Re: New York City research questions 1912-1925 #general

Deborah Barr

How does one obtain the incorporation papers for a burial society?

I've been researching the Gottzolowai Benevolent Association at Mt.
Zion the past few days, trying to figure out which town it was
associated with, by picking names at random and looking for where
they came from. Didn't find much, but what I did find did not seem
to lead to one place.

What I did see was that in 1905-1910 just about everyone in the
Association was living in the East 40s between 1st and 2nd Avenues,
an ethnically diverse neighborhood of slaughterhouses and one that
was completely new to me. Almost everyone in the association had
someone working at a slaughterhouse. In several cases I found
households living in the same building - as many as four in one
case, including the relative I was researching. Among those not
working at a slaughterhouse were a few shopkeepers and a physician,
but all living within a few blocks of each other.

I definitely see some family connections among the people I looked at,
but it seems to me that what these people have in common is probably
the neighborhood or possibly the slaughterhouses themselves.

I'd appreciate anything anyone can add. In addition to being interested
in the Association, I would love to find any photos of what the now
massively-transformed district looked like at the time.

Deborah Barr
San Francisco, CA
SELTZER Moghilev-Podolsky, Briceni

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