Brick Wall - Cohen Grandparents #courland #latvia


Rachel
 

This is a brick wall I have been trying to knock down for many years.  I probably asked about this a couple of years ago, so I'm giving this another try.  My ggm in the UK was known as Jane Cohen, First name Sheina on the marriage authorisation and according to the authorisation and marriage certificate her father was Benzion (Benjamin).  The marriage authorisation says she came from Courland (Latvia) and according to UK records she was born in 1872. I have no knowledge of her mother's name or of any potential siblings. Neither did my father's generation have any information to add. I searched Christine Usdin's records years ago only finding one birth of a Sheina with a father Benzion but the year was way out of line.  She married Jack Silver in 1893 in London and family legend has it that they met 'on the boat over'. However, I cannot find either of them reliably in the 1891 census which may suggest they arrived in England somewhere between 1891 and 1893. I will write a separate post about Jack.  I have their history once they arrived in England but would love to find where she was born in Courland, and her mothers name. Once I have those I may be able to search further back. Any help greatly appreciated

Searching: COHEN- Latvia, SILVER - Russia,UK, LEVIN/E -  UK, Belarus, Lifshitz/LYONS -Belarus, UK, USA


Philip Trauring
 

I'm not an expert on UK genealogy, but there are a few things I might suggest.

For Latvia I would look at my Latvia resources:

https://bloodandfrogs.com/compendium/latvia

There is of course the JewishGen Latvia database, and multiple Facebook groups dedicated to Latvian (and Lithuanian) genealogy.

My own Silver grandfather came from a town in Poland that was part of the Russian Empire before WWI. In Poland/Russia his surname was Zylberman. That was changed to Silberman, and finally Silver.

I was only able to find my family ancestral town because it was in US naturalization papers. Are there similar papers for the UK? Its possible both spouses have information on their origins in such papers.


 

I am in a similar place although not my direct line, it would hopefully lead to my great grandmother's family. I call this "Finding COHENs in a haystack" - so people who went by COHEN in the UK.

I have been researching COHEN (Hyman/Herman and Millie). They started in Vitebsk (pretty sure Sebezh) which was part of Latvia some of the time, and moved to London by the 1890s. They had two children in London, Lewis (1900) and Jack (1903) and all four were in NY by the 1905 census. My grandmother and her siblings listed Millie (as "aunt Musha") as their contact, with a valid address so I found the family from 1905 on. For the most part I have what I can get in the US except for Millie's death record (one possibility). 

Herman had a cousin Sol ARISON stay with him. I have more info about him and some of his siblings. He came to the US (Boston>Fall River>NYC>DC) from Sebezh but his father Raphael COHEN (or ARISON or ERSOV/ERSHOV) went to London with a few of his children, some did not want to move. Most of Sol's siblings went by COHEN or some variant so it hasn't been easy to find which Sam COHEN is his brother, but I do have quite a bit about his sister Pearl/Pesla. I have strong DNA matches with a number of Pearl's descendants. Pearl was married to Sam ZICHERMAN (he must be the link to my great grandmother). I have his manifest (as Salmon Sicherman), Pearl's and their oldest son's.

I have searched Jewishgen Belarus, Litvak SIG, Latvia SIG databases with various combinations of names, wildcards, possible COHEN variations like KOGAN and KAHAN. Although I mostly believe that "Aunt Musha" may not have been an actual blood relative, my (actual) aunt referred to Jack as a cousin, so there's that. And Jack spelled his last name as KAHN (New Yorkers may remember his piano business).

So all very confusing and made much more difficult because of the changing surnames. What I can't find that might help:
Birth records for the two sons Lewis and Jack COHEN in the UK. There are a few possibilities for each in the registers but is there any more detail available?
1901 UK Census for Herman/Hyman and Millie/Musha. They were definitely there at the time.
Manifests for any of this family (I might have Herman's or at least there are a few possibilities, but not Millie/Musha or Jack or Lewis) - there is a very narrow window between Jack's birth in Feb, 1903 and the 1905 Census (June) so it must be there somewhere. Likely port was NY or Boston.
ANY records from Latvia/Belarus for the Arison/Ershov/Cohens (specific to this group of individuals) or ZICHERMAN. The ultimate goal for me is to find ZICHERMAN in Vitebsk as my GGM was Feige ZUCKERMAN.
Any records of the ARISON/ERSHOV/COHENs move to the UK - would have been after 1887



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Jeff Goldner
Researching Goldner, Singer, Neuman, Braun, Schwartz, Reichfeld (Hungary/Slovakia); Adler, Roth, Ader (Galicia); Soltz/Shultz (Vitebsk, maybe Lithuania)


Joyaa Antares
 

Hi Rachel, Hi All,

Rachel Poole writes, “
This is a brick wall I have been trying to knock down for many years.  I probably asked about this a couple of years ago, so I'm giving this another try.  My ggm in the UK was known as Jane Cohen, First name Sheina on the marriage authorisation and according to the authorisation and marriage certificate her father was Benzion (Benjamin).  The marriage authorisation says she came from Courland (Latvia) and according to UK records she was born in 1872

Rachel – even though it was eight years ago, I recall your post to the discussion group very well because, like you, I should like to learn about my COHEN and DAVIDOFF families in Courland.  I think we stand at the same wall.  I understand my crew came from Polangen/Palanga.  Do you have a town name associated with your family?

There’s a very helpful list of Jewish Holdings in the Latvian State Historical Archives given here:
https://www.jewishgen.org/Latvia/holdingsAtLSHA.html#cp and perhaps 20% of these records have been transcribed.   Polangen – like Libau, Liepaja – was situated in the Grobin district for which a much smaller percentage has been transcribed.  I wonder whether there are projects to transcribe records for Libau, Grobin (the town) and Polangen.  If there are, I’d like to contribute towards them.


Best regards, Joyaa ANTARES

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