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       Date Last Updated: 18-May-2012

Vitebsk Families Stories and Pictures


The Rensin family

This information was donated by ER.

This family originated in Eastern Europe and migrated from there. The history of the family prior to the 1900's is unclear. There was a large section of the family located in the town of Vitebsk in what is now eastern Belarus. The town was one of the most fought over in World War II and many of the public records were lost. Sometimes the name is spelled Renzin.

It appears that there were two or more Rensin families in Vitebsk and therein lies the problem. We have not been able to connect the families. In addition, we have located a large family named Rensin in Buenos Aires, Argentina who have roots in the Ukraine. This group is also not currently connected.

Howard Rensin (me) comes from the line descended through Harry (Hersh) Mendel Rensin who was my grandfather and we think was related through Simon Renzin . Harry Rensin said he was from Kishinev in southern Russia but listed Vitebsk as his home town on the ship's passenger manifest. I have listed the Harry Rensin family tree as learned so far on a separate page which you can get to by clicking on Simon Renzin name. You will notice that Harry is actually listed as Hersh and in some Russian papers is spelled Gersh. The descendants' tree starts with Simon.

Howard Rensin married Kathy Kallet on June 13, 1964. The Kallet family on Kathy's father's side has traced their roots back to Herschel Kallet whose chart is available by clicking on his link. Her mother's family has roots in the Hauft family as can be seen on their chart.

The next largest collection of the Rensin family is descended from Mendel Renzin.

The third Rensin group is principally based in Argentina and traces its roots to the Ukraine. Their oldest documented member is Simon Renzin. No connection has yet been made between the Simon Renzin in Harry's chain and this Simon and each name is linked to a different web page. Many names repeat though the families and the generations. Some of those folks have moved to Florida.

There is a family website, which contains a “FAMILY TREE”.