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 familysearch.org has been growing steadily at an average rate of about 10,000 individuals each month, including Jewish individuals from over 80 nations.
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.