JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: REICH > RICH? - tracing original Jewish family name #general

Dream Builder <dreambuilder@...>

My RACHMAN / RECHMAN and ZAIDELMAN / ZEIDELMAN ancestors emigrated from
Kishinev, Moldova through England to Philadelphia, PA, USA in 1907 aided by
HIAS. The men emigrated the previous year through Ellis Island and saved
money for tickets at the Jewish bank in Philadelphia. It is likely they were
previously of a German family and relocated later to the area(s) of Poland,
Austria-Hungary, and Russia (basically, Eastern Europe). Borders in that
part of the world changed very frequently prior to World War I (the time
period Nicholas RICH is discussing).

Vicki Ina F. Gloer
Ball Ground, GA, USA

-----Original Message----- (edited)
From: Celia Male []
Subject: REICH > RICH? - tracing original Jewish family name

Nicholas Rich asks: <"My great-grandfather was a German subject and his brother
a Russian/Polish subject. Their surname in this country was RICH which I would
guess was changed >from something else. What is my best hope of trying to find
out their original surname? Is it possible to find passenger lists? They were
Jews and came into the UK with their parents when they were children sometime
around 1870.">

It would have helped if Nicholas had given us the first names of his great-
grandfather and his brother as well as the earliest date he had for the name
RICH. Assuming the family was in England in 1870 - you can only find two
RICH born in Germany and two born in Poland in the 1871 census. There are a
few more, but they do not appear, because of the indexing system:
see for example:

There are 48 listings in 1871 for REICH [which is the German word for RICH].
If you enter the word Preussen [or the word spelled with the sharp German S]
in a "keyword" search or "place of birth" search under "parish or place", you
will find four REICH - and two are seamen.

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