Thanks for finding relatives... but where are graves?

JUDITH ELAM has had success in her Roots Directory search - but she needs a little more help.

She discovered how the Mendzigurskys were related to the Bookbinders and Bowmans of Cheetham Hill.

Hyman and Rachel Bookbinder (Buchbinder) arrived in London in January 1903 with one child, Percy.

Their older children, Sarah, Frank, Yetta, Rebecca and Solomon (Stan), arrived two months later from Russian Poland.

Bloomah, Myer and Nathan were born in England.

Rachel Bookbinder was born Reisel Mendzigursky, the sister of Judith's great-grandfather, Meier Feiwel.

Judith would now like to find out where Hyman and Rachel Bookbinder are buried.

All she knows is that Hyman died in 1922 in Prestwich.

She has contacted local cemeteries, with no success.

Contact 23 Poailani Place, Kihei, HI 96753, USA or

Price checker

Neville Price of New Zealand is seeking information on the Koffler family from Manchester.

Samuel and Bertha Koffler seem to have come to Manchester from Romania soon after the 1881 census.

A son Jacob was married first, probably in Romania, to Adela Greenberg and later to Maud Jocelyn Yarrell.

Some of Adela's children went to Baltimore, Maryland.

Samuel Henry Koffler (a son of Maud) died in 1979 in Manchester. Related surnames include Wansker, Voss, Reisler, Bowman and Rosenbloom.

Write to 15 McEnroe Grove, Lower Hutt, New Zealand 5011, telephone 0064 45674356 or email

From Romania

Jill Witherspoon is looking for relatives of the Ruven Rosenzweig family who moved to Manchester from Romania before 1910.

They were related to the Vogel and Markowitz families.Abe Rosenzweig, Ruven's son, moved to New York and then to Savannah, Georgia, around 1912.


Half-sister Thelma

ANN ELIAS of California is looking for the family of Leon/Leo Elias (Ellis).

He was born in Manchester but lived in Florida. Ann believes he is her stepfather.

She also wants to find her half-sister Thelma Elias (Ellis) and Shirley Elias (Ellis). In addition, Ann wants to find the whereabouts of Carl (Karl) Alexander.

Write to 2803 Bargerer Boulevard, San Diegas, California, USA 92110 1026 or telephone 001 619 276 6514

WED IN Manchester

AUSTRALIAN Naomi Barnett wants information on Tilly (Matilda) and Harry Swerling from Manchester.

Tilly, whose parents were Harris and Betsy Cohen, was born Matilda Cohen (around 1891) and married Harry Swerling in June 1910 at the Central Synagogue, Manchester.

They had two children - Abraham, born 1912, and Leah, born 1915. Tilly had a brother, Elias, who moved to Canada in the early 1920s.


War medal

JAN LINGER is trying to trace relatives of Angelo Lazzarus, who served in the Merchant Navy in World War One.

Jan inherited his war medal along with "my grandfather's and I have had no luck so far in tracing him".

Jan's grandfather served in the Royal Engineers as a dispatch rider.

Write to Courtview, 21 Mumfords Lane, Meols, Wirral CH47 6AZ, telephone 0151 632 1626 or email

No record

Esther Feinstein Sackheim is looking for records of a Feinstein Family living at 50 Morgan St, London, in 1913.

It was the address on her mother's papers but she can find no other record of the address.


Father's family

ROMA GOLDSMITH, nee Marks, of Jerusalem is researching her father's family.

She would like to find Frankie, Geoffrey and Shirley (Feld) Weinberg; Cyril, Ralph and Edna Barnett; and Annie Harris (Deansfertig) from Rottingdean Sx.


Hull origins

ROSEMARIE SKOLL is trying to trace descendants of her family who emigrated from the UK to South Africa around 1900.

Her maternal great grandfather, Maurice Rosenston, came from Hull.

Her great grandmother was Henrietta Kersh, who could have been from Liverpool or Manchester.

Her siblings were Abraham, Anne, Leah (who married Sam Cohen and moved to South Africa), Ray, Harry and Rose Kersh.

Rosemarie's paternal great grandparents were Benjamin Joseph and Esther Falkman.


War residence

Stephanie Taylor wants details about her grandmother Dora Leaman.

She was married to Solomon (Shalom) Leaman and lived in Commercial Road, East London during the 1920s.

Her maiden name was Lipman and she was from Leeds. During the war she stayed in Reginald Terrace.


Liverpool girl

Joan Harrison is researching family connections.

She wonders if any readers who lived in the Brownlow Hill, Crown Street area of Liverpool remember a girl living at 59 Crown Street from 1934 until 1952, adjacent to the synagogue.

The girl's name was Joan Brown.


Marine killed

Martin Sugarman of the AJEX Military Museum is trying to discover if Marine Michael Laski had any Jewish background.

The 21-year-old Marine from Liverpool was killed in Afghanistan in February. He was buried in a church's grounds.


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