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Added a new essay, on the Goldberg-Herman family, who married into the Silbernadels, at the end of World War II. - 29 Oct 2012

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Added map of the East End of London in 1922 - 17 May 2011

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I have added the history, as complete as it is, so far and started to add documentation, scans of records, files downloaded from various genealogical resource sites and photographs.

I have also added a family tree from FamilyEcho and started to make some use of the Joaktree component, built by fellow Amsterdam resident, fellow Jew and fellow Joomla enthusiast, Niels van Dantzig.

The work is still in progress...

Maurice (Moshe) Silbernadel married Sarah Goldberg, in 1946, after which the name was changed to Selby, to create the late 20th/early 21st century Selby branch of the family in London.As there are no sons of the three male offspring of this union (after the first stillborn child), the name dies out with the death of these three, later in the 21st century. However, one of the daughters of Raymond Selby still retains the name of Selby, as she never married, so, at least in theory, one of the next generation of the family, Kumo, is a Selby (or at least Rapati-Selby).
Family009 smallMaurice (Moshe) Selby (Silbernadel) and Sarah Goldberg nee Herman in the late 1940s
However, it is interesting, also, to trace the Goldberg (and the preceding Herman families), from their origins in Poland.
According to the British census of 1911, they lived in two rooms at 177 Oxford Street (now, renamed as Stepney Way), in Mile End Old Town, a part of the East End of London, at that time. Sarah was 1 year old, at the time of the census.
Sarah Selby, nee Goldberg (this writer's mother) was the sole offspring from the union of Lewis Goldberg and Annie Herman. Both were immigrants from Russo-Poland, towards the end of the 19th century.Annie Goldberg HermanAnnie Goldberg-Herman
Lewis Goldberg was a machine tailor of 29 years, having been born in 1882. Accordsng to recent research, he was the fourth of six offspring of David Goldberg and Dorah Deborah Goldberg. They must have arrived in London around 1886-1887, because the penultimate sibling is recorded as born in Russia, but the last, Esther was born in London.
Although records show early siblings of David and Dora to be born in Minsk, Lewis  gave hsi birthplace as Coneen,in Russia, which does not exist. However, what he was almost certainly trying to tell the government census taker, at the door, was that he came from Konin, a town in central Poland, on the Warta river, East of Warsaw, beyond Lodz. Jews had been living there, since 1387.It was part of the Russian empire for some time, in the last part of the 19th century and into the 20th.
Historical note: In 1941. 3000 were murdered by the German SS, in the neighboring forests of Kaziemesh. Almost every one of the Jewish population of the town was murdered, in the end.
The place of birth of Annie Goldberg is given as 'Russia Pole Plensk', but this certainly must mean that she was born in Plonsk, in Russo-Poland, in 1883, so was 28, at the time of the census. Plonsk is about 50 Km North-West of Warsaw. This would mean that she was 82 years old, at the time of her death, in London, in 1965.
Their daughter, Sarah, was only 1 year old at the time and was born in Mile End, on January 11th 1910. She went on to marry Moshe Silbernadel, at the end of the second world war, and give birth to three surviving sons, Lewis Arnold. Raymond Jon and Martin Lawrence.
In 1939, at the time of the UK 1939 Register of citizens, Sarah (or Sadie, as she was known) was 29 years old and working as a shop assistant. Both her parents were still alive and they were living, as a family, at 33 Smithy Street Stepney. In the register, her name has been changed to Silbernadel, presumably when she married Moishe (Maurice or Morry) Silbernadel (later Selby) in 1942.