Documenting Maine Jewry : Jews in Sanford in 1920


1920 US Federal Census Data

Data extracted by Ben Kissen (2017)


Link to DMJ BioRelation to head own/rent, valuec birthyrageAge at 1st Marrstudentliterate?POB personPOB fatherPOB mothermother tongueYOInat/alienoccupationindustryNotesSource
Annie NalibowWife8 Coussons Street abt 188238 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1893naturalized   1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Bella RossWife29 Spruce Street abt 186852 nonoRussiaRussiaRussia 1907alien   1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Velta CookWife1.5 Emery Street abt 184674 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1914alien   1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Sam CookHead1.5 Emery Street abt 184674 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1914alienretired  1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Louis RossHead29 Spruce StreetRabt 186555 nonoRussiaRussiaRussia 1907alienwool pickerwool shop 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
David NalibowSon8 Coussons Street abt 19146 yesnoNew HampshireRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Louis NalibowHead8 Coussons StreetOabt 187347 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1891naturalizedmerchantjunk shop 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Samuel NalibowSon8 Coussons Street abt 190713 yesyesNew HampshireRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Louis AlbertHead14 Johnson Street (Apt 75) abt 187248 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1889naturalizedretail dealerdry goods 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
George CookSon11.5 Emery Street abt 19146 yesnoMaineRussiaRussiaPolish     1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Sylvia CookDaughter11.5 Emery Street abt 1918.251.75 nonoMaineRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Valentine AbrahamHead23 Thompson Street abt 189327 nonoSwedenSwedenSwedenSwedish1908aliencarpentermill yard 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Mary AbrahamWife23 Thompson Street abt 189426 nonoFinlandFinlandFinlandFinnish1908alien   1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Robert AbrahamSon23 Thompson Street abt 19137 yesnoNew YorkSwedenFinland      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Max CookHead11.5 Emery StreetOabt 188931 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1901naturalizedProprietorhotel 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Minnie CookWife11.5 Emery Street abt 189426 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1901naturalized   1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Abraham CookHead7 Emery StreetOabt 187050 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaJewish1900naturalizedretail merchantclothing and furniture 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Samuel CookSon7 Emery Street abt 190119 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaJewish1903naturalizedsalesmanfurniture 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Ezra CookSon7 Emery Street abt 190317 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Robert CookSon7 Emery Street abt 190713 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Morris CookSon7 Emery Street abt 191010 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
David CookSon7 Emery Street abt 19146 yesnoMaineRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Max DuckoffBoarder11.5 Emery Street abt 189228 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1914first papersshoemakershoe shopBoarder with Sam and Velta Cook1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Jennie NalibowDaughter8 Coussons Street abt 190515 yesyesNew HampshireRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Milton NalibowSon8 Coussons Street abt 191010 yesyesNew YorkRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Sarah RossDaughter29 Spruce Street abt 189624 noyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1914naturalized   1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Ralph RossSon29 Spruce Street abt 189426 noyesRussiaRussiaRussia 1914naturalizeddealerclothing store 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Abraham ShaletHead9 Kirt Street abt 187050 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew  merchantladies store 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Gussie ShaletWife9 Kirt Street abt 187545 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew  salesladyladies store 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Edith ShaletDaughter9 Kirt Street abt 191010 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia      1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Jacob TaylorBoarder11.5 Emery Street abt 186753 noyesEnglandEnglandEngland 1889naturalizedOverseermillBoarder with Sam and Velta Cook1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Leonard JohnsonBoarder11.5 Emery Street abt 187842 noyesMaineMaineMaine   Proprietorpool room 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford
Frank GowenBoarder11.5 Emery Street abt 187446 noyesMaineMaineMaine   wool sorterplush mill 1920 US Fed Census - Sanford

Methodological note :

This data was culled from the original 1930 U.S. census manuscripts, as found on www.ancestry.com. Jews are understood to constitute an ethnic group of Eastern and Central European origin characterized by common names and occupational pursuits, as well as a distinctive language. This definition lends itself well to analysis of the data preserved in census records.

Two primary methods were used to identify Jews:

1. Individuals born abroad whose mother tongue is "Yiddish," "Jewish," or "Hebrew" were automatically included in the spreadsheet, as were all members of their families.

2. For individuals born abroad whose mother tongue was another Eastern or Central European language (e.g., Russian, Polish, German), or individuals born in the U.S. with one or more parents from Eastern or Central Europe, we examined surnames, given names within a household, and occupations in light of common Jewish characteristics. This method of analysis is, of course, subject to inaccuracy, as we may have excluded Jews with uncommon names or occupations or included non-Jews whose characteristics appear Jewish. Individuals listed with the annotation "nj?" in the far right-hand column are those whose Jewish ancestry is plausible but questionable.

This method of analysis easily misses Jewish households whose members' parents were all born in the United States. In 1930 Maine, however, such households were quite rare. Special efforts were made to identify households of this nature in Portland, where they constituted less than 1% of identified Jewish households.

All members of a household containing a Jew are included in the spreadsheet, with the exception of Jewish lodgers and servants, who are listed individually. Household members who are evidently not Jewish (such as non-Jewish servants and some spouses or in-laws) are listed with the annotation "nj."

Last Updated : March 31, 2017