AFTER tracking down his own lost relatives, Alan Harris is hoping to start the first Jewish Genealogy Society in Leeds. An open meeting is scheduled to take place at Leeds Makor on February 20 (7.30pm).
Alan became interested in genealogy during the early 80s as he approached retirement and had vague recollections of names and places that his parents had told him as a child.
''Although I was born in Leeds, my parents came from different parts of Poland, Lithuania and Germany,'' he said. ''I knew my family name was Schocken. One thing led to another and before I knew it, after writing to Schockem publishers in America, a long-lost relation had sent me a family tree, which included the Kramrisch family in Manchester.''
In 1997, Alan found cousin John Kramrisch of Manchester through Roots Directory.
The appeal brought an immediate result when a cousin, contacted him.
Research on the Internet since has resulted in Alan tracking down his great grandfather's descendants in Canada and South Africa, and a cousin in Buffalo.
ADA Gamsu of Johannesburg is trying to contact some of her cousins.
Celia and Issy Cohen used to live at 5 Belfield Road, Prestwich, Manchester.
Either Celia or Issy are connected to the Glick family who originated from Dusat/Dusiat in Lithuania, and their great grandparents could possibly have been Lazar and Chaie Glick.
It is possible that their grandmother was Chana who had siblings Hodel, Henka, Bessie, Israel, Welvel, Jake and Faivas. A lot of these descendants are living in America - in particular Philadelphia.
Ada is also trying to find cousins who are living in Liverpool and are descendants of the Glick family of Dusat, but she does not know their names.
Ada found an advert for kitchen firm Wilson & Glick Kitchens Ltd of Manchester M5 2UW. She would like to contact the Glick originator of this business.
Write to PO Box 85464, Emmarentia 2029, Johannesburg, South Africa, telephone 27-11-646-9538 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacqueline Levine of Manchester is looking to contact old school friends from Waterloo Road Jewish School and Wilton Polygon forerunner to King David School between 1948-1959.
Through a previous appeal in Roots Directory, Jacqui has located two friends, but she still wants to find Myra Levine, who used to live in a shop on Bury New Road; Janice Goldman and her mother Millie of Cedar Street; Lorraine Sistaad who came from Hove, Brighton; Keith Appleby of Agecroft Road; Valerie Wexler; Maureen Bloch; Ruth Marks who used to live near Heaton Park and any other former pupils who would like to attend a reunion.
Telephone 0161 772 0848 or email email@example.com
ISRAELI Kenny Hutchings wants to find information on his great grandmother Maria Polglase who lived in the Sefton Park area of Liverpool.
She gave birth to an illegitimate child, Kenny's grandmother, who was 'given' to a Christian family.
Write to Kibbutz Tzeelim, Doar Na Hahalutza, Israel 85520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BERNARD Shaffer of Newcastle-upon-Tyne is researching his paternal family tree.
He wants to find the family of his late grandfather Benjamin who was born around 1886 - his father was called Hyman - and married Esther (nee Fainaite, born 1905) in 1926. They had three sons, John, Mark and Anthony. Benjamin had three brothers Mark, Morris & Louis (born 1894).
A recent edition of the Jewish Telegraph carried a birth announcement for Solomon Levy ''named in loving memory of his paternal great grandfather Louis Shaffer'' and Bernard wonders if there is any connection to his family.
Write to 10 Hepple Way, Regent Farm, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE3 3HS or email Shafferintbm@btinternet.com
STANLEY Bernstein of Glasgow is trying to trace his best man.
Stanley was married on February 27, 1962 with Lionel Brown at his side. Lionel then moved from Manchester to Australia.
He had a sister Sandra in Manchester and his mother remarried also in Manchester.
His late father manufactured shoes and his wife's family had a paint and wallpaper shop near Manchester.
Write to 8 Lonsdale Avenue, Glasgow G46 6HG, telephone 0141 6385156 or email SLBernstein@aol.com
RUTH Bloom of Liverpool is trying to find an old friend. Ada Israel's last known address was 66 Upper Park Road, Salford.
Ada who would be in her 80s, sold fabric on Bury Market for more than 50 years.
Contact 2 Crescent Avenue, Formby, Liverpool L37 2ES, telephone 01704 878631 or email email@example.com
To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your home address.