Saul Marks <saulmarks@...>
Dear Sara-Gay (& others),
I think the resource I have might be slighthly too late in time for your
searches, but it's certainly worth a try. Below is a paste >from the lecture
notes of a Jewish genealogy course I ran, back in 2002 in Newcastle. This
section is about the East London Burial Society, which has a database of
burials in the old United Synagogue cemeteries in London. The women who work
there are always extremely helpful. Knock off the first zero & add 44 to
call >from outside the UK.
East London Burial Society (ELBS)
The East London Burial Society is similar to a large chevra kadisha for the
London synagogues of the United Synagogue; they organise burials are keep
the necessary records. However, the difference >from standard synagogue
chevra kadishas is their size and, therefore, potential use to the Jewish
Contained within the six United Synagogue cemeteries listed above are
thousands of Jews who have died in the last 100 years or so. As required by
their work organising large numbers of burials, the ELBS has most of its
records contained on a database, accessible instantly by a team of women
based in Ilford, in north-east London. These include date of burial (and
dates of death within the last nine years only), place of burial and grave
number. They also hold information on the deceased’s address at the time of
death, which can be very useful.
The ELBS is a somewhat obscure source, but only because the masses have yet
to discover it! Although enquiries into Jewish genealogical records held by
the United Synagogue are supposed to be directed to Charles Tucker only, the
ELBS accept frequent calls regarding burial details >from Jewish people
tracing their family history. The service they provide is quick, efficient
and always helpful, and the information they provide can be invaluable.
Even if you have relatively little information about an individual – maybe
you are only guessing he died in London – the ELBS covers so many cemeteries
containing so many of the largest group of Jewish people in the country,
that you always stand a good chance of finding a lead to pursue. Even if you
do not, you will have eliminated a great many other leads in the process.
The East London Burial Society can be contacted on 0208-518 2868.