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Wartime British Jewish Newspapers Released


TheGenealogist has just released a significant batch of The Jewish Chronicles from the First World War and The Jewish Echo (Scotland and Ireland’s only Jewish paper from the time) covering years during the build up to World War 2.




These newspapers offer the opportunity to traverse through time and witness the pivotal moments that shaped the lives of the Jewish community throughout the war. Accompanying this great resource are the seatholders for the Crosby Street Synagogue in New York, with fascinating details of how it came to be. These records join the substantial holdings of Jewish records on TheGenealogist, including Seatholders of London Synagogues between 1920 and 1939, The Jewish Year Books from 1896 to 1939 and the Jewry Book of Honour (1914-1918).

  • Researchers can use these resources to find Jewish ancestors in the news
  • Learn what was happening from community notifications
  • Find Births, Deaths, Engagements, Marriages, Obituaries and Wills
  • Unearth dates for Bar Mitzvahs 
  • Track down when Tombstones were to be Set
  • Discover relatives that contributed to the many charitable funds supporting victims of the War
  • Learn about ancestors’ Military Promotions and listings in Casualty Lists


Read TheGenealogist’s article on how we used records in this release to set history straight and discover the truth about a WW1 Aviator, Businessman and Playboy:


About TheGenealogist


TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 


TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.


TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

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Jane Seymour's Ancestors also found in TheGenealogist's London Jewish Seatholders

  The family story of Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, known better by her stage name of Jane Seymour, is an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. Her Father’s family are Jewish while her mother was a Dutch Protestant who had endured being in a Second World War Japanese concentration camp. The television episode followed Jane as she discovered more about her two great-aunts, Michaela and Jadwiga who had experienced the horrors of Poland under Nazi occupation. TheGenealogist website, meanwhile, has discovered that Jane's paternal grandfather, Leon Frankenberg, had come to Britain after his family had fled persecution in Eastern Europe. He was the lucky one as he established his own business and became a respected member of his local synagogue community as recorded in the London Jewish Seatholder's records now searchable on TheGenealogist.   Read full article on TheGenealogist site and discover more about Jane Seymour's family history.

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Jewish Family History Fair

This Sunday, 7th July 2013, sees the first 'Jewish Family History Fair' in Elstree, Hertfordshire, hosted by The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. You can learn more about Jewish history and genealogy from expert speakers, including Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content at TheGenealogist.co.uk There's also an 'Ask the Expert' session and there will be exhibitors of leading software and recording materials for keen genealogists to browse. The Fair is open from 10am to 6pm at the De Vere Village Urban Resort Hotel and there's more details from their website.  
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British Jewry Book of Honour Records now available

TheGenealogist has another new set of records now available to view online in a very busy week. Available to all levels of subscriber, the new records detail the records of Jews who fell or were wounded in the Great War or were decorated for bravery. Looking at people such as Captain Robert Gee who was wounded several times but still performed heroic actions, Sergeant Issy Smith, Private Leonard Keysor and Lieutenant Frank Alexander de Pass, these are just some of the 2,500 men who can be found on the new record sets which further add to the military records available on TheGenealogist.

Captain Robert Gee

Captain Robert Gee, Victoria Cross winner for outstanding bravery

With details on how and where they served, it is a fascinating set of records of great interest to those with Jewish ancestry or for those with an interest in the First World War. There's more details available on TheGenealogist. To search these records, select "Roll of Honour Records" on the search view, or find them under the military section of the master search on the website.  
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