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Marcus Abrahams #unitedkingdom


My 3rd great grandfather was Samuel Abrahams born between 1800-1811.  He is found in the 1841 England Census with an age of 35 years of age.  He was baptized converting from Judaism to I think Church of England in 1844, listing his father as Marcus and mother as Maria.  He died in 1849, which lists his father's name as Marcus.  Samuel married a Christian in 1830, my 3rd great grandmother.  The story in the family is that he was banished from the family for not marrying a Jewish woman.  Due to that fact, we have nothing except those 2 mentions of who is parents were.  Or, if he had siblings. 

I am hoping someone has Marcus Abrahams who might have been in England during that time in their family tree and may be have a mention of Samuel in their tree as well.

Thank you for any time or help you might be able to provide to me.

Jennifer Braham Smith

Re: Immigration to US of Avram/Abraham BERCOVICI/BERKOWITZ from #romania

Barbara Zimmer

It was common for the man to arrive first, and then save the money to buy the tickets for his family to follow. 

Re: Immigration to US of Avram/Abraham BERCOVICI/BERKOWITZ from #romania

Barbara Zimmer

Pepi and Paulina were the same two people as Pepi and Paulina.   It was common for people to change their given names to something that (to them) sounded more Americanized.  

Barbara Zimmer


Re: When was this picture taken? #photographs #germany


Lighting!  Not before 1890.  1890-1900.  

Re: Research individuals in France #france


Hello Art,

Not sure what the site offers but looking for any info on the following families.

Enriquez, Arditti or Arditi

anything from 1860's to now

very much appreciated.

Lionel Levy


#belarus #hungary #holocaust #belarus #hungary #holocaust

Judith Shamian

My father Noe Grunfeld was in Orsan Belarus Camp 189 based on information in the Hungarian Paper "Hirek az Elhurcoltakrol" I have not been able to find any information about this 
Labour Camp.  ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated

Dr. Judith Shamian-Grunfeld
Toronto, Canada

Re: Looking for a descendant of Rabbi Binyomin Beinush Atlas initially from Lithuania #lithuania

rv Kaplan

Thanks, this is specifically a family from Lithuania and I'm only interested in Rabbi B B Atlas and his immediate family, so best to leave it for now.

But thanks for responding,

Harvey Kaplan

On Thu, 9 Jul 2020 at 14:31, shulbabe via <> wrote:
My cousin's grandparents' last name was Atlas, but they were from Berlin. If you think it's helpful, I can see if they had relatives in Lithuania. My cousin's other grandparents (my grandparents) were from Lithuania. One was from Silale ("Shalel" in Yiddish).

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names


The ticket agents did NOT use USA directories. The ticket agents had staff fluent in the passengers languages.

SELIG Brick Wall #general

Fred Half

I have hit a brick wall with the spouse of Moyse SELIG, born at Thüngen, Bavaria in 1860 (based on other BMD records) and died 9 June 1829 at Thüngen, Bavaria. Her name was Hendla (aka Hannah, Anna, Anne) Abraham? and was born at Ingwiller, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France prior to 4 September 1782 or in 1773 based on BMD records of her sons Isaac and Segligmann SELIG. I have not found either her birth record or even where she died. As to death locations I have searched Ingwiller as well as any of the towns that I am aware of where her children lived (Rothbach, Joinville, Haguenau in France). Her son Seligmann died in Rothbach on 11 January 1861, and her son Isaac emigrated to the United States after 1853. I am hoping that someone might have these people in their family, knowledge of the B&D records in Thüngen (to verify the birth of Moyse SELIG), or any other ideas as to how and where to search. Please reply privately unless there is useful methodology for the entire group. Thanks in advance.


Fred Half
Palo Alto, CA USA

Translation from Polish on ViewMate #poland #translation


I've posted two documents in Polish for which I need a translation. The postcard is from Lodz, Poland from my great Aunt Dora KEILES who worked at the Orphanage. The other side of the postcard is a picture of the children and staff. I don't know what the other document is but am curious!

They are on 
ViewMate at the following addresses ...

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
Thank you very much.

Re: Question on DNA and Cohenim #dna

Jill Whitehead

If you are G haplogroup (your direct male line) you would be either a sub clade of G1 or G2. My brother is M377 which is G2b. They are not Cohenim. No-one in the G haplogroups have been found to be Cohnim. You may be related to Cohenim though a non- direct branch (e.g.mother's father's side or father's mother's father's side) but your direct line could not be Cohenim if you are from a G haplogroup.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Re: Looking for a descendant of Rabbi Binyomin Beinush Atlas initially from Lithuania #lithuania

rv Kaplan

I know very little about the family of Rabbi Atlas, and nothing to suggest he was related to a Benesch family.  His surname was Atlas. Also nothing to suggest he was related to a Kaplan family, but it was a relatively common surname in that part of the world.

Harvey Kaplan,
Glasgow, Scotland

On Thu, 9 Jul 2020, 01:26 , <abenesch@...> wrote:
My grandfather was Benjamin Benesch. His parents Israel and Jennie/Scheine Benesch immigrated to the US (Baltimore) from Lithuania around 1890. My Benesch great grand parents lived their lives out in Baltimore and my grandfather and his siblings grew up in Baltimore. I believe that there is a connection to a Kaplan family. Could this be part of the same family? I can give more details if it would be helpful. I've tried to get more information about my Grandfather Benjamin Benesch's family but it's been difficult. (the ship manifest on Jennie Benesch indicates she came from "Sidlowa" if that helps any. Thanks Allison Benesch

Re: Looking for a descendant of Rabbi Binyomin Beinush Atlas initially from Lithuania #lithuania


My cousin's grandparents' last name was Atlas, but they were from Berlin. If you think it's helpful, I can see if they had relatives in Lithuania. My cousin's other grandparents (my grandparents) were from Lithuania. One was from Silale ("Shalel" in Yiddish).

Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Dahn Cukier

My name is דן (Genesis 30:6). No one in NYC was able to wrap their head
around the name.
If I wrote Dan - I was corrected to Daniel. If I said my name, it was
corrected to Donald.

But while in Boston, my name was pronounced correctly. All depends
on who writes out the manifest AND where the manifest is made out.


When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 03:39:54 PM GMT+3, Jx. Gx. <mrme1914@...> wrote:

The myth that immigration officers intentionally changed the names of arriving immigrants keeps coming up like a bad dinner.  Because family lore says so doesn't make it fact. To be sure, the person entering the names into the ship manifest may have misspelled names, but that is entirely different from a deliberate attempt to change a name.  Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing that misspellings may have happened when the ticket was purchased and was repeated on the manifest.  

Re: Translation please from Dutch #germany #translation


Congratulations on a wonderful translation. I had not realised that the declaration was to enable the wedding of Rika OS to proceed. However, when I looked again at the Allgemeiner Polizei-Anzeiger, Vol 29, No 42, pages 221-2, [Coburg 24 Nov 1849] case # 10445 where it shows Levi Simon OS’ children, I noticed on p.222 an Esther OS aged 21 years who was married to a fatso [?] Philipp from France. But according to the magistrate of Winschoten, the latter is called Abraham Gumpel, aged about 43 years, and also a wandering rogue. Could she be the same as Rika OS?

The German publication also shows that Levi Simon OS had two brothers: Andreas Simon and Liaser Simon and that Rachel Lappemann was probably born in the region of Mittmund, but there is also a footnote that according to other reports, she came from Amsterdam and that her mother still lives there. She has several [9?] brothers and sisters.

This info may help Reuven and may fit in with the record of Juan Goudsmit.
Regards, Nick Lambrechtsen

Re: Question on DNA and Cohenim #dna

Adam Cherson

Dear Leonard,

In 2004 some geneticists wrote a paper in which they described Cohanic haplogroups. According to this work, the most prevalent haplogroup tree among Sephardic and Ashkenazic Cohanm is the J-P58 tree (31.8% and 51.6%, respectively). The next highest rates were 27.9% in the J-M172 tree and then 5.6% in the R-M269 tree. The G-M201 group represents about 3-4% of the Cohanim sampled in the study. There were about seven other haplogroups reported as having Cohanic members.

According to Biblical history, only the direct male heirs of Aharon the Priest are Cohanim (here is an article about the current state of y-chromosome research: As you know, not every generation in every place produces male heirs and hence the emergence of other chromosomal Cohanic lines, as needed.

Adam Cherson


DOI 10.1007/s00439-009-0727-5

Re: Nowe Miasto to Ulanow to Vienna #austria-czech


Thank you for this reply. I have tried the town finder, but haven't made any progress yet (will keep trying).
Best regards,
Maggie Jacobs

Re: Nowe Miasto to Ulanow to Vienna #austria-czech


Yes. The family name was Werner. Lea Werner married Tobias Eisenhandler but all five children used the name Werner.
Best regards,
Maggie Jacobs

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Laufer, Shmuel

I have posted a vital records in Russian for wich I need a translation.
A death certificate of Meir Zelazo at the following link:

I need names, places and dates.

Thanks in advance.


Shmuel Laufer

Rehovot -Israel


Research: Laufer (Przasnysz, Poland); Domb (Pultusk, Poland); Bruckman (Sarnaki, Poland); Zelazo (Sarnaki, Poland); Preschel (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine), Leder (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Schnap (Berhomet, Chernivets'ka, Ukraine); Mitelman (Chelm, Poland); Tenerman (Dubienka, Poland)



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