Hi Peter, I have just posted a message to ANISSA (HIKEL) who answered your query-------------I am most anxious to get in touch w/her as we may have a connection. Find the WHILDEN(my line) listed in Louisiana for 1900; the WHILDENS were born in Syria and hopefully, are connected to my line. If you can tell me anything more abt a Syrian migration to LA, I would be most grateful----I have read the WIKPEDIA info. I am also curious abt your SIMON surname, as it is one of mine. Sincerely, carol wheeldin warren.