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Brady Street Jewish Cemetery – an update

November 30, 2011
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Brady Street Jewish Cemetery – an update

Two and a half years have passed since we wrote about the Brady Street memorial to Miriam Levy. Her much vaunted connection to the founding of the Jewish Soup Kitchen still eludes us but, thanks to Dr. Phillip Kirby, we have now at least been able to identify her descendants. Some of  these were...
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A Colonial Australian Mystery

July 20, 2011
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Benjamin Jacobs, Isaac Lev Lyons and William Shannon.   On 6th November 1810 Benjamin Jacobs made out his will leaving all his “goods, chattels, money and wearing apparel” to his “good friend” and sole executor Ann Taylor. The witnesses to the will were Isaac Lev Lyons and William Shannon and the address given was...
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London to Sydney, Australian burials solve a puzzle!

April 13, 2011
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London to Sydney, Australian burials solve a puzzle!

Our focus at  www,cemeteryscribes.com  is Jewish Cemeteries in the UK. But genealogy knows no borders and a  recent exchange of emails, relating to Anglo-Jewish burials in Australian cemeteries, led to some interesting discoveries and the addition of a note to a marriage record featured in our sister site www.synagoguescribes.com The following burials appear on...
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Ketuba mystery – solved!

September 8, 2010
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Ketuba mystery – solved!

When it comes to requests for help with family trees, we at www.SynagogeSribes.com are a pretty hard-hearted bunch.   We have to be: if we weren’t, we’d finish up spending all our time on other people’s genealogies,  leaving none for our core work of finding, transcribing and publishing Jewish community records and, with our other...
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Samuel Falk, Baal Shem of London, burial record & Alderney (Globe) Rd Cemetery

July 18, 2010
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Samuel Falk, Baal Shem of London, burial record & Alderney (Globe) Rd Cemetery

We thought our readers may be interested in a recent ‘find’ we came across while transcribing and transliterating burial records for SynagogueScribes.com – our sister site that deals mainly with pre civil registration, Synagogue records such as births, marriages and burials. See SynagogueScribes Sources for more information. There are already a large number of...
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Hildesheimer & Co

March 10, 2010
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Hildesheimer & Co

The German born Hildesheimer brothers along with the Tuck family were at the forefront of the fast expanding trade in Greetings Cards in Victorian England. Siegmund Hildesheimer was born in 1832 in Hallberstadt Germany and settled in Manchester in the mid 1870’s.  The 1881 census lists his occupation as Picture Importer, although, according...
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Willesden Cemetery; Art, Music and Literature

February 7, 2010
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Willesden Cemetery , consecrated in 1873, acts as a bridge between the intimacy of the old, historic London Ashkenazi Burial Grounds – Aldernery Road,  Brady Street and Lauriston Road – enclosed within high brick walls, their modest, fading stones haphazardly set in grassy plots under shady trees, and the vast modern and largely treeless,...
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33 Jewish Charities in London -1850.

January 24, 2010
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According to “The charities of London. Comprehending the benevolent, educational, and religious institutions. Their origin and design, progress, and present position (1850)”, there were 33 specifically Jewish charities in London at the time of its publication. Each charity is listed with the address, date of establishment and their presidents, treasurers and other officers. For...
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The Knowles Collection

January 16, 2010
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Most people researching Jewish families in the UK will have heard of the Knowles Collection: if you haven’t, we recommend you visit the familysearch.org website without further delay. The collection is based on the pioneering work of the late Isobel Mordy, lodged at the Society of Genealogists in London, and Todd Knowles‘ additional research. Todd, the great great...
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Research outside UK & GenAmi

December 6, 2009
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Research outside UK & GenAmi

As our ancestors travelled and moved from one country to another before arriving in the UK we often need to obtain information from records held in other countries and sometimes we receive photos from cemeteries outside of the UK. Regular visitors to CemeteryScribes will have noticed that we recently added headstone photos from the...
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