JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 2 part question concerning Americanization of names, and the on-line indexes #general

Shoshana Kahan <lilishoshana@...>

Does anyone have experience with the use of the names "Gladys" and
"Harriet" as anything other than Americanizations of "Gittel" and
"Chana" (as they are according to the GNDB?) I think I identified my
grandfather's cousin Isaac Cooper of the 1910 census as an Isadore
Cooper on the 1930 census. All details match, except that his two
oldest daughters are named Gladys and Harriet, while his own mother,
who probably died before either daughter was born, was called "Mamie."
I suspect there was another child there who died, and whose name I
don't know. But I would expect to find a daughter named something
like Mamie or Marsha or Mary or something, and the fact that I don't
makes me wonder if this is the same fellow. Did the name Harriet ever
stand in for Esther (his grandmother's name?) Should I take the fact
that these girls don't seem to be named after his mother as a sign
that this Isadore isn't the Isaac of the earlier census (if not, then
almost every single member of this family just disappeared. How
common is that?)
Which leads in to my next question, which is whether my experience of
often not finding my NYC ancestors in the marriage and death indexes
is common or not. I understand that these ancestors might not all have
had civil marriages, though some were naturalized at the time so I
don't see why not. And I realize that not everyone living in New York
City died in New York City, but I do have a lot of relatives that seem
to have just evaporated in the 10 years between the federal censuses,
including spouses that probably hadn't left. I have definitely
searched under spellings so alternative that I don't know how I would
recognize them even if I did find them, but that didn't work either.
Even adding or subtracting years >from their lives didn't help. They
just aren't there. Is this a fairly common experience, or just a case
of bad luck?
I apologize if these questions seem picayune, but I'm really feeling
stuck, and feedback >from other family researchers would be most welcome.
Shoshana Kahan

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