Category Archives: Fingerbren

Elkhanon Leib Fingerbren, a.k.a. John Smith (1870-1958), and family

To the best of my knowledge, the first branch of my paternal side to arrive in the United States was that of Elkhanon Leib FINGERBREN, who took the very generic name of John Smith in this country. It’s impossible to know if this name was chosen simply to “fit in” in his new land, or if it was a play on words, given that the FINGERBRENs had been blacksmiths for several generations prior. Continue reading


Iudel Fingerbren (1852 – c. 1910)

Iudel FINGERBREN was my great-great-grandfather.  We don’t know a lot about him, but he is most notable for having changed the family name to ADELSON.

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