Rebecca's great-grandfather, Abraham Steinberg from Lodz, is probably not related to my grandfather, Ephraim/Efraim Steinberg/Sztejnberg from Ostrolenka.Lodz is/was in west-central Poland (southwest of Warsaw).Ostrolenka (now Ostrole~ka) is in northeast Poland (near Lomzha/Lomza).An eyeball estimate indicates that they are close to 400 miles apart.See 1902 map of Russia's Polish Provinces: http://feefhs.org/maps/ruse/re-polan.htmlhttp://feefhs.org/maps/ruse/re-polan.html.
Rebecca indicates that Abraham came to America in about 1904.There was an Abram Steinberg who arrived in the U.S. in 1904 via Hamburg from Ostrolenka.The manifest indicates he was 21 at the time (b. ~1883).The same trip was made by an Abram Steinberg from Osterlanke (Ostrolenka?) in 1913 (this time via Antwerp).He was 30 at the time (b. ~1883) and may have been the same person returning from a trip back home.There is a much higher probability that THIS Abram Steinberg, given his home town, was related to my grandfather.
I also came across an Abraham Steinberg who arrived in New York on September 3, 1890 from somewhere in Poland on the SS. Nevada--according to JewishGen's "index of 1890 NY Immigrants from Austria, Poland, and Galicia."More detailed information is available on NARA Film Roll 554.
If Rebecca contacts me offline (firstname.lastname@example.org), I will share with her any other Abraham/Abram Steinberg information I come across.
Does Rebecca know whether her great-grandfather spelled his surname SZTEJNBERG, as did my Polish ancestors?