Users of this site will be very saddened to learn of the death of Angela Shire (1932-2019), who surely merits a starring place on Jewish Genealogy’s Roll of Honour.
Having fully researched her family, visiting archives here and abroad Angela believed that records should be made available to all.
Angela’s first major project, Great Synagogue Marriage Registers 1791-1850, extended, indexed, and (with permission) prepared for publication the pioneering transcription of an anonymous American researcher, thus for the first time making accessible to all one of the core resources for Anglo-Jewish research
With the advent of the internet, she went on to set up, with Gaby Laws, two related websites that build on this early work and take it much, much further: Synagogue Scribes and Cemetery Scribes.
What marked Angela out in her staunch commitment to sound genealogy was her unflinching insistence on following the evidence. She loved sleuthing and would spend as long as it took to disentangle skeins of contradiction and mystery. She won the admiration and affection of fellow researchers around the world for her unfailing generosity with data and well-grounded advice.
Angela was also, for those who had the privilege of knowing her, a great friend. She was a serious, punctilious and principled person, without question, but also imaginative and often very funny with her wry wit. She loved the good things: poetry, classical music, jazz, and lively conversation over a glass of good wine. Above all, she was intensely interested in people.
Angela is survived by her husband and two sons, always at the centre of her rich and productive life. They will feel her loss most keenly, but it’s a loss that affects us all.