Date   

HAMMERSCHLAGS/Dvur Kralove #austria-czech

Amira Kohn-Trattner <amira.kt@...>
 

Rabbi Norman Patz, President of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak
Jews, has done a beautiful job remembering the Jews of Dvur Kralove where
Hammerschlags lived as well. The book chronicles the Jews of that town.
For more information you could contact Susan at Temple Sholom of West
Essex - Susiestree@aol.com

Amira Kohn-Trattner
New York, N.Y.


Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech HAMMERSCHLAGS/Dvur Kralove #austria-czech

Amira Kohn-Trattner <amira.kt@...>
 

Rabbi Norman Patz, President of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak
Jews, has done a beautiful job remembering the Jews of Dvur Kralove where
Hammerschlags lived as well. The book chronicles the Jews of that town.
For more information you could contact Susan at Temple Sholom of West
Essex - Susiestree@aol.com

Amira Kohn-Trattner
New York, N.Y.


Re: Allemande and Alemanni tribe, approximately 300ce #germany

MBernet@...
 

MODERATOR NOTE: The question about the Alemanni tribe was off-topic to this
Forum. The writer asked for private replies. I have approved this response only
because it represents the long-awaited return of Michael Bernet to our Forum
and contains some interesting information. Any further comments should be sent
to Chanala Patten or Dr. Bernet by private email. None will be posted here.====

<beachwatergirl@yahoo.com> wrote:
"I'm looking for information regarding the Allemandes
and the ancient Alemanni tribe. Some of my father's
mother's fathers seem to have descended >from them and
they may be >from the Levi tribe." ============> MBernet@aol.com replies:

My dictionary describes the Alemanni as "a confederation of Germanic tribes, first
recorded in the 3rd century A.D., that settled in the area between the Rhine, Main
and Danube rivers, and made harassing attacks against the Roman Empire."

That was about the time when Jews, entered this area with the Roman occupiers
as merchants, camp followers, etc.

The Alemanni were a European group, not Jews, Hebrews, Judeans, or Middle-Eastern.
It is quite likely that some Jews who accompanied the Romans took local wives;
some of these wives may have been Alemanni, and others Goths, Franconians etc.

Levites are Jews descended >from Jacob's son Levi. Descent is exclusively in
the direct male line. There is no way your female ancestors could have been
Levites, even if they were of 100% Jewish descent.

I would be interested to know the basis or evidence for your supposed
Alemanni descent. Family memories? Birth certificates? Tombstones? DNA?

In any event, there can be no Levite connections to Alemanni tribes, any
more than to Incas or Esquimeaux.

Michael Bernet, New York MBernet@aol.com [Private replies only]


German SIG #Germany Re: Allemande and Alemanni tribe, approximately 300ce #germany

MBernet@...
 

MODERATOR NOTE: The question about the Alemanni tribe was off-topic to this
Forum. The writer asked for private replies. I have approved this response only
because it represents the long-awaited return of Michael Bernet to our Forum
and contains some interesting information. Any further comments should be sent
to Chanala Patten or Dr. Bernet by private email. None will be posted here.====

<beachwatergirl@yahoo.com> wrote:
"I'm looking for information regarding the Allemandes
and the ancient Alemanni tribe. Some of my father's
mother's fathers seem to have descended >from them and
they may be >from the Levi tribe." ============> MBernet@aol.com replies:

My dictionary describes the Alemanni as "a confederation of Germanic tribes, first
recorded in the 3rd century A.D., that settled in the area between the Rhine, Main
and Danube rivers, and made harassing attacks against the Roman Empire."

That was about the time when Jews, entered this area with the Roman occupiers
as merchants, camp followers, etc.

The Alemanni were a European group, not Jews, Hebrews, Judeans, or Middle-Eastern.
It is quite likely that some Jews who accompanied the Romans took local wives;
some of these wives may have been Alemanni, and others Goths, Franconians etc.

Levites are Jews descended >from Jacob's son Levi. Descent is exclusively in
the direct male line. There is no way your female ancestors could have been
Levites, even if they were of 100% Jewish descent.

I would be interested to know the basis or evidence for your supposed
Alemanni descent. Family memories? Birth certificates? Tombstones? DNA?

In any event, there can be no Levite connections to Alemanni tribes, any
more than to Incas or Esquimeaux.

Michael Bernet, New York MBernet@aol.com [Private replies only]


Dokshytsy, Belarus Picture SCHULTZ, should it be SHULTZ? #belarus

Linda Lazar <milliondollarredhead@...>
 

Last year after years of searching I believe that I found my grandmother,
grandfather and family in the Yizkor book through jewishgen. My mother who
passed away when I was fifteen was born in 1904 and left Russia with a
girlfriend at seventeen for a new life in the United States. Her family
would not come. My mothers name was listed as SHULTZ. She married a KUVET
and them my father, SHAPIRO in 1944. Her name was Sylvia. The family in
Dokshytsy owned some kind of mom and pop store or tiny grocery store that
also sold other things.

http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/dokshitsy/doc191.html shows a picture of a
Schultz family. If you will check you will see that the only family listed
in the Yizkor book, on the site, Dokshytsy, Belarus, is Shultz. Can this be
a mistake of a spelling? Can this be my family?
My grandmother's maiden name was SCHARF and she moved >from another Shethl.
Who can I contact that would be able to help me?

Linda Shapiro Lazar
Fort Lee, New Jersey
MillionDollarRedHead@msn.com
MODERATOR NOTE: Don't forget to check Shtetlinks for pictures and other items from
your shtetls.


Belarus SIG #Belarus Dokshytsy, Belarus Picture SCHULTZ, should it be SHULTZ? #belarus

Linda Lazar <milliondollarredhead@...>
 

Last year after years of searching I believe that I found my grandmother,
grandfather and family in the Yizkor book through jewishgen. My mother who
passed away when I was fifteen was born in 1904 and left Russia with a
girlfriend at seventeen for a new life in the United States. Her family
would not come. My mothers name was listed as SHULTZ. She married a KUVET
and them my father, SHAPIRO in 1944. Her name was Sylvia. The family in
Dokshytsy owned some kind of mom and pop store or tiny grocery store that
also sold other things.

http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/dokshitsy/doc191.html shows a picture of a
Schultz family. If you will check you will see that the only family listed
in the Yizkor book, on the site, Dokshytsy, Belarus, is Shultz. Can this be
a mistake of a spelling? Can this be my family?
My grandmother's maiden name was SCHARF and she moved >from another Shethl.
Who can I contact that would be able to help me?

Linda Shapiro Lazar
Fort Lee, New Jersey
MillionDollarRedHead@msn.com
MODERATOR NOTE: Don't forget to check Shtetlinks for pictures and other items from
your shtetls.


Transients born in London #unitedkingdom

Sam Lorber <laurelrest@...>
 

I am new to this list, as I have only one relative born in the UK. On their
way >from Hungary to the US, my g-gmother and some of her children stopped in
London. I'm not sure how long, but long enough for my great-uncle Aaron
Nathan LORBER to be born there on the last day of Chanukah 1883. I have
checked the JCR -UK online database as well as Ancestry and can find no
records. I would appreciate any clues as to where I might continue searching
for his birth records.

Thanks,
Sam Lorber
Nashville, TN USA

searching: LORBER


JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom Transients born in London #unitedkingdom

Sam Lorber <laurelrest@...>
 

I am new to this list, as I have only one relative born in the UK. On their
way >from Hungary to the US, my g-gmother and some of her children stopped in
London. I'm not sure how long, but long enough for my great-uncle Aaron
Nathan LORBER to be born there on the last day of Chanukah 1883. I have
checked the JCR -UK online database as well as Ancestry and can find no
records. I would appreciate any clues as to where I might continue searching
for his birth records.

Thanks,
Sam Lorber
Nashville, TN USA

searching: LORBER


Werner Frank to speak at JGSCV- Conejo Jewish Academy Jointly sponsored genealogy meetings #general

jan meisels allen <janmallen@...>
 

The Jewish Genealogy Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)
is co-sponsoring a two-part genealogy lecture series with and the Conejo
Jewish Academy as part of the Winter Session of the Adult Education Program
of the Chabad of the Conejo, featuring Werner L. Frank, on two consecutive
Monday evenings: January 16 and January 23 8:00 PM. There is no charge to
attend the meetings. The Academy would appreciate your RSVP in order to plan
for the expected attendance. In order to RSVP please either e-mail me at
president@JGSCV.org or call the Academy at the phone at 818-991-0991.

The first lecture is " The Genealogist's Crowning Achievement: Recording His
Legacy". Werner has published a meticulously researched family history:
"Legacy: The Saga of a German-Jewish Family Across Time and Circumstance".
Werner amassed a database of over 30,000 names extending back to the 13th
century, made possible connecting to a rabbinic dynasty. The creation of the
book will be discussed along with some of the incredible discoveries in
conducting research in ancestral towns and specialized libraries in Germany,
Israel and the United States.

The second lecture is "Jewish Royalty: The Role of Rabbinic Dynasties in
Extending One's Genealogy". Chances are that you are a descendent of a well
known rabbinic leader. Or, you may discover such a tie after pursuing some
genealogical research. If such a rabbinic
connection can be made, you may be able to trace your origin to the middle
ages.

Werner L. Frank is a founding member of the JGSCV and its newsletter editor,
"Venturing Into Our Past". Werner has been researching his family's history
since 1996. He participated in launching GERSIG on the Internet, the German
Special Interest Group of JewishGen,
Inc., and has written for Stammbaum, Maajan and Avotaynu.

Directions: The Academy is located at 30345 Canwood Street Agoura Hills, CA,
one block north of the 101 freeway, just west of the Reyes Adobe exit. When
getting off the 101 coming >from the east turn right at the exit and an
immediate left onto Canwood St. keeping the Union 76 Station on your right-
and continue west on Canwood until you reach the above address. If you are
coming >from the west, get off at Reyes Adobe exit and turn left (north) over
the freeway and follow the above the directions.


Jan Meisels Allen
JGSCV President


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Werner Frank to speak at JGSCV- Conejo Jewish Academy Jointly sponsored genealogy meetings #general

jan meisels allen <janmallen@...>
 

The Jewish Genealogy Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV)
is co-sponsoring a two-part genealogy lecture series with and the Conejo
Jewish Academy as part of the Winter Session of the Adult Education Program
of the Chabad of the Conejo, featuring Werner L. Frank, on two consecutive
Monday evenings: January 16 and January 23 8:00 PM. There is no charge to
attend the meetings. The Academy would appreciate your RSVP in order to plan
for the expected attendance. In order to RSVP please either e-mail me at
president@JGSCV.org or call the Academy at the phone at 818-991-0991.

The first lecture is " The Genealogist's Crowning Achievement: Recording His
Legacy". Werner has published a meticulously researched family history:
"Legacy: The Saga of a German-Jewish Family Across Time and Circumstance".
Werner amassed a database of over 30,000 names extending back to the 13th
century, made possible connecting to a rabbinic dynasty. The creation of the
book will be discussed along with some of the incredible discoveries in
conducting research in ancestral towns and specialized libraries in Germany,
Israel and the United States.

The second lecture is "Jewish Royalty: The Role of Rabbinic Dynasties in
Extending One's Genealogy". Chances are that you are a descendent of a well
known rabbinic leader. Or, you may discover such a tie after pursuing some
genealogical research. If such a rabbinic
connection can be made, you may be able to trace your origin to the middle
ages.

Werner L. Frank is a founding member of the JGSCV and its newsletter editor,
"Venturing Into Our Past". Werner has been researching his family's history
since 1996. He participated in launching GERSIG on the Internet, the German
Special Interest Group of JewishGen,
Inc., and has written for Stammbaum, Maajan and Avotaynu.

Directions: The Academy is located at 30345 Canwood Street Agoura Hills, CA,
one block north of the 101 freeway, just west of the Reyes Adobe exit. When
getting off the 101 coming >from the east turn right at the exit and an
immediate left onto Canwood St. keeping the Union 76 Station on your right-
and continue west on Canwood until you reach the above address. If you are
coming >from the west, get off at Reyes Adobe exit and turn left (north) over
the freeway and follow the above the directions.


Jan Meisels Allen
JGSCV President


San Francisco Bay Area JGS Meeting 1/15/06 #general

Jerry Jacobson <drjjsf@...>
 

San Francisco Meeting

Topic: Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky
Where: Jewish Community High School
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: entrance on Pierce Street
When: Sunday, January 15, 2006
Time: Doors open: 12:30 PM
Program begins: 1:00 PM
Entry: Free

Genealogic sleuth (and SFBAJGS member) Ron Arons will
share the results of his extensive research on two
notorious Jewish gangsters. This program sold out last
year at the International Conference on Jewish
Genealogy.

Jerry Jacobson Replies to drjjsf@aol.com please.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen San Francisco Bay Area JGS Meeting 1/15/06 #general

Jerry Jacobson <drjjsf@...>
 

San Francisco Meeting

Topic: Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky
Where: Jewish Community High School
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA
Free parking: entrance on Pierce Street
When: Sunday, January 15, 2006
Time: Doors open: 12:30 PM
Program begins: 1:00 PM
Entry: Free

Genealogic sleuth (and SFBAJGS member) Ron Arons will
share the results of his extensive research on two
notorious Jewish gangsters. This program sold out last
year at the International Conference on Jewish
Genealogy.

Jerry Jacobson Replies to drjjsf@aol.com please.


Ghetto cabarets and/or Braun factory in Prewar Warszawa #warsaw #poland

K.S. <prosegal@...>
 

re: Sztuka cafe, Lezno Street
Braun (Herman and/or Pola/Paulina)


Dear All,

I am doing research on the Sztuka cafe in the Warsaw Ghetto.. It was
located on Lezno Street until about 1943. Spilzman in his autobiography,
The Pianist, mentions working at the cabaret. He called it one of the
finest in all of Warsaw. Among other participants were the poet, Szlengel,
and other popular notables, such as Jonas Turkow and his wife, Diana
Blumenfeld, Wlast, etc.

In particular, I am looking for:

Any ephemera (menus, advertisements, matchbooks, programs, etc.)
Any photographs of the interior, or exterior of the cafe that may have
survived
Contributions to the accounts I have already located, describing the cafe
4. Any recordings, or memories of music that was performed
5. Any background material about the formation of the caf=E9, itself, and
who the owner(s) could have been.
6. Any further information or details about other cabarets, or
nightclubs during the Warsaw Ghetto period.

I am also trying to locate specific remarks or material related to private
literary groups that took place periodically throughout the Ghetto years,
which included Szlengel and his followers.

The information pertains to a colleague who performed in a regular show at
the Sztuka, called =B3The Living Chronicle,=B2 by the name of Pola or Paulina
Braun(owna). She was my father=B9s first cousin (once removed, I think), who
later, perished in Majdanek in 1943.

She also wrote poetry and songs. I am seeking anyone who may recall any of
the melodies. In the Zgierz Yiskor book, a woman by the name of Mary
Fischer Fischman of Montreal (post=3Dwar thru=B9 c. 1950s) mentioned recalling
one of Pola=B9s songs.

I am also interested in any further details about her father, Herman Braun,
who was the owner of a major plywood factory in Grodno, and had offices
before the War in Warsaw. He was educated in Berlin, and fluent in German.
The family lived on Zielna Street.

I have made some headway over the past year. However, I would like to fles=
h
out a complete picture. I tried to write to the Jewish Historical Institut=
e
in Warsaw, but never received a response. Same with the museum and archive=
s
at the former Majdanek concentration camp. Information about Herman=B9s
company once large and powerful remains scant, for example. If someone can
guide me to contacts within these organizations, or others (aside >from the
USHHM), who can correspond with me in English, I=B9d appreciate it. Things
can be forwarded to me in German, Polish, or Yiddish and I believe that I
have someone to translate them.

Thank you very much. You may post to the board, or send e-mail privately
through JewishGen (I prefer to protect my online privacy).

Researcher 196209
U.S.A.


Warszawa Research Group #Warsaw #Poland Ghetto cabarets and/or Braun factory in Prewar Warszawa #warsaw #poland

K.S. <prosegal@...>
 

re: Sztuka cafe, Lezno Street
Braun (Herman and/or Pola/Paulina)


Dear All,

I am doing research on the Sztuka cafe in the Warsaw Ghetto.. It was
located on Lezno Street until about 1943. Spilzman in his autobiography,
The Pianist, mentions working at the cabaret. He called it one of the
finest in all of Warsaw. Among other participants were the poet, Szlengel,
and other popular notables, such as Jonas Turkow and his wife, Diana
Blumenfeld, Wlast, etc.

In particular, I am looking for:

Any ephemera (menus, advertisements, matchbooks, programs, etc.)
Any photographs of the interior, or exterior of the cafe that may have
survived
Contributions to the accounts I have already located, describing the cafe
4. Any recordings, or memories of music that was performed
5. Any background material about the formation of the caf=E9, itself, and
who the owner(s) could have been.
6. Any further information or details about other cabarets, or
nightclubs during the Warsaw Ghetto period.

I am also trying to locate specific remarks or material related to private
literary groups that took place periodically throughout the Ghetto years,
which included Szlengel and his followers.

The information pertains to a colleague who performed in a regular show at
the Sztuka, called =B3The Living Chronicle,=B2 by the name of Pola or Paulina
Braun(owna). She was my father=B9s first cousin (once removed, I think), who
later, perished in Majdanek in 1943.

She also wrote poetry and songs. I am seeking anyone who may recall any of
the melodies. In the Zgierz Yiskor book, a woman by the name of Mary
Fischer Fischman of Montreal (post=3Dwar thru=B9 c. 1950s) mentioned recalling
one of Pola=B9s songs.

I am also interested in any further details about her father, Herman Braun,
who was the owner of a major plywood factory in Grodno, and had offices
before the War in Warsaw. He was educated in Berlin, and fluent in German.
The family lived on Zielna Street.

I have made some headway over the past year. However, I would like to fles=
h
out a complete picture. I tried to write to the Jewish Historical Institut=
e
in Warsaw, but never received a response. Same with the museum and archive=
s
at the former Majdanek concentration camp. Information about Herman=B9s
company once large and powerful remains scant, for example. If someone can
guide me to contacts within these organizations, or others (aside >from the
USHHM), who can correspond with me in English, I=B9d appreciate it. Things
can be forwarded to me in German, Polish, or Yiddish and I believe that I
have someone to translate them.

Thank you very much. You may post to the board, or send e-mail privately
through JewishGen (I prefer to protect my online privacy).

Researcher 196209
U.S.A.


Re: jcr-uk digest: January 10, 2006 #unitedkingdom

Berman <bermanfm@...>
 

Subject: Fuld
from bermanfm@netvision.net.il
Date 11.1.06

Regarding the inquiry about Lily Fuld. My grandparents, Rachel and
Albert Isaacs took in a refugee called Lily Fuld who came on one of the
Kindertransports and she lived with them in Manchester during the war
months, according to what my late father used to tell me. He also
mentioned that her sister was taken in by another member of the family.
Is it possible this is the same Lily Fuld? We often wondered what
happened to them.

Kathryn Berman, Jerusalem

Researching: Robert (Reuven) Lipkin (Zagare, Lithuania),
Lichtenstein,(Kecerovce, Slovakia), Isaacs (Netherlands), Fraser and
Baker (Volkaviskis and Mariampole, Lithuania)


JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom RE: jcr-uk digest: January 10, 2006 #unitedkingdom

Berman <bermanfm@...>
 

Subject: Fuld
from bermanfm@netvision.net.il
Date 11.1.06

Regarding the inquiry about Lily Fuld. My grandparents, Rachel and
Albert Isaacs took in a refugee called Lily Fuld who came on one of the
Kindertransports and she lived with them in Manchester during the war
months, according to what my late father used to tell me. He also
mentioned that her sister was taken in by another member of the family.
Is it possible this is the same Lily Fuld? We often wondered what
happened to them.

Kathryn Berman, Jerusalem

Researching: Robert (Reuven) Lipkin (Zagare, Lithuania),
Lichtenstein,(Kecerovce, Slovakia), Isaacs (Netherlands), Fraser and
Baker (Volkaviskis and Mariampole, Lithuania)


Re: jcr-uk digest: January 08, 2006 #unitedkingdom

The Skylark <skylark2000@...>
 

1-10-06

Hello....I've been reading about Woolanee Rd here on JCR-UK and it rang
a bell -- at least somewhat. I recently received a copy of my family's
1881 census form and their address at that time was:

27 Wool more St. (Tower Hamlets) Mile End, London, UK

Its conceivable that with uncertainty and bad writing that Woolmore could
turn in to Woolanee. But, of course, its not for sure. I, too, have
come across some outrageous contortions of names and words in my 20 years
of research so anything can happen.

skylark2000@juno.com
Palm Desert, California


JCR-UK SIG #UnitedKingdom Re: jcr-uk digest: January 08, 2006 #unitedkingdom

The Skylark <skylark2000@...>
 

1-10-06

Hello....I've been reading about Woolanee Rd here on JCR-UK and it rang
a bell -- at least somewhat. I recently received a copy of my family's
1881 census form and their address at that time was:

27 Wool more St. (Tower Hamlets) Mile End, London, UK

Its conceivable that with uncertainty and bad writing that Woolmore could
turn in to Woolanee. But, of course, its not for sure. I, too, have
come across some outrageous contortions of names and words in my 20 years
of research so anything can happen.

skylark2000@juno.com
Palm Desert, California


Scholar Searching for Sephardic/Canary Island Manuscripts #general

Roger L. Martinez <roger.martinez@...>
 

I am contacting the listserve today to seek any kind assistance
anyone may be able to provide in the location of several critical
historical manuscripts relating to the Sephardic Diaspora >from Spain
during the 15th through 18th centuries, specifically a small
collection manuscripts >from Spanish Inquisition in the Canary
Islands. My hope is that if I can locate and access these records, I
will be able to make a small, but important contribution to the
history of the lives of Sephardic Jews as they migrated to the
Americas and England.

Specifically, I am attempting to locate the current provenance of
this fragmentary collection of Spanish Inquisition manuscripts >from
the Canary Islands >from 1499 to 1700 that were previous held in the
collection of the Scottish Marquess of Bute, but were sold at
Sotheby=92s Auction House in London on 30 October 1950. These
invaluable records, detailing a critical period of movement of
Sephardic Jews >from Spain to England and the Americas, were sold to a
person or an organization in the United States. After communicating
with the archivist for the Marquess of Bute and Sotheby’s about these
manuscripts, I have only learned that these documents were sold to,
“Driscoll - America.”

For your information, my name is Roger L. Martinez
(roger.martinez@mail.utexas.edu) and I am a doctoral candidate in the

Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin that is
currently conducting dissertation research on a Sephardic Jewish and
converso family in Spain, Portugal, England and the Americas.
Specifically, I am investigating the 500-year lineage of the Spanish
Carvajal Family >from 1200 to 1700. As an academic historian that is
entirely dependent on primary documents to reconstruct the history of
this family, I have traveled extensively to archives in Spain,
Portugal, Mexico, and the United States to access critical historical
manuscripts. Unfortunately, these travels have not yielded
information on these vital Inquisition records >from the Canary
Islands and they now appear to remain in the hands of a private
collector or institution. Similarly, my own research searches of the
Jewish history collections in libraries and archives in the United
States have turned up no information on these manuscripts.

Should anyone have any knowledge about the current location of these
manuscripts, I would greatly appreciate an email note with that
information.

In closing, please know that I will carefully abide by any requests
for privacy and anonymity >from those persons and organizations that
provide me details relating to these manuscripts. My only purpose
for locating these records is to restore to our modern view those
precious lives that for now remain lost.

Thank you for your kind attention to my inquiry.

Respectfully,
Roger L. Martinez
roger.martinez@mail.utexas.edu


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Scholar Searching for Sephardic/Canary Island Manuscripts #general

Roger L. Martinez <roger.martinez@...>
 

I am contacting the listserve today to seek any kind assistance
anyone may be able to provide in the location of several critical
historical manuscripts relating to the Sephardic Diaspora >from Spain
during the 15th through 18th centuries, specifically a small
collection manuscripts >from Spanish Inquisition in the Canary
Islands. My hope is that if I can locate and access these records, I
will be able to make a small, but important contribution to the
history of the lives of Sephardic Jews as they migrated to the
Americas and England.

Specifically, I am attempting to locate the current provenance of
this fragmentary collection of Spanish Inquisition manuscripts >from
the Canary Islands >from 1499 to 1700 that were previous held in the
collection of the Scottish Marquess of Bute, but were sold at
Sotheby=92s Auction House in London on 30 October 1950. These
invaluable records, detailing a critical period of movement of
Sephardic Jews >from Spain to England and the Americas, were sold to a
person or an organization in the United States. After communicating
with the archivist for the Marquess of Bute and Sotheby’s about these
manuscripts, I have only learned that these documents were sold to,
“Driscoll - America.”

For your information, my name is Roger L. Martinez
(roger.martinez@mail.utexas.edu) and I am a doctoral candidate in the

Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin that is
currently conducting dissertation research on a Sephardic Jewish and
converso family in Spain, Portugal, England and the Americas.
Specifically, I am investigating the 500-year lineage of the Spanish
Carvajal Family >from 1200 to 1700. As an academic historian that is
entirely dependent on primary documents to reconstruct the history of
this family, I have traveled extensively to archives in Spain,
Portugal, Mexico, and the United States to access critical historical
manuscripts. Unfortunately, these travels have not yielded
information on these vital Inquisition records >from the Canary
Islands and they now appear to remain in the hands of a private
collector or institution. Similarly, my own research searches of the
Jewish history collections in libraries and archives in the United
States have turned up no information on these manuscripts.

Should anyone have any knowledge about the current location of these
manuscripts, I would greatly appreciate an email note with that
information.

In closing, please know that I will carefully abide by any requests
for privacy and anonymity >from those persons and organizations that
provide me details relating to these manuscripts. My only purpose
for locating these records is to restore to our modern view those
precious lives that for now remain lost.

Thank you for your kind attention to my inquiry.

Respectfully,
Roger L. Martinez
roger.martinez@mail.utexas.edu