Since I have researched much on this Wolter family, and I feel a little confused about what information I have, I think it is time to do a re-start on the research.

For this post, I will begin a look at Katherine.

As shown in various years of the census, Katherine resided with her parents in 1900 at 692 West 20th Street, in 1910 at 2514 South 41st Court, and in 1920 at 2514 South Kedvale Avenue.  All of these residences were in the city of Chicago, IL.  Other information gleaned from these censuses is that she was born in November 1896, and she was a Clerk and Typist (1920).

According to “Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940”, as found at, Katherina Sophia Martha Wolter was born 12 November 1896 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.  The registration date for her birth was 1 February 1954 in Cook County, Illinois.  Her father was listed as John Wolter (born Greifswald Pomerania Germany), and her mother was Martha Bringe (born Greifswald Pomerania Germany).  The certificate number is 19160.   Does anyone know how I can obtain Katherine’s birth certificate?

In the 1930 U.S Census, Elbert L. and Kathryn McCormick were residing in North Bergen, Hudson County, New Jersey.  They were residing at 1675 East Boulevard.  They were one of 25 families residing at this address.  They were renting their residence.  Elbert was 36 years of age and was married at the age of 32.  He was born in Iowa, and his parents were born in Pennsylvania and Russia.  He was a Program Eng. at a Telephone Mfgr.  Kathryn was 23 years of age and was married at the age of 19.  She was born in Illinois, and both of her parents were born in Germany.  No occupation was listed for Kathryn.

1930 U.S. census, Hudson County, New Jersey, population schedule, North Bergen, Enumeration District (ED) 9329, sheet 3-B, page 7507 (penned), dwelling 1675, family number 89, Elbert L. McCormick; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 14 May 2018 2018), citing NARA microfilm publication T626.


In 1940, Elbert and Katherine McCormick resided in Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois. They were residing at 941 Linden, and they were renting.  Elbert was 46 years of age and was born in Iowa.  Katherine was 43 years of age and was born in Illinois.  In 1935, they were residing in Woodcliff, Bergen County, New Jersey.  Elbert’s occupation was listed as Clerical in the Utilities industry.  Katherine was engaged in Housework.


1940 U.S. census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Oak Park, Enumeration District (ED) 16-353, sheet 64-A, dwelling 182, Elbert McCormick; digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 14 May 2018), citing NARA microfilm publication T627.


More in my next post.