Help Needed Finding Bessie & Harry SILVERMAN’s Immigration Records #russia #records


I have been searching for the immigration records for my great grandaunt Bessie/Bassie (aka Batya, possibly Basha) SILVERMAN & her young son Harry (maybe Hersh or Chaim) but with no success. They were supposedly traveling from what was then Odessa, Russia to meet Bessie’s husband Philip (aka Fischel per his headstone) SILVERMAN in Herreid, South Dakota.

Here’s what I know:

Husband Philip SILVERMAN b. 1881: A Fischel BOCHNER, age 22, from Odessa, is listed on this Oct 1902 Passenger list that might be him. Fishel on Passenger List.SD 1915 census states 1903. South Dakota Naturalization papers, 1910, 1920, 1930 US censuses say 1902

Bessie b. 1881 possible arrival dates: 1910 US census says 1902. The handwriting on the 1925 SD census is faded,but seems to say she’d been in the US for 21 years, so 1904. 

Son Harry b. 1901 has 1904 listed as his Arrival on the 1920 US Census. However, on the 1905 South Dakota census, it says he’d been in the US for a year.

I’ve tried all sorts of variations of searches including wildcards on all genealogy websites. If anyone here is up to this challenge, your help will be greatly appreciated! 


Shari Kaplan Heberton

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