My name is MaryEllen and I'm posting this query in hopes of helping my son's mother-in-law find her birth family. Her father's name was GEORGE ROBERT ZEITLIN, b. 2/2/1924, in California--likely Los Angeles County. GEORGE was adopted at about the age of 3 in Los Angeles county by a couple named ROBERT M. (b.c. 1906 in New York) and DOROTHY NOBLES ZEITLIN (b. either 1895 or 1905 in Pennsylvania). In the 1930 U.S. Census, the couple and their adopted son were living in the City of Los Angeles, Assembly District 55, on Elvado/Elvarado Street, #1555. The father, ROBERT M. ZEITLIN, was an Accountant for the City of Los Angeles and was a prominent citizen at the time. Adopted son GEORGE was then 6 y.o. & shown as being born in California, parents "Unknown".
My friend was told her father's birth surname may have been SMITH. In my research thus far concerning this family, I have found ZEITLINs, NOBLESes, & SMITHs living in close proximity in Manhattan, NY, in the 1800s through 1910. The ZEITLINs all immigrated from Russia in the 1800s. The SMITHs may have been German in origin & the original name may have been SCHMIDT. In one NY Census, the SMITHs are listed as Danish.
These families moved West to Northern California around 1920. MAC FADGENs appear in Northern California as well & around the same time. The MAC FADGENs were Scottish & emigrated to Prince Edward Island, Canada, before moving to California.
My dear friend & her sister are very anxious to learn who their birth parents were and would be most grateful if someone has this information. Many ZEITLINs and MAC FADGENs still live in the Los Angeles area.
Please contact me if you can help in any way with information.
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