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The family of Ruzola Kuri: Turaza, Lebanon & Detroit, Mi.

Updated August 30, 2007

Fred Joseph Elias
35243 Davison
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48310-5151
A-United States

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Our family moved to the United States from Touraza, Lebanon at the beginning of the 20th century. We live in the Detroit, Michigan area. Our current family names are: Elias, Backus, Macksoud, Sassin, Andary and Saad. Most of our current information on the family has been passed down orally from one generation to the next. Attempts to track any information from Lebanon have not been sucessful. We have been told that the family still owns property in Lebanon but we have been unable to confirm this.

Records I do have show our immigration to the US by some members of the family to have begun around 1890. This was followed by other family members up until the 1920's. We are Maronite Catholic and had a Preist (Fr. Paul Elias Kuri) in the family who emmigrated to the US and lived in Alabama and Detroit until his death in 1951.

Any information you may have would be appreciated. I am willing to share any information I have. Feel free to contact me at

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