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How did you get that name? its as plain as a Pikestaff!

February 17, 2014
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How did you get that name? its as plain as a Pikestaff!

We’ve said it a hundred times: transcribing the earliest extant UK Synagogue records is hard work and requires many qualities, foremost amongst which : A knowledge of the cursive Hebrew alphabet;  ditto Hebrew names, European place names, and the kinds of occupations  and professions  our 18th and 19th century forebears  might have followed  excellent...
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Isaac ABOAB of Gibraltar

February 6, 2014
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There are a number of fascinating elements to Isaac Aboab’s Will, an abstract of which, thanks to David Alexander, will soon be added to SynagogueScribes’ ever growing collection. Isaac was born in Tetuan (a city in northern Morocco) in about 1712 and  died in Oct 1786 London. He was a successful merchant living in...
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ANGLO-JEWISH RECORDS of the ASHKENAZI COMMUNITY From the readmission in 1656 to the introduction of Civil Registration in 1837

October 31, 2013
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Adapted from a talk delivered to the Annual Conference of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain October 2013 Consider the following facts: The readmission of the Jews to the United Kingdom took place CIRCA 1656 – the date is less precise than many works of reference would have us think. By 1800, the...
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Names, place and Ebarstrow

October 21, 2013
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In 2010 we featured a piece on our Cemeteryscribes blog Names: Places of origin or occupations or ? We recently received a lengthy follow-up from a correspondent from Australia. Much of this very interesting post is outside our scope. Neither Cemeteryscribes nor Synagoguescribes are Genealogy sites, as such. In the former we record and...
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Australian marriage collection

July 27, 2013
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Australian marriage collection

We have added a further 50 records to our Australian marriage collection bringing the total to 450. This is a very important source of information for researchers of Jewish genealogy as many of the individuals originated in UK and then moved to Australia. As always we recommend you purchase or view the original records...
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THE PORTSMOUTH CIRCUMCISION REGISTER

June 10, 2013
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THE PORTSMOUTH CIRCUMCISION REGISTER 113 Circumcision records, transcribed by Henry Roche from the original register.   We are delighted to announce the inclusion in this valuable set of records in our Main Database. These unique records, which carry the reference PMCIRC, not only contain useful genealogical data in themselves, but Henry has added English...
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Secular Multi Search

May 19, 2013
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Introducing our new Secular records Multi search! This is still in the development stage but will contain all our Secular Records so that you can search them all in one go. For now the database contains 400 Australian Mariages, 600 UK newspaper announcements (BMD), 1000 Mason records and 400 settlement records. The search enables...
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Julius Mathews, Jane Elsbach and Annie Horwitz: A Jewish divorce? Or a bigamous marriage?

February 13, 2013
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Julius Mathews, Jane Elsbach and Annie Horwitz:  A Jewish divorce?  Or a bigamous marriage?

On Thursday 28 July 1869, Jane Mathews stood before Alderman Hale in a London Police Court,   charged with “annoying” her husband, Mr Julius Mathews, an Importer of Leadenhall Street.  From the dock, she stated that she had written to her husband for money, but had only received a note in return and had therefore...
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MISTAKES HAPPEN!

January 11, 2013
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And when they do, we hold our hands up and apologise.  We recently found an error in our transcript of the Will of Elizabeth Gompertz NA143. which has now been corrected online.  We do our best to get things right but, regrettably, slip-ups, such as this, do creep in from time to time. As...
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More Will Abstracts

November 11, 2012
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Few of the abstracts on our site conceal quite so much romance and drama behind the dry, archaic, legal language in which it was written, as the Will of Jacques de Paiva  who wrote his Will aboard the ship Beaufort en route to Madras, and whose widow subsequently became the mistress of mistress of...
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Portsmouth records by Henry Roche

October 3, 2012
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PORTSMOUTH SYNAGOGUE EARLY MEMBERSHIP LIST 1765 to 1843 (PSEM)       Henry Roche Oct.2012 NOTES:  This list (PSEM) is taken from the Purchases of Membership recorded in the Portsmouth Synagogue First Minute Book (MB1), which covers the period 1765 to 1843. MB1 opens with the events leading to the great Split of February 1766, which lasted...
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George Rigal 1925 – 2012

August 9, 2012
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We are sad to report the death of one of the great servants of Anglo-Jewish genealogy. George’s knowledge was encyclopaedic and his generosity in sharing that knowledge was unsurpassed. With nothing more than the most basic information – a name and a date, or an address – you could be certain that, within a...
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The Will of Jacques de Paiva 1688

April 29, 2012
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Jacques de Paiva sometimes known as James and Isaac and whose Hebrew name is thought to have been Moses Zagache (according to R.D. Barnett and Edgar Roy Samuel see Jonathan Schorsch, « Mosseh Pereyra de Paiva : An Amsterdam Portuguese Merchant abroad in the Seventeenth Century » in The Dutch Intersection: The Jews and...
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A less exotic place to live

April 14, 2012
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From time to time, in our work of transcribing early Anglo Jewish community records,  we have come across Hebrew words which translate as “From the Medina“. To our  ill-informed minds, this was romantically suggestive of Morocco, or some other exotic North African or Arab city. and made quite a change from the habitual places...
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Genealogy Quality Code

January 8, 2012
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Genealogy Quality Code

We are pleased to announce that SynagogueScribes subscribes to the Genealogy Quality Code a  voluntary code for compilers and users of genealogy databases. You will find their logo on each of our pages. After events detailed here in our warning we are delighted to be able to join this code.  
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The Will of Diego Rodrigues Marques dated 1675

January 1, 2012
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This will fascinated us to such an extent that we attempted to transcribe it all. The vast amount of information covering people, places, trade, possessions and a little family intrigue make it the most interesting we have come across so far. We are publishing here extracts from our transcription, but stress that it is...
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Will Extracts now total 1300

January 1, 2012
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We have added a further 200 new will extracts to the collection found here There are many fascinating insights to be found amongst the wills, accounts of business transactions, married life, possessions and of course for the genealogist lots of family connections!  
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Heneage Lane

October 23, 2011
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Heneage Lane, Bevis Marks When  Henry VIII dissolved the monastries the eastern half of the town palace of the Abbot of Bury St Edmonds was given to the Duke of Norfolk and became known as Duke’s Place.The western section including the Abbot’s palace was given to Sir Thomas Heneage, becoming Heneage House and the...
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Bevis Marks

October 23, 2011
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Warning

September 25, 2011
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Warning

We have been robbed!.  Not once, but twice!   Firstly, by a Very Large, Highly Respectable, Organisation.  We still aren’t  clear what  possessed them.  Over-enthusiasm? Naievete? Or sheer thoughtlessness?   Whatever the cause, the result  has been highly damaging. Whole datasets from our SynagogueScribes database and large amounts of data from our CemeteryScribes website have been copied...
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