All things history and genealogy.

All things history and genealogy.


The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

The Knowles Collection, the Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families, has recently reached over 1 million entries.


Since it’s inception, this free searchable database at has been growing steadily at an average rate of about 10,000 individuals each month, including Jewish individuals from over 80 nations.

Jewish alter in a synagogue.
Jewish alter in a synagogue.

Genealogy researchers are free to compare their Jewish ancestry with the six different searchable databases in the Knowles collection.

Some of those databases include names and information on Jewish individuals from:

  • British Isles (208,349)
  • Europe (380,637)
  • South Pacific (21,518)
  • South America and the Caribbean (21, 351)
  • North America (489,000).
  • Africa and the Orient (37,618)

These records provide both given names and surnames, dates, places, source citations, notes and links to ancestors.

The most effective and informative searches result from knowing the person’s name, date of birth, and places of residence.

Due to the mobility of the Jewish population in the past, it’s wise to cheque several of the databases to locate your ancestors.

Full instruction on how to effectively find and search these databases are available here.

The Mormons are making major changes to their genealogy database to recognize same-sex families / LGBTQ Nation

During Pride Month in June, LGBT people interested in family history received interesting news. Beginning next year, the world’s largest genealogy organization, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will release a redesigned website that will include same-sex families., sponsored by the Mormons, first said in 2015 that it would add a feature for same-sex relationships, the Deseret News reported. Now, the major overhaul to the website’s system should be ready by 2019.

There are several other family history sites – is probably the best known – that already allow same-sex recognition. In addition to Ancestry, other major sites are Israel-based MyHeritage and England-based Findmypast. FamilySearch is the only one that is totally free for all of its databases.

For LGBT genealogists, the FamilySearch news was a pleasant surprise . . .

Read on . . .

Source: The Mormons are making major changes to their genealogy database to recognize same-sex families / LGBTQ Nation