I'm new to this group. After three years of believing my ggrandparents
came >from Bohemia, I learned that the person who transcribed the census
info for me misread their birthplace. They were actually born in Romania!
Max O. LEIBOWITZ was born in Jassy, Romania (according to his son's WWI
draft registration card). Based on cemetery info, he would have been
born approx. 1878. Don't know how accurate his age at time of death was.
His wife, Ester/Esther LEIBOWITZ was also born in Romania. Again based
on cemetery info, she would have been born about April 16, 1875.
Max and Ester immigrated to NYC in 1885. Max was a tailor.
They had three children: Lillian (b. ~1893-94), Morris (Murray) (b.
1895), and Irving (b. 1897)(my grandfather) in that order. All born in
New York City.
The name LEIBOWITZ was changed to LIEB around 1927.
In the 1920 census, Charlotte (Charna) GOLDSTEIN, mother-in-law of Max
was living with them. The census says she was born in NYC, which if
she's Ester's mother, makes no sense. Also, Irving listed his mother's
maiden name as Esther *SCHRAGER*, not GOLDSTEIN on his SS-5 form.
Anyway, CHARLOTTE was born approx. 1847, based on the census age in 1920
and her date of death in 1932.
I cannot find this family in any census prior to 1920.
Does anyone recognize these people?
Can anyone tell me how to find what ship they came on and >from what port
they departed? I imagine they came through Castle Garden. I know there
are records/CD-ROMs for "Russians, Germans, etc. to America" for this
time period. What about Romanians? I haven't seen anything for them.
I'd appreciate any help.
Jeri Friedman (Florida, but born in NY)
RESEARCHING: FRIEDMAN, GEIST, GLICKMAN, MILLER, STURMAN (?,Russia)
GOLDSTEIN, LIEB/LEIBOWITZ (Jassy, Romania)
GALINSKY, GELLIS (Suwalki, Russia)
KRASNOPOLSKY, SILBERMAN/SILVERMAN (Krasnopol, Russia)