Okay, I used a gameshow as an inspiration but at least I got your attention ;)
I have the following “mystery” or brick wall.
According to the passenger lists Harry Koppetsch was 7 years old when he arrived at New York City in April 1929 with his mother Else and his siblings Wilhelm (5 yrs old) and Eva (3 yrs old). Their father Paul already lived in New York. He arrived in the US in October 1928.
Harry was born in Koenigsberg, East Prussia and received his visa in Berlin before leaving the German Reich.
The 1930 census shows him living with his parents and his siblings at Stony Ave. in the Bronx.
The family name is given with “Kopeck”.
And on every other document I have on the family following the 1930 census he is vanished:
- Paul’s Petition for Naturalization from February 1936 only mentions Wilhelm and Eva as children (incl. birthdates)
- the family returned to Germany in November 1936. The passenger list only provides Information on Els(i)e, Paul, Wilhelm (William) and Eva
- the 1940 census only shows Paul, William and Eva – Else being absent is another mystery I try to solve here
So, where is Harry? One family anecdote tells the story that he got killed by a drunk hit-and-run-driver in the Bronx in either 1934 or 1936 – which matches the period, but I just read this story once in an email I received from a distant cousin. And unfortunately, I’ve never heard from her again.
I definetly need help on this one. Where would I start to look for a possible death entry? Sorry for such a newbie question, but that would be the first death record I am looking for in the US ;)
I checked newspaper databases for anything on a car accident in that time, but no success.
Ideas anyone? Please? :)