Research the name

This guide was last updated in 2011

Finding out more about your family's name can often unlock a wealth of useful knowledge.

For those researching Jewish individuals who lived in the UK, the JCR-UK database of names www.jewishgen.org/databases/UK is worth checking, as are the websites www.synagoguescribes.com and www.cemeteryscribes.com. If you suspect your Jewish ancestor was alive in 1851, then check www.jgsgb.org.uk/search-1851-database.

For the London Jewish Community, including the Sephardic community, the main weekly Jewish newspaper since 1841 has been the Jewish Chronicle. It is now archived and fully text searchable (including names) at www.thejc.com (paid subscription required).

The website at www.sephardim.com/search.shtml can be used to check if a surname is a traditional Sephardic Jewish surname and to indicate some of the databases and books in which the surname has been found. Similar databases to be searched can be found at the Consolidated Index of Sephardic Surnames www.sephardicgen .com/databases/indexSrchFrm.html and the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index www.avotaynu.com/csi/csi-result.html.

Finally, it is useful to know whether others are researching the same Jewish family as this can save you a considerable amount of time. One approach is to check the JewishGen Family Finder www.jewishgen.org/jgff. Alternatively, check other sites that hold family trees such as www.ancestry.co.uk, www.genes reunited.co.uk or www.geni.com; and don’t forget to check the MyHeritage Genealogy Center www.myheritage.com/genealogy-center, which contains a large number of Sephardic family trees.

 

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