Re: Kerstein Family Origins
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Since I have received your mail, the grey matter has been trying hard to remember things that were mentionned when I was a child.
The name Kerstein can have two interpretations. 1) Kirkstein in English Church Stone or 2) Kirchstein in English Cherry stone.
I was told of a story that one of the ancestors was in fact a religious figure who opposed the Tzar.
Some years ago, I encountered a lady who had traced some of the Kerstein family back to Israel with a strong Jewish background. Interesting since I was brought up as a catholic!!
Anyway I do not know if this helps at all.