Yes, you are correct that James Kulik only appears in the 1930 U.S. census for the Frank and Mary Kulik Family.
I was able to locate 1910, 1915 (no 1920) 1925, 1930 and 1940 U.S. and State census records for the family.
In the 1910 U.S. Census, the family is indexed as Frank “Kulac” living at 98 Kirby Street in Lackawanna Ward 2, Erie County, NY.
In the 1915 New York State Census, the family is indexed as Frank “Gullick” living at 435 Myrtle Street in Lackawanna Ward 3, Erie County, NY.
The Frank and Mary Kulik family do not appear in the 1920 U.S. census. I reviewed all of the households on Myrtle Street in the 1920 U.S. census and for some unknown reason, the census taker missed the house at 435 Myrtle Street.
In the 1925 New York State Census, the family is indexed as Frank Kulik living at 435 Myrtle Street in Lackawanna Ward 3, Erie County, NY.
In the 1930 U.S. Census, the family is indexed as Frank Kulik living at 435 Myrtle Avenue in Lackawanna, Erie County, NY.
In the 1940 U.S. Census, the family is indexed as Mary Kulik (a widow) living at 41 Myrtle Avenue in Lackawanna, Erie County, NY.
The James Kulik (dob 1916) that appears in the 1930 U.S. census may have been an orphaned child that the Kuliks were raising. James was not with the Kulik family in the 1925 State census or the 1940 U.S. census. It was not unusual for Polish families to take-in and raise orphaned children back then.
For any James “Kulik” vital records, aside from Erie County and the State of New York, you may want to check the St. Barabara church records, presumably now on file with the Diocese of Buffalo.
The Polish families that immigrated together to the U.S. remained close to each other as support groups. There was an Edward Ring that immigrated with Frank Kulik to Baltimore from Plaza in 1906, was still living nearby on Myrtle Street.
On a personal note, my maternal grandfather immigrated to the U.S. and spent some time in Lackawanna. He and my parents would frequently visit Lackawanna where we had friends and family.
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