It's quite possible that the family members you mention used Yiddish
or Hebrew names on the manifests and adopted the names Max and Louis
after they arrived in the USA.
I learned this the hard way while trying to find my own relatives,
coincidentally called Max and Louis in this country. Their given
names were Mordche and Eliezer. With this information I was able to
find them much more easily, as was also true with many other
From: Ken Falkson <mokmanrs@...>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:54:08 -0500
"Hello all. I have been searching for the manifests of the immigrant
members of the FELIXSON family of Cleveland, Ohio in hopes that they
might be related to me, but have not been having any luck.
Perhaps another set of eyes will see what I have missed. My
information is based on the naturalization papers of the father Max
and eldest son