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Re: Cercle de Genealogie Juive Finds Relatives #general

Bernard Goben <goben@...>
 

Would you kindly sent me e-mail address of the Cercle de Gen. Juive in Paris.
Many thanks in advance Bernard Goben
MODERATOR NOTE: If you go to the JewishGen InfoFiles at
<http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/> and click on "France", you will
find a link the the Cercle's website.


Re: Arrived at Port of New York from Montreal #general

Liz G. Whittaker <jawhittaker@...>
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Palmer <mpalmer@...>
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <jewishgen@...>
Date: Sunday, February 04, 2001 5:27 PM
Subject: Arrived at Port of New York >from Montreal


Am looking for ship's records for my uncle. In his Petition for
Naturalization he says that he emigrated to the United States from
Montreal, Canada on March 13, 1900 and arrived in the US at the port of
"New York" on the 15th. (He could not remember the name of the ship.)
Where, to what port, would a ship >from Montreal in 1900 have taken him
in "New York"? Ellis Island? And how might I find his ship's records?
Thank you.

Michael Palmer e-mail mpalmer@...
Mansfield/Storrs Connecticut, USA

Dear Michael,
My grandfather took a boat >from Liverpool, England, to Quebec City,
Canada. The next day he took a train to New York City. This info. was in his
naturalization records. He came here >from Rumania in Sept. 1900.
I went to the NARA in Pittsfield, MA, and found the St. Albans index
card which said his ship was the Lake Champlain. Then I was able to find his
passenger list.

If you send me your mailing address, I can send you some pictures
of the building where the Palmer Bros. store was on Main St. in Middletown.
I lost your e-mail address for a while.

Liz Whittaker
Middletown, CT
jawhittaker@...


KRU/GROWER >from Dorohoi, Rumania to Middletown, CT (1900 , 1903)
BRONSTEIN >from Medzhibozh, Russia to Hartford, CT (1903, 1908, 1909)


Re: Experience with INS or naturalization records #general

Sally Hohensee <hohensees@...>
 

Re: Allan Jordan's Feb. 4 message,
Recently I received naturalization records >from the INS for my
great-grandfather, Abe Lieb Feigenbaum. It took almost 4 months. I had
located him on a microfilm index at a local Family History Library. Also at
the same time I received a letter >from the INS, similar to yours, for
another relative, Aron Louis Gelbsman. The letter states that some files
are missing, and says I can appeal.
I work in a federal government legal office, which receives Freedom of
Information Act requests >from the public. You always have the right to
appeal, but that would normally pertain to records which you are sure the
government agency has, or which that government agency will not release. If
the records are missing there is no point in appealing.
You might check microfilm index at your Family History Library. Also
see the naturalization database for the Kings County (Brooklyn), New York
court at http://www.nyjgs.org (thanks Sherri, 3 Feb message!)

Don't give up!

Sally Hohensee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Arrived at Port of New York from Montreal #general

Liz G. Whittaker <jawhittaker@...>
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Palmer <mpalmer@...>
To: JewishGen Discussion Group <jewishgen@...>
Date: Sunday, February 04, 2001 5:27 PM
Subject: Arrived at Port of New York >from Montreal


Am looking for ship's records for my uncle. In his Petition for
Naturalization he says that he emigrated to the United States from
Montreal, Canada on March 13, 1900 and arrived in the US at the port of
"New York" on the 15th. (He could not remember the name of the ship.)
Where, to what port, would a ship >from Montreal in 1900 have taken him
in "New York"? Ellis Island? And how might I find his ship's records?
Thank you.

Michael Palmer e-mail mpalmer@...
Mansfield/Storrs Connecticut, USA

Dear Michael,
My grandfather took a boat >from Liverpool, England, to Quebec City,
Canada. The next day he took a train to New York City. This info. was in his
naturalization records. He came here >from Rumania in Sept. 1900.
I went to the NARA in Pittsfield, MA, and found the St. Albans index
card which said his ship was the Lake Champlain. Then I was able to find his
passenger list.

If you send me your mailing address, I can send you some pictures
of the building where the Palmer Bros. store was on Main St. in Middletown.
I lost your e-mail address for a while.

Liz Whittaker
Middletown, CT
jawhittaker@...


KRU/GROWER >from Dorohoi, Rumania to Middletown, CT (1900 , 1903)
BRONSTEIN >from Medzhibozh, Russia to Hartford, CT (1903, 1908, 1909)


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Cercle de Genealogie Juive Finds Relatives #general

Bernard Goben <goben@...>
 

Would you kindly sent me e-mail address of the Cercle de Gen. Juive in Paris.
Many thanks in advance Bernard Goben
MODERATOR NOTE: If you go to the JewishGen InfoFiles at
<http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/> and click on "France", you will
find a link the the Cercle's website.


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Experience with INS or naturalization records #general

Sally Hohensee <hohensees@...>
 

Re: Allan Jordan's Feb. 4 message,
Recently I received naturalization records >from the INS for my
great-grandfather, Abe Lieb Feigenbaum. It took almost 4 months. I had
located him on a microfilm index at a local Family History Library. Also at
the same time I received a letter >from the INS, similar to yours, for
another relative, Aron Louis Gelbsman. The letter states that some files
are missing, and says I can appeal.
I work in a federal government legal office, which receives Freedom of
Information Act requests >from the public. You always have the right to
appeal, but that would normally pertain to records which you are sure the
government agency has, or which that government agency will not release. If
the records are missing there is no point in appealing.
You might check microfilm index at your Family History Library. Also
see the naturalization database for the Kings County (Brooklyn), New York
court at http://www.nyjgs.org (thanks Sherri, 3 Feb message!)

Don't give up!

Sally Hohensee


Re: Experience with INS or Naturalization records? #general

Deborah Dworski <ddworski@...>
 

Hi Allan,
I think you're going to have a very tough time obtaining Naturalization
records for your COHEN relative >from NYC. I have a good amount of
experience applying for these records, and the INS's track record is very
poor when presented with those variables--a common surname in a big city.
Your best bet is to search the NYC naturalization indices yourself. Sounds
as if you did that. Were there any likely candidates? If so, I'd try to go
to the appropriate court and review those particular Petitions to see if you
can pinpoint your relative based on details (such as name of spouse and
children) which are included in the document. If you cannot go in person to
review these records, then a less desirable alternative is to request the
Naturalization records of the most likely candidates >from the INS. This
blind approach is very frustrating and highly inefficient so I'd only bother
if you desperately need some data contained in the Naturalization records.
In other words, it's a sufficient hassle that one has to consider how much
value would be derived >from obtaining the naturalization records. Would it
just be nice to have it or do you really need it (say, to determine your
ancestral shtetl)?

As far as receiving records for the wrong Jennie COHEN >from INS, this is
very common. I think what happens is that there are so many Jennie COHENs
that it seems too daunting a task to find your relative. The searcher just
throws up his/her hands and randomly picks one file to send to you. To give
you some perspective, I have requested on three separate occasions the
Naturalization file for my NYC-dwelling relative, Max SCHOR, which is a far
less common name than Jennie COHEN. In addition, I have Max's precise date
of birth which should really help the INS searchers hone in on the correct
immigrant bearing that name. So far, I have received records for three
different Max SCHORs none of whom is my relative. And even though I've
indicated to the INS that my Max SCHOR was born in Austria, two of the three
files I received were for immigrants who were born in Russia.

The language about filing an appeal is standard. In other words, anytime
the INS does not find records, it notifies you of this option. I have
appealed on occasion with mixed results. Note that if you do appeal, it
takes a long time to receive a response. For me, the average wait has been
about a year.

Deborah Dworski
Arlington, Virginia U.S.A.

searching:
DIENER (Gorodenka, Ukr); KOFLER; SCHOR (Gorodenka, Ukr); SONNENBLUM; STUPP
SCHAUDER; SCHIEBER; SCHNEID; SOCKEL (Solotwina, Ukr)
DWORSKI; LEVATINSKY; MINSKY; SILVERSTEIN (Raczki, Pol)
BRAMA; BRAUN / BROWN (Rypin, Pol); GRZEBIEN then GESBEN; LOPATKA (Sierpc,
Pol)



Subject: Experience with INS or Naturalization records?
From: Aejordan@...
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2001 17:36:14 EST
X-Message-Number: 36

I am at a loss trying to find some naturalization records that would help
me out in my research. Wondering what people have found with the INS --
my luck with them has not been good so far.
...
To make matters more complicated yesterday in the mail the INS sent me
forms for a woman named Jennie COHEN. Goodman COHN's wife was Jennie.
I have looked and looked at this forms and it is not the right woman. The
birth date is ok, but she is Russian and my Jennie was German. This one
lists one child, my Jennie had six. This one says she arrived in 1892, my
Jennie was here in 1890 because I found her on the Police Census for
Manhattan. Also my Jennie was a NATHAN and this woman appears to be a
RATNER.

Now what do I do? Give up on the nautralizations? Appeal to INS? Anyone
have any ideas?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Allan Jordan
aejordan@...


Re: Mutel and Shaver #general

Kirsten Gradel <kmgradel@...>
 

A friend of mine's grand parents had the first names of Mutel and Shaver.
He would like to know the English equivilents.
We have a Polish Mordko (Mordechai) who in UK was Mark. A cousin Sophia
in UK was named after grandmother Sheba.

Kirsten Gradel, Denmark


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Mutel and Shaver #general

Kirsten Gradel <kmgradel@...>
 

A friend of mine's grand parents had the first names of Mutel and Shaver.
He would like to know the English equivilents.
We have a Polish Mordko (Mordechai) who in UK was Mark. A cousin Sophia
in UK was named after grandmother Sheba.

Kirsten Gradel, Denmark


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen re: Experience with INS or Naturalization records? #general

Deborah Dworski <ddworski@...>
 

Hi Allan,
I think you're going to have a very tough time obtaining Naturalization
records for your COHEN relative >from NYC. I have a good amount of
experience applying for these records, and the INS's track record is very
poor when presented with those variables--a common surname in a big city.
Your best bet is to search the NYC naturalization indices yourself. Sounds
as if you did that. Were there any likely candidates? If so, I'd try to go
to the appropriate court and review those particular Petitions to see if you
can pinpoint your relative based on details (such as name of spouse and
children) which are included in the document. If you cannot go in person to
review these records, then a less desirable alternative is to request the
Naturalization records of the most likely candidates >from the INS. This
blind approach is very frustrating and highly inefficient so I'd only bother
if you desperately need some data contained in the Naturalization records.
In other words, it's a sufficient hassle that one has to consider how much
value would be derived >from obtaining the naturalization records. Would it
just be nice to have it or do you really need it (say, to determine your
ancestral shtetl)?

As far as receiving records for the wrong Jennie COHEN >from INS, this is
very common. I think what happens is that there are so many Jennie COHENs
that it seems too daunting a task to find your relative. The searcher just
throws up his/her hands and randomly picks one file to send to you. To give
you some perspective, I have requested on three separate occasions the
Naturalization file for my NYC-dwelling relative, Max SCHOR, which is a far
less common name than Jennie COHEN. In addition, I have Max's precise date
of birth which should really help the INS searchers hone in on the correct
immigrant bearing that name. So far, I have received records for three
different Max SCHORs none of whom is my relative. And even though I've
indicated to the INS that my Max SCHOR was born in Austria, two of the three
files I received were for immigrants who were born in Russia.

The language about filing an appeal is standard. In other words, anytime
the INS does not find records, it notifies you of this option. I have
appealed on occasion with mixed results. Note that if you do appeal, it
takes a long time to receive a response. For me, the average wait has been
about a year.

Deborah Dworski
Arlington, Virginia U.S.A.

searching:
DIENER (Gorodenka, Ukr); KOFLER; SCHOR (Gorodenka, Ukr); SONNENBLUM; STUPP
SCHAUDER; SCHIEBER; SCHNEID; SOCKEL (Solotwina, Ukr)
DWORSKI; LEVATINSKY; MINSKY; SILVERSTEIN (Raczki, Pol)
BRAMA; BRAUN / BROWN (Rypin, Pol); GRZEBIEN then GESBEN; LOPATKA (Sierpc,
Pol)



Subject: Experience with INS or Naturalization records?
From: Aejordan@...
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2001 17:36:14 EST
X-Message-Number: 36

I am at a loss trying to find some naturalization records that would help
me out in my research. Wondering what people have found with the INS --
my luck with them has not been good so far.
...
To make matters more complicated yesterday in the mail the INS sent me
forms for a woman named Jennie COHEN. Goodman COHN's wife was Jennie.
I have looked and looked at this forms and it is not the right woman. The
birth date is ok, but she is Russian and my Jennie was German. This one
lists one child, my Jennie had six. This one says she arrived in 1892, my
Jennie was here in 1890 because I found her on the Police Census for
Manhattan. Also my Jennie was a NATHAN and this woman appears to be a
RATNER.

Now what do I do? Give up on the nautralizations? Appeal to INS? Anyone
have any ideas?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Allan Jordan
aejordan@...


Re: Mutilation to avoid Conscription #belarus

roman.vilner@...
 

Just wanted to comment one a couple of points. While
the alleged tortures to force conversion seem very
harsh, one should know that standing on "spread raw
beans of peas on the floor and force them to kneel for
hours" was a common school punishment of that time for
students who performed poorly or disobeyed.

Furthermore, use of "k'nout" was VERY widespread both in
the army and among the cossacks themselves as, again, a
means for punishment for whatever reasons.

Also, just for the record, I believe that until quite
recently British educators had a right to use sticks to
punish disobeying students.

To sum it up I think we should all remember that while
many things of that time seem outrageous right now, they
were normal practice at that time. In other words, do
not apply today's standards to other times and societies!

Regards
Roman Vilner
Brooklyn, NY

-------------------
Hal MAGGIED wrote:
..snip...
Boys were taken and tortured by various means to force conversion on
them. One, was to force pork meat into their mouths; another, was to
spread raw beans of peas on the floor and force them to kneel for
hours -generally, in extreme heat of cold- without feeding or
watering them; still another, was to hang them by their wrists to
exhaustion, cut them down and whip the with the infamous k'nout. I
believe the k'nout was a short whip with knotted thongs.
...snip...
-------------------


Belarus SIG #Belarus Re: Mutilation to avoid Conscription #belarus

roman.vilner@...
 

Just wanted to comment one a couple of points. While
the alleged tortures to force conversion seem very
harsh, one should know that standing on "spread raw
beans of peas on the floor and force them to kneel for
hours" was a common school punishment of that time for
students who performed poorly or disobeyed.

Furthermore, use of "k'nout" was VERY widespread both in
the army and among the cossacks themselves as, again, a
means for punishment for whatever reasons.

Also, just for the record, I believe that until quite
recently British educators had a right to use sticks to
punish disobeying students.

To sum it up I think we should all remember that while
many things of that time seem outrageous right now, they
were normal practice at that time. In other words, do
not apply today's standards to other times and societies!

Regards
Roman Vilner
Brooklyn, NY

-------------------
Hal MAGGIED wrote:
..snip...
Boys were taken and tortured by various means to force conversion on
them. One, was to force pork meat into their mouths; another, was to
spread raw beans of peas on the floor and force them to kneel for
hours -generally, in extreme heat of cold- without feeding or
watering them; still another, was to hang them by their wrists to
exhaustion, cut them down and whip the with the infamous k'nout. I
believe the k'nout was a short whip with knotted thongs.
...snip...
-------------------


Re: Are you doing indexing projects? #general

Bernie Hirsch <bernie06@...>
 

Hi Sallyann,

I have researched and recorded probably well over 50% of the families in
Schirrhoffen, Bas-Rhin, France >from the late 1700s to the late 1800s. My
sources
are the vital records >from the Mormon Library for Schirrhoffen, as well as
the 1784 Census for Bas-Rhin, France, the 1808 name change list for
Bas-Rhin, France, and the 1851 Census for Bas Rhin, France

They are accessible today on my website at:

http://home.sprynet.com/~bernie06/famtree

-or-

http://here.at/berniehirsch/famtree

==Bernie

Sallyann Sack wrote:



In our spring 20001 issue, AVOTAYNU will report on the many exciting
indexing projects underway in the world of Jewish genealogy.

We already have asked all of the Jewish genealogical societies and our
many SIGs to tell us what they are doing. We would like to hear from
individuals as well, those who are working on their own, not necessarily
as part of a JGS or SIG activity.

Please write to me at <SallyannSack@...> and tell us
1. The nature and scope of your project
2. Its current status (just starting, well underway, finished)
3. How/where the information may be accessed when you are done
--
Kind regards,
Bernie Hirsch


Re: U.S. Alien Registration Records #general

Deborah Dworski <ddworski@...>
 

Hi Allan,
I am not familiar with any Alien Registration Records >from the WWI era, but
I can tell you a bit about obtaining these documents for immigrants who had
not naturalized by the early 1940s (WWII time period). As far as I know,
the INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service) is the only source for these
documents, and they are very tough to obtain. My experience is that INS
will not search for an Alien Registration Record if you only request the
Naturalization file. You must specify that you want the contents of the
Alien Registration Record (if one exists) for the immigrant. For reasons
unknown to me, even if I ask for both the Naturalization file and Alien
Registration Record, the INS seems to ignore or overlook the Alien
Registration portion of my request. Inevitably, I have to follow up with a
reminder to go back and look for the immigrant's Alien Registration Record.

Deborah Dworski
Arlington, Virginia U.S.A.

searching:
DIENER (Gorodenka, Ukr); KOFLER; SCHOR (Gorodenka, Ukr); SONNENBLUM; STUPP
SCHAUDER; SCHIEBER; SCHNEID; SOCKEL (Solotwina, Ukr)
DWORSKI; LEVATINSKY; MINSKY; SILVERSTEIN (Raczki, Pol)
BRAMA; BRAUN / BROWN (Rypin, Pol); GRZEBIEN then GESBEN; LOPATKA (Sierpc,
Pol)

I am confused on the Alien Registration Cards. Can someone help me out?

I understand that people who were not naturalized filed these forms out
before WWI and again before WWII. How does someone go about searching
these forms? Is it only by reqyest to the INS?

Now here's the harder question, if you sent to the INS asking for a
naturalization form do they also search for the Alien Registration Cards?
I know that could be impossible to answer but may be some one can help me?

Thanks.

Allan Jordan
aejordan@...


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Are you doing indexing projects? #general

Bernie Hirsch <bernie06@...>
 

Hi Sallyann,

I have researched and recorded probably well over 50% of the families in
Schirrhoffen, Bas-Rhin, France >from the late 1700s to the late 1800s. My
sources
are the vital records >from the Mormon Library for Schirrhoffen, as well as
the 1784 Census for Bas-Rhin, France, the 1808 name change list for
Bas-Rhin, France, and the 1851 Census for Bas Rhin, France

They are accessible today on my website at:

http://home.sprynet.com/~bernie06/famtree

-or-

http://here.at/berniehirsch/famtree

==Bernie

Sallyann Sack wrote:



In our spring 20001 issue, AVOTAYNU will report on the many exciting
indexing projects underway in the world of Jewish genealogy.

We already have asked all of the Jewish genealogical societies and our
many SIGs to tell us what they are doing. We would like to hear from
individuals as well, those who are working on their own, not necessarily
as part of a JGS or SIG activity.

Please write to me at <SallyannSack@...> and tell us
1. The nature and scope of your project
2. Its current status (just starting, well underway, finished)
3. How/where the information may be accessed when you are done
--
Kind regards,
Bernie Hirsch


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen re: U.S. Alien Registration Records #general

Deborah Dworski <ddworski@...>
 

Hi Allan,
I am not familiar with any Alien Registration Records >from the WWI era, but
I can tell you a bit about obtaining these documents for immigrants who had
not naturalized by the early 1940s (WWII time period). As far as I know,
the INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service) is the only source for these
documents, and they are very tough to obtain. My experience is that INS
will not search for an Alien Registration Record if you only request the
Naturalization file. You must specify that you want the contents of the
Alien Registration Record (if one exists) for the immigrant. For reasons
unknown to me, even if I ask for both the Naturalization file and Alien
Registration Record, the INS seems to ignore or overlook the Alien
Registration portion of my request. Inevitably, I have to follow up with a
reminder to go back and look for the immigrant's Alien Registration Record.

Deborah Dworski
Arlington, Virginia U.S.A.

searching:
DIENER (Gorodenka, Ukr); KOFLER; SCHOR (Gorodenka, Ukr); SONNENBLUM; STUPP
SCHAUDER; SCHIEBER; SCHNEID; SOCKEL (Solotwina, Ukr)
DWORSKI; LEVATINSKY; MINSKY; SILVERSTEIN (Raczki, Pol)
BRAMA; BRAUN / BROWN (Rypin, Pol); GRZEBIEN then GESBEN; LOPATKA (Sierpc,
Pol)

I am confused on the Alien Registration Cards. Can someone help me out?

I understand that people who were not naturalized filed these forms out
before WWI and again before WWII. How does someone go about searching
these forms? Is it only by reqyest to the INS?

Now here's the harder question, if you sent to the INS asking for a
naturalization form do they also search for the Alien Registration Cards?
I know that could be impossible to answer but may be some one can help me?

Thanks.

Allan Jordan
aejordan@...


Re: Prussian Town - Where is it? #general

klein.francoise <klein.francoise@...>
 

Dear Gary,

The first two options are unlikely, as Preussen (Prussia) is in the north of
Germany. Stuttgart is in Bavaria (South) and Hessen in the middle of the
country. Ost Preussen was returned to Poland and the USSR in 1945. Maybe
Encarta Europe would provide more options.
Best regards

Françoise Klein
Paris France

Gary Luke <feraltek@...> a écrit dans le message :
3.0.1.32.20010201001357.0073c578@......


Would anyone know where Schoking or Schothing in Prussia is? The two
spellings are because it was difficult to decipher the scribbled
handwriting. Any suggestions on what it may have been? The reference
dates >from about the 1830s.

Possibilities -
(1) Scho"ckingen, a tiny town just NW of Stuttgart.
(2) Schotten in Hessen.
(3) Schokken - town listed in an Avotaynu article.

Any comments about whether these were in Prussia?


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Prussian Town - Where is it? #general

klein.francoise <klein.francoise@...>
 

Dear Gary,

The first two options are unlikely, as Preussen (Prussia) is in the north of
Germany. Stuttgart is in Bavaria (South) and Hessen in the middle of the
country. Ost Preussen was returned to Poland and the USSR in 1945. Maybe
Encarta Europe would provide more options.
Best regards

Françoise Klein
Paris France

Gary Luke <feraltek@...> a écrit dans le message :
3.0.1.32.20010201001357.0073c578@......


Would anyone know where Schoking or Schothing in Prussia is? The two
spellings are because it was difficult to decipher the scribbled
handwriting. Any suggestions on what it may have been? The reference
dates >from about the 1830s.

Possibilities -
(1) Scho"ckingen, a tiny town just NW of Stuttgart.
(2) Schotten in Hessen.
(3) Schokken - town listed in an Avotaynu article.

Any comments about whether these were in Prussia?


Re: Certainty of fatherhood #general

Jacob D. Goldstein <jake@...>
 

At 12:47 AM 1/31/01 Wachtel@... wrote:
The mistaken paternity rate
would be less than 1 percent per generation.
Failure to carry the Cohen gene marker does not not necessarily translate
into a question of paternity. It is possible that along the line someone
started calling himself a "kohen" for social reasons or out of
ignorance. In a synagogue, newcomers are generally asked the
question "Are you a kohen or a levi?" because special honors are reserved
for members of these tribes. Some people assume these are the only two
alternatives for a Jew and they pick one. Confusion persists even after
you explain that these are not the ony two choices, I've had individuals
answer the question with a resounding "yes." When you inquire further,
the "kohen" thinks that his last name "Cohen" makes him a member of the
kohen tribe and the "Levi" responds "yes," because he thinks his Hebrew
name Levi/Lev/Leib makes him as a "Levi."

So... it's probably less than "less than 1%" :-)

Jake


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Certainty of fatherhood #general

Jacob D. Goldstein <jake@...>
 

At 12:47 AM 1/31/01 Wachtel@... wrote:
The mistaken paternity rate
would be less than 1 percent per generation.
Failure to carry the Cohen gene marker does not not necessarily translate
into a question of paternity. It is possible that along the line someone
started calling himself a "kohen" for social reasons or out of
ignorance. In a synagogue, newcomers are generally asked the
question "Are you a kohen or a levi?" because special honors are reserved
for members of these tribes. Some people assume these are the only two
alternatives for a Jew and they pick one. Confusion persists even after
you explain that these are not the ony two choices, I've had individuals
answer the question with a resounding "yes." When you inquire further,
the "kohen" thinks that his last name "Cohen" makes him a member of the
kohen tribe and the "Levi" responds "yes," because he thinks his Hebrew
name Levi/Lev/Leib makes him as a "Levi."

So... it's probably less than "less than 1%" :-)

Jake