Questions tagged [jewish]

Term applied to the adherents of a religion (Judaism), the descendants of certain ethnic groups (Sephardim and Ashkenazim), or followers of cultural traditions associated with them.

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Traveling from Russia in 1906

My Great Grandma had to leave Russia when she was just 16, and travel to England. I know the ship she took from England to America, but I don't know how she got to England. Would it have been the same ...
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Looking for jewish ancestor immigrant from swinchian pale of settlements to London

Previously I have asked Registration of Russian immigrants to England in late 19th century? about my great grandfather's diary which I am using to seek the roots of my family. In the diary he mentions ...
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Unusual middle name “Schewa”?

I have here an entry in a Jewish birth registry from Bohemia with a Johanna Kafka (last one on the left side, entry No. 244) even in two versions: http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/1073/reprodukce/?...
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Identifying 1910 Russian Town Name “Swel”?

I've got the WWI registration records of my great-great grandpa who was supposedly born in Russia in 1890-1892, he emigrated to the US (Chicago) in around 1910 I think. The typed up transcript on ...
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Reading names on 1912 City of Chicago death certificate?

What are the names of the father and mother on this death 1912 death certificate? Her husband was known to have been born in Kiev, so it is likely she and her family are from Kiev (despite the ...
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Why would I match someone in a region neither of my parents do?

I was surprised to find someone show up in FTDNA as a 2nd-3rd cousin to me (168 shared cM, 34 segments with a minimum length of 5 cM) but not among the 17,667 matches of my father or the 18,178 ...
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Is longest cM a better predictor of relatedness than total cM for Ashkenazi Jews?

As an Ashkenazi Jew, I'm used to matches being predicted to be closer than they really are. My father recently got a match to an adoptee of 348.3 shared cM, with a longest segment of 57.4 cM (...
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How to interpret my having ethnicities inconsistent with my parents?

According to MyHeritage's interpretation of our 23andme lab results: My father is 93.7% European (90.5% Ashkenazi, 2% Baltic, and 1.2% Italian), 5.5% West Asian, and .8% Central Asian. My mother is ...
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Identifying the parents of Moritz Martin Bernhardt born 1827 Treptow Prussia

Moritz Martin Bernhardt is my great-grand father. I was able to learn his age and place of birth (1827 Treptow, Prussia) from his application for US Citizenship. I found his date and place of death (...
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Does 5.1% Ashkenazi Jew from DNA count as Jewish ethnically? [duplicate]

If I'm 5.1% Jewish, how far away are my Jewish ancestors and do I count as a person of the Jewish race ?
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British citizens in Morocco 19th century?

I know that my grandfather's grandfather lived in Safi in Morocco in the 19th century. I don't know his name at all, but I do know his wife's given (first) name. I also know that he was British - ...
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Finding paternal grandfather?

My paternal grandfather's name was not permitted to be on the birth register of my father. How does one find Unknown Unknown? through time and place? Thru DNA tests? through a GEDmatch? I think I've ...
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Is there such a thing as Ashkenazi Jewish surnames?

What makes me ask this question is this answer by @ezra to http://genealogy.stackexchange.com/questions/12159/spelling-of-surname-kowesnki-kowenski. The answer claims the name "Kowenski" is Jewish, ...
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What Exactly are the “Jewish Records” on Ancestry.com?

Ancestry.com has a category under the title Jewish Records, but I'm interested as to how it works exactly. Does anyone who is known to have been Jewish show up in the records, or is there something I'...
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Why are 99% of my Ashkenazi DNA matches not in the Middle East or Central Asia?

I took DNA tests through four major services: familytreedna, 23andMe, ancestry, and NatGeo/Helix. I am identified no less than 85% Ashkenazi. I also ran my results through dnaland, gedmatch, and ...
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Would Jewish marriages be listed in the records?

If a Jewish couple were married according to Jewish law (with a rabbi officiating, etc.), would the marriage show up in any city records? Looking for early 1900s, around 1917 or so, in Texas (...
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Seeking list of Jewish Cemeteries in the USA

I am seeking a searchable list of the Jewish cemeteries in the USA, especially the larger, still active cemeteries. By searchable, I mean that it is possible to search by cemetery name and also sort ...
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Interpreting DNA matches from endogamous communities?

Mystery match, does not know father. Matches me on mother's paternal side. Me and match: 376.3 cM,15 matching segments, largest segment 47.2cM Me and his daughter: 84.7cM, 4 matching segments, ...
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Searching for Proof of Jewish Ancestry?

There has always been a family tradition that my mother was Jewish. My mother even has recollection on her mother and her mother's mother using specifically Jewish terms, such as referring to "Hashem" ...
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Why did my mother have two names when she married in Jaffa in 1946?

My father Alan Arthur Dear married my mother in Jaffa in 1946. Her name was Ruth Schonberg. I have however found 2 records of marriage for him in Jaffa in 1946. One to Ruth Schonberg and one to Ruth ...
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Identifying parents of Adelhaid Marx (died 1920/45) of rabbinic family from western Germany?

My great-great-grandmother, Adelheid Marx was a descendant of the Marx rabbinic family from western Germany. Her husband was Albert Westheim (d c. 1915) and her children include my great-grandmother, ...
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Interpreting DNA test that shows mother was 1/3 Jewish?

I'm assuming that my mother's mother was full or 2/3 Jewish for my mother to end up being 1/3 Jewish. So what does that make me (her son)? Would I be considered to be of Jewish decent if my mother is ...
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Did any of the descendants of Rabbi Ascher ben Jechiel take “Rosch” as a surname?

I have been trying to trace my roots and the earliest appearance of "Rosch" as a (sur)name seems to be Rabbi Ascher ben Jechiel (1250 or 1259 – 1327). However, I cannot find which, if any, of his sons ...
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Is surname Judah/Juddah Jewish?

My 4th great grandfather had the surname Judah. Before coming to the U.S in the early 1800's it was spelled Juddah. I'm trying to understand if this is a true Jewish last name and if someone could ...
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What Polish village is named in this document?

This draft registration card lists a birth location of what looks like Soodlikof, Poland, but I cannot find any record of such a place. This relative was a Jew born in 1888, so the location is likely ...
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Is there a list of interned in 2-4 Rosenstrasse?

My Great Uncle Siegfried was a German Jew married to a German (Vera). They lived in Berlin and survived World War 2. On February 27 1943, the SS instigated the Final Roundup of Jews in Berlin. ...
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How to find Guide in Romania for Jewish Ancestry Search?

Planning on going to Romania in June, 2015. Need a guide/translator/driver to take me to Ramnicu Sarat to try to find any information on my family. How do I go about finding someone?
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What happened to Nathan Stein and Sarah Goldberg Stein who were living in London 1897?

On 28 Feb 1897 Nathan/ Nissen Stein, a bootmaker, lived at 27 Winterton Street in London. He had at least two children: a daughter Ada/Ida born about 1877 in; and a daughter born about 1893. ...
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Find Austrian vital records?

My grandfather was born 1931 in Deutchkreutz Austria. Are there any websites I could find any records of his (especially birth record)? I tried to look up his name in Ancestry with no luck. Are there ...
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Place of birth listed on immigration docs but where in Russia is Kosnitza/Kosnitze?

My Jewish family who came to Canada in 1924, from Bucharest on the SS Madonna, list their nationality as Russian, 4 family members put their place of birth as Kosnitza, and Kosnitze. Does anyone ...
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Slovakia, Bratislava, Reca - Jewish records

I would like to know if someone has any hints about finding Jewish records dated circa 1810 for the small village of Reca, Slovakia. My grandfather was born there in 1812 and moved to Vienna, but I ...
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Cantonist Records

Two of my ancestors were forcibly drafted into the Russian Army as part of the Cantonist decree. Where can I find the records of those draftees?
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Ancestors in Lemberg (Lviv) and Czyczkow/y

My great-grandfather was born in Lemberg, Galicia (now Lviv, Ukraine). However, I am unsure how to proceed to further back in the family tree. I have written to the archives in Lviv which hold the ...
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Linking two brothers via gravestones

I am doing research about my great-grandfather who was Jewish and had a brother who survived the Holocaust in Ukraine. I've found a gravestone image via a website which documents Jewish genealogy ...
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Are there Naturalization records specific to displaced ethnic Jews?

From WW1-WW2, are there a set of records for Jews seperate from other naturalization records in the U.S., if so, where can they be accessed?
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How to trace Romanian ancestry?

Both of my grandparents on my father's side were Romanian. Both Jewish. My grandmother was born in Bucharest, but there's some discussion about my grandfather (the most he'd say about his birth town ...
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Where to find records of arrest in pre WW II Germany?

A German Jew I am researching was arrested in Germany some time around 1935. He was released some time thereafter, and emigrated to the United states in 1936. I am wondering where to look for such ...
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Finding half-sister who may still be living?

My father (1919-1984) married a woman (born in 1922) in 1943 and had a daughter on 6/18/44 whose name is unknown, prior to getting divorced and marrying my mother. They were married for only a few ...
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“Resolution” of DNA testing

What is the spatial/cultural "resolution" of DNA testing for genealogical purposes? How finely can it be used to estimate where a particular person's ancestors were from? I am interested in testing ...
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German jewish census records from the 19th century

I have been told that some censuses of the Jewish population of German towns were conducted in the first half of the 19th century. I am wondering if there is any systematic record of these censuses (...
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Determining ethnicity according to ancestry?

My sister, cousins, and other relatives speculate that my mom's grandmother was Jewish (for various reasons). I've heard people say at times things like, for example, "I'm 50% German" or "I'm 25% ...
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How can I trace my ancestry in India?

I'm a Christian from Kundamkulam, Trissur, Kerala, India. It is said (there are no written evidences) that we once were Brahmins, got converted to Christianity in the 1st century AD (there are records ...
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What is the Russian town in this census listing?

I'm trying to determine my (step-)grandparents' birth place from the 1916 Canadian Census. The relevant portion is this: For context, here is the entire record. The people in question are listed as ...
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Tracing Jewish ancestors in Germany before 1800

I have been able to trace my wife's ancestors to people born in the 1790s in the Pfalz region of Germany and in Alsace using civil records of births and deaths. Those records books were started in the ...
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Where can I find Jewish Historical Information Pre WWII in Europe?

I am looking for a site/records for information on Jewish History in Europe of pre WWII era. Mainly of birth and marriage records from Poland.