Wordless Wednesday: Roxbury, Boston, MA Google Map

GOOGLE custom map of Lettish Lativian community at the turn of the 20th century, addresses from public documents

Roxbury, Boston, MA – Custom Google Map
mapped addresses for Nicholas Dozenberg and associated family members

This was an interesting application of new technology for geneaology enthusiasts. Custom Google map showing Roxbury, MA addresses for Nicholas Dozenberg and family members living in a bustling Lettish community at the turn of the 20th century. This data was gleaned from various documents, border crossings, census reports, immigration documents and Boston city directories. 

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Wordless Wednesday: Katherine "Katie" Dosenberg

Katherine “Katie” Alide Kunan nee Dosenberg
born:1887 Russia; died: Sept 1955 Boston, MA

Finding Katie:

Immigrant women virtually disappeared from the records upon marriage, changing their surname. No United States birth record exsists, and there is no record of Naturalization because at the turn of the 20th century the name of the wife appeared on her husbands record with no documentation of her maiden name.

Aided by cousins her married name was revealed as Kunan. Thanks to John Dosenberg’s step-daughter, her picture was recovered from an ancient pile of pictures relegated to her attic. Katherine “Katie” Alide Dosenberg married Andrew Kunan in 1907 in Fall River, MA (see the MA archives site) and then found her listed in the 1920 Census in Boston, MA with her two sons. Subsequently found her listed in the Boston City directory for 1915, 1916, 1920, 1934, 1940’s, 1955, and 1956. My heart raced as a paged through the 1956 directory looking for the name of her widowed daughter-in-law (Alvina Kunan), living with Katie (her youngest son had passed away at the young age of 35yrs). I found the listing for the daughter-in-law and to my great surprize Katie was listed along with her death date in 1955.

It sounds simple now put into words but this was over the course of several years. In part because the Boston city directories just became avaliable on Ancestry.com for the later years. Katie has been found!

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