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Family of Eastern Europe
by Andrew Charlap
Charlap has diligently documented his Christian family back to circa 1650. The
Jewish Charlap family is well documented with a fixed, inherited family name in
Eastern Europe as early as the 17th century. In this study, the author
attempts to show that his family of non-Jewish Charlaps from Belarus are
descended from the Jewish Charlaps who resided in the same region centuries
ago. The evidence presented includes archival documents, genealogical
correspondence, DNA analysis, various handed-down traditions, and old
handwritten family trees of primary value and evidentiary worth. The Jewish
Charlaps in the area descend from a certain Eliezer ben David, a Sephardic Jew
whose family claimed descent from the Ibn Yahya family, royal court Jews of
Portugal and Spain. The author alleges that his most remote
direct ancestor, Parchom (Perfet) Charlapowicz, was a son of Eliezer ben
David who converted to Catholicism.
Each reader must decide for himself whether or not the
evidence is convincing that the author has assembled to support his hypothesis
about his ancestor Parchom Charlapowicz’s connection to Eliezer ben David, who
is apparently the first Jew to adopt the Charlap name. All scientific
inquiry starts with hypotheses and much of the work of science lies in challenging
and testing those hypotheses with the aim of proving or disproving them.
Perhaps future researchers will be able to build on the work presented here to
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