Hello - new to the forum, new to the ancestry search! I have ancestors (my maternal great grandparents) came over from Russia/Poland. Finding them from 1910 - 1930 has been a bit challenging as their name has changed from Harkowish, to Charkiewicz to Harkiewicz and some variations on the first name and occasional birthdates but I think I've found them desite this througout that period. A particularly helpful piece of information was a naturalisation document for my great grandfather, which gave very specific birthdates and supposedly their arrival into the US, dates, locations, ship and place of origin. This is where my luck and still many hours of research has turned up nothing. I cannot locate them coming over to the States. From the information, it reads that they came over on or about the 13th of March 1899 (so other documents indicate possibly 1900) from Bremen to Baltimore on a ship called Drens (this is a little unclear in the print but the handwritten version seems to indicate that too but no ship called Drens seems to exist in any period around that time).
Now I know that their first child was born in Russia/Poland and according to the birthdate would have bee born 22 April 1898. Their next child was born in the states - Virginia, 21 May 1900. So it would seem that they would have traveled sometime in 1899 when no children were being born or she wasn't possibly heavily pregnant.
The other odd area that I am not clear on is the place of origin - it appears to read Supockin? Which is why I am writing here as Google seems to pick up that location for Belarus. Their origins seem to change from Russia to Poland on different census would this seem odd if they came from Belarus? Also, I've heard before that I had an ancestor who was a Cossack for Tsar Nicholas but didn't know who it was. I recently found a long lost cousin who believes that it is our great-grandfather (Harkiewicz) that was the Cossack. Odd to me as he would have been quite young at about 20 when Nicholas came to power and would have left just a mere 5 years later.
So I think this is the basic story - if anyone who has some expertise can assist with any clarification on how the name might be spelled in Russian/Polish (to do further research), where that location is in Russia, Poland or surrounding areas, if there is a reason I cannot locate their arrival into the states and any way to research the Cossack reference, I'd greatly appreciate it!
Any should you need any other information from me to help in any confusion, please let me know!
I do have a naturalisation document as well as 3 census (1910, 1920 and 1930) but no document of them coming over nor aything for 1900 or previously in Russia/Poland.
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