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Does anyone know that Shtetl or town in Latvia where Israel and Sora Michla (Margolis) Katz lived? #latvia


Sherri Bobish
 


Barbara,

With the surname KATZ your search will not be easy.  You'll have to sort through lots of records to find one belonging to your KATZ.

I think you should begin by searching for naturalization papers for Morris and Louis.  Odds are that Ida never took out her own papers.  She likely naturalized under her husband's papers.  That was the law until 1922.

Many U.S. naturalizations are on-line now.  You can search at www.familysearch.org and/or www.ancestry.com   Ancestry is a subscription site, but many public libraries offer free access, and since the Covid lockdown many libraries offer free access on your home computer. 

A quick search on Ancestry for Morris KATZ, arriving 1903-1907, gets a lot of naturalization hits in various states.  If you know what state and/or city he lived in that can narrow your search.  You may have to click on many nat records for Morris KATZ to find one that matches yours.  You may know it's him by wife's name, childrens names, address, names of witnesses.

Remember that at that time Latvia was within the Russian Empire.

The good news is that if he naturalized post 1906 his papers should list his town of birth.

Good luck!

Sherri Bobish


Barbara Levy
 

Dear Corinne,
Thanks for your info. Unfortunately, I have searched - with very little luck - for their passages. I have Morris' Marriage certificate, but it only says he was from Riga. Same with the naturalization. They lived first in Nashua, NH and then in Worcester, MA. I haven't found anything in the newspapers. I have pictures of his grave, but all it says in the name of his father (Israel).
Barbara Levy


itencorinne@...
 

Hi Barbara

The first step should be to search the passenger manifest and the naturalisation or other records which show the place of birth of Morris, Louis and Ida. You can find all this records online on familysearch. Where in the US did they live? Maybe there are some newspapers online.

Regards
Corinne Iten


Barbara Levy
 

Sherri -
Thanks.
Israel and Sora Michla's children, Morris, Louis and Ida came to the US. I think Israel Joseph did also, but I'm not sure. Morris came to the US sometime before 1907. He probably came to the US in 1905. In Russia, Morris was in the Tzar's army, and he played tuba in the army band.
Barbara Levy


Sherri Bobish
 


Barbara,

Did Israel and Sora Michla (Margolis) Katz and their children stay in Latvia?

Did they emigrate to another country at some point?

Sharing that info will enable people to offer you research tips.

Regards,

Sherri Bobish


Barbara Levy
 

They had four children, including Morris (B. 1878, Louis, Israel Joseph, and Ida).

Barbara Levy