Thursday, March 27, 2014

Max Goldstein in 1930 and 1940

For Great Uncle Max Goldstein, I first shared that there were many of them in early 20th century New York City. I then shared some of the census records I have for him and his family.

In the U.S. Census for 1930 and 1940, it is easy to confirm that this is "my" Max Goldstein, as this shows wife Lottie, and children Jerry, Edith and Bernard (first cousins of my mother-in-law). Not shown here in the image of the family in 1930 is the column indicating year of immigration (1912 for both Max and Lottie) and citizenship status (naturalized).

In 1930, Max is a proprietor of a clothing store.

1930 U.S. Census; Manhattan, New York, New York; E.D. 235, Page 23B;
Lines 67-71, household of Max Goldstein
According to the 1930 U.S. Census, Max married his wife Lottie, when he was 17 and she was 15, in about 1912. Those ages must have been calculated from their reported ages in this census of 35 and 33, which are a few years younger than the ages that are reported in other census records.

Unfortunately, after exploring the Accessing the New York City Marriage Indexes in One Step at (which I think is the easiest way to search New York Marriages) for the marriage of Max Goldstein and Lottie Rosen (searching in a variety of ways) I have had no luck confirming a marriage date for Max and wife Lottie, or even if they married in New York City.


In 1940, the Goldstein family had moved to 65 Second Avenue in Manhattan. Lottie's widowed mother, Rebecca Rosen, is living with them.

1940 U.S. Census; New York, New York, New York; E.D. 31-122; Page 4B;
Lines 54-59, household of Max Goldstein
The 1940 U.S. Census has some interesting data. Years of education is blank for Max; Lottie is noted as having eight years of schooling (8); two children have completed high school (H-4); and the youngest has completed two years of high school (H-2).

Lottie is on one of the lines where the census enumerator asked a few additional questions. Although Lottie's census line indicates that her occupation was "Home Housework," she is listed with a usual occupation and industry of "Operator in Women's Apparel." Her age at first marriage is noted as 16, and she has given birth to four children. (I only know of the three listed above.)

More mysteries for this Goldstein family...

Monday, March 24, 2014

More on Uncle Max Goldstein

My husband's grandfather, Morris Goldstein, followed his older brother, Max Goldstein, from Romania to America. I previously shared the passenger list for Moische Goldstein, and I also shared the fact that I haven't found Morris Goldstein in the 1920 U.S. Census, although I had expected to find Morris living with the family of his brother, Max, at 9 Second Avenue in Manhattan.

I thought I would share some more about Great Uncle Max, who was one of many Max Goldsteins in New York City.

It appears that he followed an uncle, Morris Moskowitz, to America. I believe that the Max Goldstein listed in the household of Morris Moskowitz in the 1910 U.S. Census (below) is Morris Goldstein's brother. Morris Moskowitz is the brother of Max's mother, Sarah.

1910 U.S. Census; Manhattan, New York, New York, E.D. 1675, Page 16A,
lines 37-42: Household of Morris Moskowitz
I have explored various passenger records and have not had luck confirming when Max arrived in America. This 1910 Census indicates that he arrived in 1905.


However, the 1915 New York State Census indicates that Max arrived in 1895 and was already a citizen by the time of this census. His household included wife, Lottie, son Joseph, and next door is the family of Leon Rosen, who is Lottie's father.

1915 New York State Census. A.D. 3, E.D. 15, Page 11, line 34: Household of Max Goldstein (Rosen family below)

The 1920 U.S. Census, which is a bit difficult to read, indicates that he arrived in 1898 and naturalized in 1919. His household now included Edith Goldstein, age 2 7/12. They still live in the same building as Lottie's parents.

1920 U.S. Census; Manhattan, New York, New York; E.D. 165; Page 6B;
lines 72-75: Household of Max Goldstein (Rosen family above)
And with a name like Max Goldstein, these different dates don't help me find his naturalization record or passenger record.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Uncle Max Goldstein of New York City

Just to give my readers a taste of the puzzle I face in researching a Goldstein family in early 20th century New York City, I share the following image, which is from the 1914 New York City Directory. There are eleven Max Goldsteins who are tailors among the countless men of the name in New York City at that time. I believe the one at h9 2d av (home 9 Second Avenue) is the one I'm looking for, because that was his address in the 1915 New York State Census and the 1920 U.S. Federal Census.

See more about this Goldstein family at More on Uncle Max Goldstein and Max Goldstein in 1930 and 1940.