LAURA MANN is a regular reader of Roots Directory but she never dreamt that someone would be looking for her.

‘‘I always scour the directory to see if I can recognise any names but in December I was shocked to discover that a South African living in Israel was searching for my family,’’ she said.

Last month, Louis Zetler, president of the Galilee Genealogical Society, appealed for descendants of the Sugar sisters from Poland and Hull.

‘‘Malka Sugar was my grandmother,’’ Laura of Leeds said. ‘‘She married Jacob Grossberg. It turns out that my mother’s cousin is the grandmother of Louis Zettler’s wife. My son Howard has been in constant contact with Louis since the revelation via email.

‘‘We have also been put in touch with Margaret Hadley of Washington whose father and my mother were first cousins. When my descendants left Poland, they were dispersed around the world I only ever knew one of my grandmother’s sisters.

‘‘I always thought I had the smallest family in the world and now this has happened. Louis has built up a family tree which has hundreds of name in it.’’

RENATE HORRLE of Germany is trying to trace her half-brother Rudolf Harald Muller, who may be known as Ray Cowell.

He was born on January 18, 1952 in Recklinghausen/Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

His mother was Anneliese Mertinkat (nee Muller), born January 15, 1915 and died in 1990.

Rudolf was possibly adopted by Herta Cowell (nee Minkel) born in Dorsten/Nordrhein-Westfalen, who died in Germany in 1962/3.

The last known address Renate has for her half-brother is 6 Beaconsfield, Chorlton, Manchester 14.

Write to Auf der Aue 7, 76703 Kraichtal-Mu, Germany or email

LISA TAYLOR-FITTER, who moved from Leeds to Florida many years ago, is trying to put some sunshine into the life of Sol Silberzweig of New York.

Sol, who survived five concentration camps in the Holocaust, wants to trace his mother’s brother’s family.

Sol’s uncles, Maer and Aron Kowalski, emigrated from Warsaw, Poland in the early 1900s. He believes they went to Leeds. Sol’s parents were Yossell and Rochel Silberzerig whostayed behind in Poland. Maer and Aron’s mother was a famous midwife in Warsaw.

Write to Sol at 150 W 30th Street, New York, NY 10001, America, telephone (718) 884-2051. or email Lisa at

JEAN GIBB of Falkirk would like hear from anyone who has information on Bessie Cummings.

Bessie was born in Falkirk but her family moved to Kiev. She married a Russian Jew named Samuel Cohen/Cohn. Their son Max was born in April 1879.

Write to 10 Garden Terrace, Falkirk, Scotland FK1 1RL or email

South African MICHAEL LONDON wants to know more about his late mother’s family.

Sarah Marks Zeiderman was born in London on January 27, 1905 — one of around 10 children born to Mark and Milly (Millicent).

The family moved to Manchester at the beginning of World War 1. She and two other sisters emigrated to South Africa in the 1920s. Another sister went to Canada.

Three others stayed in Manchester — uncles Jack and Morry (Morris) and auntie Fanny. Jack, 86, and Fanny died around 15/16 years ago. Morry had a son whom became a commercial artist.

Write to PO Box 652748, Benmore 2010, South Africa or email

PHILIP LOUIS LYONS of London is trying to find his relations, Stanley Alec Rosenberg and Phyllis Lyons, who married in Leeds on August 17, 1947.

Her father was Julius Lyons, the son of tailor Morris and Milly Lyons of Headingley.

Write to Albert Buildings, 49 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4 4SA or telephone 020 7248 2421

PAULINE WILLIAMS of Israel is trying to find a friend of her father from South Africa.

Pauline’s family is originally from Johannesburg. Whilst living there, her father was friends with Patrick Gass, who lived in Yeoville.

Patrick moved to England in 1995/96 and Pauline has lost touch with him. She moved to Tel Aviv almost four years ago.

Write to 30/2 Ma’apile Egoz, Tel-Aviv, Israel, telephone 03-631-9985 or email

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at Please include your home address.

© 2000 Jewish Telegraph