For the longest time I was a member of ancestry.com. I simply couldn’t afford to pay the fees, and had to take a brief pause. However, before I left, I was able to find the name of the town my great grandfather came from as well as the boat he sailed on to come to America. Also of interest, I found the church that a 7x great grandfather was baptised in.
There is no problem locating the church, as it is in Ireland, and the records are quite precise.
But I cannot find the little town that my Russian great grandfather came from. So I guess, if anyone has any idea how to go about finding it, or knows anything about small places in Russia which may or may not exist anymore, I’d be interested in speaking with you.