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How did you get that name? its as plain as a Pikestaff!

February 17, 2014
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How did you get that name? its as plain as a Pikestaff!

We’ve said it a hundred times: transcribing the earliest extant UK Synagogue records is hard work and requires many qualities, foremost amongst which : A knowledge of the cursive Hebrew alphabet;  ditto Hebrew names, European place names, and the kinds of occupations  and professions  our 18th and 19th century forebears  might have followed  excellent...
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Names and their history

June 8, 2011
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The following is an extract from a post on Jewishgen, published here with the kind permission of Dick Plotz. Dick posted this in answer to a query about a Hebrew inscription which was hard to read. We thought this excellent answer and background description of the name Shraga Feivush would be of interest to...
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Names based on occupations

October 6, 2010
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Some suggested words, and their spellings, that may be found in the records, often as an extension of an individual’s name. Avoid words that form part of a name, such as Gold or Berg, as these will produce too many results. ALMANAC APPLE BAKER \ BEKER BARBER BRILLENSCHLEIFFER BUTCHER CAKE CANTOR \ CHAZAN COBBLER...
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Names based on places

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Some suggested words, and their spellings, that may be found in the records, often as an extension of an individual’s name. Avoid words that form part of a name, such as Gold or Berg, as these will produce too many results. AMSTERDAM ATLESDORF \ ATILSDORF BEMBERG \ BEMBURG BERLIN BIRMINGHAM BRAMEDSHAM BRENFORT BRENTFORD BRESLAU...
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Female names

October 6, 2010
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English versions of Hebrew names vary widely: this list shows a broad range of the spellings used in this database. Abigail Adel Bathsheba Beila Bena Benka Benla Benvenida Bila, Bilah Blanca, Blanka Bloomah, Bluma, Blumah, Blume Breina Breindel, Breindela Brenlah Bryna, Brynah, Brynla, Bryblah Chana, Channa, Channah Chava, Chavah Chyla Clara, Klara Czarna Debera,...
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Male names

October 6, 2010
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English versions of Hebrew names vary widely: this list shows a broad range of the spellings used in this database. Aaron, Ahron Abner Abraham, Avrahom Aharon Akiba, Akiva Aleksander Angel Anschel, Anshel Arbilai Areal, Ariel Ari Aryeh, Ary Asher Avidgor Azrael, Azriel Baruch Behr, Ber Bendit, Benedit Benjamin Bentseven Bezalel, Bezaliel Bunem, Bunim Calman...
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Using Keyword Search

October 6, 2010
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If you have not found what you are looking for using the Basic Search or Advanced Search, you should try the keyword search. This allows you to search for any words that appears in the individuals’ details. Probably best used for word that may appear in a person’s name but are likely to be...
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Using Advanced Search

October 6, 2010
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Use the advanced search to widen the search criteria and narrow the search result. Where searches based on Family Name and/ or First name produce too many records, try combinations based on Family Name\ plus event\ plus +\- 5 years, or single year date. Please note that not all entries contain an address or...
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Basic Search

October 6, 2010
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Basic Search

This allows you to do a simple search using the family name and/or first name that you are looking for. Please note that spellings can vary so you can search using just the first 3 letters of the name you are looking for. For some names there may be over 100 results, in which...
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