Discover your Jewish roots

Discover your Jewish roots

Do you have Jewish ancestry? Explore our census, naturalisation and travel records to discover more about the lives of your ancestors. Read our detailed Kindertransport records to learn more about the incredible journeys of Jewish children fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany, and how their lives changed in Britain.

Discover Jewish refugee children in our new Kindertransport records

Discover Jewish refugee children in our new Kindertransport records

Between 1938 and 1940, a series of informal rescue efforts by various groups and individuals successfully evacuated around 10,000 Jewish children from mainland Europe to the UK. You can explore over 1,500 passenger list records and 41 volumes from The National Archives relating to this incredible refugee programme - known as Kindertransport - online at Findmypast. These fully searchable scanned documents are a digital facsimile of the files kept by central government to record the details of the thousands of young Jewish refugees, sent to Britain to escape Nazi persecution. Search these fascinating records now, or read more on our blog.

 

Relevant Records

  • Census Records

    Census Records

    Discover ancestors who immigrated to the UK in the census records

  • Passenger Lists

    Passenger Lists

    Find your ancestors amongst the thousand of incoming passengers to arrive in the UK

  • Manchester Naturalisation Society

    Manchester Naturalisation Society

    This is a valuable niche set of records and illustrates the variations in Jewish last (and first) names

Kindertransport records

Kindertransport records

Learn more about the Kindertransport, the evacuation effort which helped thousands of young Jewish refugees flee to Britain to escape Nazi persecution in World War 2.

Jewish family history

Jewish family history

Like any family history research, tracing Jewish roots can be a complex but highly rewarding undertaking. We’ve put together a few tips to help you find out more about Jewish ancestry in Britain and get the most out of our records.