52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 Edition: Week# 5 --Harold Berel? Really! No Really?!!
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The Week 5 Prompt
The Week 5 prompt is "In the Census." What intriguing find have you made in a census? What has a series of census records shown you? Do you have an ancestor who constantly ages only 7 years between censuses? (Those are fun!)
Since my father's recent passing, I've fallen behind a bit on these prompts so I'm going to do the best I can to get caught up as quickly as possible. The following post originally appeared on this blog on May 16, 2014. It seemed appropriate to re-share since it fit this prompt so well.
This post originally appeared on this blog on May 16, 2014
Okay, I have been all over the place lately with my research, finding a new nugget here and then finding a new nugget there. I am seriously in the throws of a Genealogy ADD run, where I can't get my brain to focus on one family line. Instead of fighting it, I have decided to just go with it, since it has been productive at finding new morsels.
Two nights ago I was working on looking up information on a cousin of my paternal grandfather Harold Murrell and lo and behold I saw something that blew my mind. In an upcoming post, I will share my connection to the Cheesman family but for now take a look at this.
"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X4GY-91J : accessed 16 May 2014), Harold Berel in household of Herbert Cheesman, Manhattan (Districts 1001-1249), New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1020, sheet 20B, family 614, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1577.
My grandfather came to the U.S in 1927 and settled in New York City. I knew he had worked at a place called the Morgan Laundry and that's where he met his future wife and my grandmother, Ethel Smith Murrell. Previously, I had found him in the 1940 Federal Census and in the New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 database on Ancestry.com. Now I knew why I couldn't find him in 1930. They had spelled his last name B-E-R-E-L. His last name was Murrell. Harold Berel?! Really! No, really?!