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Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain to move to a new home

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) has announced that it is to move from its current premises to a new London home. JGSGB has reached agreement with the Society of Genealogists for its library to have a new home in their premises, at Charterhouse Buildings in London.

The JGSGB Library will remain a separate entity and will have its own space in the building. The Library will continue to be staffed by volunteers from the JGSGB and will continue to open to both JGSGB members and visitors.

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The JGSCB, which was founded in 1992, is an entirely secular organisation - a society for Jewish genealogy, not a Jewish society for genealogy.  It organises conferences, seminars and workshops; provides email and social media discussion forums; promotes distance learning; publishes an award-winning journal and a members’ newsletter; commissions and publishes genealogical guidebooks; and provides a general enquiries service. Its activities and facilities, are open to the general public (except where noted) as well as to members.

The society's unique library

The JGSGB Library is a small specalist library, unique in the UK, which concentrates specifically on Jewish genealogy with the emphasis on resources to help those tracing Jewish ancestry. The library contains more than 1,000 books and other items such as journals, pedigrees and manuscripts.

A 'wonderful development'

Leigh Dworkin, Chairman of the JGSGB, said of the move to SOG: 'This is a wonderful development for the Society and will guarantee the long-term future of our Library and its independence. We hope also that working more closely with the Society of Genealogists will bring benefits to the members of both Societies as our work is complementary.'

June Perrin, Chief Executive of SoG added: 'We are delighted to host the JGSB whose library and collections will greatly complement our own Jewish holdings. Together both Societies will provide an exciting resource for the genealogical community.'

For more on the JGSCB visit their website.

Visit the Society of Genealogists at: 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA; tel: 0207 521 8799; website.

The London Family Search Centre microfilm collection is also moving to SOG. Find out more.

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