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This project seeks to reconstruct the Jewish population of Prague in the late 18th and 19th centuries. In the public tree on Geni, it is possible to link up all of the major Prague families. You can find a list of Prague Jewish surnames from Alexander Beider's work.

You will notice that many of them are rather uncommon today, but very distinctive for Prague, such as the possessive patro- and matronymics, the ones that end in -eles, like Abeles, Duschenes, Fleckeles, Jeiteles, Karpeles, Pascheles, Pereles, Schefteles, Schifferes, Sekeles, Taubeles, Wedeles, Zodekes.

What you find if you look at the Prague 1794 census (which is sadly not yet on line) is that these were mostly not very large families, maybe 5-10 separate families with the same last name, and so presumably closely related (siblings, cousins, uncles).

When you look at the Prague conscription database or the Census of the Prague Population you see many of the children from the 1794 census listed as adults with their families. The problem is matching them up because names are often repeated. Especially female names were quite restricted at that time, so half of the girls in 1794 seem to be named Sara, Judith or Rebeka. But even if a direct match cannot be found, it is possible on geni to enter in the families as relatives until the right link is discovered. For example, I entered in members of the Zeltmacher family. In the 1794 census there are basically three families, perhaps brothers, Juda, Dawid and Moises. Both Dawid and Moises have boys named Joachim. In the Prague conscription database we find the two Joachims, born 1776 and 1789, and can trace their families down several generations in that database. But we cannot tell which one is which. I set up hypothetical brothers of Dawid and Moises, named "?", and place these identified Joachims under them until we can tell which one goes where. That way the whole family is visible to anyone looking at the tree, even though it is not yet clear how all the pieces fit together. We know that they are pieces of the same puzzle! Once we have the Familianten records available, we will be able to sort this out and correct the tree.

The birth, death and marriage records for Prague are now available at http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/1073/ and http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/241/. Go to Getting Started With Czech-Jewish Genealogy for instructions on how to navigate the site.

Cemetery records from the Old Olsanay (Wolschan) cemetery in Prague Zizkov are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xk88bjyeevov0xa/y7lcq4x85E.

Death notices from the Prager Tagblatt are now indexed and available from GenTeam. These notices often provide names of spouses, children and their spouses (with maiden names), siblings and their spouses (with maiden names), and grandchildren, making them a real goldmine of information.

For further hints on how to conduct research on Czech-Jewish ancestry, see Getting Started With Czech-Jewish Genealogy.

My hope is that we will get access to the data that will allow us to reconstruct centuries of Jewish family history in Prague. Because Prague Jews used surnames before Jews from the outlying communities, we can sometimes trace back several centuries. Using the cemetery data, census data, conscriptions, Familianten, vital records, obituaries, and Holocaust databases, it should ultimately be possible to trace 400 years of history for some families, from the time of the Maharal up to the Holocaust.

Randy Schoenberg Los Angeles, CA

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Below is a list of profiles, one per family name, from which you can enter the tree:

  1. Isak Abner
  2. Isak Afners (1788-1843)
  3. Joachim Altschul (1765-1837)
  4. Mendl Auerbach (1750)
  5. Simon Ausch (1795)
  6. Jakob Austerlitz (1774)
  7. Isak Bachrach
  8. Israel Bakofen (1796-1861)
  9. Aron Barbier (1780-1847)
  10. Abraham Basch (1767)
  11. Löb Bass
  12. Markus Bauch (1805-1869)
  13. Adam Beihilf (1808)
  14. Simon Bendiner (1787-1871)
  15. Ignaz Beständig (1785)
  16. Markus Bindeles (1777)
  17. Samuel Bischitz
  18. Isaac Bondi (1678-1750)
  19. Abraham Boskowitz (1766)
  20. Naphtali Brandeis (1786)
  21. Abraham Brisker
  22. Abraham Brod (1754)
  23. Cheiem Bunim (1755)
  24. Abraham Bunzl (1775)
  25. Joachim Burger (1763)
  26. Laser Buries
  27. Joachim Busch (1756)
  28. Elias Dewidels (1787)
  29. Abraham Doktor (1765-1855)
  30. Aron Dormitzer (1779-1845)
  31. Markus Dringeles (1772)
  32. Abraham Duschenes (1759-1829)
  33. Barbara Dworeles (1766)
  34. Mathias Eckstein
  35. Markus Edeles (1774)
  36. Moses Ederer (1789-1867)
  37. Jacob Eger (1773-1852)
  38. Salomon Eidlitz (1796)
  39. Samuel Elbogen (1781)
  40. Ephraim Epstein (1773)
  41. Josef Esroger (1789)
  42. Ignatz Falkeles (1798)
  43. Nathan Felkeles (1752)
  44. David Fischel (1787-1854)
  45. Eleazar Flekeles (1754-1826)
  46. Juda Foges (1740)
  47. Moses Frankl (1784)
  48. Samson Freiberg (1798-1866)
  49. Moses Freund (1777-1849)
  50. Nathan Friedland ( - 1712)
  51. Isak Fröscheles
  52. Samuel Fürth (1618-1640)
  53. Samuel Gabriel
  54. Salman Gardeles (1750)
  55. Isak Gehengmacher (1791)
  56. Abraham Gerscheles (1765)
  57. David Gerstel (1787)
  58. Samuel Seligmann Gibianer (1781-1856)
  59. Bezalel Gitschin
  60. Jakob Goldschmied (1784)
  61. Herschman Gollerstepper
  62. Jacob Grab (1774)
  63. Simon Graetz (1783-1855)
  64. Isak Graf (1775)
  65. Löw Gröger (Greger) (1777)
  66. Heinrich Grünfeld (1792-1865)
  67. Markus Grünhut (1781-1858)
  68. Wolf Günzburg (1771)
  69. Koppelmann Gumperles (1790)
  70. Löwi Guth (1753-1816)
  71. Samuel Habern (1751)
  72. Abraham Harpner
  73. Lewi Hekelmacher
  74. Simon Hock (1815-1887)
  75. Moses Hönigsberg (1787)
  76. Aaron Meshulam Horowitz (1470-1545)
  77. Wolff Hoschkes
  78. Jonathan Hutter (1761)
  79. Selke Ippen
  80. Lazar Itzeles (1761)
  81. David Jampeles
  82. Abraham Janowitzer (1767)
  83. Samuel Jeiteles (1775)
  84. David Jenikauer (1755)
  85. Simon Jerusalem (1769-1831)
  86. Lewy Jisternitz (1764)
  87. Joseph Joel (-1799)
  88. Isak Jochowitz
  89. Isak Jontof (1747)
  90. Isak Joss (1761)
  91. Michael Jurist (1711-1816)
  92. Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
  93. Jakob Kalmus (1760-1802)
  94. Samuel Kantor (1796)
  95. Markus Kapper (1796)
  96. Joachim Karpeles (1750-1831)
  97. Moses Kassowitz (1756)
  98. Jakob Kauders (1784)
  99. Filipp Kersch (1784)
  100. Simon Kindeles (1776)
  101. Salomon Kisch (1734)
  102. Moses Klaber (1761)
  103. Isak Klapp (1799-1865)
  104. Baruch Klapper (1764)]
  105. Jakob Kleiderhändler
  106. Moses Klemperer (1771)
  107. Nathan Kneipeles (1785)
  108. Simon Knina (1775)
  109. Rafael Kohn (1768)
  110. David Kollin (1776)
  111. Izak Koppeles (1776)
  112. Eva Koref (1765)
  113. Gabriel Koschler (1766)
  114. Zacharias Kremsier (1788)
  115. Löbl Küche (1775)
  116. David Kuh (1767)
  117. Löwy Kuranda (1781)
  118. Jacob Lagus (1817)
  119. Simon von Lämel (1766-1845)
  120. Josef Langendorf (1793-1866)
  121. Simon Lasch (1796)
  122. Hirsch Lazarus (1762)
  123. Joachim Lederer
  124. Michael Leitmeritz (1775)
  125. Moses Leipen (1783)
  126. Elias Libochowitz
  127. Abraham Lichtenstadt (1791)
  128. Abraham Lieben (1764)
  129. Simon Lieberles (1780-1855)
  130. Moises Lilles (1788)
  131. Moses Lion (1783)
  132. Löb Linzer
  133. Abraham Lippmann
  134. Abraham Litten (1790)
  135. Yehuda Loew "Maharal" (1512-1609)
  136. Isak Lotz (1751)
  137. Josua Lowositz (1765)
  138. Herrmann Lucka (1790)
  139. Elias Marle
  140. Simon Matzka (1770)
  141. Jakob Meisterles (1789-1858)
  142. Herschmann Melis (1795)
  143. Michael Metzeles (1752)
  144. Herschmann Miecholup (1777)
  145. Josef Mislap (1789)
  146. Simon Moscheles (1786)
  147. Gabriel Muneles (1790)
  148. Gabriel Nachod (1776-1849)
  149. Bermann Nagelstock (1758-1853)
  150. Abraham Natscheradetz (1790)
  151. Salamon Nefeles (1768)
  152. Joseph Neuern (1758-1832)
  153. Simon Neustadtl (1772-1836)
  154. Abraham Nevekluf (1771)
  155. Jakob Ofner (1792)
  156. Joachim Olber
  157. Aron Osers (1762)
  158. Wolf Pacheles (1766)
  159. Daniel Pan (1799)
  160. Gabriel Pascheles (1783)
  161. Ascher Paweles
  162. Salomon Pereles (1785)
  163. David Perlhefter (1763)
  164. Nathan Persek (1775)
  165. Joel Petschau (1766)
  166. Gerschon Pick (1763)
  167. Moses Pintschow
  168. Jakob Pisek (1762)
  169. Jakob Pisling (1787)
  170. Wolf Pitzker (1763)
  171. Isak Pivany
  172. Simon Plohn (1788)
  173. Rebeka Podiebrad (1782)
  174. Elias Pohl (1764-1832)
  175. Gabriel Popper (1805-1883)
  176. Simon Porges (1802)
  177. Gabriel Pressburger (1780)
  178. Löb Priwes
  179. Moses Prokurator (1760)
  180. Joachim Prossnitz (1766)
  181. Aron Przibram (1781)
  182. David Radnitz (1817-1892)
  183. Salamon Raudnitz (1780)
  184. Abigail Rausnitz (1772)
  185. Wolf Reach (1803)
  186. Moses Redesch (1759)
  187. Samuel Reiniger (1788)
  188. Israel Rie (1779-1826)
  189. Juda Rosenberg (1783)
  190. Jakob Saar (1796)
  191. Abraham Sattler (1779)
  192. Ephraim Schablin (1771)
  193. Simon Schak (1787)
  194. Wolf Schalek (1782-1860)
  195. Salamon Schapp (1793)
  196. Hersch Scheberles
  197. Benjamin Schefteles (1757)
  198. Moses Schewes (1766)
  199. Jakob Schifferes
  200. Josef Schirmer
  201. Ezechiel Schlesinger
  202. Markus Schlosser (1789-1865)
  203. Markus Schmelkes (1792-1849)
  204. David Schneider (1770)
  205. David Schnürdreher (1795)
  206. Juda Schorsch (1765)
  207. Elias Schreiber
  208. Moses Schüttenhofen (1761)
  209. Abraham Isak Schütz (1787-1855)
  210. Wolf Schulhof (1790)
  211. Emanuel Schwarz (1770)
  212. Moses Sekeles (1792)
  213. Isak Senders (1818)
  214. Wolf Similes (1794)
  215. Josef Slonitz (1786-1864)
  216. Gabriel Sobotka
  217. Josef Stein (1796)
  218. Lazar Wolf Steinitz (1773-1859)
  219. Seligmann Stösseles (1794)
  220. Abraham Straschitz (1759)
  221. Israel Tachau (1789-1859)
  222. Herschmann Taubeles (1762)
  223. Isak Taussig (1777)
  224. Isack Tedesko
  225. Jakob Teller
  226. Moritz Teweles (1820-1898)
  227. Jonas Thein (1765)
  228. Salamon Wolf Thias (1787)
  229. Markus Thorsch (1770-1819)
  230. Isak Todres (1798)
  231. Efraim Tomers (1763)
  232. Isak Trebitsch (1777)
  233. David Tritsch (1789)
  234. Isak Turnau (1770)
  235. Salomon Tuschkau (1765)
  236. Enoch Unger (1778-1866)
  237. Abraham Utitz (1800-1873)
  238. Simon Wahle (1782-1847)
  239. Samuel Wallerstein (1777-1837)
  240. Elias Wedeles (1775)
  241. Philipp Wehle (1770)
  242. Abraham Weil (1766)
  243. Jakob Weiseles (1803)
  244. Bermann Weltsch (1770)
  245. Abraham Wien (1768)
  246. Ephraim Wiener (1791 - 1866)
  247. Salomon Wilhartitz (1782-1852)
  248. Joseph Winternitz (1772)
  249. Jakob Wohl (1781-1864)
  250. Wolf Zappert
  251. Moritz Zdekauer (1770-1845)
  252. Abraham Žebrak (1758)
  253. Abraham Zeckendorf (1802)
  254. Juda Zeitmacher (1761)
  255. Wolf Zodex (1761)