Lon­don Jewish records go on­line

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A col­lec­tion of nearly 100,000 Lon­don syn­a­gogue records has been up­loaded to the­ge­neal­o­gist.co.uk.

Span­ning 1920 to 1939, the his­toric dataset re­veals the names of seat-hold­ers at 18 syn­a­gogues across the cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing de­tails of whether or not they held any po­si­tions of au­thor­ity.

Fully search­able by name, key­word, syn­a­gogue and ad­dress, each en­try is also ac­com­pa­nied by a scan of the page in the book Seathold­ers for Syn­a­gogues in Lon­don in which it orig­i­nally ap­pears.

Among the names in­cluded in the col­lec­tion is Lionel Nathan de Roth­schild (1882-1942), a prom­i­nent Con­ser­va­tive politi­cian and mem­ber of the fa­mous Roth­schild bank­ing dy­nasty. The first prac­tis­ing Jewish man to take up a seat in Par­lia­ment, search­ing the dataset re­veals that Roth­schild held po­si­tions in three dif­fer­ent syn­a­gogues.

This in­cludes his ten­ure as War­den of the Great Syn­a­gogue, which once stood in Duke’s Place, Aldgate (later de­stroyed by en­emy ac­tion dur­ing the Se­cond World War), as well as his time serv­ing as Pres­i­dent of the United Syn­a­gogue in North Finch­ley.

“Th­ese records will al­low you to search for Jewish rel­a­tives among the Lon­don syn­a­gogue seat-hold­ers,” said Nigel Bay­ley, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The­Ge­neal­o­gist.

“It is now eas­ier than ever to dis­cover any of­fi­cial po­si­tions that your Jewish an­ces­tor held.”

Mem­bers of Lon­don’s Jewish com­mu­nity mark Yom Kip­pur at a lo­cal syn­a­gogue, 1933

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