Re: [Cz-L] Meaning of Kappelmacher

From: Edgar Hauster <>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 17:10:09 +0000
To: "" <>
Reply-To: Edgar Hauster <>


Both Marion and Baruch are right. We have checked your death record entries for:

Berl Meschel, son of the hatter Riwen Meschel, deceased in 1879 at the age of 4 years
Abraham David Meschel, son of the hatter Riwen Meschel, deceased in 1878 at the age of 2 months

Although "Kappelmacher" could be both a profession or a name, in your particular case it is beyond any reasonable doubt a profession.

But Riwen and Ruchel/Rachel had one more child, Marjim Meschel, daughter of the hatter Riwen, deceased in 1882 at the age of 14 months. Check the Czernowitz BMD Index Database

go for the record(s) by getting in touch with Daniel Horowitz. As for Rosel Kappelmacher most probably you are right; in our opinion too, there must be a registration or transcription mistake and therefore I'd order this record too.

Warmest wishes and success for your research!

Edgar Hauster

From: <> on behalf of Marion Tauschwitz <>
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:44
Subject: Aw: [Cz-L] Meaning of Kappelmacher

names and professions often live in symbiosis.
The German 'Kappe' means 'cap' and 'Kappele' is the regional diminutiv: a small cap, kind of a hat
And the one who makes it - is a 'Kappelmacher'.
In lists in Czernowitz' archives I found a lot of people whose jobs were 'modistă', 'pălărier' = 'Kappelmacher' in Austrian times.
Hope it helps a bit.

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From: lhg171 <>
To: L <>
Sent: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 3:40 pm
Subject: Meaning of Kappelmacher

Perhaps someone in the group can clear up a mystery for me.
While researching my maternal great-grandfather Rubin( Riwen) Meschel who lived in Czernowitz til 1913, I found conflicting listings for him on the CZ. Databases. His profession is shown as schneider( tailor) in the 1898 directory and mutzenmacher ( hat maker ? ) in 1909.

Further ,there is this listing in the death database presumably for Riwen's 2 children

39 MESCHEL Berl Kapelmachers Riwen - 27/Oktober/1879 278-279 402 Früh 4 Uhr Death
40 MESCHEL Abraham David Kappelmachers Riwen - 15/Mai/1878 93-94 - NMonths Death

which seems to indicate Kapelmacher as a profession.

Then for birth records,Kappelmacher( with 2 p's) is shown as a family name as follows :
KAPPELMACHER Rosel Riwe?eschel VII 1879 32 367 Birth

I don't know who Rosel Kappelmacher is or Rosel Meschel but Riwen Meschel seems to be indicated as father. Is the word Kappelmacher a name or a profession ? Is this a mistake ?

Les Gluck

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