The Knowles Collection: Jews of Europe

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Use this record to find the genealogy of many Jews who appear in the records of the countries of Europe. The great advantage of the Knowles Collection is that it links together into family groups, thousands of individual Jews (over 480,000 for this database as of May 2021). Until now, these records were available only at the Family History Library or through individual archives or private individuals.

Among the many sources in this collection are:[edit | edit source]

  • The synagogue records of Mattersdorf, Hungary 
  • The records of the Ventura family from the Spanish Inquisition.
  • The Jewish residents from the 1869 census of Hungary.
  • The birth, marriage and death records of the Jews of Bratislava.
  • Some of the Jewish people buried at Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

This record contains[edit | edit source]

  • Surname and forenames (continually being added)
  • Links to ancestors
  • Dates where available
  • Places where available
  • Source citations where available
  • Notes where available

Before using this record know[edit | edit source]

  • Name of person to search for
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Where the person lived

Where to access the collection[edit | edit source]

Search this collection through tips included at the Knowles Collection blog.

How to search the record[edit | edit source]

  • Search by the name of your ancestor
  • View the sources
  • View the notes

Tips[edit | edit source]

There are two types of records in the collection:

  1. Original records which have been added by Todd Knowles. In the Notes field, each item is categorized under “Research Notes”.
  2. Items contributed to the site by others, who are acknowledged.