JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Tracing a Kohen #general
Stan Goodman wrote:toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
It is much less complicated than you appear to imagine. If a
man is a Kohen, his sons, all of them are also Kohanim. There
are no other rules for the transmission. It moves in the
paternal line only, never in the maternal.
On Wed, 2 Sep 1998 COL HARRY E STEIN wrote:
I ask for assistance in tracing the designation of "Kohen" through my
family tree. >from the Polish gravestone of the brother of my
gggrandfather, there is the inscription "Moishe The Kohen". The
inscription "Kohen" does not appear on the gravestone of my
gggrandfather, grandfather,nor father. (SNIP)
Stan's correct explanation nevertheless ignores the fact that while the
designation of "Kohen" is simple and unambiguous, the term "brother" is not.
If, for instance, Harry Stein's gggm married twice, the second time to a
Kohen, Harry's ggf could well have used the surname of his stepfather and
regarded his half-brother as a brother, but that would not make him a Kohen.
MODERATOR NOTE: End of thread (bis).
This post gave a new angle on the question.