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Re: Brooklyn family
A. E. Jordan
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Diane suggested some of the core databases to get started looking for a family in Brooklyn in the late 1800s/early 1900s.
Bout I would add one more basic starting point which is the newspapers and in this case he Brooklyn Eagle which is actually free online. I put the family names Beulah Gross was asking about into the newspaper and instantly found the death notice for the mother and three of the children plus even a mention of an estate filed for one of the child.
One of the death notices mentioned the burials too and by checking Find A Grave I spotted the graves of the husband, wife and most of the children. Unfortunately there are no photos of the graves but there are dates.
With these added details Beulah has a lot of information to work in the databases. Newspapers don't always work but I felt it was likely because of the early time frame and Brooklyn in those years was more of a small town.
Don't forget to look in newspapers as a starting point -- in this case it provided lots of details for the search.
From: geniediane <geniediane@...>
To: main <main@...>; beulah144 <beulah144@...>
Sent: Fri, Jan 10, 2020 10:12 am
Subject: Re: [JewishGen.org] Brooklyn family
Here are some of the options you have to do research in NYC
l. stevemorse.org for passenger manifests, NYC vital records, NY State census records.
2. familysearch.org the mormon site which is free but you have to register and keep your name
and password handy as it has to be put in every two weeks or so.
3. ancestry.com which is a paid site but you can probably access it using a large public or
The last two have US census records from 1860 to 1940.
This should keep you busy for while.
From: main@... [mailto:main@...] On Behalf Of Richard Gross
Sent: Thursday, January 9, 2020 5:09 PM
Subject: [JewishGen.org] Brooklyn family
10 January 2020
This is my first post and I hope someone will be able to assist me. I’m working on my husband’s family tree and history and need to find out more about some of his family who emigrated from Leeds , England to New York .
Samuel Gross and his wife, Jessie nee Sloman, were married on 19 January 1859 in Leeds and left almost immediately for America . They lived in Brooklyn where their four children were born viz. Hyman (1861); Rebecca (1865); Solemon Richard (1871) and Reuben (9 Feb 1875).
Hyman married Lillian (born April 1867 in Pennsylvania ) and they had two sons; Walter E (11 June1890-March 1964) and Howard J (12 July1897). Walter married Anne Strasser (May 1899, New York) and they had two sons; Stanley (1923) and Harold (1925).
I think Rebecca married Abraham Goldsmith but I’m not sure of this.
Solomon Richard married Etta but I don’t know any more about this couple.
I know nothing more about Reuben.
If anyone can help further I’d be most appreciative.
Beulah Gross (in Australia )