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I've done a bit of searching for Jewish ancestors too. Germany is tricky. You need to know what region and if you are looking before or after unification in 1870-71. And possibly they may have been part of Galicia. I have used familysearch.org(I'm too cheap to do ancestry) and sites like:
These sites are free but you have to register. If you would like help list their names and any other information you have.
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Dear Ms. Arond-Thomas,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 6/16/1897 - 7/3/1957 (T715) in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that may document your grandparents arrival in the U.S. Not all of the files have been digitized. For access to the non-digitized records of T715, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(1) What are their names?
(2) Do you know the name of the ship they traveled on to the US, the port of entry, the exact day in June on which they arrived, and the port of departure?
(3) Do you know at least the year of each person's birth?
(4) Do you know the city/town/village in which they lived in Germany at the time they emigrated?
1) Their names are Max and Frieda Oppenheimer.
2) I don't know the name of the ship, but they departed from Lisbon, Portugal and arrived in New York City. I don't know the exact date, but it was close to June 21, 1941
3) Birthdates: Max Oppenheimer - April 11, 1892
Frieda Oppenheimer - Novemer 23, 1897 (though that may not be correct)
4) They lived in Hamburg.
Max, Frieda, and their two children, Alfred and Eva, arrived at New York on 21 June 1941, aboard the SS Mouzinho, which had sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, on 10 June 1941.
Source: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7488/images/nyt715_6554-0897 (personal subscription) ; https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/imageviewer/collections/7488/images/nyt715_6554-0897 (library edition, accessible at many public libraries)
Max Siegfried Oppenheimer was born in Eimsbüttel (part of the city of Hamburg) on 11 April 1892, the son of the merchant Hermann Oppenheimer, and his wife Jette, born Guth.
Source: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/60503/images/43774_332^5^^9079-00426 (personal subscription) ; https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/imageviewer/collections/60503/images/43774_332^5^^9079-00426 (library edition).
Hermann Oppenheimer was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 6 January 1864, and died in Hamburg on 23 June 1929
Source: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/60505/images/40090_332^5^^^954-00252 (personal edition) ; https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/imageviewer/collections/60505/images/40090_332^5^^^954-00252 (library edition).
According to their 1941 Declarations of Intention [his: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2280/images/47294_302022005557_0666-00336 or https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/imageviewer/collections/2280/images/47294_302022005557_0666-00336 ; hers: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2280/images/47294_302022005557_0666-00753 or https://www.ancestrylibrary.com/imageviewer/collections/2280/images/47294_302022005557_0666-00753 ] Max Siegfried Oppenheimer married Frieda Goldberg in Hamburg on 15 June 1924. She was born in Melsungen, Hesse, on 23 November 1897, the daughter of the merchant [Jakob] Salomon Goldberg (died 1917, age 61) and his second wife, Malchen Stern [https://dfg-viewer.de/show/cache.off?id=2&tx_dlf%5Bid%5D=https%3A%2F%2Fdigitalisate-he.arcinsys.de%2Fhstam%2F920%2F4585.… ]
To obtain a copy of the 1924 marriage record for Max Siegfried Oppenheimer and Frieda Goldberg, contact the Staatsarchiv Hamburg (https://www.hamburg.de/staatsarchiv/ ), which holds the Hamburg civil marriage records for 1876-1938 [https://www.hamburg.de/bkm/familienforschung/4307636/tipps-fuer-die-familienforschung/#anker_1 ]
According to the Social Security Death Index, Max [Siegfried] Oppenheimer died in New York City in March 1983; Frieda (Goldberg) Oppenheimer died in the Bronx in June 1974.
Thank you, Michael! I also need to obtain my parents' marriage certificate, which should be dated December 26, 1948, New York City. Do you know the most efficient way to obtain that? From my own searching I saw a number of different agencies which do require a fee. I