Brick Wall: Help Needed #ukraine



1. I think they most likely traveled under their original name.  
2. Try doing immigration searches at Steve Morse's one-step search site
He has the best search engine for this purpose (and many others as well).   City of origin may help in doing searches.
3. FYI.  I ran a search.  About 160 ships arrived in NY in April 1888.  None on the 15th.
4. He was 2 years old in 1888.  It would be usual for him to have traveled with his parents at that age.  If they immigrated in 1892, perhaps he did also.
5. Look for naturalization papers.  Census data may help finding this.
6. I would not put a lot of faith in immigration information about a small child.  He would have no memory of this, and would have to rely on stories told to him.

Good luck,

Rich Meyersburg
Laurel MD

Jx. Gx.

Hi Dawn,

Have you tried searching for the ship manifest containing the name of your ggf Edward. Go to or the Ellis Island site
The manifest will fill in some of the missing information including the name of the ship and actual date of arrival in NYC.

Jeffrey Gee


I have hit a brick wall in researching the ancestry of my great-grandfather, Edward S. Cooper, prior to his marriage to my great-grandmother Goldie Bramer in 1912, in Chicago, Ill.  Soon after marriage, Edward and Goldie moved to Spokane, WA.

While I have some information regarding Edward’s place of birth, I have been unable to confirm specific information about his life prior to arriving in Chicago.  I am assuming that his last name changed at some point.  I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions in moving past this brick-wall.  I have provided a quick list of facts that I have found in my research (declaration of intention and 1900 and 1910 census documents).

Born on 2/12/1886 in Odessa, Russia (Jewish descen

Parents: Esther and Edward (per Spokane, WA death certificate) 

·       Left the port of Libau and arrived in NYC on or about April 15, 1888 (the name of the ship isn’t listed.) We believe an older cousin or sibling traveled with him to the United States. 

I did locate a couple of documents that support that may match up with Edward, but are not definitive and contain some conflicting information.

·       1900 US Federal Census (Chic, Ill):

o   Edward Kooper (age 14), born in 1886.

o   Esther Kooper (age 49) born in 1851.  Head of the family (widowed).

o   Bennie Kooper (age 30) born in 1870.

o   Leo Kooper (age 12) born in 1888.

o   The immigration year listed for all four family members is 1890.


·       1910 US Federal Census (Chic, Ill):

o   Edward Cooper (age 24) born in 1886.

o   Esther Cooper (age 58) born in 1851.

o   The immigration year for both Edward and Esther is 1892.


I did find it interesting that Edward’s two son’s were named Bernard and Gerald Leonard (possibly in honor of his siblings?)

Any information would be greatly appreciated.