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Re: missing family

Posted: 7 Jan 2013 8:25AM GMT
Classification: Query
Anne,

Your query is a bit of a shot in the dark since you cannot even verify a country of origin. Even if they are ethnic Germans, you need a point to start from and that would require at the very least a parish name or better yet a village name of origin. A Google search does not turn up any Vindright surnames. I doubt that it is Germanic.

My best guess is that these families are Jewish. Jews did not use surnames until mandated to do so by Napoleon in the late 1700s. They often adapted or adopted some surname that often sounds ethnically German, Polish, Russian, etc. Therefore you cannot determine a place of origin on the basis of their current or recent surname.

I think you need to do more research this side of the pond before branching out to other countries. If you find they are ethnic German from Russia, return here with more questions. If they are ethnic Germans, you will need to find another forum for their specific point of origin. If they are Jewish, you may find more help at www.jewishgen.org .

Jerry
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Anne_Berns 5 Jan 2013 1:00AM GMT 
JerryFrank59 7 Jan 2013 3:25PM GMT 
Anne_Berns 8 Jan 2013 3:24AM GMT 
JerryFrank59 8 Jan 2013 3:35PM GMT 
Anne_Berns 8 Jan 2013 9:27PM GMT 
halpark 9 Jan 2013 8:28PM GMT 
Anne_Berns 10 Jan 2013 12:51AM GMT 
halpark 9 Jan 2013 8:31PM GMT 
pjaninevargo 29 Mar 2013 9:15PM GMT 
JerryFrank59 29 Mar 2013 10:15PM GMT 
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