Terkowsky, Russland on 1885 passenger manifest #general


Lee Jaffe
 

I'm hoping someone on this list might recognize the community referred to as Terkowsky, Russland on a 1885 steamship manifest sailing from Hamburg to Hull.  I've located a manifest record which may belong to my great-grandfather Joseph Schwartz:
 
Josef Schwarzstein. age 18, previous residence Terkowsky, Russland
bound for NYC via Hull via Liverpool
ship: Argo, departed 24 Nov 1885
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As this is the first potential clue I've found about where my great-grandfather came from, I am hoping to track down that locality in order to follow up.  However, Terkowsky is not a community listed in JewishGen's Town Finder.  I am pursuing other lines of inquiry – e.g., Town Finder produces 3 names using the "fuzziest" search option which I am looking into via KehilahLinks and other sources.  But I hoped perhaps the community name Terkowsky might ring a bell: there is nothing like the collective knowledge of a large group with hands-on experience in such cases. 

Thank you for whatever help you can provide, 

Lee Jaffe
Schwartz/Schwartzstein/Schwartzman - ?


pathetiq1@...
 

Hallo Lee, 

The one thing that is certain is that Terkowsky was in Poland. Here are some suggestions 
A) Torhovytsia in present-day Ukraine 
https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/Community.php?usbgn=-1056486

B) Three villages in Poland with the name Targowisko 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Targowisko

Giannis Daropoulos 

Greece


Sally Bruckheimer
 

Looking at the Jewishgen Gazetteer rather than the Jewishgen Communities Database brings up several possibilities for Turkowski.
 
The Communities Database includes only the major Jewish Communities in Eastern Europe, with hundreds or thousands of Jews. The Gazetteer has all the little places the Jews may have lived in. Some of my ancestors lived in places with only 1 or 4 or 5 Jewish families (and the 5 families were, of course, related).
 
So any time I search, I use the Gazetteer. It will bring up the big Jewish Communities as well as tiny one. If you click on the icon for the big communities, you will get all the information that is there.
 
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ


Lee Jaffe
 

The Gazetteer is one of the "other lines of inquiry" I've pursued before bringing my question to the group.  (I didn't list all the nooks and crannies I'd already explored, as that would have been a much longer narrative.)  The soundex search retrieves 64 possible communities, none of which have the icon denoting a larger Jewish community with further information. And none standout otherwise as a possible "previous residence" for my great-grandfather.   

Did you find something there that I'm missing?  -- Lee Jaffe