Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain East of London (JGSGB EOL)
Registered Charity No.1022738
East of London Group

From the City of London ...
Photo: Ian Britton

... to the shores of Essex
Photo: David Mansell

to the JGSGB East of London (EOL) Group website! This site announces the JGSGB EOL's meetings for those in East London and Essex.
We are part of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. The JGSGB EOL holds regular meetings in Gants Hill. Click and see the JGSGB's range of resources and membership benefits at the national website

Our aim is to help anyone with Jewish ancestry trace his or her family tree!

Our Committee




Ilford Recorder on      Waltham Forest 
Shirley's research       Guardian on our
                               inaugural meeting

STOP PRESS ...  On 8th May 2003 the JGSGB, jointly with American site Jewishgen, officially launched the Jewish Communities and Records website in the UK at the London Metropolitan Archives. This project aims to collect, preserve and put online genealogical records from Jewish communities around Britain for the benefit of genealogists worldwide.

All aboard for the JGSGB East of London Group!
Click on the bus for Mapquest map and directions!

Nearest tube: Gants Hill, Central Line
Nearest overland railway station: Ilford Station
Buses (information from London Bus Routes  website)
Beehive Lane:  First Thamesway 462
Gants Hill:         First Capital 123, 179, 296
                         East Thames 129, 150
                         Docklands Buses 167
                         Stagecoach 396
Proposed Dates of Future Meetings
Please check with us beforehand in case these dates change
11th August 2003
13th October 2003
8th December 2003
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The JGSGB, a secular society, has groups nationwide to help anyone find out about their Jewish ancestry. To find out how to join the JGSGB and discover your Jewish family's history, click on the logo below!


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Our Next Meeting 

11th August
   at 7.45 pm
How Cemeteries Keep
Our Ancestors Alive!
Elliott Porte and Raymond Montanjees will demonstrate ways of discovering precious clues to your family tree in Jewish cemeteries.

Discover the treasures of the graveyard!
Elliott, a cemetery database compiler, and Raymond, who runs regular tours of East London Jewish cemeteries, will also invite discussion on issues facing genealogists wishing to use burial grounds as a resource. Access to graveyard records and the need to preserve these sites of British heritage will be high on the agenda
Whatever your origins and however little or much you know, we'd love to see you at our meeting and discuss your Jewish family tree!
Ilford Synagogue
22 Beehive Lane
Gants Hill
Light refreshments served
JGSGB members  Free    
Visitors             £3

Elliott Porte

Raymond Montanjees

Join Elliott and Ray and discover your ancestors beyond the grave!
Historic Jewish cemeteries are a part of British heritage and JGSGB members are actively trying to help record and preserve these sites.
George, librarian of the JGSGB's library in North London, has written on "Researching Jewish Burials" in Issue No 10 October/November 2002 of the Public Record Office family history magazine, Ancestors
In the March and June 2003 editions of the award-winning JGSGB magazine, Shemot, the JGSGB's Judith and Petra highlighted the dilapidated state of some of London's Jewish cemeteries and the issues
involved for genealogists.



Our October meeting will feature the welcome return of Jewish genealogy speaker Richard Pearlman. Richard set the East of London Group's ball rolling when he gave a fun and fascinating talk at our inaugural meeting.
Bookmark this website for further updates!


See photos of one of our meetings,
"We Don't Spell Our Name that Way!"
with guest speaker Sue Fifer

Shirley welcomes
Elliott introduces

Sue speaks and informs!

Our last meeting was "Breaking Out of Genealogy Groundhog Day", one of our popular "Helping Each Other" workshops. This cooperative meeting proved a winner, giving a host of useful tips and suggesting solutions for some knotty genealogical problems. Queries covered three continents with several people finding possible connections.  Those attending could also browse through books and cds covering many aspects of Jewish genealogy. A big thank you to all those who came, saw and contributed to another successful meeting!

Questions or comments? Get in touch with us:

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1441,

Phone: 020 8551 0254

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