Ge­neal­o­gists put down new roots

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JENNI FRAZER

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.

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