Frank Laufer
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Franz Laufer (1884 - 1951)

Franz (Frank) Laufer aka Leffler, Lefler
Born in Messer, Saratov, Russiamap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of
Husband of — married 1909 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Died in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Sep 2018
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Volga German
Frank Laufer was a Volga German.
Frank Laufer has German Roots.

Franz Laufer's descendants say he was from Grimm, but there were no Laufers living in Grimm for any of the villages' censuses. Although Laufer is a valid German name, his surname was most likely Leffler. A spelling error on immigration documents determined how the family spelled their name once in the United States.

It is believed that Franz was born in Messer and the family came to Grimm after the 1897 census, where he may have lived until he immigrated to the United States. This may account for the belief by some that he was born in Grimm.

New York Passenger Arrival List [1]

Name Franz Laufer
Event Type Immigration
Event Date 12 Nov 1910
Event Place Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States
Residence Place Saratow, Russia
Gender Male
Age 25
Marital Status Married
Nationality Russia, German
Birth Year 1885
Departure Port Libau
Ship Name Kursk
Departure Contact Name Anna Laufer
Arrival Contact Name G Loufer
Arrival Contact Name Relationship Brother
Page Number 70
Affiliate Line Number 0018

World War I Draft Registration Card [2]

Name: Frank Laufer
Race: White
Birth Date: 12 Dec 1884
Street address: 2538 Moffat St
Residence Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Relative: Anna Laufer
Relative's Relationship: Wife

1920 United States Federal Census [3]

Name: Frank Laufer [Frank Lanfer]
Age: 36
Birth Year: abt 1884
Birthplace: Russia
Home in 1920: Chicago Ward 28, Cook (Chicago), Illinois
Street: Moffat Street
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1910
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Annie Laufer
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Native Tongue: German
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Tailor
Industry: Tailor Shop
Employment Field: Wage or Salary
Home Owned or Rented: Rent
Naturalization Status: Papers Submitted
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Frank Laufer Head M 36 Russia
Annie Laufer Wife F 36 Russia
Adolf Laufer Son M 9 Russia
Frank Laufer Son M 8 Illinois
Alvina Laufer Daughter F 5 Illinois
Lillian Laufer Daughter F 4 Illinois
Otto Laufer Son M 2 Illinois

1930 United States Federal Census [4]

Name: Frank Laufer
Birth Year: abt 1885
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Russia
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1930: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Map of Home: View Map
Street address: Shakespeare Ave.
Ward of City: 38 Com' Area 21
Block: 464
House Number: 2861
Dwelling Number: 77
Family Number: 187
Home Owned or Rented: Rented
Home Value: 40
Radio Set: No
Lives on Farm: No
Age at First Marriage: 24
Attended School: No
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Language Spoken: Russian
Immigration Year: 1910
Naturalization: First Papers
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Tailor
Industry: Ladies Clothing
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker
Employment: Yes
Household Members: Name Age
Frank Laufer 45
Annie Laufer 45
Adolph [Edward] Laufer 19
Frank Laufer 18
Alvina Laufer 16
Lillian Laufer 14
Otto Laufer 12
Barbara Laufer 82

Cook County Death Record [5]

Name: Frank Laufer
Death Date: 21 Apr 1951
Death Location: Cook County, IL
File Number: 6026102
Archive Collection Name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Deaths)
Archive repository location: Chicago, IL
Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk

Death Record [6]

Name Frank Laufer
Event Type Death
Event Date 21 Apr 1951
Event Place Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Address 1669 Milwaukee
Gender Male
Age 66
Marital Status Divorced
Race White
Occupation Tailor
Birth Date 12 Dec 1884
Birthplace , , Russia
Funeral Home Henry W Mueller
Burial Place Chicago, , Illinois
Cemetery St Lucas
Father's Name Henry
Mother's Name Ulrich [Barbara]
Informant's Name Caroline Miller
Entry Number 26102


  1. "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 January 2018), Franz Laufer, 1910.
  2. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. See:
  3. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. See:
  4. 1930 United States Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 1326; FHL microfilm: 2340207. See:
  5. Cook County Clerk. Cook County Clerk Genealogy Records. Cook County Clerk’s Office, Chicago, IL: Cook County Clerk, 2008. See:
  6. "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994," database, FamilySearch ( : 17 March 2018), Frank Laufer, 21 Apr 1951; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference , record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm.

See also:

  • Personal records of descendant Lillian Laufer Whittingham, as conveyed to descendant JoAnn Hamilton, Mesa, Arizona.

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