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Re: Quest of a Bostonian to trace roots from Turkey to Spain #sephardic

Asparagirl
 

Hi Joshua,

You don't actually have to prove your ancestry all the way back to
pre-1492 Spain, you just need to prove descent >from a known Sephardic
community in the diaspora. Ideally the Spanish authorities are looking
for you to have documentation of a ketubah or birth certificate
indicating Sephardic roots, but many people don't have those, so they
look at the preponderance of the evidence. This can include things
like the use of Ladino language on tombstones (can you get someone in
Turkey to photograph the local cemetery where your grandmother lived?)
or Sephardic style naming on a tombstone (did your grandmother's
tombstone list her Hebrew name as "bat" her mother's name on the
tombstone, instead of her father's name?). They also want to know the
use of Ladino language in everyday life, affiliation with a known
Sephardic community in the United States (such as Bevis Marks
synagogue in London, or Temple Tifereth Israel in Los Angeles), and so
on.

I would recommend joining one of the many Facebook groups devoted to
people applying for citizenship via Sephardic ancestry. These groups
have people who have already gone through the process or are in the
middle of the process, and you can ask questions or read past stories
about what it was like. The groups that I know of are:

"Sephardic Jews & Spanish Citizenship"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/117900978372039/

"Americans of Sephardic Ancestry Pursuing Spanish Citizenship Group"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/167895653808057/

There might be others.

And you might have an easier time applying for Portuguese citizenship.
The eligibility rules there are nearly the same as for Spain, but
Portugal doesn't require you to pass an intermediate-level language
fluency test or a history/civics test, both of which Spain does
require. I have heard anecdotally that the two main Portuguese Jewish
communities in Porto (Oporto) and Lisbon (Lisboa) treat applications
somewhat differently, one being more lenient than the other, although
I don't remember which one is which.

Also unlike Spain, Portugal's law was written to include a long list
of Portuguese Sephardic surnames (some of which are also Spanish and
Italian Sephardic surnames) as additional factors they will consider
to be indicative of Sephardic ancestry. Merely having one of those
surnames in your family tree is not enough, but the data point will be
added to whatever other documentation you are able to provide.

The law explicitly lists the following surnames. (I have removed the
accent marks and special characters >from the names so that they will
transmit through JewishGen's antiquated e-mail system):

"In the Diaspora in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom remain,
among others, surnames:" ABRANTES, AGUILAR, ANDRADE, BRANDAO, BRITO,
BUENO, CARDOSO, CARVALHO, CASTRO, COSTA, COUTINHO, DOURADO, FONSECA,
FURTADO, GOMES, GOUVEIA, GRANJO, HENRIQUES, LARA, MARQUES, MELO E
PRADO, MESQUITA, MENDES, NETO, NUNES, PEREIRA, PINHEIRO, RODRIGUES,
ROSA, SARMENTO, SILVA, SOARES, TEIXEIRA, and TELES.

"In the Latin American diaspora remain, for example:" ALMEIDA, AVELAR,
BRAVO, CARVAJAL, CRESPO, DUARTE, FERREIRA, FRANCO, GATO, GONCALVES,
GUERREIRO, LEAO, LOPES, LEIRIA, LOBO, LOUSADA, MACHORRO, MARTINS,
MONTESINO, MORENO, MOTA, MACIAS, MIRANDA, OLIVEIRA, OSORIO, PARDO,
PINA, PINTO, PIMENTEL, PIZARRO, QUERIDO, REI, RIBEIRO, SALVADOR,
TORRES, and VIANA.

"In addition, other parts of the world there are also descendants of
Sephardic Jews >from Portugal to retain, in addition to the above,
among others, the following surnames:" AMORIM, AZEVEDO, ALVARES,
BARROS, BASTO, BELMONTE, CACERES, CAETANO, CAMPOS, CARNEIRO, CRUZ,
DIAS, DUARTE, ELIAS, ESTRELA, GAIOLA, JOSUE, LEMOS, LOMBROSO, LOPES,
MACHADO, MASCARENHAS, MATTOS, MEIRA, MELLO E CANTO, MENDES DA COSTA,
MIRANDA, MORAO, MOROES, MOTA, MOUCADA, NEGRO, OLIVEIRA, OSORIO (or
OZORIO), PAIVA, PILAO, PINTO, PESSOA, PRETO, SOUZA, VAZ, and VARGAS.

Again, merely having or not having one of these surnames in your
family tree is not enough to reclaim Portuguese citizenship, but the
names would be weighed with the other factors as your proof of
connection to the community.

For those interested, information about Portugal's law is available in
English here:
http://jewishcommunityofoporto.blogspot.pt/2014_12_01_archive.html

Good luck!

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California


Sephardic SIG #Sephardim Re: Quest of a Bostonian to trace roots from Turkey to Spain #sephardic

Asparagirl
 

Hi Joshua,

You don't actually have to prove your ancestry all the way back to
pre-1492 Spain, you just need to prove descent >from a known Sephardic
community in the diaspora. Ideally the Spanish authorities are looking
for you to have documentation of a ketubah or birth certificate
indicating Sephardic roots, but many people don't have those, so they
look at the preponderance of the evidence. This can include things
like the use of Ladino language on tombstones (can you get someone in
Turkey to photograph the local cemetery where your grandmother lived?)
or Sephardic style naming on a tombstone (did your grandmother's
tombstone list her Hebrew name as "bat" her mother's name on the
tombstone, instead of her father's name?). They also want to know the
use of Ladino language in everyday life, affiliation with a known
Sephardic community in the United States (such as Bevis Marks
synagogue in London, or Temple Tifereth Israel in Los Angeles), and so
on.

I would recommend joining one of the many Facebook groups devoted to
people applying for citizenship via Sephardic ancestry. These groups
have people who have already gone through the process or are in the
middle of the process, and you can ask questions or read past stories
about what it was like. The groups that I know of are:

"Sephardic Jews & Spanish Citizenship"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/117900978372039/

"Americans of Sephardic Ancestry Pursuing Spanish Citizenship Group"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/167895653808057/

There might be others.

And you might have an easier time applying for Portuguese citizenship.
The eligibility rules there are nearly the same as for Spain, but
Portugal doesn't require you to pass an intermediate-level language
fluency test or a history/civics test, both of which Spain does
require. I have heard anecdotally that the two main Portuguese Jewish
communities in Porto (Oporto) and Lisbon (Lisboa) treat applications
somewhat differently, one being more lenient than the other, although
I don't remember which one is which.

Also unlike Spain, Portugal's law was written to include a long list
of Portuguese Sephardic surnames (some of which are also Spanish and
Italian Sephardic surnames) as additional factors they will consider
to be indicative of Sephardic ancestry. Merely having one of those
surnames in your family tree is not enough, but the data point will be
added to whatever other documentation you are able to provide.

The law explicitly lists the following surnames. (I have removed the
accent marks and special characters >from the names so that they will
transmit through JewishGen's antiquated e-mail system):

"In the Diaspora in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom remain,
among others, surnames:" ABRANTES, AGUILAR, ANDRADE, BRANDAO, BRITO,
BUENO, CARDOSO, CARVALHO, CASTRO, COSTA, COUTINHO, DOURADO, FONSECA,
FURTADO, GOMES, GOUVEIA, GRANJO, HENRIQUES, LARA, MARQUES, MELO E
PRADO, MESQUITA, MENDES, NETO, NUNES, PEREIRA, PINHEIRO, RODRIGUES,
ROSA, SARMENTO, SILVA, SOARES, TEIXEIRA, and TELES.

"In the Latin American diaspora remain, for example:" ALMEIDA, AVELAR,
BRAVO, CARVAJAL, CRESPO, DUARTE, FERREIRA, FRANCO, GATO, GONCALVES,
GUERREIRO, LEAO, LOPES, LEIRIA, LOBO, LOUSADA, MACHORRO, MARTINS,
MONTESINO, MORENO, MOTA, MACIAS, MIRANDA, OLIVEIRA, OSORIO, PARDO,
PINA, PINTO, PIMENTEL, PIZARRO, QUERIDO, REI, RIBEIRO, SALVADOR,
TORRES, and VIANA.

"In addition, other parts of the world there are also descendants of
Sephardic Jews >from Portugal to retain, in addition to the above,
among others, the following surnames:" AMORIM, AZEVEDO, ALVARES,
BARROS, BASTO, BELMONTE, CACERES, CAETANO, CAMPOS, CARNEIRO, CRUZ,
DIAS, DUARTE, ELIAS, ESTRELA, GAIOLA, JOSUE, LEMOS, LOMBROSO, LOPES,
MACHADO, MASCARENHAS, MATTOS, MEIRA, MELLO E CANTO, MENDES DA COSTA,
MIRANDA, MORAO, MOROES, MOTA, MOUCADA, NEGRO, OLIVEIRA, OSORIO (or
OZORIO), PAIVA, PILAO, PINTO, PESSOA, PRETO, SOUZA, VAZ, and VARGAS.

Again, merely having or not having one of these surnames in your
family tree is not enough to reclaim Portuguese citizenship, but the
names would be weighed with the other factors as your proof of
connection to the community.

For those interested, information about Portugal's law is available in
English here:
http://jewishcommunityofoporto.blogspot.pt/2014_12_01_archive.html

Good luck!

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California


Bezirksrabbiner and Klaus Rabbiner #rabbinic

Stephen Denker
 

In Germany, several rabbis whom I am researching in Germany during the
period 1850 - 1940, held the positions -- "Bezirksrabbiner" or "Klaus
Rabbi". I would like to understand exactly what these positions mean.
Was a Bezirksrabbiner the rabbi of an entire district or town, whose
salary was paid by the German state, and officially appointed to the
position by a governing (Jewish) state-level organization?

Was a Klaus Rabbi the Rabbi of a particular synagogue?

Where can I go for more information?

Stephen Denker
Brookline, MA Researching Wohlgemuth, Germany


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Bezirksrabbiner and Klaus Rabbiner #rabbinic

Stephen Denker
 

In Germany, several rabbis whom I am researching in Germany during the
period 1850 - 1940, held the positions -- "Bezirksrabbiner" or "Klaus
Rabbi". I would like to understand exactly what these positions mean.
Was a Bezirksrabbiner the rabbi of an entire district or town, whose
salary was paid by the German state, and officially appointed to the
position by a governing (Jewish) state-level organization?

Was a Klaus Rabbi the Rabbi of a particular synagogue?

Where can I go for more information?

Stephen Denker
Brookline, MA Researching Wohlgemuth, Germany


Kristallnacht - 80 Years On #general

elirab52 <elirab52@...>
 

We commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night Of
Broken Glass, tonight and tomorrow, 9 and 10 November.

Please view the post I have created:

https://elirab.me/kristallnacht-80/

with links to videos of:

Lore Zusman, who was born in Koenigsberg over 90 years ago. Lore shares
her memories of the Koenigsberg Synagogue, Kristallnacht and a book
presented to her mother after the synagogue was destroyed on
Kristallnacht in 1938. We include the Koenigsberg / Kaliningrad
KehilaLink with links to the synagogue and Kristallnacht;

Sara Kogan Lazarus sings the Yiddish song - Tsi darf es azoy zayn;

Ties That Bind - a moving, 9 minute documentary, featuring a
conversation between Uncle Boydie (Alf Turner) - grandson of indigenous
activist William Cooper, and Moshe Fiszman - a Holocaust survivor. This
movie was made in Australia in 2017. It is also now part of the USHMM's
(Washington) collection; and

Remembrance And Renewal - how a song survived the Holocaust, traveled
around the world and returned to the city of its birth. This features
the Ramatayim Men's Choir of Jerusalem.

Please watch these and feel free to share with others.

Shabbat Shalom and regards

Eli Rabinowitz
Perth, Australia
https://elirab.me


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Kristallnacht - 80 Years On #general

elirab52 <elirab52@...>
 

We commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night Of
Broken Glass, tonight and tomorrow, 9 and 10 November.

Please view the post I have created:

https://elirab.me/kristallnacht-80/

with links to videos of:

Lore Zusman, who was born in Koenigsberg over 90 years ago. Lore shares
her memories of the Koenigsberg Synagogue, Kristallnacht and a book
presented to her mother after the synagogue was destroyed on
Kristallnacht in 1938. We include the Koenigsberg / Kaliningrad
KehilaLink with links to the synagogue and Kristallnacht;

Sara Kogan Lazarus sings the Yiddish song - Tsi darf es azoy zayn;

Ties That Bind - a moving, 9 minute documentary, featuring a
conversation between Uncle Boydie (Alf Turner) - grandson of indigenous
activist William Cooper, and Moshe Fiszman - a Holocaust survivor. This
movie was made in Australia in 2017. It is also now part of the USHMM's
(Washington) collection; and

Remembrance And Renewal - how a song survived the Holocaust, traveled
around the world and returned to the city of its birth. This features
the Ramatayim Men's Choir of Jerusalem.

Please watch these and feel free to share with others.

Shabbat Shalom and regards

Eli Rabinowitz
Perth, Australia
https://elirab.me


Viewmate Transliteration request: 1893 Postcard in German Handwriting (VM70190) #germany

Peter Lowe <Peter.Lowe@...>
 

I would be really very grateful if anyone could make a transliteration
of the wording on a postcard sent in 1893 >from Blankenberghe in Belgium
to my grandmother's cousin, Johanna FLATAU (nee HERZ).

The image of the card can be seen on Viewmate at this address:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM70190

A full transliteration would be wonderful, but even a partial one of
the key information would be helpful.

I can understand sufficient German that a translation is not required.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Peter Lowe, Hertford, England peter.lowe@danesbury.co.uk


Re: Anniversaries of Historic November events in Germany #germany

Hansmartin Unger <hansmartin.unger@...>
 

Thank you, Yvonne, for your reminder of these historic events.

While most GerSIG members are older, it is important that the
younger ones learn about what happened in Germany on these November
dates and keep these historic events in their minds. kind regards,

Hansmartin Unger, St. Gallen Switzerland hansmartin.unger@sunrise.ch

Yvonne Stern <yvonne.stern17@gmail.com> wrote:
This week the world will remember three important historical events
of the 20 century.

The 80th anniversary of the Reichspogromnacht will be on November 9th, 2018.
Crystal Night was the catastrophe before the catastrophe.

During the November 1938 Pogroms in Germany and Austria, more than
1,400 synagogues, prayer rooms and other meeting rooms as well as
thousands of Jewish businesses,shops, apartments and cemeteries
were vandalized. This included my grandparents home at Otto Beckstrasse
in Mannheim. In the days following, approximately 30,000 Jews
were imprisoned in concentration camps where hundreds were murdered
or died as a result of their imprisonment.

51 years later, on November 9th 1989, the Berlin Wall came down.

This week, the world will celebrate the anniversary of that fall.
When access to East Germany returned 29 years ago, it opened a
new world for Jews with German roots. Since then, little by little,
we've regained access to data of our ancestors and the cities where
they had lived and the cemeteries where they were buried.

This Sunday, the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the end to "The War to end all Wars".

On November 11, the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,
Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in
a railroad car outside Compiegne.

The First World War (1914 - 1918) left 9 million soldiers dead and
21 million wounded. About 100,000 Jews fought on the German side,
12,000 of them were killed in action including my uncle, barely
20 years old.


German SIG #Germany Viewmate Transliteration request: 1893 Postcard in German Handwriting (VM70190) #germany

Peter Lowe <Peter.Lowe@...>
 

I would be really very grateful if anyone could make a transliteration
of the wording on a postcard sent in 1893 >from Blankenberghe in Belgium
to my grandmother's cousin, Johanna FLATAU (nee HERZ).

The image of the card can be seen on Viewmate at this address:
http://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM70190

A full transliteration would be wonderful, but even a partial one of
the key information would be helpful.

I can understand sufficient German that a translation is not required.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

Peter Lowe, Hertford, England peter.lowe@danesbury.co.uk


German SIG #Germany Re: Anniversaries of Historic November events in Germany #germany

Hansmartin Unger <hansmartin.unger@...>
 

Thank you, Yvonne, for your reminder of these historic events.

While most GerSIG members are older, it is important that the
younger ones learn about what happened in Germany on these November
dates and keep these historic events in their minds. kind regards,

Hansmartin Unger, St. Gallen Switzerland hansmartin.unger@sunrise.ch

Yvonne Stern <yvonne.stern17@gmail.com> wrote:
This week the world will remember three important historical events
of the 20 century.

The 80th anniversary of the Reichspogromnacht will be on November 9th, 2018.
Crystal Night was the catastrophe before the catastrophe.

During the November 1938 Pogroms in Germany and Austria, more than
1,400 synagogues, prayer rooms and other meeting rooms as well as
thousands of Jewish businesses,shops, apartments and cemeteries
were vandalized. This included my grandparents home at Otto Beckstrasse
in Mannheim. In the days following, approximately 30,000 Jews
were imprisoned in concentration camps where hundreds were murdered
or died as a result of their imprisonment.

51 years later, on November 9th 1989, the Berlin Wall came down.

This week, the world will celebrate the anniversary of that fall.
When access to East Germany returned 29 years ago, it opened a
new world for Jews with German roots. Since then, little by little,
we've regained access to data of our ancestors and the cities where
they had lived and the cemeteries where they were buried.

This Sunday, the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the end to "The War to end all Wars".

On November 11, the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,
Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in
a railroad car outside Compiegne.

The First World War (1914 - 1918) left 9 million soldiers dead and
21 million wounded. About 100,000 Jews fought on the German side,
12,000 of them were killed in action including my uncle, barely
20 years old.


Memorial book: Jewish soldiers at the German Military Forces fallen during WW1 #germany

Ilan Ganot
 

On the coming Sunday, 11 Nov. 2018, the world will mark the 100th
Anniversary of the end of the First World War (WW1).

Jewish soldiers fought one against the other, serving at both Allied
Powers and their rival Central Powers.

Out of more than 9 million military deaths, approx. 12,000 Jewish
soldiers fell serving with the German Military forces.
These fallen Jewish soldiers are listed in the following book:

Die juedischen Gefallen des deutschen Heeres, der deutschen Marine und
der deutschen Schutztruppen, 1914-1918 : ein Gedenkbuch, 1932

(The fallen Jews of the German Army, Navy and Defense Forces,
1914-1918, a Memorial Book, 1932).

Information about this book is available at the following link:
https://www.ushmm.org/online/hsv/source_view.php?SourceId=31988

Searchable database can be found at:
http://germanjewishsoldiers.com/introduction.php

and (in German):

http://www.denkmalprojekt.org/verlustlisten/rjf_wk1.htm

Ilan Ganot, Holon, Israel ilang12350@gmail.com

In memory of Sally Schmerzler z"l, b. 3.12.1893 in Berlin, d.
14.6.1915 in Fedek near Lubaczow, Poland.

MODERATOR NOTE: I had problems using the search feature.
A user guide to this resource >from a GerSIG member would
be much appreciated.


German SIG #Germany Memorial book: Jewish soldiers at the German Military Forces fallen during WW1 #germany

Ilan Ganot
 

On the coming Sunday, 11 Nov. 2018, the world will mark the 100th
Anniversary of the end of the First World War (WW1).

Jewish soldiers fought one against the other, serving at both Allied
Powers and their rival Central Powers.

Out of more than 9 million military deaths, approx. 12,000 Jewish
soldiers fell serving with the German Military forces.
These fallen Jewish soldiers are listed in the following book:

Die juedischen Gefallen des deutschen Heeres, der deutschen Marine und
der deutschen Schutztruppen, 1914-1918 : ein Gedenkbuch, 1932

(The fallen Jews of the German Army, Navy and Defense Forces,
1914-1918, a Memorial Book, 1932).

Information about this book is available at the following link:
https://www.ushmm.org/online/hsv/source_view.php?SourceId=31988

Searchable database can be found at:
http://germanjewishsoldiers.com/introduction.php

and (in German):

http://www.denkmalprojekt.org/verlustlisten/rjf_wk1.htm

Ilan Ganot, Holon, Israel ilang12350@gmail.com

In memory of Sally Schmerzler z"l, b. 3.12.1893 in Berlin, d.
14.6.1915 in Fedek near Lubaczow, Poland.

MODERATOR NOTE: I had problems using the search feature.
A user guide to this resource >from a GerSIG member would
be much appreciated.


GUTFELD from Gollub #germany

Barbara Algaze
 

Our patriarch was Max "Marcus" GUTFELD and he was born in 1829 in the town
of Gollub (now Golub-Dobrzyń).

Another Jewish Genner has a patriarch named Morris "Moritz" GUTFELD,
born in 1832, also in the town of Gollub.

I am unable to find any documentation to prove (or disprove) that the two
GUTFELDs are related.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you, Barbara Algaze, Los Angeles, California Algaze3@gmail.com


German SIG #Germany GUTFELD from Gollub #germany

Barbara Algaze
 

Our patriarch was Max "Marcus" GUTFELD and he was born in 1829 in the town
of Gollub (now Golub-Dobrzyń).

Another Jewish Genner has a patriarch named Morris "Moritz" GUTFELD,
born in 1832, also in the town of Gollub.

I am unable to find any documentation to prove (or disprove) that the two
GUTFELDs are related.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you, Barbara Algaze, Los Angeles, California Algaze3@gmail.com


Re: Bialystok Photo Album #poland

Mark Halpern
 

Just to let everyone know that there is a surname index to the Bialystok
Photo Album at
https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/BialyGen/Bialystok_Photo_Album_Surnames.htm.

The book can be found online in the New York Public Library Digital
collection at
https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5a7a8de0-50d7-0133-a73d-00505686a51c#/

Mark Halpern

On 2018-11-07 08:52, Marya Pollack <merchaviah@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi,

The photo is >from 1950 on p192 of "Bialystok Photo Album of a Renowned
City and its Jews the World Over". Printed in 1951. I can scan the page
but I think if you give me surnames in question it will be more useful.
The book is in Yiddish and English-Compiled and edited by David Sohn.

Hope this helps,
Marya Pollack


BialyGen: Bialystok Region #Bialystok #Poland Re: Bialystok Photo Album #poland

Mark Halpern
 

Just to let everyone know that there is a surname index to the Bialystok
Photo Album at
https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/BialyGen/Bialystok_Photo_Album_Surnames.htm.

The book can be found online in the New York Public Library Digital
collection at
https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5a7a8de0-50d7-0133-a73d-00505686a51c#/

Mark Halpern

On 2018-11-07 08:52, Marya Pollack <merchaviah@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi,

The photo is >from 1950 on p192 of "Bialystok Photo Album of a Renowned
City and its Jews the World Over". Printed in 1951. I can scan the page
but I think if you give me surnames in question it will be more useful.
The book is in Yiddish and English-Compiled and edited by David Sohn.

Hope this helps,
Marya Pollack


"Tagwerk und Dezimal" #germany

Peter Straus
 

From: Peter Straus <pstrausSF@prodigy.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 8, 2018 1:10 PM
To: 'GERSIG@LYRIS.JEWISHGEN.ORG' <GERSIG@LYRIS.JEWISHGEN.ORG>
Subject: "Tagwerk und Dezimal"

GerSIGgers:
I have been working my way through an article by Roland Paul on the Jews of
Goellheim, the home for at least a century of my STRAUS forebears. He
makes frequent use of the phrase "X Tagwerk Y Dezimal," as an apparent
measure of the value of possessions, where X and Y are numeric values. Can
anyone out there explain what this connotes?
Thanks,

Peter Straus, San Francisco pstrausSF@prodigy.net


German SIG #Germany "Tagwerk und Dezimal" #germany

Peter Straus
 

From: Peter Straus <pstrausSF@prodigy.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 8, 2018 1:10 PM
To: 'GERSIG@LYRIS.JEWISHGEN.ORG' <GERSIG@LYRIS.JEWISHGEN.ORG>
Subject: "Tagwerk und Dezimal"

GerSIGgers:
I have been working my way through an article by Roland Paul on the Jews of
Goellheim, the home for at least a century of my STRAUS forebears. He
makes frequent use of the phrase "X Tagwerk Y Dezimal," as an apparent
measure of the value of possessions, where X and Y are numeric values. Can
anyone out there explain what this connotes?
Thanks,

Peter Straus, San Francisco pstrausSF@prodigy.net


Quest of a Bostonian to trace roots from Turkey to Spain #sephardic

Josh Bookman <bookman.joshua@...>
 

Dear Sephardic SIG Mailing List Discussion Group,

I was forwarded to you all by the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Greater Boston. I believe one of you might be able to help me. For
purposes of citizenship and personal family interest, I am trying to
prove my Sephardic ancestry in Spain. Unfortunately, I've only been
able to trace family roots to Turkey. Given the wonderful resources of
this community, I believe you might help me trace my family's roots
further back.

A 2015 Spanish law offers citizenship to individuals who can have
their Sephardic ancestry confirmed by established Jewish organisations
(along with rigorous language and civics exams). More specifically,
this law requires me to prove to have at least one Sephardic ancestor
who fled Spain due to the expulsion in 1492. My great-grandmother
Fortune Barocas was born in Turkey. She is Sephardic, and I have her
ship log >from Turkey to the United States, but I haven't yet been able
to find census data that proves her ancestors' emigration >from Spain
to Turkey.

The authorities in Spain have extended the deadline to apply for
citizenship until October 2019, giving me more time to prepare a
vetted genealogy. I am considering going to the Consulates of Turkey
and Spain in Boston and their respective Embassies in Washington, D.C.
A Sephardic Studies professor at Brandeis University also suggested
the book Sephardic Genealogy by this list's Coordinator. If any of
you have any additional suggested resources or additional strategies I
could pursue, I would be very grateful.

I would be more than willing (and appreciative) to work with someone
in the Boston area. Look forward to hearing >from you all.

Sincerely,
Joshua Bookman
bookman.joshua@gmail.com


Sephardic SIG #Sephardim Quest of a Bostonian to trace roots from Turkey to Spain #sephardic

Josh Bookman <bookman.joshua@...>
 

Dear Sephardic SIG Mailing List Discussion Group,

I was forwarded to you all by the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Greater Boston. I believe one of you might be able to help me. For
purposes of citizenship and personal family interest, I am trying to
prove my Sephardic ancestry in Spain. Unfortunately, I've only been
able to trace family roots to Turkey. Given the wonderful resources of
this community, I believe you might help me trace my family's roots
further back.

A 2015 Spanish law offers citizenship to individuals who can have
their Sephardic ancestry confirmed by established Jewish organisations
(along with rigorous language and civics exams). More specifically,
this law requires me to prove to have at least one Sephardic ancestor
who fled Spain due to the expulsion in 1492. My great-grandmother
Fortune Barocas was born in Turkey. She is Sephardic, and I have her
ship log >from Turkey to the United States, but I haven't yet been able
to find census data that proves her ancestors' emigration >from Spain
to Turkey.

The authorities in Spain have extended the deadline to apply for
citizenship until October 2019, giving me more time to prepare a
vetted genealogy. I am considering going to the Consulates of Turkey
and Spain in Boston and their respective Embassies in Washington, D.C.
A Sephardic Studies professor at Brandeis University also suggested
the book Sephardic Genealogy by this list's Coordinator. If any of
you have any additional suggested resources or additional strategies I
could pursue, I would be very grateful.

I would be more than willing (and appreciative) to work with someone
in the Boston area. Look forward to hearing >from you all.

Sincerely,
Joshua Bookman
bookman.joshua@gmail.com

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