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Was my ancestor Jewish?

Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 13 Jan 2011 4:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Feb 2011 2:53PM GMT
I have always been told that some of my ancestors on my grandmothers side were Jewish. I really identify with this and want it to be true but have so far been unable to find proof. Just now, I found my great-grandmothers immigration records when searching the Jewish Records database. Does the presence of her records here mean that she was regarded as Jewish? Is this the proof I have been searching for?
I would be really grateful to anyone who can help me interpret what exactly the presence of her records in this database means and whether or not I can definitively know that she was Jewish.
Thanks!

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 12:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Which specific record did you find her on?
The records on Ancestry identified as "Priority Jewish" are not exlusively Jewish.

If you search Ancestry.com for Census and Voter Lists for "John F. Kennedy" with Mother "Rose" and choose Collection Priority "Jewish" you will find our former President.

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 12:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for responding!
The records that I found using the Jewish Records search were her immigration records, she was from Hamburg Germany and came to the U.S. in 1914.

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 12:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
What was the name she is indexed under? What was the name and arrival date of the ship? There might be a clue on the passenger list itself.

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 1:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Feb 2011 3:11PM GMT
Surnames: Znech, Zuech
She is listed under the name of "Christina Znech" which is a mistake, her real name was Christine Zuech (I know this doesn't sound like a Jewish name)

The ship was called Vaterland and departed from Hamburg on June 6, 1914. It don't think it says when it arrived but the port of arrival was Cuxhaven, Southampton, Cherbourg, New York.

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 2:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
There is nothing on the Hamburg departure list to indicate she was Jewish, Her name Christina also makes it unlikely. There is still the possibility that she had some Jewish ancestry. I believe you have to search deeper into her roots in Germany to find out.

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 2:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you! I really appreciate your help.
Do you have any advice on how to proceed with that? I know her parents names were Albino Zuech and Marie Ann Schweigert and that they lived in Wandsbek, Germany but I have been unable to find them in any records. Any suggestions?

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 2:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Try posting to the message board for Germany.

http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.ceeurope.germany/mb.as...

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 23 Jan 2011 8:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
"Albino Zuech and Marie Ann Schweigert"

i know the name Zuech specially for the Trentino-Alto Adige in South-Tyrol,Italy. it was before 1919 austrian. there are the provinces Bolzano(South-Tyrol/Südtirol), which is more german-lingual on border to present Austria (it was separeted from North-Tyrol)and south of it province Trento (Trentino). you can look at www.ellisisland.org and www.familysearch.org and you find many Zuech from there (Brez) many emigrated to work in mines like Colorado and so on. maybe your ancestors have the roots also there. a possibility....
http://members.fortunecity.com/reisenge/TIROL/land/tkarte_h....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trentino-Alto_Adige/S%C3%BCdtir...
http://www.trentinoheritage.com/draft.htm
http://www.trentinoheritage.com/
Brez in the Val di Non(Non-valley):
http://www.science.unitn.it/~iori/trentino/valligif/Non.jpg
http://www.science.unitn.it/~iori/trentino/valley/Non.html
http://www.science.unitn.it/~iori/trentino/

both lastnames are not italian, they have german orgin. i don´t think that they were jewish!
italian phonebook has 85 hits for Zuech: http://www.infobel.com/en/world/Teldir.aspx?Ct=Europe&Co...
Schweigert is more of Germany directly, specially from Bavaria, which borders on Tyrol and the dialect is similar to the tyrolean! - phonebook has 917 hits: http://www.dastelefonbuch.de/

the firstname Albino would also fit with the italian-lingual province Trento.
firstname ALBINO
Gender: Masculine
Usage: Italian, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish
Frequency: rare
Pronounced: ahl-BEE-no

many info, but think there can be really a connection....

Re: Was my ancestor Jewish?

Posted: 23 Jan 2011 8:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
which connection to this person?
he went to brother Paul in Barney, North-Dakota - is an italian with residence Germany, named like her father and was from Wandsbeck, a district of Hamburg. a brother of her?
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/matchMore.asp?LNM=ZUECH&am...

First Name: Albin
Last Name: Zuech
Ethnicity: Italy, Germany
Last Place of Residence: Hamburg, Germany
Date of Arrival: May 01, 1923
Age at Arrival: 20y 9m Gender: M Marital Status:S
Ship of Travel: Minnekahda
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Manifest Line Number: 0023
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