Help deciphering family names and town name on passenger manifest #usa #records

Adam Block

I have been trying to find information about a relative Barney Stein.  He passed away in Chicago, in 1943.  I believe that I found a record for him and members of his familiy at Ellis island, and a section of the document has been attached.  The first names of the family members were transcribed as follows:  Girta, Jtrig, Leis, Schmere, Bonze, Chatzkel.  Also, the last place of residence was transcribed as Tushalaby.  I attempted to search for Tushalaby and was unable to identify such a location.  Also, some of the names sound unusual, and I am curious if they may be a type of "slang", or whether there may be a more common form for the names listed?

Thank you.
Adam Block



Alan Shuchat

I think the first letter of the town is P, not T and it is Pushelaty. Here is the town in JewishGen.

 Pušalotas, Lithuania
55°55' N 24°15' E 
95 miles NNW of Vilnius
Pušalotas [Lith], Pushelat [Yid], Pushelaty [Rus], Puszołaty [Pol], Puscheloten [Ger], Pishelot, Pushlat, Puselat, Pusholaty Pušalotas

Soviet Union

Russian Empire
Alan Shuchat
Newton, MA

SHUKHAT (Talnoe, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Odessa, Balta (Abazovka), Pogrebishche)
VINOKUR (Talnoe), KURIS (Mogilev-Podolskiy, Ataki, Berdichev)
ZILBERMAN (Soroki, Kremenets), BIRNBAUM (Kamenets-Podolskiy)
KITAIGORODSKI (Zvenigorodka)

Rodney Eisfelder

I read the town name as Pushalaty. Jewishgen's Communities database suggests Pušalotas, Lithuania and the Jewishgen family finder has over 130 entries for that town, including 2 for the surname "Stein".
I read the first two names as Guta and Itzig. Except for Bonze, all the names seem fairly standard.
Guta is one a family of "good" names. The modern hebrew equivalent would be Tova.
Itzig is a variant of Isaac (certainly common in 19th century Germany, I don't know about early 20th century Lithuania).
Leis is probably a variant of Leah.
Schmere is a variant of Shmerel, or more formally Shmariyahu.
Chatzkel is an alternative spelling of Chaskiel.

I hope this helps,
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Sherri Bobish


I think I've found the family on the 1915 NY State Census.  Names / ages match up, as does year of arrival, and the fact that two of the children appear to be twins.
1915 census - 242 Broome St., Manhattan
None are naturalized.
Abram Stein, b. Russia, age 54
Gertie Stein, b. Russia, age 55
Sam & Bennie, age 21  (Schmere & Benze from manifest)
Oscar, age 19  (Chatzkel from manifest)

The manifest shows that their daughter, Leie Stein, (b. about 1892) naturalized in 1942.  Leie may have been married by 1915.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish