33 Jewish Charities in London -1850.

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

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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Bath Jewish Burial Ground – Restoration

Bath Jewish Burial Ground – Restoration

A recent article in the Jewish Chronicle reports that the first stage of the £50,000 restoration work at the old Jewish Burial Ground at Combe Down had been completed. For more information go to the Jewish Chronicle article here CemeteryScribes has 26 tombstone photos taken at the Bath cemetery along with inscriptions for each...
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Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemetery, London now complete!

Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemetery, London now complete!

We have added over 500 photos to CemeteryScribes.com taken at this cemetery. Each entry includes the tombstone photo, inscriptions and in most cases the immediate families of those buried there. Balls Pond was opened in the early 1840′s and is owned by West London Synagogue. It was described by Mrs Basil Holmes in ‘London...
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Postcards from London (and other places)

While this has little to do with Cemeteries or the people buried in them its losely connected  because those of us interested in genealogy like to know where our family lived, went on holiday, what they may have aspired to, the streets that they may have walked and the fashions of the time. So...
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Tombstone symbols – Fish

Tombstone symbols – Fish

We have two examples of ‘fish’ symbols from tombstones in Brady Street Jewish Cemetery. In both cases there is a single fish, although we understand that 2 fish may be featured and look identical. or very similar, to the symbol for ‘Pisces’. Both of our examples are facing left and look very similar, although...
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Bancroft Road Jewish Cemetery – Restoration Update!

Bancroft Road Jewish Cemetery – Restoration Update!

The good news keeps coming! Today we received confirmation from Leonard Shear that the restoration work is definitely being undertaken by the United Synagogue Burial Society. They will be levelling the ground, clearing all the rubbish, turfing the areas that need it, planting bushes and pruning the trees. All of this is ongoing and...
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Bancroft Road (Maiden Lane) Jewish Cemetery – Restoration project

In Sept 2008 we received this email: “I am delighted to see this website. About 30 minutes ago I was walking the streets of Bethnal Green, and to my horror I came across a Jewish cemetery which was in a bad state of disrepair. I took photos and as soon as I got home...
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Memorial Plaques from Choa Chu Kang, Singapore Jewish Cemetery

In 1974 the government provided space for a Jewish Cemetery at Choa Chu Kang, a large burial ground for people of all faiths and ethnic groups. Approximately six years later the older Jewish Cemeteries in Singapore, Orchard and Thomson Road were claimed by the government for redevelopment. The remains of those buried in Orchard...
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Research outside UK & GenAmi

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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