ELLA Lukashev-skaia writes: ''I am an Estonian citizen of Jewish origin living in Tallinn and looking for information about my mother and her family.
''All I know is that her name was Clara and she was a British citizen of Jewish origin born in Manchester on July 27, 1906. Her father's name was Samuel.
''Later my mother's family evidently moved to Berlin where she married a Soviet citizen Nauchim Lukashevski and on September 23, 1934 was granted Soviet citizenship. ''Both my parents perished during the World War II and no documents survived.''
Ella would like to find her mother's maiden name and where she lived in Manchester.
Write to Mustamae Str, 96-11, 12917 Tallinn, Estonia or email

SANDY GIBSON, of Hawaii, is looking for descendants of David and Elizabeth (nee Kravitz) Marks.
They moved to Leeds in approximately 1893 from either Kiev, Odessa or Romania. Four children were born in Leeds Meyer (1893), Leah (1894), Sol (1896) and Rose (1898).
Sandy believes there were another eight children some born prior to the family moving to Leeds.
David was a hatmaker. In 1903 the family left Leeds and sailed to America, landing in Canada and finally settling in Chicago, Illinois. Sandy would like to find any family that remained in Leeds. She has found 36 Marks listed in the Leeds telephone directory.
Contact 1030 Aoloa Place, Kailua, Hawaii 96734, USA, telephone (808) 262-0844 or email Sandy at

OLIVER TICHMANN, of Botswana, is appealing for more information about his grandfather, Heinrich Johann Tichmann.
''He emigrated to South Africa from Germany just before the Second World War,'' Oliver says. ''His parents originated from Poland. He settled in Natal and opened a general dealer's store there.
''After his death, all records unfortunately disappeared, my father being just a young boy at the time.
''I found a Tichmann (Abraham) on the records of a town called Rohatyn in the Ukraine but nothing else. I am still searching through records of Polish towns.''
Contact Box 1046, Orapa, Botswana, Southern Africa, telephone (267) 271122 or email

FAMILY historian Harvey Lisker is trying to trace the origin of his surname in Leeds. Harvey, of Florida, says the name either came from a person or a place called Lisker.
''The Lisker name is revered among Chassidic Jews and I am tracing the roots back to the 15-1600 era,'' he adds.
Write to 9349 Abbott Avenue, Surfside, FL 33154, USA or email

NEW Yorker Martin Miller was invited to a wedding in Ramat Gan on May 19, 1969.
The groom was Canoch Knopf, son of Mordecai Menachem Knopf, of Leeds, while the bride was Nechama Weiner, of Petach Tikva, daughter of Abraham and Sarah Weiner.
Martin believes Sarah was a member of the Block family of Sudargas, Lithuania.
''She visited the family in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Syracuse, New York around 1952,'' he says.
Write to 214 Oakmont Drive, Syracuse, NY 13214, USA, telephone (315) 446-2633 or email Martin at

SUE SHIFMAN was told that her grandfather and his sister, Simon and Anna Dovinsky, were orphans who were taken to London from Kovno around 1875.
After about 15 years, they emigrated to New York. Sue, of Florida, wants to know if there were any Jewish orphanages around that time. She has checked the 1881 census, but Simon and Anna were not listed.
Write to 6778 Casa Grande Way, Delray Beach, Florida 33446, USA, fax (561) 638-9415 or email

STELLA BALDEV is looking for information on Edith Sonntag, who settled in England from Vienna in the late 1930s. Edith was born around 1890.
Stella would also like details on Fanny and Adolph Volken who lived in Vienna during the late 1930s.
Fanny, was the sister of Leopold Sonntag. Contact 705 Whitenack Ct, Neshanic, NJ 08853-3423, USA or email Stella at

BETTY AVITAL, of Israel, is looking for uncles or cousins living on Merseyside.
Betty's late mother Beatrice Mathews, emigrated from Liverpool to Australia around 1926, when she was 18.
Beatrice had two older brothers, Jack and Cassey. Their parents were Henry and Yetta Mathews. Betty married David Moritz and had seven children six are still alive, all in Israel. Write to 13 Eilat Street, Asseret 76858, Israel.

MAURICE SCHOLAR, of Dartford is trying to trace Sharon Firth, who used to live in Moortown, Leeds.
Maurice says when he last heard, 10-12 years ago, Sharon was living in Israel.
Contact 3 Lydford Court, Osbourne Road, Clifton Walk, Dartford, Kent DA2 6RZ, telephone 01322 277616, or email

PHILIP MEEK, of Manchester, would like to contact Hetty nee Lansman, formerly of Dublin. She is now living in Glasgow where she married. Philip last saw her more than 22 years ago when she visited Manchester for a wedding with her husband. Telephone 0161 740 0493.

FRANCES DOMANSKI wants to find Luskin relatives in Manchester.

James David Luskin married Bridget Kearney in the mid-1870s and then left Manchester for the Philadelphia/Wyncote area of America. James was a stone/brick mason by trade.
Contact 29246 Laurel Drive, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331, USA or email Frances at

DESCENDANTS of Jacob and Charlotte Sedeauer are being sought by Diane Freilich.
Charlotte (nee Goldstein), of Germany, had a child, Rebecca, in Manchester with West Prussia-born Jacob around 1875, but two years later the family was living in New York.
American documents state that another daughter, Bella, was born in Manchester, but there is no record of the birth in Manchester.
Write to PO Box 250578, West Bloomfield, MI 48325-0578, USA, telephone 248-851-8787, fax 248-851-9138 or email

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at

Please include your home address.

© 2000 Jewish Telegraph