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A real mystery that you have there.
Would you like to share his name or date of birth and any other information about him that you may have?
Thanks for your message. I don’t have much but here are my speculations based on Ancestry research.
His name was David Brecker or Brecher
From my research I’ve identified a David Brecher that although I am not certain, I think could be him. This David Brecher was born in Olchowiec, Austria in October 1867 (now Poland) and was naturalized as a US citizen on 10 October 1988. I think he had a brother named Isidore. I believe he may have followed his brother to San Francisco. His father and mother’s names may have been Isaack Brecher and Maria (nee Sternberg).
Thanks for any help!
I found a passport application for David Brecher born in 1867. He was to go abroad in 1900 for a year.
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Thanks for your message. Yes I had previously found that 1900 passport application.
How can I discover when and where he went abroad, and when he returned?
I am unable to locate this David Brecher (Brecker) in the New York 1890 or 1900 census. I am fairly certain he was living in the NYC area at that time, the passport application dated January 22, 1900 gives his address as 206 East 6th Street, but he may have been living in NJ, possibly in Newark, NJ as I believe my grandfather was born in Newark in 1983. His wife's name was Bessie Brecker. In 1900 he would have had living with him a son Samuel (my grandfather), and two daughters Bertha, and Molly.
Can you recommend how I should search for this census info?
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Dear Mr Brecker,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Since your great-grandfather moved to San Francisco after the 1900 Census and may have died before the 1910 Census, there would be no federal Census records. However, if you know his address from those postcards, you could use Census records to determine who his neighbors may have been and, with some further digging, eventually whether his residence was damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and subsequent fire.
The Museum of the City of San Francisco Website maintains a list of known casualties and would likely be an invaluable resource for additional information about your ancestor’s life at the time.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!