I am stuck and would love to have your ideas on what I should do next.
I'm looking for relatives by the name of LISS, from Motal or Pinsk, Poland (now Belarus). They came to New York between 1895 to 1910 and all but one changed their surname to Alper (for good luck, because they knew someone who did well in the U.S.).
I have found their census documents in New York, but I've tried and tried without any luck to find the passenger lists for father Morris Liss or his 2 oldest sons Sam and Jonas. I believe that the 3 travelled separately, arriving between 1895 and 1904 (based on the arrival dates in their US censuses; and on the 1904 passenger list of Morris' wife Annie with their younger children.). Morris' brother Abraham came a bit later and kept the name Liss . I even had a researcher from EllisIsland.org try to find the record for Jonas but she was not able to do so.
I'm beginning to think that their name in Poland might have been something other than Liss. Maybe a Yiddish name? Does anyone know what a Yiddish or Polish version of the name might be? Or how else I might tackle this task?
FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, GOLDINER, SAGORODER (Radziwillow, Russia >Radzyliv,Ukraine; Ostroh, Rivne, Poland>Ostrog, Rovno,Ukraine; Warsaw, Poland; Wolinsky, Russia> Volyn, Ukraine)
LISS / ALPER (Motol, Pinsk, Russia>Belarus)
LEAF / LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Minsk, Russia> Belarus)