I couldnt help but read your posts. I was always told by my father that all Elkinds are related in some way. Mostly from their roots in Russia, I am not sure where they came from before that time. My Grandfather settled in Toronto, Canada, There were 3 original brothers born in Russia and imigrated to Canada. Harry, Morris and Sam and sometime in the early 1910 or 20's. Morris and Sam Staid in Toronto, and after a while Morris moved accross the border and had a family in NY state, later in his life, he moved back to Toronto. In one of the posts here you mention Elkind as being a common name. Until I started searching the web, I did not realize how many Elkinds there were. But as I say... some how we are all cousins and all came From Russia. Unfortunately, I do not know the Russian connection most of those family members that would remember are in their late 60's or older. I would be intrested in hearing from those that might remember, or know the that they are related to the family. Please email me directly if you wish. All the best.