How to search

1. Spelling of names: we have tried to mimic what has been used in the cemetery list, already widely available. There is some variation though and we have tried to make the search engine provide for this. For example, the cemetery list uses Abdullah while in the wedding registry, we have used Abdallah. We have also listed the Hebrew Obadiah along with these.

Hyeem is spelled like this and not Chaim or Hyam; Hye and not Chai or Hai; Elias is used for Eliyahoo in Hebrew and Elia is used for Elia; Khadoori is used and not Kadoori, Mordecai and not Mordechai; Moses and not Moshe; Solomon is used for the Hebrew name Shlomo and Shalom or Shalome for the Hebrew name Shalom. When the Arabic version of Solomon is used – Silliman – we have kept it that way, so if you cannot find it one way, try the other.
Serah: It was a common Baghdadi custom to use the female name Serah which is not to be confused with Sarah. The spelling in Hebrew is barely different with the final letter a Heh or Het. We have done our best to get this right but not all documents are easily legible. As a result, we have allowed the search engine to return results for Sarah and Serah whenever each of those names is typed in.
H’ or H: is the abbreviation for Hakham

F. In the cemetery register, one often finds a woman’s name followed by F. – this means daughter of. When it is just a woman’s name followed by a man’s then she is the wife of that man.

2. Two names: We have found that both men and women sometimes use two names and on other occasions one. The most common is the addition of the name Hye, Hyeem, Rahamim or Barook for men and Khatoon, Masooda or Mitana for women. While it may be in a ketubah it is often left off a tombstone and thus the cemetery register looks different to the wedding. We have allowed the search engine to skip over names by ticking the box “search all name variations”. However, please try searching for these variations by leaving out these names. For example, in the cemetery register there is a burial in 1868 of Bilha Barook Sassoon H’ Moses while from the wedding registry, we find the husband on a few occasions as Hyeem Barook Sassoon H’ Moses.

3. Dates: The cemetery list contains mostly Hebrew months and years while the wedding registry uses Hebrew dates exclusively. We have not converted it to the Gregorian calendar but by pasting the month and year into any search, you will find it easily. For example, if you type Sivan 5632 into Google search, any click will show you that it corresponds to June 1872.

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