Re: Tried Everything and Hit a Wall Looking for Grandfather's Naturalization Petition and Ship Manifest Records #usa #ukraine #records


Lee Jaffe
 

There must be dozens if not hundreds of reasons you can't find a passenger record.  I've learned the hard way how tricky passenger records can be. 
My maternal great-grandmother Dora Zarov sailed with 2 children at the end of 1904. The handwritten entry for the family surname reads Barow. It was corrected in another hand with a Z overwriting the B. But modern transcribers recorded her name as Iora Barow, ensuring that no amount of clever searching, sound-like, etc., for either name would locate her record. I lucked out only because there was another Zarov family on the same ship and their entry is written and transcribed correctly, appearing just below Dora's. 
In a different twist, paternal great-grandfather Mendel Sztejnsapir traveled under a different name. His naturalization petition included the wrong date and name of the ship. A friend found the record by sifting through thousands of lines of manifest records looking for single  males in Mendel's age range. M. Sapier?  Bingo. 
I chalk up my many remaining brick walls, records I'm sure must be there but I haven't located, to similar glitches. Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes it's a matter of dogged persistence.  Sometimes luck or persistence is not enough to overcome some brick walls.
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Lee David Jaffe

Surnames / Towns:  Jaffe / Suchowola, Poland ; Stein (Sztejnsapir) / Bialystok and Rajgrod, Poland ; Joroff (Jaroff, Zarov) / Chernigov, Ukraine ; Schwartz (Schwarzman?, Schwarzstein?) / ? ;  Koshkin / Snovsk, Ukraine ; Rappoport / ? ; Braun / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland,  Ludwinowski / Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland

 

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