Re: Children and naturalization, two personal mysteries #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

1. Who said it was the first time he arrived? Perhaps they went home to
visit or to bring other family members. Were they in Cleveland for the
1910 census?

My ggrandfather's brother came to the US 3 or 4 times before the whole
family came. This man's descendants say that he thought there wasn't enough
'culture' in the US - Yiddishkeit perhaps. But lots of people went back for
visits or, for example, when there was a marriage or a death. Another
ggrandfather took my grandfather with him back to Germany, presumably around
his father's death in 1881, as my grandfather was given an omble which was
in the family.

If he was in the US when his father was naturalized, he would have been also,
kids under 18 and wives got included.

2. Most Jews did not know their birthdates in the beginning of the 20th
century and before - you can see lots of peoples records with varying
birthdates. If a Russian Jew, for example, did know his birthdate, it was by
the Jewish calendar, so one year it would be September, perhaps, on the
Christian calendar, and the next year maybe August. You only know the correct
date with a birth record made at the time of the birth. There is no lie,
there is no concealment, there is just a guess.

You need to look for earlier passenger lists, and other records which might
help you find out when the came the first time.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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