It was one of those examples of serendipity that happen more often than we
might expect in genealogy, and public thanks are do those involved, as well as a
tribute to the value of this list.
In a recent post, I asked for information on early New York City synagogues
where I might look for evidence of the 1850-52 marriage of George FALK and
Mathilde BACHERACH. He was >from Westphalia, Prussia, according to a daughter's
birth certificate, but nothing else was known of his origins. I've had several
helpful replies about synagogues, for which I am grateful, but have not yet had
time to follow up, foreseeing yet one more tedious but necessary step in
establishing an ancestral link.
But the breakthrough came by e-mail >from a list member in Israel, who in
searching other lines, found a FALCK family in Altena, Westphalia. He forwarded to
me record extracts for the children of Abraham and Ester FALCK, the same
forenames listed as parents on George's death certificate. George, a watchmaker
and a presumed brother Herman, who briefly resided with George's family in
Brooklyn, match two children of the Altena family so closely in name (Gerson and
Heimann), ages and Gerson/George's occupation as a watchmaker, that the Altena
family can be accepted as George's with reasonable confidence.
Beyond that, I've been put in touch with newly discovered cousins in Australia and
the Netherlands--one descended >from George's twin sister Belchen, another from
Abraham's sister Sara--and learned of another earlier generation in Altena.
This is a great community, evn if not among the more active lists.
Donn Devine, CG, CGI Wilmington DE
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