I am researching the Kalischer family (one of many spellings); the Kalischers are relatives on my father’s side. Simon Kalischer (born about 1831, Germany/Poland/Prussia) came to New York City before 1856. His wife was Minnie Honig (born about 1831, Germany/Prussia). Children: Aaron (born 1856, New York City), Morris (born 1858, New York City), William (born 1862, New York City), and Alexander (born 1872, New York City). Simon may have had many brothers (familial names seem to be Edwin, Adolph, Meyer, Morris, and Sol) and at least one sister named Rachael (born 1841, Germany). Simon was a capmaker in New York City. His son Aaron married Carrie Baron and had at least six children. Simon's son William married Annie Raschkowsky (who changed her name to Annie Marks) and had eleven children. This William Kalischer changed his name to Frank Smith and moved to New Orleans about 1894. Frank Smith was my Dad’s grandfather. Simon's son Alexander married Mildred Halpern.
Is anyone else researching this surname? I would enjoy hearing from you and will exchange information.