My current research focuses on Jewish immigrants who entered the United States through Galveston, Texas, in the early twentieth century. The Galveston Immigration Movement (1907-1914) attempted to redirect the flow of Jewish migration from Europe through Texas so it could more readily be distributed throughout the country.

Galveston Customs Inspection

I’m interested in learning more about the immigrants themselves — what happened to them after they arrived in “hinterland” communities — and about the communities they entered.

See this map I created of the places the Galveston immigrants went.

I’ve also posted onto Twitter some interesting immigrant stories I’ve found. See these, for example:

Michael Leshing (Moses Lesching)
& his daughter Zenna Leshing Alexander

 Hyman Gendel

 Ike Katz

 Sarah Zdanowsky