For the benefit of others on this Forum who may want to assist you in your Polish genealogy research, here is some information about the Yager family gathered from U.S. records.
First, it appears that Adam Yager (in Polish JEGER or JAGER) and Leokadia “Phanter” (maybe PANTER in Polish), did not immigrate to the U.S.
According to the U.S. census records, Ida and Emelia Yager immigrated to the U.S. in 1912 and 1913 respectively.
Ida, her husband William Abrams and their family appear in the 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. census as residence of Dowagiac, Cass County, Michigan.
Ida and William were married between 1912 and 1914. William Abrams was born on March 15, 1887 in Russia/Poland. Ida Yager was born on October 28, 1891 in Russia/Poland (died on April 6, 1987 in Dowagiac, Cass County, MI 49047, SSN 378-14-9485). They had five (5) children: Olga born in Canada in 1915, Elsie born in Michigan in 1917, Helen born in Michigan 1919, Dorothy born in Michigan in 1923 and Eleanor born in Michigan in 1927. Ida’s sister Nellie “Gager” (should be Yager), was a member of the Abrams household during the 1920 U.S. census. The census documents indicate that German was the spoken language for both Ida and William although they were from Russia/Poland.
According to the 1930 U.S. census, Emil Yager immigrated to the U.S. around 1923. In both the 1930 and 1940 census, he was a resident of 12286 Goulburn Street in Detroit, Wayne County, MI 48205.
In 1940, Emil and his family were living with his in-laws Daniel Riew.
Emil Yager was born on January 1, 1898 in Poland (died on November 22, 1974 in Warren, Macomb County, MI 48089, SSN 376-03-6727) .
There is a limited amount of genealogy information available on-line. At some point in your research, you will have to contact the federal state and local governments to obtain documents with ancestral information.
The names of Ida and Emil’s parents and where they (Ida and Emil) were born usually appear on their Social Security Applications (form SS-5) which is available under the Freedom of Information Act.
I have to caution you that sometimes the applicants would merely list the name of their country (Poland) as their place of birth.
Also, Emil Jager/Jagar (dob January 1, 1898) filed his U.S. citizenship papers in the U.S. District Court of Detroit on April14, 1925. You can get a copy of the documents by contacting the Seeking Michigan Organization (formerly the Michigan Archives) at:
and request a search of their records for Emil’s U.S. Naturalization documents. They charge a $20.00 fee per search. These documents will have Emil’s place of birth as well as his immigration information. They may also have similar documents for William Abrams.
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