Avrum's Women, Part 3: Following Feiga (and Raya)
Avrum's Women, Part 4: The Trouble with Harry
Avrum's Women, Part 5: Finding Feiga
Avrum's Women, Part 6: Added Confirmation
Avrum's Women, Part 7: Feiga's Family
Avrum's Women, Part 8: Fannie's Story
Avrum's Women, Part 9: Fannie's brother Morris
Avrum's Women, Part 10: Morris Lederman - Who's your Mama?
Avrum's Women, Part 11: Garber Y-DNA = Lederman Y-DNA
Avrum's Women, Part 12: Finding Family with Family Finder
Avrum's Women, Part 13: Bond of Brothers
After Halloween I find it hard to resist left-over candy. But, there's hardly anything sweeter than getting a new record in the mail, especially one that bolsters ones research. And kudos to the Great Lakes Region, National Archives in Chicago for taking the prize as the most responsive records repository with which I've ever dealt.
The 1930 U.S. Census indicated that Robert Greenfield had become a U.S. citizen and that Feiga and Ray Greenfield had filed their papers to do so. By the 1940 U.S. Census both Feiga and Ray were recorded as citizens.
So, it was with some optimism that I ordered microfilm roll 1,819,412 from the Family History Library. The roll promised to hold the Greenfield naturalization petition records (if they existed) from the U.S. District Court of the Southern District, Ohio.
The Family History Library notified me on Monday, 29 October that the roll had arrived at my preferred Regional Family History Center in Mesa, AZ. The next afternoon in Mesa I loaded the roll on the microfilm reader and located the indexed records for Feiga, Ray and Robert Greenfield who were all naturalized in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.
|Fannie Greenfield indexed naturalization petition record|
Fannie Greenfield, as shown in my most recent post, was indeed Feiga Grinfeld who'd arrived at New York Harbor with my great grandfather Avrum Garber on 10 November 1922 aboard the Aquitania. Her Declaration of Intention, the first papers individuals filed in the naturalization process, indicated that prior to emigration she'd been living in Warsaw. She had been born in Baranovka and was a widow who had been married to Schachna Grinfeld.
I found the Warsaw residence information interesting. When Avrum's youngest children, Feiga and Aron Garber, arrived in New York in the Spring of 1922, they had identified their cousin Feiga Grunfeld of Warsaw as their closest relative in Europe. I'd thought that Volhynia Gubernia, also known as Wolin, could have been misidentified as Warsaw on the manifest since I'd never known any of my relatives to have lived in Warsaw. And on Feiga's manifest, both Feiga and Avrum stated they'd been most recently living in "Wollin."  But, both Feiga's Declaration of Intention and Petition identify Warsaw as her last residence prior to emigration.
Fannie's 1932 Petition for Citizenship confirms the information on her Declaration and other information about her family and origins. She was a widow with three grown children (Leah Grinfeld Salzman of Louisville, Kentucky and Robert and Ray of Cincinnati, Ohio).
The document also provides some new information that, ultimately may provide some additional color to the story of my great grandfather's emigration. The British manifest for Feiga and Awrum's voyage indicated that the Aquitania of the Cunard line had sailed from Southampton, England on 4 November 1922.  Fannie's Petition indicates that she had initially sailed from Rotterdam, Holland. So, now, instead of assessing a travel route from Labun to Southampton, I must consider Labun (to perhaps Baranovka) to Warsaw to Rotterdam to Southampton. Perhaps Avrum lived for a few months in Warsaw after his youngest children left for the United States? More questions for another time.
1. 1930 U.S. Census, Hamilton County, Ohio, population schedule, Cincinnati, Enumeration District 31-151, sheet 23-A, dwelling 223, family 442, Fanny Greenfield; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2011).
2. 1940 U.S. Census, Hamilton County, Ohio, population schedule, Cincinnati, Enumeration District 91-208, sheet 65-B, household 100, Fannie Greenfield; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 June 2012).
3. Hamilton County, Ohio, United States District Court (Ohio: Southern District). Naturalization Index (Ohio), 1852-1991. Family History Library microfilm 1,819,412, Salt Lake City, Utah.
4. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 June 2012), manifest, Aquitania, Southampton to New York, arriving 10 November 1922, list 4, Feiga Grinfeld; citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715.
5. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 19 June 2012), manifest, Lapland, Antwerp to New York, arriving 2 April 1922, list 7, Feiga and Aron Garber, citing National Archives Microfilm Serial T715.
6. Hamilton County, Ohio, United States District Court (Ohio: Southern District). Declaration of Intention no. 16529, Faiga Grinfeld, 29 March 1929.
7. Hamilton County, Ohio, United States District Court (Ohio: Southern District). Petition for Citizenship no. 9857, Faiga Grinfeld, 12 January 1932.
8. "Passenger Lists Leaving UK, 1890-1960," digital images, FindMyPast.co.uk (http://www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed 1 January 2009), manifest, Aquitania, Southampton to New York, departing 4 November 1922, ticket numbers 8667 and 8668, Faija Grinfeld and Awrum Garber.