The Society of Genealogists is the new home for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

The JGSGB will be moving to a new home.

JGSGB has reached agreement with the Society of Genealogists for its library to be have a new home in SoG’s premises at Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7BA. The JGSGB Library will remain a separate entity and will have its own space in the building. The Library will continue to be staffed by volunteers from the JGSGB and will continue to open to JGSGB members and visitors.

The Library will normally be open on the first Friday and third Sunday of each month from Friday 5th  May 2017.  Details can be found on the Society’s website at www.jgsgb.org.uk.

Leigh Dworkin, the Chairman of the JGSGB, said “This is a wonderful development for the Society and will guarantee the long-term future of our Library and its independence. We hope also that working more closely with the Society of Genealogists will bring benefits to the members of both Societies as our work is complementary.”

June Perrin, Chief Executive of SoG said “we are delighted to host the JGSB whose library and collections will greatly complement our own Jewish holdings. Together both Societies will provide an exciting resource for the genealogical community.”

Background

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) was founded in 1992 to encourage research into the genealogy of the United Kingdom’s Jewish community; to promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources; and to share information amongst members.

JGSGB is an entirely secular organisation - a society for Jewish genealogy, not a Jewish society for genealogy. 

The Society organises conferences, seminars and workshops;  provides email and social media discussion forums;  promotes distance learning;  publishes an award-winning journal and a members’ newsletter;  commissions and publishes genealogical guidebooks;  and provides a general enquiries service. 

Its activities and facilities, are open to the general public (except where noted) as well as to  members.

The JGSGB Library is a small specialist library and is unique in the UK. From the start it has served the niche market of concentrating specifically on Jewish genealogy with the emphasis on resources to help those tracing Jewish ancestry. The library is the Society's major asset and contains more than a thousand books and other items such as journals, pedigrees and manuscripts.

The library opened in 1997. For the first nine years it was housed at Finchley Synagogue in north London and in 1996 moved to West London Synagogue in central London where it remained for ten years. 

The geographical coverage of the material held seeks to be worldwide. There is special emphasis on London and provincial UK communities but also much on other parts of the world, particularly eastern Europe, reflecting the diversity of Jewish settlement. There is an extensive collection of family trees and more general items to aid research such as surname dictionaries, gazetteers of place names and research guides. There is also a collection relating to the Holocaust. Much of the material has been privately published and is not widely available elsewhere. 

The library is generally open twice a month and may be used by JGSBB members and non-members. All are welcome from absolute beginners to more experienced genealogists. A team of volunteers from JGSBB is always on hand to offer help and guidance to visitors.

A smaller library is held by the Society's flourishing branch in Manchester.

to offer help and guidance to visitors.

A smaller library is held by the Society's flourishing branch in Manchester.

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