MARJORIE Clark of Lincolnshire discovered she was adopted when she found a copy of her birth certificate in 1940.

The certificate showed that her real mother was Sadie (Sarah) Harrison who lived at 49 Portman Street, South Manchester.

Marjorie, who has a 45-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old granddaughter, writes: ''With the help of friends and, in particular, a lady called Judith Baldry, who worked in the Manchester Central Library, I found that my mother's parents were Eli and Elizabeth Harrison.''

She then made contact with Ros Livshin who found a record of the Harrisons in the 1891 Census. It showed that Eli was born in Russia and Elizabeth in Birmingham.

''Ros thought Pincus Lesser, born in Poland and naturalised at 229 Great Colomore Street, Birmingham, might have some connection with Elizabeth's father, David Lesser.''

Eli and Elizabeth were both buried at Whitefield's Phillips Park cemetery. Eli died at the age of 51 on December 5, 1916 whilst Elizabeth passed away, aged 65, on March 22, 1930.

Write to Flat 1, Burghley Street, Bourne, Lincs PE10 9NS or telephone 01778 423153.

ROBERT Clark is an American Indian researching two topics on World War Two history.

''I very much need the input of Jewish citizens,'' Robert of Illinois says. ''The first project is on women and children during the war years.

''I especially want to hear from anyone whose childhood or teen years were during World War Two. I also want to know about the daily lives of Jewish women during the war.

''The second project is on the Jewish community in the Asian-Pacific theatre of war.

''I especially am interested in anyone of Jewish ancestry who was interred by the Japanese.

''I am seeking duplicate or unwanted photographs or postcards that depict Jewish people, events and synagogues. The 1940s time frame is of special interest.''

Write to PO Box 685, Collinsville, Illinois 62234, USA.

STEVEN Frais of Israel wants information on the Basch and Wolfsohn families of Sheffield.

Jeanette Basch married Samuel Wolfsohn in Sheffield in 1861 and they moved to Manchester around 1870. Samuel was a policeman in Sheffield, but became a fishmonger in the Red Bank area of Manchester.

His son, Isaac, worked as a waterproofer in Salford in 1898. His brother, Lewis, was a glazier.

Write to 4/19 Nahal Gilo, Remote Beit Shemesh Aleph, Israel or email

ALLEN Katz of Israel has already had Roots success thanks to the Jewish Telegraph - and he is hoping readers can help him again.

''We are trying to trace the background history and descendants of Philip Lazarus, who came from Braila, Romania, to Manchester with his brother, Charles, and sister, Dora,''Allen writes.

''Phillip, a successful merchant in Manchester, married Rebecca (born 1889) had two children, Maurice and Dorothy. Dorothy (born November 22, 1887, died 1955), married Joseph Jacob 'Jack' Abdella (born December 8, 1882, died July 1953).

''Their son, Jacob (Jack) Samuel Ronald Abdella (died 1953), was a British High Court judge. Their daughter Muriel Hanna Abdella (b 1913) married Abraham Geoffrey Wooley (b 1910) in 1946. They had a daughter, Barbara Elizabeth Wooley (b 1946) who married Roy Gregory Wicks (d 1986), and they in turn had two children, Shelly and Naomi Wicks.

''Naomi (b 1961) married Gerald Bezuidenhuot Maurice Lazarus, had one daughter, Kathleen (born April 12, 1917, died 1972).''

Allen is looking for the Wicks, Abdella and Wooley families.

Write to 37 /A Pardes Meshutaf St, Raanana, Israel 43355, telephone 972 9 7714950 or email

EDDIE Mack of Leeds is nearing the completion of family trees of the Nathan and Yashinovski families who moved to Edinburgh from Kynisyn in the 1880s.

He would like to trace Simon Barnett (Branert), grandson of Samuel Nathaniel Yashinovski, or any relatives.

Write to Wigton Grove, Leeds LS77DZ or email

SARA Gremson of Radcliffe is researching Jewish life in North Wales.

She would like to hear from anyone who lived or worked in the area, including Wrexham and the borders.

Write to 3 Stand Lodge, Andrew Close, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 1JP, telephone 0161-724 5070 or email

SARA and Maurice Russoff are trying to trace their old friends Barbara and Ray Fredman.

''We started our married lives as neighbours, became such good friends, and want to get in touch again,'' Sara writes.

Contact 54 Cissbury Ring North, Woodside Park, London N12 7AH or email

LINDA Lyons (nee Wynick) of 2 Wentworth Place, Stanmore HA7 3RN wonders whether the Wynicks of Leeds are related.

BRIAN Clements would like to trace Marilyn Silver who attended the Brighton School of Librarianship in 1962. Telephone 01903 609703.

BOMBAY MIX: The 18th General Hospital Territorial Unit holds a prayer session at the flat of Joe Gloan in Bombay in 1943. At the time Joe was in charge of the malaria ward at Colaba Hospital. Back row, from left: Jack Lawrence,?, ?, ?, Joe Gloan. Front row, from left: Eli Sheaf, Hymie Taylor and Rupert Harris. Joe believes that a former chazan from Leeds is in the centre of the back row. If anyone can clarify this or knows any of the other unidentified people in the photograph telephone David Saffer on 0113 2956000

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© 2001 Jewish Telegraph