Re: Who was Cousin Jossel A in Philadelphia? #usa

Risa Heywood

Maybe Aronowsky? Here are some ideas to break through this type of brick wall:

  • Was your grandmother detained or held for Special Inquiry? There would probably be an SI or an 'x' next to her name. Make sure to find the detention and special inquiry pages. They are usually at the end of the passenger list pages for her ship. Sometimes they would write the name and/or relationship of the person she was going to. Different clerk so maybe the handwriting is easier to read.
  • Use wildcards to search on Ancestry for that surname, such as 'a*owsky' in Philadelphia. The asterisk substitutes for the unknown missing letters.
  • Especially for immigrants going to Philadelphia, try the Philadelphia immigrant bank records. Maybe Jossel bought her ticket. Search on JewishGen or Ancestry for the index records. The actual steamship ticket purchase ledgers are on the Temple University library website:
  • Check the address on the passenger list in the census records. For 1907, I would try the 1910 U.S. census. Use Steve Morse's Unified Census ED Finder tool:
  • Jossel could have been Americanized to any name but Joseph would be a likely change.
Risa Daitzman Heywood

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