Re: Best approach to determining port of entry to US #general


Shari Kantrow
 

Hi All,
On 2 Sep 2005, Stan Goodman, stated:
"Censuses, of course, can be tricky, because the
information is the unsubstantiated word of the interviewee.
...
You can tell an enumerator anything, and he will write it
down; that's the nature of censuses. Census data needs to be
confirmed by an independent source of the same information."

He is absolutely right. My g-grandfather listed on his
1920 census that he was naturalized. I sent for the
papers, but it was the wrong Benjamin BLITZER-this one
from Austria, not Russia, and totally different family
members. I tried the Bronx Naturalizations after
getting nowhere with the Superior Court, and the
worker there informed me that he had no records for
Benjamin or Beny BLITZER and that in most likelihood,
my Beny simply told the census taker what he thought
he would like to hear, and was never actually
naturalized. The Superior Court sent me very detailed
papers that I do not need of a person I do not know,
however the Bronx Court was kind enough to tell me
they would not waste my money by repeating the same
mistake and kindly sent me a complete refund.

Now that hindsight is 20/20, I do remember from
stories I was told, his son being the first in the
family to get his papers many years after Beny had
died. It goes to show not to believe everything you
read.
Shari Kantrow
Bloomfield, NJ


researching:
MEYER, KAFKA, KUPFER, SCHAFF -Russian/Poland>NY
BLITZER,KARPET,JACOBSON,LANDSMAN, BLITZMAN,BLAZER
PLATZMAN, REYITTS (REIZ)Kamenets-Podolskiy, Podolia >NY
HABERMAN,DICKMAN,SZWARZ- Bukaczowce,Siemikowce>NY
SCHNEIDER, MILBAUER, MEYER - Austria
SCHWARTZ,,SHAPIRO- Bursztyn,Kuropatniki-Galicia>NY

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