Appeared on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, October 8, 2013
Jewish Lives: Britain 1750 – 1950 provides excellent articles detailing the lives of ten Jewish immigrants to Great Britain. It provides a wealth of information about each of these immigrants and their families. Where possible, information about the immigrants and the environment in which they lived in “the old country” is provided, along with information about their lives in Great Britain after immigration. As a result, the book provides a lot of background information of interest to many Jewish genealogists.
This book is not a tutorial on “how to research Jewish genealogy.” However, it does provide examples of where and how information was found for each of the ten immigrants. It becomes a great tutorial by use of example. Author Melody Amsel-Arieli obviously is an expert genealogist. She researched both commonly-available and obscure records alike. At the end of each chapter, she provides an extensive bibliography of the records searched, including many documents from each immigrant’s home country. I found the bibliographies to be almost as interesting as the stories as the bibliographies list many resources that other genealogists may not know about.
Appeared on Amazon July 23, 2013
Whether you’re interested in genealogy or history, or just enjoy diving into some compelling life stories, this book is for you. The author does a beautiful job of describing the lives of ten Jews who immigrated from various countries to Great Britain (one of whom happens to be my great-great grandfather, Ksiel Pelikan). We get to know not only their individual stories, but also the historical context in which they lived, both in Britain and in their countries of origin. As an added bonus, each chapter contains a detailed description of research sources and methods, which will be invaluable to any reader who’s interested in exploring his or her own family history. I highly recommend this book.
Appeared on Amazon, May 19, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars Meticulously researched, May 19, 2013
“I was inspired by many people in Israel,’ explains Melody, who moved there from New Jersey in the United States in 1971, ‘which was settled by survivors from Nazi Germany along with newcomers from around the world. They all have fascinating stories to tell. And friends with British roots particularly interested me.’
Melody has pieced together the detail of these ten lives – their work, pastimes, families, daily chores, food and celebrations – and placed their social motives for immigration, arrival in the UK and experiences as they adjusted to their new surroundings, in the wider historical context of their adopted community and society.
Melody sought family researchers who were interested in participating in her project on Jewish immigration in the UK, and chose ten stories that present Jews who arrived at various times, arranging them chronologically.