12 April 2012
Manchester Naturalisation Society records are now searchable at findmypast.co.uk.This set of records contains information about 5
Manchester Naturalisation Society records are now searchable at findmypast.co.uk.
This set of records contains information about 542 people who were included in a cash book for the Manchester Naturalisation Society for the period 1896-1909.
The Manchester Naturalisation Society was formed in January 1896. It received 123 members in the first year, with 16 receiving naturalisation certificates.
The society raised funds for the certificates by asking its members to pay fees of 1s per week. Once the funds had been gathered, a ballot was held and the winners received their naturalisation papers.
The records tell you your ancestor’s name, the amount they paid to the fund and the date of their payment.
This is a valuable niche set of records and illustrates how genealogists need to bear in mind variation in Jewish names when carrying out research. It is commonplace that Jewish names were often changed in diaspora and, for example, became shortened or anglicised during the process of assimilation in an English-speaking host country.
Findmypast.co.uk has published these records in association with Manchester Archives and they make up part of its Manchester Collection.