Oh how I love genealogy!
Tonight, while doing a little Twitter reading, I saw Thomas post that Ancestry has put the NY State Census indexes online for 1892, 1915, and 1925.
Excitedly, I quickly hopped over to the Ancestry site to search 1925 for I expected to be able to find my great-grandparents – Lewis & Lucinda (Lennon) Robinson. Sure enough, after doing a few variations in their name spellings I found them.
The handwriting is not the easiest to read, but it’s good enough. The family as they *should* have been enumerated are Lewis, his wife Lucinda, and their kids Ethel, John, James, Frank, George, Andrew, and Isaac. New to me is the listing of Lewis’s brother William! William is also a Longshoreman.
I’m not sure why Ethel has an “E” for middle initial for her middle name was May. And, I’m not sure why John has Lewis instead of Robinson for last name? My grandfather, Herman, is not yet born here – he came along in 1926. I knew already that Lewis was a longshoreman so it’s interesting to see his brother was also.
Additionally, before today, I had as Lewis’ parents, a William Robinson and wife Rebecca Toon based on his death certificate. I also found Lewis as a son to William & Rebecca in the 1900 census. Lewis’s brother William is younger than he, so is not in the 1900 family group, but now I need to go look for William & Rebecca in 1910 to see if William Jr. is listed. But, this 1925 census record having a William listed as a brother goes along with the family structure so far.
How cool! Now I have a few other leads to explore.
Image citation: Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: State population census schedules, 1925. Albany, New York: New York State Archives. Election District 09, Assembly District 01, New York, New York, 1.