GARY Shuster, of Texas, is looking for any Samuelses or Harrises living in Manchester or Leeds who may be related to him.

His story starts with the marriage of his great great grandparents Barnett Samuels and Cecelia Harris in 1846.

The couple, both born in Poland around 1824, lived at 28 Addington Street, Manchester, at the time of the wedding.

Gary believes their daughter Rachel was born a month before the wedding. The family then moved to 4 Bridge Street, Leeds, where the rest of the family was born: Jakob (1848), Sarah (1850), Gary's great grandmother Pauline (1851), Michael Abram (1853), Samuel (1857), and George (1859).

They then moved to New York in 1861 before settling in Oakland, California in 1874.Barnett was originally a tailor, but then became a jeweller.Both Cecelia and Barnett's fathers were named Samuel.

''It's been suggested that Cecelia's original surname might have been Hirsch,'' Gary adds.

When the family moved to America, a number of cousins stayed behind in England.

''The only reason I know this is that I have some old family postcards, and in one, dated about 1907, Rachel mentions that she's enjoying visiting the cousins,'' Gary adds. ''She doesn't say which cousins, though. And that, is the sum total of 20 years of on-and-off genealogising.''

Write to 3604 Leighton Ridge Dr, Plano, TX 75025, America or email

CALIFORNIAN Susan Sharfman has enlisted the help of a genealogist in Leeds to trace her family tree.

She discovered a great aunt, Annie Baker, who lived in Leeds in the 1890s.In the 1891 census, Annie lived at 5 Lower Templar Street with her husband Harris Landy whom she married at the New Briggate Synagogue on July 6, 1887.

''Also living in the house were her mother Rebecca Baker, my great grandmother, widow of Hyman, and daughters Sarah and Mary,'' says Susan. ''My grandfather Nathan Baker, their brother had emigrated to America by that time. There was another family named Newman who lived in the same house. They may have been related to the widow Baker and her daughters.''

The Newmans were Jacob and Leah with children Harris, Mary and Selina. The Bakers came from the shetl Kalverija, now part of Lithuania. Write to PO Box 70486, Pt Richmond, CA 94807, USA or email

NORMAN Bassett, of Crumpsall, is attempting to contact members of his father's family.

In the 1840's Josef Grinbaum came from France to Orrell, near Wigan, and Anglicised his name to James Green. His oldest son, Joseph, joined him in the family business of insuring domestic and industrial gas installations. In 1943 Joseph set up a family trust for the extended Green family, including Austrian cousins, who were devout Orthodox Jews.

Joseph died in 1944 and was succeeded as head of the trust by Philip Green and by the early 1950's there were about 120 beneficiaries of the trust and most of them had moved to Fallowfield to benefit from the proximity of Manchester Grammar School, synagogues and the local Jewish community.

The Green family appear to have moved from Manchester, presumably to Israel. Contact 10 Rectory Road, Crumpsall, Manchester M8 5EA or email

HILARY Henkin knows the power of Roots Directory. In November she asked for details on the Rincover branch of her family.

''My dad's uncle Max Rincover married Tillie Freedman in Leeds in 1944 - and one of her cousins still in Leeds responded to the ad,'' Hilary, of Atlanta, says.''When Max and Tillie got married on August 27, 1944, some previously-unknown Rincover cousins of Max's saw a wedding announcement and came up from London. Tillie made one of them a bridesmaid, but doesn't remember either of the women's married names now, and I'd like to find their families.''

Write to 1194 Huff Road, Atlanta, GA 30318, or email

DONNA Odland's great grandmother, Dora Rabinowicz (witz, wich), emigrated from Russia in 1886 to Chicago.

''She is said to have travelled alone, but I have doubts, as she was only about 15 years old,'' Donna of Michigan. ''She was to have joined a part of her family already living in Chicago and work for them. She married a David Goldberg in Chicago in 1888. They had two sons, Sam and Max. David may have died around 1895, and Dora had to put her son in the Chicago Home for Jewish Orphans.

Write to 17479 North Country Road, Fifty Lakes, MN 5644, or email her at

KAREN Lefkowitz remembers being visited in the 1950s by Max Silver, of Leeds - a cousin of her grandfather Max (Borkenstein) Stein, of Brooklyn. She would like to hear from any of Max's family. Contact 19 South Parker Drive, Monsey, NY 10952, USA or email

HAROLD Lewin, of Jerusalem wants to hear from any Mancunians named Brodie, Broudy, Gilbert, Kersh and Besso. Contact PO Box 253. Jerusalem 91002 or email

SYLVIA Godfrey of Limefield Road, Salford, is trying to trace Amanda Godfrey who lived in Crumpsall, Manchester. Contact 0161 740 3574.

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