South Africa immigration #southafrica

Sylvia Tulkoff

My grandmother, Bertha Hoff, had brothers who immigrated to South Africa from Latvia (late 1890’s - early 1900’s?). I know she married Philip Cohen (also from Latvia) in Baltimore in 1908 but I have never been able to find any paperwork pertaining to her arrival in either the United States or South Africa.
Does anyone know if there are ship manifests or any other records of arrival in South Africa available on line? I would be happy to hire someone to research for me in South Africa if the records exist but are not digitized.

Sylvia Tulkoff
Baltimore MD


For what it's worth, Bertha's surname was given as Hoffman, in her daughter's (Goldie) marriage record.  
Giannis Daropoulos 


Denise Fletcher

Hi Sylvia


SA Jewish Rootsbank

The South African Jewish Database

Jewish Migration and Genealogy

Amongst a wealth of other information, the site has some shipping manifests and passenger arrival information. 

Denise Fletcher Sydney, Australia 

Arlene Beare


If they emigrated from Latvia to South Africa you should check the outgoing passenger lists from the UK.   There are no incoming passenger lists from Latvia for that time period. You can find these on Ancestry and Findmypast.   They left Latvia usually from Libau which is now Liepaja.. They sailed to either Hull or Grimsby in England. From there they went by train to Liverpool . They then could either settle in England or leave for South Africa from  Southampton. If going to USA then they would leave from Liverpool. They may have stayed for a while at the Poor Jews Temporary Shelter.

They may have spent some time in England before emigrating to South Africa so always worthwhile searching the JGSGB databases and JCRUK which is a combined Jewishgen and JGSGB Project.

Arlene Beare
Co-director Latvia Research Division