Thursday 29 May 2014

The Book of Irish Jewry, 1700-2014, published

Stuart Rosenblatt with some earlier
volumes of his magnum opus
The 19th volume of Stuart Rosenblatt's Jewish Ireland series has just been published.

As with all the earlier volumes, only five copies of this volume – The Book of Irish Jewry, 1700–2014 – will be produced but they will be made freely available on the shelves at the National Archives of Ireland's Reading Room, at the Irish-Jewish Museum and the National Library of Ireland, all in Dublin, and at the Research Room of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire.

Stuart told Irish Genealogy News that this new volume is an updated version of Vol XV: Heritage, The DNA of Irish Jewry, which was published in 2008 with 40,500 names.

"This latest volume has 52,069 entries. It holds details of the ascendants and descendants for the last 300 years of people who had an association, either directly or indirectly, with Ireland. It's in alphabetical order and includes all the information discovered about any one individual ie parents' names, mother's maiden name, names of siblings, plus all birth, marriage and burial details, Hebrew names... 

"Essentially, all the genealogical extracts from earlier volumes relating to any one individual are now in this one volume, in one place."

Given the scale of Stuart's work, you might think he'd be ready for a rest as soon as this latest volume is safely delivered to its various repositories. But no. He's already reaching out for more information to extend the huge genealogical jigsaw he's been putting together for the last near-twenty years.

So, if you've any Irish Jewish connections, please contact Stuart. He'll likely be able to link you to your heritage, and you, in turn, can provide the more recent part of your family's story. He can be contacted by email at or phone him on +353 (0)1 677 3808.

Stuart also runs the Irish Jewish Roots online database.