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Ketuba mystery – solved!

September 8, 2010
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Ketuba mystery – solved!

When it comes to requests for help with family trees, we at www.SynagogeSribes.com are a pretty hard-hearted bunch.   We have to be: if we weren’t, we’d finish up spending all our time on other people’s genealogies,  leaving none for our core work of finding, transcribing and publishing Jewish community records and, with our other...
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Finding photos – can you help?

August 15, 2010
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Finding photos – can you help?

As our readers know CemeteryScribes is all about saving headstones and inscriptions by recording them, and in this way our site is in memory to those who have gone before us. It came as no suprise when I was asked the other day about photos. Normally these requests are for headstone photos or cemetery...
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Names: Places of origin or occupations or ?

August 5, 2010
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Names: Places of origin or occupations or ?

Among the difficulties we encounter when transcribing old community records written in cursive Hebrew, is the appearance of words that have no apparent English equivalent and which usually, but not exclusively, relate to places of origin or occupations. The script in this burial record dated  24 Dec 1804 http://www.synagoguescribes.com/persondetails.php?value=17451 for  a child of Joseph...
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Fez (Fes), Morocco Aben (or Ibn) Danan Synagogue

July 18, 2010
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Built in the 17th century the Synagogue which is in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, has recently undergone restoration, a project which took over a year. The entrance is through a simple doorway which leads to a flight of stairs up to the Prayer Room. All photos are copyright:  Adam Shire Click here...
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Fez (Fes) Morocco, Jewish Cemetery

July 18, 2010
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The cemetery The burial ground is covered with white arched tombstones.  Some have engraved inscriptions, the more recent in French and older ones in Hebrew.There are small chambers for burning candles in some of these tombs, which explains the black soot appearing in stark contrast to the white of the stones. There are some...
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Samuel Falk, Baal Shem of London, burial record & Alderney (Globe) Rd Cemetery

July 18, 2010
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Samuel Falk, Baal Shem of London, burial record & Alderney (Globe) Rd Cemetery

We thought our readers may be interested in a recent ‘find’ we came across while transcribing and transliterating burial records for SynagogueScribes.com – our sister site that deals mainly with pre civil registration, Synagogue records such as births, marriages and burials. See SynagogueScribes Sources for more information. There are already a large number of...
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Searching SynagogueScribes – using Keyword search

July 18, 2010
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Searching SynagogueScribes – using Keyword search

In this example we are showing one of the uses of the ‘Keyword Search’. Finding siblings for Victor Abraham Cemetery Scribes I2603 * In SynagogueScribes Basic search, enter: Family Name = Abraham,         First Name = Victor. Record GSM 066/5 shows his father’s Hebrew name as Feivel Goldsticker * Enter Goldsticker in SynagogueScribes Keyword Search...
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Hoxton Old Burial Ground 1707 – 1960

July 4, 2010
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Hoxton Old Burial Ground 1707 – 1960

In 1960 the Hoxton Jewish Cemetery was destroyed, the remains were reinterred at West Ham Jewish Cemetery and that was that. When we photographed the area allocated at West Ham Jewish Cemetery (see here and here ) for those moved from their original burial place, we wondered whether there were any photos of the...
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Bancroft Rd Jewish Cemetery – Susie’s mission

June 24, 2010
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Bancroft Rd Jewish Cemetery – Susie’s mission

We have reported several times now on Susie Clapham’s mission to bring Bancroft Rd cemetery back to life or at the very least to undo years of neglect. Susie has written an article for JEECS (Jewish East End Celebration Society) covering her research of the cemetery and her plans for improvements. “SUSIE CLAPHAM has...
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Willesden Jewish Cemetery – additions to CemeteryScribes

May 16, 2010
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Willesden Jewish Cemetery – additions to CemeteryScribes

In Jan 2010 Cemetery Scribes reported on the Knowles Collection and the new site http://histfam.familysearch.org/index.php which includes ‘The Knowles Collection – The Jews of the British Isles’. Todd’s collection now holds over 75,000 people from 149 independant sources. Todd kindly gave us photos of tombstones at Willesden Jewish Cemetery and we are now delighted...
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