Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jacob Reisner in the Census 1910-1920

My mother-in-law's mother, Rose (Levitt) Goldstein, was one of four children of Max Levitt (1858-1935) and Golda Segal (1869-1952). I shared census records for her family from 1900-1930 early on in this blog.

Rose also had three or four older half-siblings, children of Max Levitt and his first wife, Adele, who died before the family came to America:

Manuel Levitt: He was supposedly born about 1883 in Russia and "ran away" when told the family would be going from New York City to Woodbine, New Jersey. I have found no evidence to support this story. Interestingly enough, I found that Max Levitt's brother's name was Emanuel Levitas and he remained in New York.

Minnie Levitt: She was born June 1887 in Russia according to the 1900 census. I have found no more information about her.

Rebecca Levitt: She was born about 1889 in Russia and was the one cousin whose family kept in touch with her younger half-siblings.

David Levitt: I have several conflicting birth dates (and birth places) for him, ranging from 1885-1891, in Austria, Russia, New York or New Jersey.

I have found some basic information about Rebecca Levitt.

1900 U.S. Census: in Dennis Township, Cape May, New Jersey
1910 U.S. Census: in Woodbine, Cape May, New Jersey:

1910 U.S. Federal Census, Woodbine, Cape May County, New Jersey; Roll: T624_870; Page: 13B;
Enumeration District: 88; Record for Max Levitt.
It's kind of hard to tell, but the bottom name in this 1910 census record image is Jacob Risner [Reisner], a boarder in their household.

Jacob and Rebecca married in 1911 and I shared their Manhattan marriage license here.

1915 New York State Census: in Brooklyn, New York, with husband and two children, Adel, age 1 and Hyman, age 3:, New York State Census, 1915 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations, Inc., 2012),, Database online. Kings, New York, A.D. 22, E.D. 51. Page 120 (lines 10-13), record for James/Jacob Reisner and family.

24-year-old Jacob is listed as born in Austria and with the occupation "Operator Men's Clothing." He notes that he is an Alien (Al) and has been in the country for ten years. In error, his wife Rebecca is listed as having been born in the U.S. (which is in error) and is listed as an Alien as well. It is worth noting that if she had been born in the U.S. and had married an alien immigrant, she would have lost her citizenship, so it's not unusual to see born in U.S. and Alien under citizenship status (until 1922 when this changed).

1920 U.S. Census: in Manhattan, New York, at 138 Forsyth Street, with husband and three children, Harold, Adel, and Samuel (who is listed as a daughter):, 1920 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2005),, Database online. Year: 1920; Census Place: Manhattan Assembly District 2, New York, New York; Roll: T625_1186; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 148; Image: 1039. Record for Jacob Reisner.

Again, Jacob is listed as having arrived in 1905 (correct) and he has his papers (Pa) which means he has started the process to become a citizen. He is listed as being born in Austria, and again, Rebecca is listed as an Alien (Al) and born in about 1894 in New Jersey (which isn't correct: She was born closer to 1890 in Austria.)

By the 1930 U.S. Census, the Reisner family had moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, where they remained for the rest of their lives. I believe they moved to Springfield soon after the birth of twin daughters (and the death of one) in January 1921. I wrote about them here. I then find plenty of records for this family in Springfield, Massachusetts.


  1. Don't you love when one ancestor's date/place of birth is never consistent in the census ?

    1. And I find that in so many branches of my and my husband's families!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!