2 Questions about my great aunt's entry on a passenger manifest #general

Ryan Cramer

I have 2 questions about Sima Silberstein (my great aunt)'s designation on the passenger manifest that I was hoping someone could shed some light on.  I've outlined both in red.  
  1. The first question is the "sis" designation next to her name.  Am I to believe that she is Chane Gelfand's sister?  I haven't yet found any other records tying the two of them together, even when they are in the states (i.e., none of the Gelfands are mentioned in any sibling or parent obituaries, etc).
  2. In the column which designates who they are going to join (i.e., relative, friend), Chane indicates she's joining her husband "S. Gelfand", but I'm unable to decipher what was written for Sima in that column.  It looks like a "6" or a "b", followed by an "r" or an "n", an "i", and an "l" or an "e".  Any ideas?   Thx in advance!
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I wasn't able to view the attachment, but assume you are talking about an arrival at New York on the Rjindam Aug 20 1906.

Chane is going to her husband, and Sima is going to the same person.  Sima is going to her "br.i.l." (brother in law).  That would make Chana and Sima sisters in law, shortened to "sis" in the notation.  

Whether this was truly their relationship I cannot say, but the annotations tell us that's what the immigrant inspector understood their relationship to be.

Marian Smith


Probably b i l = brother in law, perhaps confirming they were sisters. 

Possibilities to consider include:  Chane died sooner rather than later, or the Gelfands changed their name, or moved across country, or went back, or divorced, or the sisters fell out.  You will need to research the Gelfands. 

Paul Hattori
London UK

MINDEL, MINDELL from Utena and Vyzuonos, Lithuania
FELLER from Pabrade, Lithuania

Ryan Cramer

Thank you all for your incredible insight. This was very helpful.

Ryan Cramer