JULES Hoffman of Australia wants to find relatives of his wife, Sarah, whose late father was Boruch Lapidos.

Originally his name was Lapidus but due to transcription errors, it became Lapidos.

He was born on February 8, 1903 in Rezekene/Rezhitsa, 125 miles from Riga. His father was Chaim Lapidus who would have been born around 1870. His wife was Bella Davidov.

Boruch told Jules that he had a sister Rifka and a brother Benjamin. To escape the call-up into the Russian army, Boruch left Rezekene and travelled overland to Marseilles and then by ship to Palestine where he worked as a mounted policeman and a cartage contractor.

He married Rachel Schloss, born in Lublin, in Tel Aviv on December 11, 1925. While in Palestine he joined the Hechalutz and served under Captain Joseph Trumpeldor.

In 1926, a son, David, was born and the family emigrated to Brisbane.

Jules adds that his late mother-in-law, Rachel Lapidos, nee Schloss was related to the Ungar family in Manchester.

Write to 1/24 Tennis Grove, Caulfield North, Victoria, Australia, 3161 or email

DAVID Barnett of Wallsend is trying to trace the Barnett family tree but can't find the marriage of Nathan Barnett to Annie Oxley.

Nathan was born in 1872 and died 1962. He was a fruiterer in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, owning three shops. He had two sons - David who was killed during World War II and James who lived until 92 - and three sisters, Ettie, Olive and Mary.

Mary is now 98 but cannot remember much apart from the fact that there is a 'family bible' which has gone missing.

James Barnett married Mary Wallace, who is also still alive at the age of 92 but is unable to give any information about her parents-in-law.

''I long to know something about my Jewish past,'' David said.

Write to 9 Bamburgh Drive Rosehill, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear NE28 6JX or email

MAUREEN Goldberg of Australia wants to make contact with descendants of Getzl (Gelzel) Eli Lifman and his wife Esther Barnett who left Leeds in August 1916 to emigrate to New York.

They had one son and eight daughters. The son and five of the daughters also emigrated to New York.

Three of the daughters were Anna (married to Morris Marks), Sophie and Florrie (emigrated December 1913).

According to the Ellis Island records, Florrie and her parents stayed with Sam Rosenberg in Brooklyn. Three daughters remained in Leeds - Eva, Maureen's grandmother Betsy (Baulki) and Fanny (Nachamki).

Betsy married Israel Dubbin in Leeds in 1906 and had three sons - Maureen's father Jack (Yankl), Abe and Wolfe (Velvl).

''My father corresponded for many years with Sophie's daughter Cecelia Rether in Boston,'' Maureen said.

Write to 16 Short Street East Keilor 3033 Melbourne Victoria Australia or email

BLOSSOM Glassman of Massachussetts is researching her grandmother's family, Rabinovitz.

Her grandmother's family was from Belarus, Smolyany and Vitebsk. She had three sisters and two brothers.

In the late 1890's one of her sisters emigrated to England. She raised a family of four sons. They settled in London and possibly later in Birmingham.

In 1908, Blossom's grandmother Chassya, and her six children came to Worcester, Masachussetts where her son Zorach Hurwitz was a rabbi.

The families kept in touch until 1943 when Chassaya died.

Blossom's yiddish name is Ette Baile which her mother told her was after her aunt who lived in England.

Write to 26 Crawford St, Randolph, Mass, USA 02368 or email

ROSEANNE Pushie of British Columbia is trying to find information or the whereabouts of an Alan Goldberg whose father worked in the printing trade and emigrated to Montreal, Quebec with his parents and siblings around 1948-49.

His family also lived in Fredericton, New Brunswick around 1951-52 but returned to Quebec after that.

Write to PO Box 382, Oliver, BC, Canada V0H 1T0, telephone (250) 498-4132 or email

PAULINE Nathan of Canada is looking for members of her husband Derek Nathan's family.

Derek , 62, was born at Crumpsall hospital in 1941. His father Albert Nathan was Jewish and his mother was Church of England.

The family lived at 30, Greenhill Road, Crumpsall. Derek's grandfather, Louis, was a tailor in Cheetham Hill. Contact 0161 743 8679.

ISRAELI Chaim Freedman is seeking descendants of Phillip and Phyllis Bloom (Blume) who lived in Liverpool.

Phillip was born around 1901 in London, the son of Michael and Dora Blumenthal from Latvia. He had three children - Michael, Derek and Gloria.

Chaim is a grandson of Phillip's late sister Annie Freedman who died in Melbourne, Australia, in 1967.

Write to Hayasmin 7/2, Petach Tikvah 49650, Israel or email

JOAN Lobban of Norfolk is researching Joseph Siragher, who came to England in the early 1900s.

He married Dora Julia Solomon in 1904, and had two children - Myer Peanco in 1905 and Esther Adele in 1906 - whilst living in Southport.

Write to 57, Edinburgh Avenue, Gorleston, Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk or email

BESSIE Marshall is being researched by her granddaughter Mrs J Glanville, who wants to know if she was Jewish. Bessie, who lived in Steyning, Sussex, was in the straw hat and bonnet makers business.

Write to 8 Reddington Road, Hr Compton, Plymouth PL3 6PS, Devon or email

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