Re: Jews Orphan Asylum Kent - England #unitedkingdom #records #yizkorbooks

Miriam Deutscher <miriamd1@...>

You don't mention about how your descent is Jewish.
Someone is only Jewish if they have maternal Jewish descent i.e. your mother's mother's mother etc. was Jewish. Otherwise you may have Jewish blood, but not actually be Jewish.

Surnames often help show if someone was Jewish, but not always. As one example, someone with a Jewish mother but a non-Jewish father might have a non-Jewish name (or the reverse). Aside from that names were sometimes misspelled or Anglicized to fit in better with society.

Miriam Deutscher

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