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1930 US Federal Census Data Rumford

Data extracted by members of the Colby College Maine Jewish History Project research team (2011),
directed by David M. Freidenreich

Name with link to DMJ biorelation O/R Value/RentbirthyrageAge at 1st Marrstudent POB personPOB parents mother tongueYOIcitizenoccupationEmployed?sheet #district
Morris L Rothsfieldroomer  189634   PolandPoland Yiddish1905natsales clerk dry goodswage23A46
Charles Levinhead R-4318943628  RussiaRussia Yiddish1908natproprieter, ladies garment storeowner25B46
Josephine Levinwife  18993123  MassMass/Russia    sales clerk ladies garmentwage 25B 
Robert Levinson  19237 yes Maine       25B 
Suzanne LeBlancservant  191119   FrCanada       25B 
Nathan Israelsonhead R - 3118785232  GermanyGermany German1888natsalesman, automobilewage36A46
Nina Israelsonwife  18715938  Maine       36A46
Julian Israelsonson  191020 yes Maine       36A46
George Russellf-in-law  18567423  Maine       36A46
Usenath Russellm-in-law  18616917  Maine       36A46
Louis Cohenhead O-500018755520  LithuaniaLithuania Yiddish1895natlaborer/helper, paper millwage43B46
Bertha Cohenwife  18785218  LithuaniaLithuania Yiddish1895nat  43B46
Sonia Cohendaughter  191515 yes Maine       43B46
Philip Marxhead O-700018983230  MaineGermany    manager, clothing storeowner44A46
Esther Marxwife  19062422  Rhode IsMaine      44A46
Max Greenberghead 0-600018805027  RussiaRussia Yiddish1890natproprieter, shoe storeemployer44A46
Rebecca Greenbergwife  18834724  RussiaRussia Yiddish1925alien  44A46
Sarah Greenbergdaughter  191020 yes Maine       44A46
John Bronsteinhead R-4018864428  RussiaRussia Yiddish1892natdealer, junkowner45A46
Fanny Bronsteinwife  18943621  MaineRussia      45A46
Lillian Bronsteindaughter  191713 yes Maine       45A46
Se???ll Bronsteinson  19219 yes Maine       45A46
Beverly Bronsteindaughter  19282   Maine       45A46
Ted or Fred Cherinski?lodger  189634   RussiaRussia Russian1910alienwoodsmanwage1A47
Joseph Chasehead O-1000018834719  PolandPoland Polish1905natproprieter, dry goodsowner2A47
Stella Chasewife  18874316  Poland   1905natsalesladywage2A47
Blanche Chasedaughter  190426   Maine     salesladywage2A47
Ida Chasedaughter  190723   Maine     salesladywage2A47
Rose Chasedaughter  191020 yes Maine       2A47
Ludwig Goldsteinhead R-2618725821  LithuaniaLithuania Yiddish1890natRabbiwage2A48
Sophie/a Goldsteinwife  18785217  LithuaniaLithuania Yiddish1891nat  2A48
Morris Greemanhead O-800018874323  PolandPoland Polish1906natmerchant, retail -- goodsemployer4A48
Annie Greemanwife  18913921  PolandPoland Polish1906nat  4A48
William Greemanson  191119 yes New York       4A48
Dorothy Greemandaughter  191416 yes Maine       4A48
Frances Greemandaughter  191614 yes Maine       4A48
Leon Greemanson  192010 no Maine       4A48
Harry Cohenhead O 6,00018973320no LithuaniaLithuania Yiddish1898natmerchant - b___gterwage?2545
Rebecca Cohenwife  18973320no PolandPoland Yiddish1900nat    
M____ Cohenson  191218 yes MaineLit/Pol        
Eddie Cohenson  192010 yes MaineLit/Pol        
Melvin Cohenson  19264 no MaineLit/Pol        

Methodological notes :

This data was culled from the original U.S. census manuscripts, as found on
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."
Information on place of birth
Some people replied with the name of the place when they left; others replied with the name of place when the census was taken; in other cases it just seems that it was easier for the census taker to write ‘Russia’ rather than Lithuania, Ukraine or other unfamiliar country names.
And there is another reason to be skeptical of the accuracy of the place of birth information. Immigrants from the Pale had a very justified fear of the Russian and often local governments. One way to manage this reality was to tell government representatives what they expected they wanted to hear or what they thought would bring them the least trouble. This may well explain why a number of family members, who were clearly from Eastern Europe, may have answered ‘Maine’ or ‘New York’.

Last Updated : Jan 2 , 2021