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From: "Laurie" <>
Subject: SEKEL, Max J., Germany to Philadelphia
Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 15:23:16 -0400
Dear fellow researchers,
I am hoping someone can help me out as I'm not sure where to look next. For
the past several years, Max SEKEL has been my brickwall, but some bricks
have been knocked away and progress is being made.
Until today, when I located his marriage record, it had only been hearsay
that Max was from Germany. Now it's confirmed:
26 April 1885 Max. J. SEKEL, occupied as a tailor, age 29, born in Germany,
residing in Philadelphia, marries Mary E. FINNEGAN.
Max is listed in Philadelphia's city directory for the first time in 1887,
and he's residing at 2902 Alter. He is listed in the directories in 1890,
1892, 1893, and 1894 but then seems to disappear. I've not been able to
locate his death record or find him on the census reports. Max is not
listed on the 1900 census though his wife is listed as married; in 1920, his
wife is widowed in the census. I've searched 1892 through 1895 and 1910
through 1913 death indexes in Philadelphia, but the only Sekel found was
Mary (his wife).
Where would you look next? I have tried Ellis Island and Ancestry, but have
not found a record of immigration or anything else on Max.