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Re: Family from Douma, Lebanon
Posted by: Lorie Haddad Date: October 02, 2000 at 08:17:50
In Reply to: Re: Family from Douma, Lebanon by Kris T. Simon Baxter of 3600

Hi Kris,

I spoke with my father this weekend and unfortunately he wasn't familiar with your family. He told me that sometime in the 1940's for some reason the government came in and tried to record people's names in Douma. I think it may have been part of a census. Many people's names changed then and he did say that a lot of people got the name Shalhoub who were originally not Shalhoubs. I know this did not effect your great grandmother as she had left prior to this occuring. I just thought I would give you a bit of a head's up. He told me that Shalhoub is a common name in Douma. There are a few websites around that have many beautiful pictures of Douma. Let me know if you would like to see them. One last thing- Douma has a great reputation for beautiful women. A cute story a friend of mine who stayed in Douma during the war told me. Most of the villages were heavily bombed during the war. Douma was never hit. It was rumored that the reason why Douma was never hit was because a high powered general in the Army had a girlfriend from Douma an ordered that no one was allowed to shell the village. Of course who knows if this is true, but its a nice story. Good luck in your search and I am sorry I could not provide you any specific information on your family. My sister publishes a Literary magazine called Mizna (the website is about Arab America and cultural writings. Let me know if you are interested in exploring that.


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