I've had an Ellis Island record for my great grandfather for several years, but have never been able to read the 'relative or friend's name and address' column for that record. I'm hoping someone here can help me!

Here is the text I'm unable to read:

Text I can't read

and, for comparison, here is the rest of the row with my transcription.

Ellis Island extract

Wolkind | Nathan | 29 | m | Printer | Russia | Father Mr Wolkind 622 Mile End Rd, London, E

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    Do you have higher resolution images you can share?
    – user47
    Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 16:35
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    @Flup Anything higher res would help. If the two snippets were written by the same person there may be pieces of the latter text that may help decipher the former...
    – fbrereto
    Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 19:44
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    I've uploaded full-resolution versions of both pages to ian.chard.org/nathan0.gif and ian.chard.org/nathan1.gif. The row I'm interested in is number 13.
    – Flup
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 8:25
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    You may know the last name as "Wolkind", but the Ellis Island recorder definitely wrote Welkind for both the father and son's name. You may want to search in North America for that form of the name. Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 10:55
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    Searching the US census before and after the date for that relevant address may help identify the friend.
    – user104
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 18:35

3 Answers 3


Try 607 E 11th Street, New York. That is the site of an apartment building constructed in the East Village around 1900.

  • Thanks for that! It's obvious now I look at it. But what I really want is the name :)
    – Flup
    Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 8:22
  • Great answer! @Flup, you said that you were interested in name and address. Now that Fortiter has given you the address, try searching for something similar to R. Sendener. This is what I can see. He is listed as a Friend. Commented Mar 6, 2013 at 10:46
  • A Google Search for the East Village address finds the reference at ian.chard.org/family/pafg04.htm#49. I am a little puzzled why I am searching for something that you already know!
    – Fortiter
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 12:42
  • The address is there, but @Flup has said he also wants the friend's name.
    – user104
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 18:34
  • @Fortiter well found :) I forgot that I'd made a stab at the address beforehand, but it's good to have a verification of it, especially as you didn't see my attempt beforehand.
    – Flup
    Commented Mar 8, 2013 at 15:27

All I can make out is:

Friend [R?] [illegible]

607[?]11th A[??], New York, NY.


I see for the friend's name S. Sende[rn|ree|ne|...][s|r|d]. The letters within square brackets are dubious; the last letter has to be either s, r, or d, but it is impossible to tell which. I'm quite sure that his initial is S, based on other names and places with the same letter. So, amongst others, the following names are possible:

  • Sendener
  • Senderns
  • Sendernd
  • ...

It is also possible that the n's are u's, so perhaps Seudener is also possible...you don't happen to have this in a higher resolution and/or in colour?

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