Many of us are Ir­ish, any Yid­iot knows that

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JESSICA ELGOT

THE AU­THOR of a new guide to trac­ing Ir­ish-jewish an­ces­try has said he des­per­ately needs peo­ple to come for­ward to help him ver­ify tens of thou­sands of de­tails of Ir­ish Jews stretch­ing back nearly four cen­turies.

Dublin’s Stu­art Rosen­blatt, au­thor of The Yid­iot’s Guide to Ir­ish Jewish Fam­ily An­ces­try, said he hoped the book would be a way for the de­scen­dants of Ir­ish Jews to add in­for­ma­tion to the cur­rent archive of more than 42,000 names.

Busi­ness­man Mr Rosen­blatt, head of the Ir­ish Jewish Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety, has put to­gether a 16-vol­ume archive of births, mar­riages, buri­als and school records from Belfast to Cork, Lim­er­ick and Dublin. The vol­umes are kept at the Ir­ish Jewish Mu­seum.

He is sell­ing his guide on his web­site, Ir­ish Jewish Roots. “We’ve self­pub­lished the book at vast ex­pense. It’s an all-con­sum­ing hobby of mine. JAMES WHIT­WORTH It’s caused some prob­lems in the fam­ily, but they know the end re­sults are fan­tas­tic.

“We get in­quiries from all over the world on a daily ba­sis. Many from South Africa, a lot are peo­ple are seek­ing Euro­pean pass­ports. It takes up a lot of my time, weeks, to do the re­search and so this is to help peo­ple do their own.

“We’ve got all these records, but we need to hear from more liv­ing re­la­tions of Jews in Ire­land in or­der to ver­ify them. There’re hun­dreds of Jewish peo­ple in Eng­land who are orig­i­nally Ir­ish.”

“I’ve dis­cov­ered why you keep mix­ing up the jig and the hora”

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