My wife's paternal family originates from present day Debica,
Poland which used to be called Dembitz, which lies directly
East of Krakow in Galicia, Poland.
Her great grandfather's paternal name was SCHNEPS also written
SHNEPS & SCHNEPPS. The family members believe they are
Sephardic and came from Spain, but this hasn't been proven.
Like so many marriages SCHNEPS was the name via the religious
marriage but the government only recognized civil marriages and
the early children bore the mother's maiden name of FISH. Later
they had a civil ceremony and later children legally bore the
If any family listed in your research bear the names SCHNEPS or
SHNEPS or the rare variation SCHEPPS or are FISH and come from
Debica, please immediate contact me.
greatly appreciate receiving Chaim Shneps snail mail and/or his
If you don't know him but have and either the E-mail address or snail mail
address for the Organization of Dembitz emigres, please send me that.
His family was in Dembitz until the end and he may not know that he has family
here and in Israel who left Dembitz between 1890 and 1920.
The Schneps name variations are Shneps & Szneps. I'm also interested in
Birnbaum in both Debica the town in that area as well as Geller in Mielec.
Although I'm also researching Birnbaum in Krakow, this is a separate family
related to me while the others are all on my wife's side.
Thanks in advance for your consideration and if I don't hear
from you La Shanna Tovah.
Stephen A. Cohen
Fax: (516) 826-5056 (24 hrs)
PS: I am researching the following families:
BAUM:Germany/Bosen; EISENKRAMER & LEFEVRE, LEFEBVRE:
Palatine/Berlin/E Prussia; BASIST/BASSIST/BAKSZT/BAKECH /BASHIST:Belarus/Lida
Dist; COHEN formerly SHEINHOUSE/SHEINHAUS/ SHEINHUEZ:
Belarus/Radoshkovichi/Molodechno/ Smorgon/Lida Dist;
BIRNBAUM/GOLDBERG/LEINKRAM: Poland/Krakow; GELLER:Poland/Mielec; KREINDLER:
Poland; SCHNEPS/SHNEPS/SZNEPS: Poland/Debica formerly Dembitz/Tarnow