Re: Copenhagen Jewish community records at the Danish National Archive #scandinavia


Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

Dear Elsebeth,

Thanks very much for your informative response. I shall explain in more
detail my interest in the stated records.

You previously helped me to locate the grave of my ancestor Gerson Naphtali
NATHAN, who was born in Danzig in 1775, died in Copenhagen on 25 Dec 1850,
and is buried in the Northern Cemetery in plot G-8-20. He appears in the
Copenhagen censuses of 1845 and 1850 as a "talmudist," but does not appear
in the 1840 census, hence the range of dates I asked about, 1840-1850. (I
also know >from the Stolp (near Danzig) marriage record of his daughter that
he lived in Copenhagen in 1847.) I would like to know what his role was in
the Copenhagen Jewish community.

Since our last correspondence, I have learned of another NATHAN family from
Danzig that descends >from a rabbi who was likely the same Gerson Naphtali
NATHAN. I have also learned that Gerson Naphtali NATHAN had a brother,
Meyer Naphtali NATHAN, who died in Danzig (I am not aware of Meyer Naphtali
NATHAN having visited Copenhagen). Both of them appear in the surname
adoption list of Danzig, and there is a possible indication in that list
that Gerson Naphtali NATHAN may have been a prominent figure there.

from this limited information, I think it is likely that Gerson Naphtali
NATHAN moved to Copenhagen for reasons related to his being a talmudist or
rabbi. I am, therefore, hopeful that he is mentioned in the Copenhagen
Jewish community records.

The Mosaiske Troessamfund informed me that they do not have any additional
information about him, and suggested I contact the National Archive. Many
of the questions I asked the Archive (but did not receive a response to) are
answered in the index you have pointed me to on the SIG website. However,
it is not clear to me how difficult it would be to search for information
about him in the Archive's Copenhagen holdings. If there is something that
can be done easily and quickly by someone who may be visiting the Archive
anyway, then I would be grateful for such help, but I would not ask anyone
to spend much time searching for me.

It appears to me >from the index that his death record should exist in the
collection at the Archive. Is this correct? If so, perhaps his death
record mentions his connection to the community (as rabbi, teacher, judge,
etc., if there was such a connection). Do the death records typically
contain such information? I also wonder if the community would have sent a
notice of his death to his family, which, as far as I know, did not live in
Copenhagen, but, in Danzig and nearby, and, if so, would there be a record
of such a notice? Another source of information might be estate records.
According to the index, supervision of the administration of estates was
transferred to the High Courts of Justice in 1814. Are the 1850 estate
records in the Archive's collection, and, if so, what would be involved in
searching them? Might there be additional information about 1850 estates in
some collection associated with the High Courts of Justice? What type of
information do estate records >from this period typically contain?

Thanks very much and best regards,

Logan Kleinwaks
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.

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