An A-Z Selection of Recommended Websites for those researching UK Jewish Genealogy
Page created by John Berman: 2003
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1939 Register (findmypast) - A new project, commenced in 2014, to place online over 30 million British wartime records. These records were taken just after the outbreak of WWII in September 1939 to record personal details for the issue of identity cards and ration books in England and Wales and later formed the basis for the National Health Service's records.
AJEX (Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women) Searchable Record of Honour online database gives basic details of most Jewish personnel who served in the armed forces during the Second World War plus national servicemen (1939-1960)
Ancestry.com A leading global genealogy portal. Some free information and lookups. Some information available only by paid subscription. All Censuses (1841-1901) for England and Wales available. Also old telephone directories, a growing selection of records relating to WW1 soldiers, and the Birth, Marriage and Death Indices for England & Wales (from 1837).
Anglo Jewish Miscellanies- (J Maynard). Includes:
Booth Archives Four notebooks from Charles Booth's collection relating to the Jewish community in London in the 1880's and 1890's.
Bradford Jewish - "Making Their Marks" Website dedicated to the Jews of Bradford.
British Jewry – A database with some useful tips on Anglo-Jewish genealogy and some useful databases including:
British Jewry Book of Honour 1922 – As seachable database (on the Forces War Records website) of the book, published in 1922, to permanently record and honour the contribution made by the 50,000 Jews who served in the British and colonial forces during World War I.
British Library - 19th Century Newspapers – The , in partnership with JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and Gale, part of , has launched this public version of its 19th-century British Library Newspaper website. There are some two million digitized pages with full-word indexing. Searches of the site are free and downloads of full-text articles are available by purchasing either a 24-hour or seven-day pass. Users can buy a 24-hour pass (up to 100 downloads) for £6.99 or a seven-day pass (up to 200 downloads) for £9.99.
British Origins Contains basic details of aprox 800 Bevis Mark marriages (pre 1837) and approx 2,200 Great Synagogue marriages (pre 1837) within the dataset called Supplement to Boyds Marriage Index. This is a pay as you go (or subscription) based site.
Cyndi’s List – United Kingdom– Thousands of web links for genealogists.
Family Records –
One of the best on-line guides to
Records – Focus On: Isaac Rosenberg – A case history showing how
Family Records (UK) This is the Home Page
for the main collection of indexes for
Search – A genealogy portal run by the
Family Research Wiki - This new site (2007) has been introduced by the Mormon Family History Department as a new research tool along the lines of Wikipedia. They have a section that describes resources by country that can be linked to from the Home Page. There is a lot of good material, some based on printed pamphlets that have existed at the Family History Library for years
Find My Past - A commercial UK genealogy site, which includes, among other things, a British emigration index, an index of 10 million burials in England and Wales, 1841–1891 census data, military records, and vital records index books. Although a fee-for-service site, in connection with burials, the site displays the deceased’s name, year of burial and county at no charge.
Free BMD A partial (but rapidly growing) index of the UK Birth, Marriage and Death indexes (mostly those more than 90 years old).
Genealogy Articles Source of free Genealogy Articles
Genealogy by Gentics (DNA) A website explaining DNA testing and its uses in Genealogy
General Register Office for England and Wales These pages give you information about the registration of births, deaths, adoptions, marriages and civil partnerships in England and Wales, and include:
GenUKI – A comprehensive list of
Google – A very useful general web/internet search engine/tool. Try your query here.
Guildhall Library –
The major library for City of
Irish General Register Office - Civil Registers of births, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths in Ireland.
Irish National Archives and Census – The Irish National Archives holds a wide variety of records, many of which are relevant to Irish genealogy, include on-line census.
JCR-UK – Jewish Communities and Records - Website and databases
JCR-UK Discussion Group – To sign up for the Jewish Communities and Records UK (JCR-UK) e-mail Discussion Group.
JCR-UK Discussion Group Message Archives To search the JCR-UK Discussion Group Archives
Jewish East End Celebration Society (JEECS) whose purposes include, among others, the focusing of attention on Jewish life and culture in the East End of London; disseminating information about the Jewish East End; re-establishing roots and interest in the Jewish East End; and preserving and documenting past Jewish life. Publishes the Cable magazine.
JewishGen - Home page – The leading international Jewish Genealogy website
JewishGen Databases for the UK - These include the JewishGen UK Database, which contains over 60,000 records which JewishGen has already processed; and the Supplementary UK Database which contains thousands of records waiting to be processed by JewishGen, but are already available to JCR-UK via JGSGB.
JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) – A JewishGen service. Lookup the surnames and towns of your research interest here. Also post your research interests of family surnames here
JewishGen Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP) – A good place to look up your family by name. See if someone else has posted a family names that link to yours. Post the names in your family tree here
Jewish Ancestors – A blog about UK Jewish Genealogical matters from The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB).
Jewish Ireland – includes the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society & Family History Centre - a division of the Irish Jewish Museum.
Jewish Museum – a website of the Jewish Museum, Camden Town, London.
Website about how to trace your Jewish Roots from a
Jewish Virtual Library - UK – A virtual Jewish history tour of the United Kingdom.
Jewish Telegraph - Britain's only regional Jewish Newspaper
JGSGB Home Page –
The website of The Jewish Genealogical Society of
JGSGB Databases in Members Corner – [***Note this area is only open to Members of JGSGB. For details of how to join JGSGB please click here]
JTRAILS - National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail, working in conjunction with English Heritage, to raise awareness of Jewish history and to encourage individuals to further investigate their own roots as well as the fascinating origins of the community.
Liverpool - The Changing Years - A series of articles published in the Liverpool Jewish Gazette between 1968 and 1970.
Liverpool Record Office - Holds the archives of the Merseyside Jewish Community from the 18th century to the present day.
London Gazette - The Gazette has been the official UK journal of record for over 350 years and includes details of wills, probates, incolvencies, public notices and much more.
London Jewish cemeteries - A listing of all London Jewish cemeteries.
London Metropolitan Archives LMA is a major repository for records of Anglo-Jewish organisations such as the Chief Rabbi's Office, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Federation of Synagogues and the Jews' Temporary Shelter:- see Archives Treasures - Jewish Life; a leaflet on a Summary of Jewish Genealogical Sources; a leaflet on the Records of the Anglo-Jewish Community; Archives of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Congregation; 18th and 19th century Jewish surnames in London insurance policies.
Moving Here - Tracing Your Roots –
An Online guide written from a
National Archives – Home page – UK Government Records and Information Services (formerly the Public Records Office)
National Archives Search - Searchable catalogue of the National Archives (formerly Public Records Office) holdings.
National Archives - Information Leaflets - About 200 downloadable information leaflets for genealogists. Of particular interest are likely to be:
Oxford Jewish Heritage profile of Oxford Jewish history from earliest records through to modern day community activities, including detailed maps of Medieval Jewish Oxford, an Inventory of Hebraica and Judaica in the Oxford Colleges, Blue Plaques for famous Oxford Jews and much more.
Library & Hartley Institute (University of Southampton) –
Includes a survey of Jewish archives in the
Poor Jews Temporary Shelter -
A database of approx 43,000 Jews who
stayed at the Shelter in
Public Records Office - now National Archives – UK Government Records and Information Services.
A major genealogy portal with reasonable
Roll of Honour – dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country.
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre - A large collection of records on Jewish communities and individuals throughout Scotland as well as database of almost 35,000 Scottish Jews
ScotlandsPeople claims to be the only site to have complete Scottish census records from 18411901. It includes both an index as well as the actual images. This fee-for-service site also has birth, marriage and death records.
Society of Genealogist - The (U.K.) National Library & Education Centre fro Family History.
Susser Archive – This website, hosted by JCR-UK, includes, among other things, the following resources/databases:
Tracing the Tribe - a JTA blog about Jewish genealogy -- the developments, tools and resources you'll need to peer more closely into your family tree.
United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials - enables one to search for information about the 55,000 war memorials.
United Synagogue Records: http://www.sog.org.uk/index.shtml
Wills & Probate – Indexes (Calendars) of PCC Wills from 1384-1858 are now searchable on-line with the ability to order images on line
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