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Genealogy Guide: United Kingdom and Ireland


The Center for Jewish History partners hold many general histories of Jews in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as memoirs and synagogue histories. Archival materials concerning refugees to the UK and Ireland during the Holocaust, Yiddish theater in England, and specific synagogues in England can be found in the YIVO Archives, while the Leo Baeck Institute has collections on German and Austrian Jews who immigrated to England. To locate these sources, consult the CJH online catalog at

Primary Records

Barnett, Lionel, ed. Bevis Marks Records: Records of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation of London (Oxford: University Press, 1940-1973). Includes birth and circumcision registers, abstracts of ketubot and civil marriage registers, and burial registers. Reading Room   BM 295 .S7 L6 1940

Berger, Doreen. The Jewish Victorian: Genealogical Information from the Jewish Newspapers, 1871-1880 (Witney, Oxfordshire: Robert Boyd, 1999). YIVO   000106473

Roth, Cecil. Records of the Western Synagogue 1761-1932 (London: Edward Goldstone, 1932). A history of the synagogue, including an inventory of vital records but no actual records or abstracts. American Jewish Historical Society   BM 295.W4 R4

Jews in England Collection: Includes records of people who passed through the Jews’ Temporary Shelter in London (founded 1885).
Leo Baeck Institute   MF 1416

Kindertransport Collection: Includes 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 Directory of the Kindertransport Association.
Leo Baeck Institute   MF 1371

Territorial Collection - England: Comprised of printed materials from Jewish organizations, including synagogues, Zionist groups, Yiddish cultural organizations, the Council of Polish Jews in Great Britain, and labor groups. Also includes autobiographical essays submitted to a contest titled “My First Year in England.” YIVO   RG 116-England 

Books and Periodicals

Alderman, Geoffrey. Modern British Jewry (NY: Oxford University Press, 1992). YIVO   000085413

Cesarani, David. The Making of Modern Anglo-Jewry (Cambridge, MA: B. Blackwell, 1990). YIVO   000087253

Gartner, L.P. The Jewish Immigrant in England 1870-1914 (London: Simon Publications, 2nd ed. 1973).
American Jewish Historical Society   DS135.E5 G3

Herber, Mark D.  Ancestral Trails: the Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000).  Genealogy Institute   CS414 .H47 2000

Hyman, Louis. The Jews of Ireland; from Earliest times to the Year 1910. Jerusalem (Shannon, Ireland: Irish University Press, 1972). YIVO   000072325

Kadish, Sharman. The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2011). American Sephardi Federation   NA 4690 .K34 2011

Katz, David S. The Jews in the History of England, 1485-1850. (NY: Oxford University Press, 1994). YIVO   000087055

Keogh, Dermot. Jews in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Refugees, Anti-semitism and the Holocaust (Cork, Ireland: Cork University Press, 1998). Leo Baeck Institute   st 529

Newman, Aubery, and Stephen W. Massil. Patterns of Migration 1850-1914 (London: Jewish Historical Society of England, 1996). 
American Jewish Historical Society   DS 135 .E5 P38 1996

Shemot [Newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain] (London: The Society, 1992-).  Genealogy Institute Periodicals

Wenzerul, Rosemary. A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in the United Kingdom. 2nd Revised edition. London: Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, 2011. Genealogy Institute  DS135.E5 G85 2011

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