Country of origin on census #general


David Edelman <pappapeach@...>
 

Dear Genners;
I have a totally different experience with one of my relations.
This relation was >from Poland, and spoke Polish and/or
Russian as a native language.
On his census records, for New York, he indicated that
he was Greek, with Greek being his native language.
On his application for citizenship, he indicated
that when leaving Greece, he stopped off in Havana, and
entered the country in Miami. Truth is, he probably never
saw Greece, Havana or Miami; he had to say it because he
had to flee his own Poland, because of conscription in
the Tsars army. He did not want to be detected, so he
said this as a ruse. Remember,in the early 1900's there
were not yet photo ID's, only vague descriptions
of what the person looked like. He probably got a
passport >from someone else, who themselves were Greek,
and then took his name. That is why, when looking at
records for immigrant relatives, especially the males,
what they say as to where they are >from might be totally off,
not because of boundary changes, but because they
themselves were hiding. If this was the case, you
need to find someone who knows this person and knows
the truth. I got real lucky on this one.
However, I have another relative that I am still
looking for in four different countries. This one never
told even their own children as to where
they came from, and the documents we have for them
show cities that never existed in that country,
but are in another country.
So, what ever your ancestors said as to where they come
from may or might not be the truth. Untill you can
find a verifiable birth records, it will be
hard to prove.

David Edelman,
San Francisco.
Researching:
DUNN; EDELMAN; FEINSTEIN; ROSENBURG; STEIN - Latvia.
ALLEN; STANOVITCH - Lomza; Poland.

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