• Trying to identify possible Jewish ancestor, South Wales or Cornwall

    From d.e.gordon@ntlworld.com d.e.gordon@@21:1/5 to All on Thu Sep 19 13:27:21 2019
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    I am hoping someone can help me.

    Some 50 years ago my Aunt told me about my Maternal Family Tree (based
    around Swansea in South Wales) and which included a Jewish Ancestor. At the time my wife and first born daughter were more important so I soon forgot
    all the details.

    I have been researching our Tree since 2006, and in particular searching for this "Jewish connection" without success, and had decided that my Aunt was probably wrong. However my recent Ancestry DNA test now confirms a 1%
    Jewish ancestry. Can you suggest any web based databases covering South
    Wales and Cornwall that could help me in my research. My Family Tree is on Ancestry and can be viewed on request,

    Thank you for your time,

    David Gordon
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    d.e.gordon@ntlworld.com wrote:

    Some 50 years ago my Aunt told me about my Maternal Family Tree (based around >Swansea in South Wales) and which included a Jewish Ancestor. At the time my wife
    and first born daughter were more important so I soon forgot all the details.

    I have been researching our Tree since 2006, and in particular searching for this
    "Jewish connection" without success, and had decided that my Aunt was probably >wrong. However my recent Ancestry DNA test now confirms a 1% Jewish ancestry.
    Can you suggest any web based databases covering South Wales and Cornwall that
    could help me in my research. My Family Tree is on Ancestry and can be viewed on
    request,


    If you can get hold of copies, the following are possibly good background readng.
    A few names occur, but only in examples of events. E.g., in mentioning the baptism
    in 1842 of what may have been the children of the last Jewish family in Truro, their father's name is noted.

    Keith Pearce (Editor), Helen P. Fry (Editor), "The Lost Jews of
    Cornwall: From the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century"

    Bernard Susser, "The Jews of South-West England: The Rise and Decline
    of Their Medieval and Modern Communities"

    Bookfinder.com shows copies available for delivery to the UK at 17 and 23 respectively - higher than my budget, but I have access to a University library that had copies when I was looking for similar information on behalf of a friend.

    By the way, be a little cautious if you find the name Levi/Levy (as my friend did).
    It may be an English Surname - see http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=Levi
    Some of the examples on the webpage are given in Reaney & Wilson. "A Dictionary of
    English Surnames". Reaney and Wilson end their paragraph on the name Leavey and
    variants with a comment that modern occurrances of Levi are usually the Hebrew name.

    Cecilia Nyleve
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    Fleetwood audio/video recordings (visit fleetwood.iajgs2019.org). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Watch JewishGen's video -- click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nASSn4rDXh4 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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    on the JewishGen homepage.
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    It's an easy way to help JewishGen! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Support JewishGen with a contribution to the JewishGen General Fund!
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