I only have one real clue to my great grandfathers origins and it may not be accurate. On June 7, 1917 he signed an attestation paper for the canadian military. He clearly did not fill in the form himself so the spelling of his birth city is most likely phonetic.
On that form was entered Boutershin, Roumania. I can find no reference to a Boutershin in Romania so am thinking the spelling is off or it is the romanian version of the name. Can anyone help me identify what city that may have been. On the form he indicated May 9th 1879 as his date of birth. any help would be appreciated.
I don't hold out much hope for tracking this back. It may be that he changed his name when he came to canada.