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Category: Translation - German
Approval Date: 3/19/2008
Family Surname: Gerszonowicz, Gerschonowicz, Gerschonowi
Country: Poland
Town: Tarnow
Date of Image: 13 Apr 1853
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After naming Ruchel Gerschonowicz, what are the names and is it possibly her father and mother?

My suspicion is: "Ruchel Gerschonowicz, daughter of Aba and ?? ??." It's the last two letterse that I am most interested in.

Zafower, Zasower, Zasswer, Zassnier?


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When I trace the letters out with my cursor, it appears to be Zoifonier or Zaifonier. I hope that is of some help.
3/22/2008 Dear Ethan,

my reading of the last name is different from your theories so far: ZAHOWER
on the following grounds:
The third letter cannot be an f, because an f would not go down so deep. And the third letter is very similar to fourth letter in "Tochter", which is clearly an h. The h in gothic script is written like that. That would also provide the first two letters of her mother's first name: "Ch", possibly "Chawa...", but the last letters remain a mystery to me
3/22/2008 I read it as: Thochter d[es] Abe [Abraham] & Chawa Zahower.

The writing is a strange mixture of Latin and old German script. In "Zahower", you can easily recognize "-ower" when you compare it with "er" and "ow" in "Gerschonowicz". The first two letters are clearly "Za", and the third looks like the letter before the "t" of "Thochter" and like the letter after the "C" of "Chawe", which can only be "h". That's the old German "h", whereas the rest of "Zahower" is in Latin script - but in "Thochter", the writer uses the two forms of "h" in a single word!

Hope this helps,
Joachim Mugdan, Switzerland
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