Joel Weintraub <jweintraub@...>
I get JewishGen on digest, so don't know if others have responded to David Dubin's
unsuccessful attempt to find someone on the Ellis Island Manifests. My experience
is that successful researchers learn to relax assumptions, and by doing so don't
get zero results (no names), but a suite of possibilities. I'm hoping that the
meetings in Las Vegas this July will have a place where experienced researchers
can help others break through brick walls.... a room with computers and access to
subscription services and the Internet?
As to the specific problem... one Isidore KATZ born 1889 and arriving on the
Vaderland on August 4, or 10th, 1908.... home town Pultask, Poland (information
from citizenship papers) and said to be with his mother. The poster couldn't findthe person on the Ellis Island site, and hypothesized a missing manifest.
So...first I went to Steve Morse's One Step site, and looked for any Isidore, no
last name, on the Vaderland >from 1906 to 1910. It's my experience that the ship
name is usually correct on Petitions or Declarations of Citizenship although the
arrival date may be off. No luck...no people, nothing to choose from. OK....try
another strategy. Any person whose first initial is "I" and last initial is "K"
arriving on the Vaderland during that time. This time there were a number of
possibilities....and one jumped out of the group. One Igebok KAZ age 22 (not 19)
arrived on the Vaderland on August 3rd 1908. He is >from Pultuk, Russia and is
travelling with his mother, age 40, whose name is Irene (actual manifest it could
be something else). Hmmmmm.... could this be the target person(s)?
So keep an open mind, and try not to be too specific when doing these types of