Boarders or Lodgers on Census Documents #general


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On the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census my great great grandparents had a lodger staying with them. The family name was Fieldman and they lived in Londonderry at the time. On the 1901 Census a Harry Kaufman, age 28, born in Austria was living with the family. The census stated he was an Upholsterer by trade and was married. He was recorded as a "Boarder". On the 1911 Census a David Seligson, a single man, age 27, born in Russia (Vilnius), an unemployed Metal Turner who was a "Visitor" was staying with the family. The Fieldman family was recorded as being from Russia also but I now know this is from what is now Ukraine. The Fieldman family originally lived in Dublin before moving to Londonderry and then on to Belfast.
There are no other Irish records for either of the two visitors but I did find David Seligson having arrived by boat from the United States on the day of the census. He had been living with a brother Joseph Seligson in Minnesota. 
How would these visitors known who to contact? There wasn't a huge Jewish population in the area. Could they have been relations? How would I go about proving this? I don't know any relations at that level of the family other than the immediate family recorded on those census records. A Jewish register for Londonderry in 1901 had a total of 60 names including children. In 1911 it was only 32 including our visitors. They must have known who they were going to be staying with particularly David Seligson as there were only 6 families in the city at the time.
I seem to be scraping around looking for any hints I can about family relations.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
John Edwards

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