Historic Jewish records added to TheGenealogist

By Jon Bauckham, 23 July 2015 - 3:42pm

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A Yom Kippur ceremony at a London synagogue, c1933 (Photo: Getty Images)

A collection of nearly 100,000 London synagogue records has been uploaded to TheGenealogist.

Spanning 1920 to 1939, the historic dataset reveals the names of seat-holders at 18 synagogues across the capital, including whether or not they held any positions of authority.

Fully searchable by details such as name, keyword, synagogue and address, each entry is also accompanied by a scan of the page in the book Seatholders for Synagogues in London on which it appears.

Among the names in the collection is that of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1882-1942), prominent Conservative politician and a member of the famous Rothschild banking dynasty.

The first practising Jewish man to take up a seat in Parliament, exploring the dataset reveals that Rothschild held positions in three different synagogues.

This includes his tenure as Warden of the Great Synagogue that once stood in Duke’s Place, Aldgate (later destroyed during the Second World War), as well as his time serving as President of the United Synagogue in North Finchley.

“These records will allow you to search for Jewish relatives amongst the London synagogue seat-holders,” said Nigel Bayley, managing director of TheGenealogist.

“It is now easier than ever to discover any official positions that your Jewish ancestor held.”

Explore the collection here (requires TheGenealogist subscription)

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