Searching for 2 Abramowitz Brothers Who Emigrated to South Africa from Kurland, Latvia #southafrica
I am looking for help to find the names and families of 2 great-uncles who settled in South Africa. They probably emigrated in the late 1800's or early 1900's from Latvia, possibly Jelgava in Kurland. Their parents' names would have been Hirsch Lev (or Leib) HaLevy Abramowitz and Jetta (or Eta) Smarkovitch.
My grandmother, Gussie (Augusta), and 4 other siblings ( Max, Sarah, Sam, Abe) settled in the US and 2 other brothers and their families perished in the Holocaust. That is the extent of what I know about the brothers.
If anyone knows anything about these brothers or can provide clues as to how I can trace them, I would be most appreciative.
Tara Blieden Rothman
BLIEDEN, BLIDEN (Zagare, Lithuania and Wenden, Latvia)
I've had good results with two South African websites:
SA Jewish Rootsbank, the South African Jewish Database
National Archives of South Africa
FamilySearch has some South African records, but I'd recommend starting with these two websites. Many Jews emigrated to South Africa from Latvia and Lithuania.
Ellen Morosoff Pemrick
Saratoga County, NY
Researching WEISSMAN/VAYSMAN (Ostropol, Ukraine); MOROZ and ESTRIN/ESTERKIN (Shklov & Bykhov, Belarus); LESSER/LESZEROVITZ, MAIMAN, and BARNETT/BEINHART/BERNHART (Lithuania/Latvia); and ROSENSWEIG/ROSENZWEIG, KIRSCHEN, and SCHWARTZ (Botosani, Romania)