarantee that ethnicity, but I realize back in those days, parents chose names from their own families and backgrounds.

    Most of my ancestors came from England to Canada, and eventually moved to the U.S
    Our Pyotts came from England, in the mid 1840s. I've searched my family tree for any more Russian names, and I haven't found any. So frustrating! Since my Dad passed, it's more important than ever for me to find this connection.

    If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much.

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    suppose you have this US Census 1930

    Canada William R Pyott Head Male 35 1895 Married
    Canada Elizabeth Pyott Wife Female 29 1901 Married
    Canada Clifford Earl Pyott Son Male 6 1924 Single
    Michigan Eleanor R Pyott Daughter Female 2 1928 Single
    Michigan Kenneth I Pyott Son Male 0 1930 Single
    Royal Oak
    County Oakland
    State Michigan
    NARA series T626
    NARA roll 1018

    Val

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    Hello - and welcome to FTF!
    It would be helpful to know where your tree stops, and where you've looked? Since you have the Pyotts back to the 1840s, it sounds like you already know you're direct male line. What about your grandfather's maternal line? Have you recovered your grandfather's DC? Found his BC or marriage cert?
    Thanks!
    Sarah

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    Hi Val! I do have this census, but thank you so much for looking. I have most of my family lines traced back to at least all my 3 and 4x great grandparents, but none of them appear Russian.

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    Hi Sarah!
    Thank you for this advice. I do not have my grandfather's birth or death certificate. I will look into that. His maternal line, his mother was a Doan, her ancestors were supposedly the infamous "Doan Gang" loyalists who got chased out of the country during the Revolutionary War. So they are all Canadian, and American, going back to the late 1700s. I will check the other lines again.

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    One possibility for the name Doan is Irish ancestry. There were many variants such as Done, Dunn(e), Dua(n)ne, Duin, etc. Lots of Irish migration to both USA & Canada over the years.

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    Genealogists never die - they just swap places in the family tree

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    Marriage Cert:
    http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/s...iv=1&ml_rpos=3
    Name: Kenneth Ivan Pyott
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birth Year: abt 1930
    Birth Place: Hazel Park, Michigan
    Marriage Date: 19 Feb 1948
    Marriage Place: Hazel Park, Oakland, Michigan, USA
    License County: Oakland
    Age: 18
    Residence Place: Hazel Park, Michigan
    Father: William Roy Pyott
    Mother: Elizabeth Doan
    Spouse: <living person?>

    Have you recovered his obit:
    Name: Kenneth I Pyott
    Death Age: 76
    Birth Date: Abt 1930
    Death Date: Abt 2006
    Obituary Date: 30 Dec 2006
    Newspaper Title: Cook County News Herald
    Newspaper Place: Grand Marais, Minnesota, USA

    Here's a tree with a different descendant of William Pyott and Elizabeth Doan
    https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree...2088&selnode=1

    Not seeing anything Russian there...
    Last edited by PhotoFamily; 19-09-17 at 05:24.

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    William Roy Pyott has many records on Ancestry, including DC (no parents' names), attestation papers (by coincidence, a branch of my family went to Birch Hills, SK, too!), his birth registration. I haven't found his naturalization papers, but his DC indicated he was a US citizen, so the papers should be somewhere. Naturalization papers post 1906 are worth retrieving.

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    Thank you Jay. I hadn't considered this possibility!

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    Hi Sarah, thank you for all this information. If I may ask, what is attestation papers? That is a huge coincidence your family is from Birch Hills too!
    I did not have my Grandpa's obituary, thank you. I really appreciate it.☺

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