Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

Jewish Book Week 2020, JGSGB Genealogy Workshop

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) is an organisation for the study and encouragement of Jewish genealogy in Great Britain. The Society library is housed in the Jewish Museum London open to members of the public and contains a large collection of reference books and other published materials for genealogical research.

Archive Description

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) was founded in March 1992 to help beginners and experienced researchers learn and discover more about genealogy, to encourage genealogical research, and to promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources.

The Society’s Library contains more than a thousand reference books and other items including journals and manuscripts. It is unique in the UK for concentrating specifically on Jewish genealogy and for placing specific emphasis on resources to help those tracing Jewish ancestors.

The geographical coverage seeks to be worldwide with special emphasis on London and regional UK communities including Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The library holds copies of synagogue registers such as the Great, New and Hambro synagogues in London, the Spanish and Portuguese congregation at Bevis Marks, also cemetery inscriptions, communal histories, and a major collection on Irish Jewry 1700-2016. Biographical material in the collection also covers Jews in the armed services.

Access Information

The library is open to members of the society and the general public, one Sunday and Tuesday a month at the Jewish Museum, London. Details can be found on the JGSGB website. No identification is required but the Society asks that users notify them in advance. Enquiries and requests for access can be sent to or through the contact form on its website.

Online Accessibility

The Society library has a catalogue available online, and has a large number of research resources available on the Society website.

Street Address

Jewish Museum London
129-131 Albert Street
Camden Town

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