Ann Rabinowitz



Life on Cheetwood Street, Part I

By Ann Rabinowitz, November 14, 2010

The 21st Century and the millennium with all its portents of further technological advances for the future have arrived, but what is it about the lives of our ancestors which intrigue us still? It was certainly not their poverty, nor the hardness of their existence, the high mortality rate, or the lack of basic necessities? What then?

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Travelers at the Outbreak of World War I

By Ann Rabinowitz, November 13, 2010

The start of World War I on July 28, 1914, caused some upset for families whose relatives were in Europe when war was declared. For those who were traveling abroad on business or for pleasure, it was a singularly difficult time determining how to return home safely.

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British Soldiers of the Great War, 1914-1918

By Ann Rabinowitz, November 7, 2010

After my prior posting on both this blog and that of the JewishGen Blog regarding “Fighting Back”, the new book by Martin Sugarman about the British Jews’ participation in World War II, I received a message from a reader. She mentioned that she had a number of relatives who fought and some who had died not in World War II, but in World War I, the “Great War”.

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Fighting Back: British Jewry's Military Contribution in the Second World War

By Ann Rabinowitz, November 7, 2010

The following piece was originally posted on the JewishGen Blog, September 14, 2010, but I thought it might be pertinent to interests of those reading this Blog.

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A Fine Romance: Rosie and Mickey

By Ann Rabinowitz, November 2, 2010

Many times, the dry uneventful array of data that records can tell us of our ancestors’ lives are all we have. Their everyday troubles and turmoil can only be imagined as they are lost to us, perhaps as these things were not passed on. It is just such a real life story that follows of the transitional time between the World Wars when the Jewish emigrants lived in decaying inner city slums in the British industrial cities. It was a time, too, when they were in the process of moving out into more livable neighborhoods and suburbs.
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Online British Naturalizations

By Ann Rabinowitz, November 1, 2010

In responding to a question about naturalizations on this Blog, I found some interesting data on the UK National Archives site which I thought might be helpful. I have also cross-posted this to the JewishGen Blog, http://www.jewishgen.blogspot.com.

Plugging in the name of GOLDBERG, I came up with 381 entries for the name regarding naturalizations. Well, this was a landfall, especially when I realized that many of the individuals were listed by their original name from “der heim” and their present name or how they were known as.

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The Gentleman's Magazine and the da Costas

By Ann Rabinowitz, October 31, 2010

There are many unusual resources for locating information about our ancestors. One I ran into today was “The Gentleman’s Magazine”, Volume 178, Page 665, which I found on Google Books. It was a monthly magazine founded in January, 1731, in London, by Edward Cave, and which ran until approximately 1907. Online images of the magazine can be found for the 1731-1750 issues at Oxford and 1731-1899, 1906-1907 issues on Google and the University of Michigan.

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The Wedding Dress Song

By Ann Rabinowitz, October 31, 2010

Something’s been troubling me. It is a refrain my mother used to sing when I was a child. I am puzzled by this song as I know it is about a wedding dress, but I cannot find its origin or the meaning of its words. I’ve looked far and wide and found similar sounding songs, but it is the wrong tune or the wrong lyrics.

What to do? Perhaps someone will remember it. What I know is that in 1928, my mother became engaged to a fellow in Leeds and it was in the bosom of his family that she learned this song. The words, as I transliterated them from the Yiddish, were as follows:

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New Boer War Database

By Ann Rabinowitz, October 30, 2010

For those who are interested in locating information on their ancestors who served in the Boer War (1899-1902), the findmypast.com site now had a new database encompassing information on this military activity.

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All About Jewish History, Culture and Genealogy

By Ann Rabinowitz, October 28, 2010

Recently, I had been scribbling away as is my wont on the JewishGen Blog (http://www.jewishgen.blogspot.com) where I serve as the Blog Coordinator. Most of what I write about there is related to Jewish history, culture, and genealogy. Many times, I write about British and Irish topics due to my family background in Manchester and Dublin.

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