Harry (Yitzhak) Grobstein, possible great uncle #russia #records

Nancy N. Smith


I’ve been researching the Grobstein family, as my great grandmother was Shirlee Grobstein Cohen. I have quite a bit of information from other researches, but I don’t have anything about Shirlee, except that she was killed in Russia, circa 1904-1906. According to his naturalization documents, Harry was born in Bobruisk, so I would “assume” Shirlee was also.
Do you know if any marriage/death records were kept? Or a way to possibly search cemetery records?
Her husband, Harry Cohen, is another person I’m looking for. He came to the states in 1906, but I can’t find a manifest, or naturalization documents. I’ve heard that, if someone was in steerage, they wouldn’t be listed on a manifest. Is that true?
Thank you!

Nancy Newmark Smith

Dan Nussbaum


The term Grand Uncle is preferable to Great Uncle because it signifies that the person in question is in the same generation as the grandparent.

Daniel Nussbaum II, M.D., FAAP
Retired Developmental Pediatrician
Rochester, New York
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