I am in NYC for the weekend and looking forward to meeting my Brotman cousins. Pictures and stories to follow.
But first, a little Romanian surprise. I received a few more documents from my Romanian researcher, Marius Chelcu. One in particular surprised me. It is a birth record for Sura Rosentvaig, born June 7, 1888, daughter of Ghidale and Ghitla Rosentvaig, of Iasi, Romania.
The first surprise was that Gustave and Gussie were still living in Iasi as of June, 1888. According to his naturalization papers, Gustave arrived in the US on April 12, 1887.
Before 1906, the government did not require strict proof of arrival, and obviously Gustave fudged it a bit. But when did he actually arrive? I still have not found a ship manifest for him or Gussie or the children, but this will narrow down the dates of my search by assuming they left Romania after June 7, 1888, and arrived before February 12, 1889, when I believe Abraham was born.
On Sura’s birth record dated 1888, it says Gustave was 25, making his birth year 1863, and Gussie was 22, making her birth year 1866. I guess it just goes to show that Romanian records are no more reliable than American records. Gustave and Gussie’s birth records, however, were created at the time of their marriage, not at their birth, whereas Sura’s was created at the time of her birth so presumably is more reliable in terms of her birthdate.
The second surprise is that Sarah, their second daughter, was born in Iasi, not in New York City. Every census indicates that she was in fact born in New York. This explains why I could not find a NYC birth record for Sarah, but why is she listed on the census as US-born? Lillie is listed (with one exception) as born in Romania. Why not Sarah?
I am still searching for Sarah’s descendants and know their names, but have not yet been able to contact them. I wonder if they know she was born in Romania, not in the US.
Have a good weekend, everyone!