Page created by John Berman: 2003
Page initially prepared and researched by Laurence Harris
Page expanded and reformatted by David Shulman: 24 August 2009

Page redesigned by Louise Messik: 11 November 2011
Latest update or revision: 15 October 2014

An A-Z Selection of Recommended Websites
for those researching UK Jewish Genealogy

To suggest updates/corrections for the links in this section click here.

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:

Association of Jewish Refugees (UK) – Site dedicated Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees from Nazism living in the UK. Site includes section on the Kindertransport.

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:

  • MachzikeHadath Synagogue Membership List

  • Manchester data (including Cheetham Hill Road 1934 and Bury New Road Inhabitants 1927)

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 NewspapersThe British Library, in partnership with JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, 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 Boyd’s  Marriage Index.  This is a pay as you go (or subscription) based site. 

1894 Commercial Directory of the Jews of the UKavailable on-line (PDF) from  http://archive.org

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Search by name for soldiers who died in the First World War and the Second World War. (See also Roll of Honour, below.)

Cyndi’s List – United Kingdom– Thousands of web links for genealogists.

Family Records – One of the best on-line guides to UK family records.  Includes sections on Births, Marriages, Deaths, Religious Records, Census, Wills, Immigration, Emigration, Military Records and adoption.

Family Records – Focus On: Isaac Rosenberg – A case history showing how UK records can be put together to trace the family history of an individual.  The individual selected was Isaac Rosenberg, a first world war poet.

Family Records (UK) – This is the Home Page for the main collection of indexes for UK births, marriages and deaths.  Also copies of the UK census.  Plus many genealogical aids.  They also publish a number of useful leaflets relating to records of Births, Marriages, Burial Records, Census, Wills, Death Duties, Electoral Registers and Tracing Missing Persons.  To obtain these leaflets click here.

Family Search – A genealogy portal run by the Church of Latter Day Saints (otherwise known as the Mormons).  The site include the following features:

  • 1881 UK Census (transcripts) are available with free access (searchable by name).

  • The search tool contains many birth, marriage and death entries throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland (not specifically Jewish).

  • Jewish Family History Resources, which includes guides, indexes, and other resources for Jewish genealogy, including:

  • Knowles Collection which contains information for thousands of Jews from the British Isles. Building on the work of the late Isobel Mordy, the collection links individuals into family groups. More names are added continuously. The collection is available as a Gedcom or a PAF file.

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

Federation of Family History Societies - FFHS (UK) – Home Page

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 UK genealogy resources (mainly by geographical area).

Google – A very useful general web/internet search engine/tool.  Try your query here.

Guildhall Library – The major library for City of London and old fire insurance records

Irish General Register Office - Civil Registers of births, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths in Ireland.

Irish Jewish Museum - The website of The Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin.

Irish Jewish Roots - The website contains information on over 50,000 Jews or relatives of Jews who have lived in Ireland between 1700 and the present day.

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 Museuma website of the Jewish Museum, Camden Town, London.

Jewish Roots Website about how to trace your Jewish Roots from a UK perspective.

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 Great Britain.

JGSGB Library Catalogue -  For details of the JGSGB Library including a partial catalogue of holdings and a list of family trees held by principle surname.

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.

Lancashire BMD - This site now includes, among other things, a substantial number of marriage records of synagogues in Liverpool (for part listing of these, see Liverpool webpage).

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 - Jewish Migration Histories – Sections have been written on Origins, Journeys, Settling, Growing Up, Working Lives, Culture & Festivals and Politics.

Moving Here - Tracing Your Roots An Online guide written from a UK perspective

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:

Newspapers:

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.

Parkes Library & Hartley Institute (University of Southampton) Includes a survey of Jewish archives in the UK and Ireland.

Poor Jews Temporary Shelter - A database of approx 43,000 Jews who stayed at the Shelter in Leman Street, London during the period 1896-1914

Public Records Office - now National Archives – UK Government Records and Information Services.

RootsWeb A major genealogy portal with reasonable UK coverage

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 1841–1901. 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 GenealogistThe (U.K.) National Library & Education Centre fro Family History.

Susser ArchiveThis website, hosted by JCR-UK, includes, among other things, the following resources/databases:

  • Extracts of Jewish Names form the National censuses (1841-1891) in the SW of England including Plymouth, Torquay, Stroud, Falmouth and Exeter.

  • Jewish tombstone inscriptions in the South-West of England (including Exeter, Bristol, Falmouth, Penzance and Plymouth.

  • Jewish South-West of England Wills

  • Exeter marriage register (1838-1907)

  • Plymouth birth register (1829-1837)

  • Plymouth marriage register (1837-1933)

  • Plymouth Congregation deaths (1927-1963)

  • Inscriptions in the Alderney Road cemetery, London (1696-1853)

  • New Synagogue London – Duplicate Ketubot register.

  • Great Synagogue London – Births register

  • Great Synagogue London – Burial register (1791-1823)

  • A selection of six circumcision registers.

  • Western Synagogue – Marriage register

  • Hambro Synagogue – Burial Register

  • Hambro Synagogue London – Marriage register (1797-1837)

  • Norwich, Ipswich and Great Yarmouth – Tombstone inscriptions

Tracing the Tribea 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

National Library of Wales

War Memorials Online Listings (with searchable database) of UK’s war memorials.

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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