Kozels in Russia

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I am looking for Kozel ancestors in Russia/Poland/Belarus.  Some passenger lists say Russia, some say Poland.  My family immigrated from Russia/Poland between 1900-1910.  I believe they were from Wosova(sp) or Vilna(sp).  They may also be related to Kassel or Cohen.
WikiTree profile: David Shank
in Genealogy Help by David Shank G2G Rookie (260 points)
retagged by Maggie N.

Hi David,  

Here are a few links for Russian and Polish genealogy research. These are extreme high level links, that offer lots of other links and information.

I'd also like to invite you to join the Russian Roots and Polish Roots projects. Both are brand new, and could use some help!!!!


I already had joined the Polish Roots project, but also have now joined the Russian Roots one which I believe may be more helpful.  Thank you for the suggestion.

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Where did they live in the United States ? Have you found them in a census yet. Maybe I can help you pinpoint it.
by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (999k points)
selected by David Shank
When they came from Russia, they were in Brooklyn, NY.  From there they moved to Michigan.  I have census data for most years as well as naturalization documents and a couple of passenger lists..  My problem is that I cannot find anything prior to coming to this country.
Do you have the naturalization papers ? Were does it say they come from exactly than I can tell you if there are records for that location.
Sorry, but I no longer have a copy of the naturalization.  They were lost when I had a hard drive crash and could not be transferred to the new drive.  I do have a copy of his marriage certificate which only states that he came from Russia.  If I remember correctly, the town was Vilna (sp?) or Wosowa (sp?).  He came to the US about 1902.

Louis Kozel Sr. was born 1858 in Russia.  He arrived in the US in either 1898 or1914.

Louis Kozel Jr. was born 3 June 1880 in Russia.  He came to NY 16 June 1902.
You really need to send for that NATURALIZATION record (-:  It will save you a lot of running in circles. I have a lot of Kozels in the JewGen database but let me know when you get that NA record, and I will help you decipher it for your location purposes.
Thank you.  I believe I have a freind who has a copy.  I will get it from her.

Regarding location, I guess that 'Wosova' could actually be Łozowa (Лозова) in Ukraine https://goo.gl/efk3V4

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by David Selman G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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