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Julia and Edward Laurine

March 18, 2014
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Julia and Edward Laurine

The serendipity of the random Google Search occasionally drops an unexpected sugar plum in your lap.. One such dropped into ours recently: a book entitled “An historical and topographical description of Chelsea, and its environs, Volume 2”  By Thomas Faulkner. Published in 1829, this delightful work  includes a whole section on the Jewish Burial...
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Jewish Cemeteries of Devon by Helen Fry

February 24, 2013
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Jewish Cemeteries of Devon by Helen Fry

A guide to burials in the five Jewish cemeteries of Plymouth, Exeter, and Torquay & Paignton   A catalogue of over 1,600 people buried in five Jewish cemeteries, dating from the mid-1700s onwards: the old burial ground in Magdalen Street, Exeter Exwick Jewish cemetery, Exeter Colney End Road in Paignton The Hoe Jewish cemetery,...
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The Jews of Exeter by Helen Fry

February 23, 2013
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The Jews of Exeter by Helen Fry

In 2013 Exeter Synagogue reaches an historic landmark with the celebration of its 250th anniversary. As the second oldest extant synagogue outside London it has a rich history that stretches back to the early 18th century and evidence exists too for a much older Medieval worshipping Jewish community in Exeter before their expulsion from...
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Finding Goodheim

January 29, 2013
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Finding Goodheim

On  Monday May 21 1900 Mrs Rebecca Levy (nee Goodheim) placed an advertisement in the personal column of The Staffordshire Sentinel: Did William Rowley respond to the advertisement?, Or any other members of his family, who can, indeed, be found living in Broom Street in the 1871 Census?   And if so, what was Rebecca...
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WDYTYA link to CemeteryScribes and SynagoguesScribes

September 21, 2012
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In one of the more lively and absorbing programmes of this current series, Alex Kingston, star of ER, and Dr Who, discovered her early 19th Century Anglo-Jewish roots. Her paternal ancestor, Eva Braham, is buried in Brompton (Fulham Road) Jewish Cemetery http://www.cemeteryscribes.com/getperson.php?personID=I2788&tree=Cemeteries and her marriage to Lawrence Emanuel can be found on http://synagoguescribes.com/blog/person-details/?value=6268 Unfortunately,...
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Olympics – 100 years ago!

July 26, 2012
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Olympics – 100 years ago!

Taking part in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm was the son of a salesman, David Henry Jacobs. David was born in 1888 Cardiff, Wales to John and Sarah Jacobs. He was one of at least 6 children. In 1911 the family were living in London, both John and his son David were working as...
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Finding Lewis Gompertz

February 10, 2012
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Guest Blog by Hannah Renier, Hannah has ghost-written several family histories, edited others and edited some nineteenth-century journals, besides ghost-writing books for a well-known historian. History and genealogy have become her passion and she’s writing a book about Leicester Square. Last year I was working on a book about London’s horses, and how they...
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Are Jones and Cohen the hardest names to research?

January 15, 2012
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Are Jones and Cohen the hardest names to research?

What happens when you are looking for both names for 1 person? A couple of years ago we received an email from Belgium asking for more information on an entry we had under Lauriston Cemetery. The enquirer was interested to know whether Solomon JONES was his ancestor. Now to be honest, my initial reaction...
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Two Angels? fact or fiction

January 8, 2012
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What are the chances of two sisters – Abigail and Sarah – both marrying someone  with the same, very distinctive name,  within one year of each other?  Pretty slim, you would think.  I certainly doubted it,  although both marriages appeared  on the Synagogue Scribes database, albeit the grooms’ Hebrew patronymics were different.  My immediate...
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Lyon Samson update

January 1, 2012
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Like many Jewish families, my ancestors were great mythologisers.  They polished and shined our family story until it gleamed, leaving no trace of past crimes and misdemeanours.  Thus, one of my great uncles could write, in all sincerity, a couple of years before he died aged 102: “King Charles banished all Jews when he...
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