--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
> I hve hit dead ends on my name for years. My grandparents
> supposedly came from a town outside Minsk in the early 1900s. I
> cant locate my grandfather on Ellis Islands.org and HOLOD seems to
> be never found in any of my searches elsewhere. Any ideas would be
> appreciated. Thanks
For once I can give someone concrete help!
In Belarusian and Ukrainian, your grandparents would have spelled the
surname HOLOD. But, in Russian, which has no equivalent of the letter
H, they would have spelled the surname GOLOD, or maybe Kholod.
If you Google my Minsk Vedomosti translation site by clicking on (or
cutting and pasting this URL into your address bar)
you'll find at least six references to GOLODs.
If you simply Google the string
you get 197 hits. Googling
produces 86 hits.