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Helping Reading Documents/Records

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 10:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello, is there a place in the forums explicitly for help reading/interpreting documents that we can upload? I'd like to be able to get a second opinion on some of the one's I'm unsure about, particularly where the hand writing is difficult to decipher. I've attached one as a example, birth cert and not sure of maiden name of the mother. I know it's either Gerscovit or Gerscouit, but even having an answer to what's most likely based on knowledge of certain names. Thanks.
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Re: Helping Reading Documents/Records

Posted: 28 Jan 2013 2:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
I would read it as " Gerscovit", and it could be a variant of Gerscovitz/Gershkowich or similar sounding names.

( George Gershwin was originally called Gershowitz, and his family originated near Odessa.)

Have you tried finding the Bernstein family in the 1911 census ?

Regards,
Helen.

Re: Helping Reading Documents/Records

Posted: 28 Jan 2013 9:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gascovitz
Hello Helen, thanks for the reply.

A relative passed on another document and it reads Gerscovitz. I've found my particular family on the 1911 Census and several are recorded as being born in Cartigna, Russia. I think this is a mis-spelling of Kretinga, Lithuania (former Russian Empire). There was a strong link between Kretinga and Sunderland as a commerce route between Hartlepool and Kretinga where many Litvaks came through here if intending to travel on to th US/Canada from Liverpool. My family on the 1911 Census are in Liverpool with one child being born in Sunderland in 1908. They don't appear to have got to the New World.... loads pop in Leeds. Thanks again.

Re: Helping Reading Documents/Records

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 8:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,
Tyne & Wear archives have some records for the Jewish community - see this user guide

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/userfiles/UG8%282%29.pdf

which also mentions

From Kretinga to Sunderland: A Jewish chain migration from Lithuania 1850-1930s by Gordon Leigh, MA thesis 2002 [in searchroom library]

May be worth a look if you ever visit the area!

Also Durham records on line has a few Sunderland cemetery references for Bernstein - it may be worth seeing if other family members had come over earlier than 1908.

http://www.durhamrecordsonline.com/

Hope this is of interest.

Regards,
Helen
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