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Welcome! This website was created on 08 Jul 2004 and last updated on 30 Aug 2016. The family trees on this site contain 8661 relatives and 185 photos. If you have any questions or comments you may send a message to the Administrator of this site.

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sholem, shalom, salaam, hello, merhaba, hallo, hej, hola, ciao, czolem, ave, 
namaste :-)

Whether you found us by accident or by design, whether you are Jewish, 
Christian, Muslim or none, you are always welcome!

This noncommercial site is devoted to the reunion of the Turkel folks.


So far, we got to know mainly Jewish Turkel families originated in Galicia (Austro-Hungary kingdom of the 17th-19th centuries). Nowadays this area is occupied by Ukraine. Between WW1 and WW2 it was governed by Poland.

Turkel (written with U umlaut) is a quite rare surname among Jewish people. It was originally written Turkl (sounds Terk`l, meaning a little Turk in Yidish). We haven`t resolved the puzzle yet, why Jewish Turkel folks from Galicia are affiliated with a Turkish surname meaning in Turkish `the hand of the Turk` or `the land of the Turk.` Ever since this name has been written depending on arbitrary decisions with variations like, Turkle, Tuerkel, Terkl, Terkel, Tirkel, Tierkel, Tyrkel, etc.

The earliest reference to a Jewish fellow named Turkel is Itzhak (Issac) Tirkel of Lwow (Poland), who was murdered in June 1596, while he was on his way from Yas (Romania) to Eretz Ha`Yishme-elim (i.e. the Land of the Muslims = Turkey).

According to a legend, our family`s surname was adopted (ca. 1740-80) by Perez (Peretz), son of Rabbi Salomon (Shlomo) ha-Sepharadi (of Spain) and a grandson to Rabbi Jacob Munian from Krakow, who became the Rabbi of New Rausnitz, Czech (ca. 1710-30). The reference to this story is presented elsewhere, on our Geocities `Turkel Tribe` website (see below `Useful Links`).

So far we have found a few quite large Turkel `dynesties` extending up to 9 generations and many more quite smaller branches. We could not match them all, even though we are quite confident that most of them are family related. They share almost the same heritage.

Our website The Turkel Tribe includes information and stories about additional Turkel folks around the world, including `The Most Famous Turkels.` There is also a reference to non Jewish Turkels some of them (named Turkle) are believed to be `Black Irish` rather having Danish origins descendants of a common ancestor named Thurkeld.

The static and dynamic trees on that site reflect our complete updated database.

The largest known branch begins with the founder Mordechai Turkl. Currently we know about one of his numerous childs, Israel Menachem Alter Turkl (b.1830- d.1892). We also have no clue about Mordechai`s siblings (uncles and cousins of Israel-Menachem). We believe however that most of them (if not all) are the founders of the other branches referenced below, such as Moshe, Jacob, Schmariah & Schmel.

If you have additional information or wish to make any correction,
please e-mail. On behalf of the `Turkel-bees` Thank you in advance, Doron

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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.




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