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London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Thomas Hopwood 1836?
« on: Friday 13 November 09 00:40 GMT (UK)  »

I'm tring to find out about the birth and parents of gggrandfather Thomas Hopwood who was listed as 45 years of age in the 1881 census. He was then a house painter although an earlier census lists him as cordwainer.

In 1881 his place of birth is listed as "L" which I presume means London as he was living in Chelsea at the time of the census.

However I've heard that these particular Hopwoods came from Shropshire and were non conformists

Any help would be appreciated

Thank you

Europe / If you have jewish roots...
« on: Thursday 14 August 08 11:16 BST (UK)  »

I see that there are quite a lot of people posting on this immigrant forum who have Jewish roots.

So I would like to offer some advice.

I have one English non-jewish parent and one Jewish parent ( who moved to England in the 1930's)

I think this forum is very useful for finding out about my English ancestry - but less useful for finding out my Jewish ancestry. This might be different if my Jewish family had lived in England for longer ( and there are many Jewish families who have lived in England for a long time ) but there are many Jewish people whose families have moved to Britian in recent generations.

If this is the case for you then I would suggest that you become a member of Jewish Gen.

I am saying this because you might feel that as you are not a practising Jew ( and know very little about the jewishness in general ) then you might not have joined Jewish Gen because maybe you won't feel welcome there. But I think this should not discourage you. They are your ancestors and you have just as much right to know about them as the Cheif Rabbi!

You will find that Jewish genealogy is a little different from tracing ancestors in the UK.  Often you can't go back so far - but you can go wide - and can make contact with people in who have some distant connection who maybe know more about your ancestors than you do. You may also have to deal with the rather sobering business of finding out about your family through reading lists of people killed in the holocaust, as sometimes these are the only records available.

Also, if you feel ( living in the UK or NZ or Australia) that you don't know so much about Judaism then you shouldn't let that worry you because most of the people on Jewish Gen forums are from the USA and that doesn't bother them. Many of them identlify culturaly and ethnicly as Jewish without having every been near a synagogue. That is a bit different from England where there has been a tendancy to regard those with no Jewish religious affliation as assimilated and "no longer jewish"

Good luck!


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