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Sasmaken Talsen, 1937-2002

 File — Box: 4, Folder: 19

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

This series holds genealogical research on families and towns in Germany and Latvia. The majority of the materials included are copies of archival materials Lev-Zion or relatives acquired from records holders in the United States and Europe, such as family registers, census tables, ship manifests, birth and death certificates, clippings and advertisements, interment orders, wills, military records, and other vital documents, dating mostly from the 19th century and mid 20th century. These documents denote birth and death dates, relationships, and professions of the individuals that Lev-Zion researched. Other reproductions of materials include articles on Jewish communities in Latvia and Germany, articles on how to do genealogic research, and printouts from genealogic resources on the Internet, mostly from the mid 1990s to the early 2000s. Much of her family was from the Courland (Kurland) region in Latvia, towns of interest include Mitau (now known as Jelgava), Goldingen (Kuldīga), and Sasmaken (Valdemarpils).

In particular, Lev-Zion documented the Himmelhoch, Rothschild, Barnet, Levor, and Lehman families extensively, mostly on Lev-Zion’s maternal side. There is a significant amount of materials in the collection related to the Lehmann side of her family, especially Max Lehmann, who was her maternal great-great grandfather and fought in the Civil War. Her maternal great grandparents’ sides of the family (Abraham Rothschild & Babette Bernet and Louise Lehmann & Gustav Levor) and her great grandfather Isaac Himmelhoch are also well researched. The collection also holds orignal materials related to Sam Rothschild. Original materials created by Lev-Zion or relatives include family trees, genealogical tables, family narratives, correspondence with relatives and other researchers, newsletters, reference requests to archives, photographs, and gravestone engravings.

Additionally, Lev-Zion also gave lectures and presentations related to her genealogical research. This material includes notecards, talk outlines, and transparencies.


  • 1937-2002


Language of Materials

From the Series:

The collection is in English, German, Hebrew, Russian, and Latvian.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.


From the Collection: 3.75 Linear Feet (four paige boxes and one oversize folder)

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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