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...

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