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    A Search for Family Roots

    by  • 23/08/2013 • AJL News, Communities, History • 0 Comments

    It has been a long summer hiatus for Asian Jewish Life. I personally spent the summer visiting family and as if this wasn’t enough family time for me, I also started a genealogy family research project hoping to learn more about my root.

    While in the midst of my own project, AJL was contacted by a family in Canada hoping to trace their family roots. They have little to go on save for names and one photo, but they have been told that their photo (circa 1905), based on the clothing and head covering (kippahs), strongly suggests that they have Cochin Jewish roots.


    The photo is of the family of Hannah Jaikumar. They know that the photo was taken in 1905 in the southern part of India. The elderly gentleman seated in the middle is named Jeremiah and the small boy (his son) is Samuel. The smaller of the two girls is Hannah (Hannah Jaikumar’s namesake and grandmother). 

    If you have any information for the family, please feel free to comment or email us at info@asianjewishlife.org. They are very eager to discover more about their roots.