The following announcement was written by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain:
Gibraltar’s Jewish Genealogy Rocks On
Jewish ancestral records from the Rock of Gibraltar are going online following an historic agreement between the Gibraltar Jewish Community and the JGSGB (Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain). The records are to be maintained on the JCR-UK (Jewish Communities and Records) web pages hosted by JewishGen at www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/gibraltar.htm.
The first tranche of vital records are in the database already, covering 2,820 births from 1808 to 1894; 554 marriages from 1810 to 1883; and 3,095 deaths from 1829 to 1931. They will be joined by many more once they have been transcribed from the original registers and census documents. The work is being co-ordinated by Louise Messik of the JGSGB, who also carried out the negotiations with the Jewish Community’s registrar and archivist, Mesod Belilo.
Gibraltar’s Jewish community is unique, being made up of predominantly Sephardi Jews - those of Spanish, Portuguese, and North African ancestry. UK Jews are mainly Ashkenazi of Eastern European origin, making the Gibraltar records a particularly valuable additional resource.
Searching for basic data is open to all: more advanced searches may need registration with JewishGen, which is free of charge.
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