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Most efficient ( and cheapest !) way to research one line of family tree - possible jewish connection

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colette Thu 29-Aug-13 14:09:19

I researched my mother's maternal grandfather about 8 years ago as he died in mysterious circumstances ie. my mum said no-one would talk about it. It turned out he died in an asylum , I even managed to get the copies of the admission papers which were really interesting.
His name was 'Schutz', and I think he was born in London. I would like to find where his family came from . I have his marriage certificate and father's name. DD is visiting Aushwitz in October and it would be really interesting to know if there is a jewish connection, as I recall my mum who died last year mentioning this. . i have meant to get back onto this for years . I can access ancestory .com at the local library free .

Could give me tips about the most efficient way to go- 8 years ago there wasn't as much choice !
thanks

colette Fri 30-Aug-13 20:59:27

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Onetwothreeoops Fri 30-Aug-13 21:04:21

You could try the website jewishgen.org. Ancestry has immigration records so you may find his name listed there. Good luck!

colette Fri 30-Aug-13 21:31:25

Thanks Onetwothreeoops. Will look at it

specialsubject Wed 11-Sep-13 17:55:22

Colette - look up the father's name on google, if it comes up in the London Gazette it may show that the family were naturalised. You may then be able to get the naturalisation records from the National Archives - these can sometimes produce lots of information.

Jewish burials can also be much better recorded than others, giving the exact location in the cemetery and occasionally even a photo of the stone - try cemeteryscribes too.

HTH.

Hulababy Wed 11-Sep-13 18:05:47

I have ancestry.com if you want me to have a look - PM me the details and I am willing to have a go.

colette Wed 11-Sep-13 22:26:32

I am so excited at the replies grin

Will have a look specialsubject , I was thinking that Jewish records may be well kept. Have Pm'd you Hulababy with the details I have- thanks I am very grateful and it spurs me on

Hulababy Thu 12-Sep-13 18:56:52

Have the details and will look this evening.

Hulababy Thu 12-Sep-13 21:40:27

I have PM'd you some information based on some searches tonight. Hope they help with your checks.

colette Fri 13-Sep-13 13:08:05

Have p'md but thanks again - it's brilliant , I am addicted.
I am becoming obsessed with knowing what 'occupation = Keeper of fancy ......' is on the 1861 census - pigeons ? parrots ? Will let you know if I ever find out wink

Hulababy Fri 13-Sep-13 13:26:09

Thanks smile it was a pleasure smile

Have you seen the census and had a look? If not I could send it as an attachment.

colette Fri 13-Sep-13 19:54:02

No, I haven't seen it - that would be great if you could send it.

Hulababy Fri 13-Sep-13 20:26:00

Will sort

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