Database for Jewish family history research includes worldwide records

A valuable resource for Jewish genealogical research has expanded to include records from all over the world. The popular Knowles Collection from FamilySearch is a free database connecting Jewish records of 115,000 people in 30 countries. The combining of those records into one collection makes it easier for researches to find family sources.

"One of the biggest problems with Jewish records is that they are held all over the place and one person can have records in multiple locations," said Todd Knowles, FamilySearch research consultant and the collection's manager. "That means someone just starting to research their Jewish ancestry will have to drive from archive to archive and from synagogue to synagogue to find what they are looking for. What this collection does is put all the records in one location, which is an incredible time and cost savings for patrons."

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