Carol Skydell <skydell@...>
Bill Druckman writes:
My wife's father's family name was STEPMAN. Morris >STEPMANdied shortly after arriving in the USA (Phila). The >genealogy
stops there - no siblings or parentage or origins are >known.
Can anyone help?
Since you don't tell us what you've already done <grin> I may
be sending you to sources you're already checked.....
Just some random thoughts off the top of my head...
1. Passenger manifest:
depending on date of arrival you may get a lot of information
on the manifest, like where he was born, last place of
residence, who he left behind in the old country, who he was
coming to in this country. Have you looked at the manifest?
2. City Directory:
other Stepman's in the directory at the time he came. Often
people lived very close to other family members. Have you
looked at city directories?
same as above Have you looked at census pages?
4. death cert
gives date and place of death as well as interment...which
leads you to cemetery and possible burial society as well as
death notice in local newspaper which may list surviving family
members Do you have the death cert?
5. If you know the names of his parents, you are armed with a
clue to linking other STEPMANs to the family...search marriage
records for STEPMAN and you may find the same parents listed.
To learn where to find all these records consult the JewishGen
infofile FAQ which is a primer on how to do research, telling
you what records to access, where you will find them and what
information they will contain.
Hope this gives you some places to look