Confusion in the stars!

Confusion in the stars!

The Star of David (Mogen David) is frequently seen on tombstones but not all are Jewish and many cause confusion. We were recently contacted by Evelyn Simak who very kindly photographed tombstones at Jewish cemeteries in East Anglia for us. These are currently being added to CemeteryScribes. While researching the cemeteries Evelyn noticed an...
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Quakers Lane Jews Burial Ground in need of help!

Quakers Lane Jews Burial Ground in need of help!

The ground in Talbot Square, Norwich which is also called Glidencroft,  was acquired in 1813 by 4 members of the Jewish community,  Barnett Crawcour (Dentist), Henry Carr (Merchant), Israel Jacobs (Optician) and Colman Michael (Merchant) of Wymondham. It closed 41 years later in 1854 as a result of the Burial Act.   Reports of...
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London to Sydney, Australian burials solve a puzzle!

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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Belfast City Cemetery – Jewish Section

A free database of burial records, now available online, includes burials in the Jewish Section. See here The Jewish section was acquired in 1871: the first burial took place 2 years later on 2 Feb 1873, and the last on 11 Jun 1964. From 1884 to 1929 no headstones were allowed for those buried...
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Jewish Will Extracts 18th – 19th Century

Jewish Will Extracts 18th – 19th Century

SynagogueScribes are delighted to announce a brilliant new addition to our special section featuring Secular Records. Ranging from 1682 to the late Nineteenth century, from towns across the United Kingdom and  places as far afield as New York, Jamaica, and Australia, from the wealthy slave-owner to the humble general dealer, from Silversmiths and Quill...
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How technology saved the sanity of a stone mason

How technology saved the sanity of a stone mason

The following has been written by Guest Author Adam Binstock of Sydney, Australia. Adam contacted CemeteryScribes to give some feedback on stonemasons and we were delighted when he agreed to tell us more about the craft. Adam’s family of stonemasons go back many generations, his great grandfather was making tombstones in Poland. Being a...
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Inscriptions from Hebrew Rest Cemetery New Orleans

This is a follow up to our recent blog on New Orleans Jewish Cemeteries and as promised here are a selection of inscriptions from the tombstone photos found here Augustus BLOCK died 1896 aged 79 Lucia R BLOCK died 1903 sged 73 Betha Block MAYER 1857 – 1918 Dora J BLOCK 1881 – 1928...
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Jewish Cemeteries in New Orleans

Jewish Cemeteries in New Orleans

I recently joined a group and was chatting to Dawn of All things Genealogical when she mentioned that she has taken photos at two Jewish Cemeteries in New Orleans. In fact over 400 photos, which you can browse through! Namely the  Hebrew Rest Cemetery and Gates of Prayer Cemetery, [just follow the links to...
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UK Jewish Cemeteries at risk

Back in 2008 Jewish Heritage UK reported on ‘Burial grounds at risk’ with a list of 9 Jewish cemeteries: Exeter, Bull Meadow London, Bancroft Road London, Hackney [Lauriston Road) Ipswich, Salthouse Lane Merthyr Tydfil, Cefn Coed Manchester, Prestwich Village Sunderland, Ayres Quay Swansea, Mayhill Wolverhampton, Cockshutts Lane And in 2009 the follwowing burial grounds...
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The Guardian exhorts us all to become “Guardians” of our heritage

The Guardian exhorts us all to become “Guardians” of our heritage

It is rare to find a general newspaper article on cemeteries, let alone one that so exactly reflects the philosophy of our project at www.cemeteryscribes.com, but this piece in the Guardian of 30 Dec 2010 hit the nail square on the head. The article, based on a visit made by BBC Radio 4′s Today...
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