Research in the UK
by Gaby LAWS
The following guide is not intended to cover all possible areas of UK research
but should be sufficient to get you started.
These are similar to population registers and generally contain the following
The address, name, age, sex, occupation, place of birth, relationship to head and
The census, taken every 10 years from 1841, is available for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1911.
London - Big Ben
- Ages in the 1841 census are not exact but rounded up or down
- Place of birth is not shown in the 1841 census, only whether
the person was born in the county or not, or foreign.
- The 1911 census contains more information, the number of years
married and the number of living children and the number of any who have died.
- The 1911 tends to have a more detailed place of birth, but not in all cases.
Census records online
Currently only available on Findmypast
this contains the full date of birth, occupation, address and name of each
individual in UK including Northern Ireland. Frequently there are 2
family names shown where the person has changed their name ie Silverman
and Silver etc. Some individuals have been excluded where they may still
be alive for privacy reasons. (subscription or pay to view required).
BMD (Births, marriages and deaths) Civil registers from 1837
Civil registration registers or indexes are available on both Ancestry
and Findmypast and are also available free of charge
these contain the name, year, quarter,
page number and place of registration. Later registers contain the age at
death (from 1866) and mother’s maiden name on births (from 1912).
Having found a record, you will need to purchase the certificate from GRO
to see more information.
London - Oxford circus
- The Birth certificate has date and place of birth, full name
and maiden surname of the mother, forename(s) and sex of the child the
informant's name, address and relationship to the child, full name and
occupation of the father if married to the mother (or if he attended with
the mother and signed the registration entry) from 1969, the place of birth
of both parents
The Marriage certificate has date and place of marriage, marital status
of the bride and groom, whether by banns, licence or certificate, current
address and occupation of the bride and groom, names and ages of the bride
and groom names and occupations of their fathers ('full age' indicates that
the person was over 21) names of witnesses
The Death certificate has the name of the deceased, their occupation, or
the name and occupation of the husband, if a married or widowed woman,
date and place of death, name, address and family relationship if any of the
informant, given age date.
Free searchable database of London Ashkenazi Synagogue Records,
most records are pre- 1837. Synagogue records include births,
circumcisions, marriages, burials. Secular records contain, tax records,
will extracts, settlement records, apprenticeships and many more.
Free searchable database of headstones and inscriptions along with photos
and mini family trees.
United Synagogues burial indexes
‘find a grave’ free searchable database (incomplete).
Federation of Synagogues burial indexes:
United Synagogue marriage authorisations index
the authorisations can be purchased from the United Synagogue and contain:
The Hebrew and English names of the bride and groom, their address,
country of origin, Hebrew name of the bride and groom’s fathers,
Hebrew names of the unmarried brothers of the groom.
The years currently available are 1880 to 1901.
Western Synagogue burial indexes, covering Cheshunt, Edmonton, Streatham and Fulham
JGSGB (Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
numerous databases available, in particular:
1851 Anglo-Jewry Database
Jews Free School database
currently 1856 – 1907 available.
Free to search,subscription required to view pages/articles.
Jewish Chronicle Archives (from 1841)
London - Piccadilly Circus
Passengers who arrived in the UK between 1878 and 1960 from ports outside Europe
and the Mediterranean available on Ancestry. Also passengers leaving the UK between
1890 and 1960 are on both Ancestry and FindmyPast
Alien Registration Cards- over 600 immigrants arriving between 1918 and 1957
to the London area. Only small sample are available
Alien arrivals 1810-1811, 1826-1869 on Ancestry
Other Records and Resources:
- The Jewish Victorian, by Doreen BERGER, recueils de faire-parts in British newspapers, 2 volumes : 1861-1870 & 1871-1880
- Mariages à la grande synagogue de Londres by Angela Shire (1791-1850) & by Harold & Myriam Lewin (1791-1885)
- New Synagogue records, CD-Rom, par Angela Shire
- Bevis Mark, synagogue portugaise de Londres : Mariages (2 vol.), Décès, Naissances (circoncisions)
- Jews in Bristol par Judith Samuel
- The lost Jews of Cornwall, Keith Pierce, Helen Fry
- The Jews of Devon and Cornwall, catalogue d’exposition
- The Jewish Free School, par Dr Jerry Black
- A History of the Jews in England, par Cecil Roth
- The Great Synagogue London, par Cecil Roth
- London, par Elkan Nathan Adler (grand rabbin)
- Think and Thank, The Montefiore Synagogue of Ramsgate
- Numerous files (Great Synagogue, Hambro Synagogue, Western Synagogue…)