PETER Bracey of Liverpool is searching for information on his great-grandfathers.

He says: ''The Braslavsky family originated in the Ukraine, possibly in Kherson, before moving to Novoukrainka and then Elizavetgrad (now Kirovograd). They were bakers, tailors and shoemakers and worked on the estate of a Count Braslavsky from whom, apparently, they took their name.

''My two great-grandfathers were Abraham Braslavsky, born about 1853, and his brother Reuben, born about 1855. Abraham's first wife was Peshe and they had Solomon (Shlomo), my grandfather, born 1875, Isaac born 1883 and Shimon.

''With his second wife Elke, he had Harry who I understand changed his name to Benes and emigrated to the USA.''

He adds: ''Reuben's wife was Hannah/Annie and their children were Sarah, my grandmother, born 1877, Nathan (Nussy) born 1884, Yitta born 1886, Isaac born 1889, Chaim born 1890, Esther born 1893 and Minnie. I believe Abraham and Reuben to have had another brother called Laib whose children were Shloima, Meir, Colman, Rochel and Itta.

''According to the gravestones of Abraham and Reuben, which are both in Rice Lane Cemetery, Liverpool, their father's name was Shlomo. The family started to emigrate to England in the 1900s and settled in Liverpool.''

Peter recently came across a Samuel Braslavsky whose wife was Minnie (nee Gordon).

They had at least two children, Moses born April 24, 1907 at 43 Great Orford Street, Liverpool which was also the address of Peter's grandfather Solomon, and Chia born January 20, 1909 at 5 Shannon Street, Liverpool.

Samuel's occupation is shown as a tailor's presser on Moses' birth certificate and a wardrobe dealer on Chia's. Also there is reference to a Samuel Braslavsky, tailor, at 36 Conway Street, Birkenhead in the 1923 Gores Directory.

''Unfortunately though, I have no idea how Samuel and his children fit into the family nor what happened to them,'' Peter says.

''I would also ask anyone who believes themselves to be members of 'my' Braslavsky family to get in touch so I can check whether they are already on the Family Tree, currently of over 450 names which I am compiling.''

Write to 8 Belston Road, Liverpool, L16 4PL, telephone 0151 281 2145 or email

HELEN Rosenblatt of Liverpool is looking for any relatives in Europe or America of her grandparents, Philip Goldberg and his wife Yehovda ( Yetta) nee Lerman.

They emigrated to Liverpool from Warsaw in 1905.

Philip was a saddler/shoe repairer and had a shop at 83 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool. They had 11 children including Helen's mother, Rosie Goldberg who married Dave Fisher.

Other children were Wolfe, Solly, Abe, Louis, Joe, Leah, Sarah, Becky, Esther and Polly (Pearl).

Helen thinks some of the family from Poland went to America and possibly Paris.

Write to 11 Queensdale Road, Liverpool L18 1LT or email

ANNE Webber of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe is trying to trace family or friends of Dr Siegfried and Emma Elizabeth (Lizi) Hertz who lived at 160 Princes Road, Liverpool 8 in 1935. Lizi Hertz, nee Hirsch, had a brother in Frankfurt, a banker called Otto Hirsch.

Write to her at 76 Gloucester Place,London W1U 6HJ, telephone +44 (0)20 7487 3401 or email

CLAIRE Louise Mimoun of Bolton is trying to trace her father's family in Israel.

Raphael Mimoun was born in Tel Aviv around 1947. His mother, Anette, was originally from Syria, while his father's name was Gilbert. Raphael also had a brother.

Raphael met his wife in Quebec, Canada in the mid-1970s.

Write to 20 Foresterhill Avenue, Great Lever, Bolton, Lancs, BL3 2DR.

ROSS Pallatt of Johannesburg only recently discovered Jewish roots in his family.

He discovered that his great grandfather Abraham Pallatt married Esther at Prestwich Synagogue in August 1896, before moving to Swansea.

The couple had four children - Lionel (Ross' grandfather), Hannah , Rosie and Harris.

The marriage certificate gives Abraham's age as 21. His father's name is listed on the certificate as Lewis Pallatt, but no date of birth or any other information on Lewis, or his origins has been forthcoming, and no birth certificate can be found for Abraham.

Other documents suggest that they were immigrants from Russia, and so very likely the surname spelling was changed.

Write to Box 275, Ridge Terrace, 2168, South Africa or email

ARTHUR Jonas of New Zealand is looking for his descendants.

Moses Jonas was married to Sarah Boam at 76 Harley Street, Cavendish Square, Marylebone in July 1860 by Chief Rabbi N Adler. Arthur would like to find the records from the community.

Moses, who was also known as Morris, and Sarah lived in Kings Norton, Birmingham where their children, Isaac, John, Elizabeth, Kate, Simeon, Kay and Gerald were born.

Later the family moved to Leinster Gardens, Paddington, where they were during the 1881 and 1891 census.

Write to 21D Paremata St, Nelson, New Zealand

ROLAND Tompowsky of Varberg, Sweden is searching for a family called Ziman.

Jacob Harris Ziman, born about 1849 in 'Russia', was 23-years-old and worked as a jeweller in 1872.

His father, Wolf, was also a jeweller. They had their business in Birmingham. Jacob Harris was still in the same place at the time of the 1891 UK Census.

Jacob married Annie Tumpowsky, who was born 1851 and a daughter of Aaron Tumpowsky, who was a broker in Birmingham. They got married on December 24, 1872.

They had in 1891, five children - Florence Ziman born 1874 in Birmingham; Daniel Ziman born 1875 in Birmingham; Joseph Ziman born 1878 in Birmingham; Julius Ziman born 1881 in Kent; and Solomon Ziman born also in Kent.

Roland loses track of the Zimans after 1891.

Write to Prästakullegatan 21, 432 37 Varberg, Sweden, telephone 0046 340 92754 or email

SIMON op den Brouw of Leeds is researching his wife's family history.

His wife's great grandfather, John William Pawson, who lived at 58 Stamford Street from at least 1886 until the 1920s, and his wife after him until at least 1936, had a greengrocery there and were involved deeply in the life of the Jewish community.

Write to 16 Northwood Gardens, Colton, Leeds LS15 9HH or email

Vivienne Needleman of Liverpool is looking for any relatives of her father Jack Needleman.

He was born in Liverpool in 1921 and his parents were Russian immigrants, Abraham and Jane. They had other children who were Anne, Sadie, Rosie, Louis, and Nathan who are all deceased.

Jack had family who went to America and also cousins who were in the UK. Vivienne's grandparents had a shop in Brownlow Hill, Liverpool while her father had a barber shop, also in Brownlow Hill.

Write to 31 Grasmere Gardens, Crosby, Liverpool L23 0TA or email

Lawrence Pivnick of Memphis wants information about any family he has in Glasgow.

His family, the Pivnicks of Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut, left Lukashevka in 1902 and passed through Glasgow on the way to America.

Their stay in Glasgow was about six months. Lawrence's grandfather, Chaim Pivnick, his brother Morris, and his sister Mary, moved to America in 1903.

He believes other relatives may have stayed in Scotland.

Write to 5169 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, Tennessee 38117, USA or email

ELLE Schorr of Florida is trying to find early articles about Manchester Jews School on Derby Street.

Elle's grandparents were both born to large families in Manchester in the 1880s and she has many family members still there.

She has constructed a family website,, and is going through papers which her mother and other family members have collected.

One of the articles was printed by the Jewish Telegraph in the late 1960s about the Jews School by Abraham Ellis Price.

Elle believes that her grandparents attended the school and would the complete Abrham Price article as well as any other material.

Her great grandfather, Julius Pollick, constructed a synagogue in Manchester, and he and his wife had a business as shopfitters.

She would like to know more about the business or which synagogue he built and belonged to.

Write to 7398 Water Dance Way, Lake Worth, Florida 33467, USA or email

IDO Kidishman of Israel is looking for anyone who shares the name. Telephone 066-499998.

KATHY Wilson of California is trying to find her 83-year-old mother Mary Abela's best friend.

She was born in Port Said, Egypt, of Maltese parents in 1920. Her best friend was Samuel Levy. She left for America in 1937, and they stayed in correspondence for a year or so, and then they lost contact.

Kathy has created a web page about Mary's childhood which includes a photo of Samuel on a motorbike in Port Said, around 1936.

She told Kathy that he took her to the synagogue there and it was the first time that she had ever been to one.

Write to 439 S Catalina Ave #306, Pasadena CA 91106, or

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