DAVID and Karin Rowlands of Ballywalter have been researching their roots for 10 years.

They discovered that David's maternal grandmother, great-grandmother and great-grandfather were Jewish.

His great-grandmother, Dora Volkavitch, was born in 1886 and died on May 11, 1967. His great-grandfather was Marc Volkavitch.

They settled in London and had four children, including David's grandmother Kate.

One of Dora's sons, Sam Marks, married Betty and had three children - Lorraine, Jeffrey and Gerald Jack.

Jeffrey celebrated his barmitzmah on June 10, 1961 and Gerald married Sonja Darnell at the North London Progressive on April 18, 1971.

David's mother Ruth wants to know more about her mother Kate's ancestors.

David would also like to know Dora's maiden name.

Write to 21 Bairdstown Rd, Ballywalter, Co Down BT22 2LD or email

GLASGOW-born Maureen Mathie (nee Brown) wants to know if anyone in Glasgow or Edinburgh recognises her grandparents' names.

Her grandparents moved to Edinburgh from Russia, probably Suwalki or Kaunus area, around 1900.

Barnet Tatch married Jenny Renovitzky/Nouvitzky in 1906 in Edinburgh. Their children were Sarah/Sally, Rachel, David, Polly and Rose.

Maureen, who now lives in New Zealand, would also like to make contact with cousins in Hull.

They are members of the Kauffman/Jacobs/ Michaels/Diamond.

In addition, she's like to hear from families related to Israel Brown and Leah Brown (nee Jacobs) who settled in Glasgow after leaving Hull around 1920.

Maureen wants to hear from Fay, Dawn and Ivor Michaels.

Write to 44 Chelsea Street, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand or email her at

SID Grant of Manchester wants to trace descendants of his great aunt Josephine Grant (Granat), who emigrated from Poland to Glasgow, with her brother - Sid's grandfather Aaron Grant (Granat) - in 1888 aged 18.

Josephine married a Mr Goldberg. Aaron then went to live in Manchester with another married sister, Charlote Raffles. Some of the Raffles family used to visit Josephine's family in Glasgow up to and around 1920.

Write to 5 Dudley Court, Carlton Road, Manchester M16 8DA, telephone 0161 227 9654 or email

DR GS Gaffin of London is searching for information on his maternal great-grandfather, Yaacov Dovid ben Moshe Berman, who lived in Cheetham Hill around 1890.

Yaacov emigrated to Manchester from Zagare, on the borders of modern Lithuania and Latvia) and died in 1931 in a road traffic accident.

He was a talmudic scholar and ran a Jewish school. His first wife, Kayleh Rochel [Rachel] Berman, died in 1916, but there was a second wife, believed to be called Fanny.

Dr Gaffin's paternal great-grandfather, Aryeh Leybe [Louis/Lewis] Gaffin, was a cabinet maker.

He came to England around 1880, initially to Hull and then Manchester around 1890.

Lewis also had two wives, the second was called Rosie and there were seven children - Sam, Eli, Isaac and Joe (from his first marriage) and Charles, Annie and Margaret (all born in Hull).

The family lived in Derby Street, Bent Street and Heywood Street in Manchester.

Charles ran an insurance brokerage at his home in Elizabeth Street, until his death in 1938, while other members of the family lived in Marston Road , Salford and various parts of South Manchester.

Write to Flat 10, Bigwood Court, London NW11 6SS or email

LAURIE Fineberg of South Africa wants to trace descendants of Lewis Fineberg who was born in Russia in 1877.

Lewis moved to the UK and married Tilly in 1901. He had three sons Harry, Hymie and Nathan and they moved to South Africa around 1910.

Write to PO Box 1702, Kramerville, South Africa 2060 or email

GEOFFREY Weisgard of Manchester wants to find descendants of Samuel Weiner who was born in Cracow in 1845, the son of Solomon and Golda Wiener.

Samuel emigrated to Manchester where he married Rica Oppenheim in 1869.

The 1901 census shows Samuel and Rica (Beka) living in Kersal with their children, Dora, Bertha, Arthur and Solomon.

Telephone 0161-491 5342 or email him at

A set of proposed plans and elevations for the construction of a synagogue in London in 1960

THE huge boom in family history research is uniquely accessible to the Jewish community through an exceptional collection of Anglo-Jewish records at the London Metropolitan Archives, funded by the Corporation of London.

Keen researchers from the Jewish community are especially catered for by the unique documents held at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Geoff Pick, public services manager at the London Metropolitan Archives, said: ''For anyone interested in Anglo-Jewish community history, the archives at the LMA are essential sources. There are records of synagogues, schools, sports clubs; even special Passover meals for Jewish World War II evacuees.''

The archive is at 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB, telephone 020 7332 3820

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

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