Genealogists put down new roots
THE JEWISH Genealogical Society is to leave its West London Synagogue base — where it has spent the past decade — and will move next month to the headquarters of ancestry and family research in the UK, the Society of Genealogists.
The move was necessitated by lack of space at the synagogue to accommodate the JGS library, which has expand- ed considerably since the society was founded in 1992.
It will now be housed on the ground floor of the Society of Genealogists’ premises, in the City of London’s Charterhouse Buildings.
The library contains more than 1,000 books and includes Jewish family trees, surname dictionaries, gazetteers of place names and a unique collection relating to the Holocaust.
Leigh Dworkin, chairman of the JGS, welcomed the move. He said: “This is a wonderful development and will guarantee the long-term future of our library and its independence.
“We hope also that working more closely with the Society of Genealogists will bring benefits to the members of both societies, as our work is complementary.”
JSG volunteers will be on hand in the new premises to guide would-be researchers.