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1910 US Federal Census Data Old Town
Data extracted by Sam Kissen (2017)

Link to DMJ BiorelationAddressOwn/Rentyear of birthageAge at 1st Marrstudentliterate?birthplacePOB fatherPOB mothermother tongueimmigrationnaturalized / aleinoccupationindustryNotes
Arthur GoldsmithHead313 Oak Street abt 188228 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1896aliendealerclothing 
Eva GoldsmithWife313 Oak Street abt 188426 noyesPolandPolandPolandPolish1896    
Harry GoldsmithSon65 Main Street abt 189020 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1896 dealerconfectionary 
Abel GoldsmithSon65 Main Street abt 189317 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1896 laborerpulp mill 
Maurice LaitSon66 Main Street abt 189416 yesyesMaineMaineMaine      
Himon LaitHead66 Main Street abt 187238 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1890alienmerchantmine furnishings 
Edwin CutlerHead79 Shirley Street abt 186050 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1898alienmerchantclothing 
Rachel CutlerWife79 Shirley Street abt 187040 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1898    
Fanny CutlerDaughter79 Shirley Street abt 190010 yesnoMaineRussiaRussia      
David LaitSon66 Main Street abt 189812 yesyesMaineMaineMaine      
Charles LaitSon66 Main Street abt 1909.340.66 nonoMaineMaineMaine      
Joseph AlperinHead4 Stillwater Avenue (Apt 7) abt 188030 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaRussian  odd jobspulp mill 
Leah AlperinWife4 Stillwater Avenue (Apt 7) abt 188030 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish     
Alexander CutlerSon79 Shirley Street abt 19028 yesnoMaineRussiaRussia      
Samuel CutlerSon79 Shirley Street abt 189119 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1898alien   
David GoldsmithHead65 Main Street abt 186446 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1896alienpeddlerjunk 
Lawrence GoldsmithSon313 Oak Street abt 19055 yesnoMaineRussiaPoland      
Samuel GoldsmithSon313 Oak Street abt 19082 nonoMaineRussiaPoland      
Stella GoldsmithWife65 Main Street abt 186644 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1896    
Harry LaitSon66 Main Street abt 19019 yesyesMaineMaineMaine      
Lawrence LaitSon66 Main Street abt 19073 nonoMaineMaineMaine      
Henry LaitSon66 Main Street abt 190010 yesyesMaineMaineMaine      
Adolph AdroskiBoarder129 Middle Street abt 189218 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1910alienlaborerpulp millBoarder with Ami and Julia Reinski
Ami BerinskiHead129 Middle Street abt 188624 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1909alienlaborerpulp mill 
Julia BerinskiWife129 Middle Street abt 189218 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1909    
? BerinskiSon129 Middle Street abt 1909.90.1 nonoMaineRussiaRussia 1905alien   
Jake BezenskyHead53 Main Street abt 188624 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1908aliencustom tailorown shop 
Hannah BezenskyWife53 Main Street abt 188822 noyesLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuaniaYiddish1906    
Ruby BezenskyDaughter53 Main Street abt 1909.50.5 nonoMaineRussiaLithuania      
Parker BickmoreHead112 Fourth Street abt 1910    MaineMaineMaine      
Florence BickmoreWife112 Fourth Street abt 1910    MaineMaineMaine      
Oliver BickmoreSon112 Fourth Street abt 1910    MaineMaineMaine      
Samuel ChaseBoarder4 Stillwater Avenue (Apt 7) abt 188228 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1906alientailortailor shopBoarder with Joseph and Leah Alperin
Rose ChaseBoarder4 Stillwater Avenue (Apt 7) abt 188129 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1906   Boarder with Joseph and Leah Alperin
Betris ChaseBoarder4 Stillwater Avenue (Apt 7) abt 19064 nonoEnglandRussiaRussia 1906   Boarder with Joseph and Leah Alperin
Max CutlerSon79 Shirley Street abt 19073 nonoMaineRussiaRussia      
Moses CutlerSon79 Shirley Street abt 1908.81.2 nonoMaineRussiaRussia      
Jennie DeevingDaughter112 Fourth Street abt 1910    MaineMaineMaine      
Rachel GeusbergHead - Boarder Main Street abt 188030 noyesLithuaniaLithuaniaLithuania 1895   Boarder with Parker and Florence Bickmore
Samuel GeusbergSon - Boarder Main Street abt 19037 nonoMaineLithuaniaLithuania     Boarder with Parker and Florence Bickmore
Hilda GeusbergDaughter - Boarder Main Street abt 19064 nonoMaineLithuaniaLithuania     Boarder with Parker and Florence Bickmore
Sarah GoldsmithDaughter65 Main Street abt 189614 yesyesRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish1896    
Israel GoldsmithSon313 Oak Street abt 19046 yesnoMaineRussiaPoland      
Samuel GordonHead48 Water Street abt 187238 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1899alientailorown shop 
Ruby GordonSon48 Water Street abt 19046 yesnoNew YorkRussiaRussia      
Lily GordonDaughter48 Water Street abt 19055 nonoMaineRussiaRussia      
Jake GordonSon48 Water Street abt 19073 nonoMaineRussiaRussia      
Ida GordonDaughter48 Water Street abt 1908.41.6 nonoMaineRussiaRussia      
Hazel LaitWife66 Main Street abt 187337 nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1891    
Israel LaitSon66 Main Street abt 19046 yesnoMaineMaineMaine      
Alex NoviskiBoarder129 Middle Street abt 189218 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1910alienlaborerpulp millBoarder with Ami and Julia Reinski
Frank ServiskiBoarder129 Middle Street abt 188822 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish1906alienlaborerpulp millBoarder with Ami and Julia Reinski
Frank SteinskyBoarder53 Main Street abt 188921 noyesPolandPolandPolandPolish1907alien  boarder with Jake and Hannah Bezensky
Frank TeplanskyBoarder53 Main Street abt 188525 noyesPolandPolandPolandPolish1907alien  boarder with Jake and Hannah Bezensky
Bessie GordonWife48 Water Street abt 188129 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaPolish     

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