Rosie died last year at the age of 107. Her stone setting is to take
place at Plymouth Synagogue in May and Geraldine would like descendants
to be at the ceremony.
The family she is interested in lived in the Whitechapel area
of the East End of London in the late 1800s to mid-1900s.
Their youngest child, Rosie, married Leslie William Courtney.
Rosie's parents were (Abraham) Joseph Zeiderman and Miriam Fox,
who married on October 27, 1889 at Sandy's Row Synagogue.
Her siblings were Jack (Jakob), Sarah, Sam, Louis, and Eva. Geraldine
has discovered she had another brother, Emanuel, born 1899-1900,
and listed in the 1911 Census as an 'inmate' of the Jews Orphanage
and Arnold and Jane Gabriel Home, Knights Hill, West Norwood SE.
Eva was also at Norwood.
There may have been another daughter, Esther, but Geraldine can't
verify this information.
In the 1911 Census, the family lived at 28 Anthony St, Commercial
Rd E, St George in the East [currently Tower Hamlets].
Geraldine has found a record for a Mendel Zeiderman, who could
be Emanuel, marrying a Leah Price in 1924 in the West Ham area.
Leah's parents were Abraham and Annie (nee Goldstein) who married
at the East London Synagogue.
Abraham is listed in the 1911 Census as a widower, a "beadle and
collector at a synagogue" and living in Aldgate-Whitechapel.
Geraldine believes that a Marks Zeiderman and his wife, Millie,
were probably relatives of Joseph. They too were living in the Whitechapel
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01252-616433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORIAN Hilary Thomas has already written books on the Jewish
communities of Bolton and Wigan.
Now she is heading to east Manchester with a book on Oldham's
Hilary, of Cheshire, would like to hear from anyone with information
about families,businesses and anything else of Jewish interest.
Names she has found from the late 19th century, include Ruben,
Fineberg, Phillips, Foote, Levene, Cossack, Adler, Prag, Asher,
Bernstein,Lechinsky, Zacariah Levy, Lewis Levy, Philip Cohen, Eli
Cohen, Myer Cohen, Goldberg, Savin, Mendelson, Kopman, Halpern,
Strang, Marlow, Rosenbloom, Freedman, Taylor and Kaufman.
The town also had a shul in the 1930s.
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or write to 13 Edgemoor, Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 3JN.
THE Administrator General's Office in Jerusalem is looking
for members of the Roth family who were in Manchester in the late
The office discovered a family reunion took place around 1958
involving Hymie (Chaim) Roth with his sisters Fannie Roth and Dora
Shemer, from Israel.
"We are looking for relatives of Ida Roth, who didn't marry and
came to Israel in 1959," writes advocate Jonathan Kirsch.
"She was the only daughter, as far as we know, of Fanny Roth,
who kept her maiden name."
Hymie's children/descendants may have been called Samuel, Jack,
Abraham and Ada and some of the family may have been in Liverpool.
Write to Jonathan Kirsch, Office of the Administrator General
and Official Receiver, Bet Shaarei Ha'ir, PO Box 36278, 216 Jaffa
St, Jerusalem 9438307, Israel or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DEREK Guinness wants to trace members of the Niman family from
The patriarch of the family was Levi Niman. His wife, Hannah,
died during the birth of Enoch on December 21, 1870. Levi died 10
They had at that time eight living children while two others had
The eldest child, Marks, was born around 1854 in Gombin, Poland.
In the 1871 Census, five of the children were living with Leah
Harris in St John Square, Leeds.
But Derek can't trace where the other three children, Abraham,
Lipman and Enoch, were living.
He has found references to them later in life. Abraham became
know as Alfred and lived in Wigan. He married Leah Greenbaum. Lipman,
who married Betsy Blumtall, remained in Leeds.
Enoch, called Coney on his birth certificate, became known as
Harry, married Rebecca Silverman and lived in Leeds.
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KEVIN Scrivener, of Camarthen, is trying to find his birth
mother Valerie Ann Smitham.
Kevin was born Anthony Paul Smitham in Nottingham to 20-year-old
Valerie in June 1960, but given up for adoption four months later.
He discovered that his mother returned to Leeds and, in 1967,
married Judah Segal. They had a daughter called Elizabeth.
Kevin has made contact with his mother's sister, but she says
no one has heard from his mother since the late 1960s.
Write to Ty Newydd, Travellers Rest, Carmarthen SA313RS or email
SOUTHPORT-born Fredrica Greenmantle is trying to trace the
Landsmans of her mother's generation.
Fredrica's parents, Jack and Sara Green, were from Manchester.
Her mother was part of the Landsmans.
She thinks she has relations in Manchester she has never met,
including Danielle Landsman, Brian Bloch, Simone and Mark Ogus,
Richard and Sue Kay, Edith Kay, Michael Kay and Bernard Landsman.
Write to Flat 17, Trafalgar Court, 201 Withington Rd, Manchester
M168JW, telephone 07954-357316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BARRY Winser, of Surrey, is looking for information about his
grandfather, Isaac Jacob Ellison.
Isaac was a Romanian Jew born in 1870/80. He was first married
to a Russian woman and lived in China. He subsequently moved to
Rangoon (Burma) and then on to Singapore where he married Barry's
He died in Vienna in 1928 under strange circumstances.
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KT4 7PX or email email@example.com
DENISE Harris Ray's great-great grandmother Sarah Rebecca,
of Riga, married David Albert Harris in England.
The couple emigrated to America between 1883-1885 with their two
sons, Harry Harris and Lewis Walter Harris. Denise would like to
know more about Sarah, who was born in either 1858 or 1860.
Many Harris relatives lived in Leeds and Manchester as well as
Denise believes the family name may have been Gilalovitch, before
changing to Harris, while others may have used Diamond as a surname.
GRAHAM Meakin has been researching his family tree and historical
events connected to his family.
One event seems to crop up many times, but Graham cannot confirm
His grandfather and great-grandfather owned a farm called 'Greenclough
Farm' at Strines, near Marple.
His mother was born on the farm and lived there until she was
During the summers of the 1930s, a train would arrive at Strines
station from Manchester and a quantity of tables and tents would
be unloaded into the goods shed.
The following weekend, a number of children and staff from the
Jewish schools in Manchester would arrive, collect the tables and
tents from the goods shed and set up a camp, with Graham's grandfather's
permission and blessing, somewhere on the farm.
Graham's mother remembers the children buying milk and eggs from
Sometime around 1938, the camping activity came to the notice
of Oswald Mosley's blackshirt thugs. A fight broke out resulting
in the camp ending early - and the children never returning.
Graham would like to hear from anyone who attended the camp or
who knows about it.
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Derek Stavrou's mother-in-law, Freda Kay (ne้ Pearl), died last
year, aged 97. As a youngster in Manchester in the 1930s, she and
many of her friends, especially those on the left-wing in politics,
enjoyed rambling in Derbyshire. This picture, which was donated by
Martin Bobker to the Manchester Jewish Museum, shows Freda, top right,
and Martin's wife Millie, on the left of that group. Derek would like
to know who the men are in the picture. "By the same token, if anyone
remembers Freda and her husband Max and wants to share their memories,
my wife Susan and her brother Bernard would be delighted," Derek added.
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contact Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org