Armenian Jerusalem
       The   Kaghakatzi   family   tree   project has   received   a   tremendous   boost   with a    batch    of    new    contributions    from community   leader   Hagop   Hagopian,   an LA resident currently visiting Australia.        Hagop   has   not   only   traced   his   clan's family    history    back    to    one    of    the community's    most    memorable    recent ancestors,   but   also   compiled   a   list   of the   forgotten   colorful   clan   nicknames that   characterized   the   residents   of   the Armenian Quarter.        Unfortunately,   his   records   go   back only    over    a    century    and    a    half,    but they   fill   in   a   lot   of   the   blanks   in   the main database.         Hagop's    paternal    grandfather    was    Hagop    Hovsepian    (he    later changed   his   surname   to   Hagopian),   a   Sefer   Berlik   (First   World   War) survivor    whose    several    brothers    were    born    to    different    mothers. Apparently,   his   father,   the   patriarchal   clan   head   Yousef   El-Banna, married more than four times.         There    is    a    mystery    surrounding    one    of    his    grandsons,    Sahag (Levon's   son).   He   was   born   in   1907   but   apparently   disappeared   later in Saudi Arabia.        Hagop   has   also   handed   us   the   family   history   of   the   Elian   clan, prepared   by   Michael   Elian   who   is   currently   living   in   Beverly   Hills. Michael   has   taken   the   trouble   to   write   up   some   9   pages   for   the project.        "This   is   the   best   that   I   can   do   -   considering   that   I   have   been   out   of Jerusalem   since   1949,"   he   notes.   "We   still   have   the   nucleus   of   the JABU   (the   Kaghakatsi   social   and   cultural   club)   here   and   are   trying   to continue the tradition."        In   compiling   his   list   of   clan   nicknames,   Hagop   had   the   assistance of    a    worthy    matriarch,    Serpouhi    Shahinian,    mother    of    Ardashes Shahinian.   In   her   90's,   Serpouhi   sat   down   to   jot   painstakingly   jot   7 pages    of    reminiscences,    ending    with    this    declaration:"I    wrote    all these   at   the   age   of   92,   while   in   pain   .   .   .   sometimes   the   pen   would slip   from   my   fingers,   and   I   would   push   back   my   ailments,   determined to jot down what I know . . . Thank God that I have succeeded."        The   inscription   is   dated   January   19,   2003   -   the   day   the Armenians of the Old City of Jerusalem celebrate Christmas.
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
kaghakatsis having a night out
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