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If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 27 Feb 2011 2:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
I author a blog on this very topic:

Blood and Frogs: Jewish Genealogy and More
http://www.bloodandfrogs.com/

If you're new to researching Jewish ancestors, you will find lots of useful information and research techniques specific to researching your Jewish roots.

Some recent articles include:

Jewish Genealogy Basics: Ancestral Town (Shtetl) Information
http://www.bloodandfrogs.com/2011/02/jewish-genealogy-basics...

Finding and getting copies of Jewish records in Poland
http://www.bloodandfrogs.com/2011/02/finding-and-getting-cop...

Researching Jewish Relatives Who Passed Through Belgium
http://www.bloodandfrogs.com/2010/11/researching-jewish-rela...

If you have specific question about carrying out Jewish genealogy research, please feel free to ask me and I will try to address the issues you ask about on the blog.

Philip Trauring

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 22 Apr 2011 9:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Apr 2011 1:50PM GMT
Surnames: Harris
I'm not sure that I'll ever be able to find the information I'm after. Apparently the jewish side of my family originally came from Kiev.
Harriett was born in 1807 in Bethnal Green (London) and her father was a rabbi in the east end. Her husband John Harris was not jewish and their children were all baptised in anglican churches.
While I have been trying to trace this information for some time, it is now even more important as my son is about to marry a jewish girl whose families came from Poland and Germany. Idon't know where to go from here. Any suggestions?

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 22 Apr 2011 1:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Admin note:

It would help if you'd say exactly what information you're seeking.

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 23 Apr 2011 8:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
It's hard to help without knowing more about what you're trying to find, but I'll try to help how I can.

First of all, it is very difficult in most places to research Jewish genealogy earlier than around 1800. For example, in my places in Europe Jews did not use surnames until forced to in the early 1800s. It is thus quite difficult to trace Jewish families back beyond when surnames have been in use.

You say that your family was from Kiev, but do you know if it was Kiev the city, or a smaller town in Kiev the region? What documentation do you have that points to your family being from Kiev? I would first research this first point, making sure you know the exact town the family was from before trying further research. Perhaps there are immigration or vital records from Harriet's parents that might shed some light on where they were from exactly?

If you're sure the family was from the city of Kiev, then I would start with the Kiev, Ukraine resources found on JewishGen:

http://www.jewishgen.org/ukraine/towns-gubernias/kiev/kiev-h...

and if you know the surname, you should create an account on JewishGen and search the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) for 'Kyyiv' which has over 5000 surnames from over 3000 researchers listed in the database. If you know the surname and are sure about Kiev being the city they were from, then finding someone else who is researching the same surname from the same city is probably the best way to get started.

You can also join the Ukraine-SIG mailing list on JewishGen where you can ask more specific questions to other people researching Jewish roots in the Ukraine.

I hope this helps.

Philip Trauring

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 11:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you.

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 7:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Phillip, Could you please send me your Email address to jr_bodinen@yahoo.com. I am unable to get your Email from you blog because I don't have an Email client installed on my computer. Thanks.
I will post a question about Maiden names and surnames in E Hungary as a seperate thread. Thanks.

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 23 Aug 2011 1:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Myers
Hi Philip,

I have been hiting a brick wall resarching and finding records on my matrnal great grand parents. There names where Archie Myers and Sarah Myers nee Harris. They where both Russian Jews that came to live in the Leylands area of Leeds. I think they probably came over with there parents and siblings around the early 1900's.

I would really like to know what their Russian Jewish names where before they changed them to English sounding.

I do have the marriage certificate for Archie Myers and Sarah Harris in 1906 which shows:

Archie's age as 21 and his occupation as slipper maker
Archie's father named Solomon Myers (deceased slipper maker)
Sarah's age is 20 and her occupation is tailoress
Sarah's father named Joseph Harris (Tailor)
Married at 20 Elmwood St, Leeds

I also have the 1911 census for Archie Myers and Sarah Myers nee Harris which shows:

They where living at Millwright St, Leeds
They had one child that had died young
Archie's occupation is boot rivetter in the boot trade

My matrnal grandad Nathan Myers was one of three children that Archie Myers and Sarah Myers nee Harris had.

I have the birth certificate for my maternal grandad Nathan Myes. It shows he was born in 1917 at 7 Grey St, Leeds.

Nathan Myers other siblings are Millie Myers and Joseph Myers. Nathan Myers and sister Millie Myers both married non Jews in 1939. Joseph Myers married a Jew in 1948.

There is much I don't know or how to find it. Any information you can help me with will be much appreciated.

Please repy to my email lwlwrus@gmail.com

Kind regards Lee

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 18 Oct 2011 3:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Oct 2011 1:20PM GMT
Surnames: Saslavsky
Hello,yes please help me,I have been searching for the reletives of my grandfather and his family,origional name was meyer Moses Saslavsky and was from Elizabetgrad,ukraine.I have much more info but have reach a dead end.......Thanks...jean

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 23 Oct 2011 11:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Saslavsky
I would start by searching for the name Saslavsky on the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) at http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/ where you will find dozens of other researchers who are researching the Saslavsky surname (or variations of it), many in the Ukraine. In fact, three of the researchers are specifically researching the Saslavsky surname from the town of Kirovohrad (the current name of Elizabetgrad), Ukraine. I would start by contacting those three researchers and seeing where your families might interconnect. Keep in mind that one of the researchers hasn't been online in more than 5 years, so may not be reachable. Actually I see another mention of that researcher here:

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/u/s/Frank-Sussl...

and that hasn't been updated since 2006, but perhaps the e-mail or phone number as still accurate.

Make sure to search the surname with the 'Sounds Like' setting to get all the spellings. You'll see the three that specifically list Kirovohrad in that list of dozens of researchers, but there are also other who did not list a specific town, but are still researching Saslavsky from the same area, and may be worth contacting as well.

For more information on Kirovohrad see:

http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~community...

Re: If you want to know more about researching Jewish ancestors...

Posted: 3 Mar 2012 1:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Eastman
Hello!

I have a question about the given names shown here: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=DESC&...
they are my ancestors, and as long as I've known, my family on my dad's side has always been Christian.

When I started researching our ancestors, though, I kept coming up with these seemingly out of place names! I've shown someone else this webpage, and they said that the names were probably just Biblical, but I'm not completely sold on that idea yet. Was it common for English and early Americans to give their children names with Hebrew origins?

The thing that really gets me is how inconsistent the names are. One generation, it's Abigails left and right, and the next the names are just so...strange! I made a long list of all of the names, but you can just skim through them. Most of their surnames are Eastman, although a few of them married into the family. I've searched for some of them on google, but haven't gotten a single result.

The names all clump together when I paste them here, so I'll add them in a different post. :)




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