Tracing your Family:
· Records of Births Deaths and Marriages are kept by the local Registrar (of the County Council area they occurred in).
· Additional records of Jewish Marriages and Deaths will also be kept by the synagogue responsible.
· The Office of the Chief Rabbi keeps further copies of Marriage Ketubahs, for ceremonies conducted in a large number of Ashkenazi congregations.
· Try consulting the official UK Government National Archive UK Census Online for years from 1841 to 1911.
The Jewish Genealogy Society is a key organisation to contact. Its aims are…To encourage genealogical research * To promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources * To share information amongst members The Society is open to all interested in Jewish genealogy
Details of Marriages:
The Jewish Marriage Certificate – the Katubah – may hold the details you want. Older ones may be written entirely in Hebrew. A local synagogue might be able to help you get a translation.
If you haven’t got a copy of the Ketubah another copy will be held on record by the synagogue responsible for conducting he ceremony.
Confirmation of where the marriage took place can be gained by obtaining a copy of the Civil Marriage Certificate from the Registrar of the County Borough or City where the ceremony took place.
Contact the synagogue where your relation was married, they should have records of all marriages conducted there.
Many synagogues amalgamate over the years, but its likely that the records will have been inherited by a synagogue nearby.
If the synagogue records have been lost you can contact the Office of the Chief Rabbi, in London.
They hold records from all synagogues associated with the United Synagogues.
This will cover a very large number of UK synagogues, but not all.
Office of the Chief Rabbi, 305 Ballards Lane, London, N12 8GB, UK
Enquiries: +44 (0)20 8343 6301