Help deciphering a civil wedding certificate, Johannesburg (1936) #southafrica


MosheO
 

This is my Great Grandmother's civil wedding certificate.

I am trying to find out more about the Rabbi who officiated (surname - Woolf, first name unclear, perhaps Wm. denoting William?) and to identify the synagogue in which the marriage might have taken place. Does anyone have any information pertaining to a Rabbi Woolf, who officiated marriages in Johannesburg in the 1930s?

Help deciphering the address listed for my Great Grandmother would be helpful. It looks to be in the Yeoville suburb of Johannesburg, but I can't read the rest. It may give a clue as to the likely shul in which the marriage would have taken place.

The Race/Ras is also listed as E - does anyone know what this refers to in civil wedding certificates in South Africa at that time?


With thanks,

Matthew Owen.

London, UK


Michele Lock
 

The 'E' for race stands for European (i.e., white).

The address for the woman looks like 29 Winter Street in Yeoville.  The certificate also lists that she was divorced, so maybe you can find another marriage certificate for her.

There is a facebook group called Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy, and they might have more information about rabbis in the country in the 1930s. 
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Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
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Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
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Adrian Freedman
 

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 On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 10:17 AM, MosheO wrote:

This is my Great Grandmother's civil wedding certificate.

I am trying to find out more about the Rabbi who officiated (surname - Woolf, first name unclear, perhaps Wm. denoting William?) and to identify the synagogue in which the marriage might have taken place. Does anyone have any information pertaining to a Rabbi Woolf, who officiated marriages in Johannesburg in the 1930s?

Help deciphering the address listed for my Great Grandmother would be helpful. It looks to be in the Yeoville suburb of Johannesburg, but I can't read the rest. It may give a clue as to the likely shul in which the marriage would have taken place.

The Race/Ras is also listed as E - does anyone know what this refers to in civil wedding certificates in South Africa at that time?


With thanks,

Matthew Owen.

London, UK


 with regard to your query,
E = European = white 
The address I read as Hunter street Yeoville. There was as far as I can recall no Winter Street I found an article on a a Rabbi "Willie"Woolf   i doubt its the same but worth a follow up  Best wishes Adrian Freedman


MosheO
 

Thanks everyone for their input and help. I've been making some progress on this one. The address listed on the certificate is 29 Muller Street, Yeoville.

I have now also found the death certificate for a Rabbi William Woolf, whose place of death was listed as 59 Muller Street, Yeoville and who died in 1940. 

I am going to contact local synagogues close to Yeoville to find out more about him, so if anyone is connected to these communities or knows who I could contact, please let me know. Thanks also for the tips about SA Jewish Facebook groups.

Thanks again to everyone,

Matthew Owen.

London, UK.