Dear Courland group,
I have traced an ancestor, who came >from Courland to England in 1834. He
was granted citizenship in England at that time. He was a very wealthy
merchant, whose name was Ludwig Alexander Blumberg. The trouble is, there
is nothing to say whether he was Jewish or not, although I think he
was. Is it likely that a Jewish person could acquire so much wealth in
Courland at that time? Would he have had to give up his faith? Does his
name sound like he was Jewish?
I would be very grateful for any help. I am a newcomer and hope this
enquiry is appropriate.