Good News – new records on the way
We are currently working on a substantial set of hitherto un-transcribed CIRCUMCISION REGISTERS:
Over 700 records covering a 70 year period between 1790 and 1860, the greater part of which include English names and addresses.
Most of the entries are for families living in London, but these Mohels got around and we have addresses in Bedford, Chatham and Hull.
I got quite excited when I saw the latter: maybe there would be one for my elusive Samson ancestor, at least two of whose children were born there around 1816. Alas! Once again I drew a blank: the Hull births were more than 3 decades later. But I was delighted to find a London record that, whilst not mine, gave me as much satisfaction: this was the 1814 circumcision of Barnett, son of NATHAN NATHAN of Charles Street, Middlesex Hospital, who we can Identify as the Bertram Nathan who died in Melbourne Australia in 1871. Bertram’s father, Nathan Nathan, is the antecedent of the amazing American woman whose, at the time, unique transcriptions of some of the early Synagogue Registers formed the genesis of the Synagogue Scribes database.
We regret that she is no longer alive to benefit from this new data, but we know she was in regular postal contact with descendants of the extended Nathan family in Australia and New Zealand, so if any of them should chance to read this, do please get in touch and we will give you the details. For the rest of you, please be patient! Transcribing, translating and formatting the records is an arduous task but we are well on our way. So keep checking the site. Maybe you will be luckier than me!
Source: we will show full source details for these new records and also our thanks to a visitor to our site for drawing them to our attention and for all her help, when we publish them.
Gaby, It’s always exciting to learn of more early records becoming available. Not sure if they’ll help me (who knows?), but wonderful nonetheless. And what fun to be able to connect a circumcision record in England to a record decades later in Australia!
Thanks for all your hard work. I love people like you who help out the rest of us.
I would second that. This is an excellent resource. Thanks.
Thank you for your comments, very pleased to hear our site has been of use to you
I cannot thank all of the transcribers enough for the work they have put in. It is wonderful. Thank you so much.
Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear our site has been of use to you,