Re: Descendants of Dutch Jews. Any interest? #general

Sue Laine

Hi: Our names are Sue and Andrew Laine. My husband has a line of Dutch Jews who immigrated to London in the late 19th century. When their cigar business declined, they moved to Brighton, Sussex. The family has spread throughout Sussex and also moved up to Yorkshire. The name of the patriarch was Moses Morris Goldsmith/Mozes Morris Goudsmit (1847-1930). His wife's name was Margaretha  (Kitty) Breslau (1849-1932). They immigrated from Amsterdam to London and then moved to Brighton. Their daughter, Hannah Fanny Goldsmith (1888-1942) married Charles Hallett (a gentile. 1888-1974). They mostly lived in the Brighton area until their senior years. These were Andrew's grandparents. They moved up to Kirkburton, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, to live with their daughter, Lillian Mary Hallett Laine, until their death. Lillian was Andrew's mother. She married Leslie Laine in 1934 and died in 2015. 
Andrew's brother, David, went to Amsterdam to do family research around 2005 and came back with a family line that goes back to the early 1500's. He recognized over 300 family names on the Holocaust Memorial Wall in Amsterdam, many of them dying in Auschwitz. In our research we have found second cousins who died there; many times entire families were lost. We have been trying to add to this line which is our direct line, but are struggling with the European records. I do much of the research now as Andrew has Parkinson's Disease. 
We would like to learn how to use the European records to fill in and extend our line. Working in the same areas and the same time periods with other researchers would help us.. It sounds like forming a group would put us in contact with researchers of similar interests. Please keep us informed as to the progress of this group. Let us know what we can do to help. Thank you.   Sue and Andrew Laine

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