Dec 10, 2021

Search New Far East Directories and London Synagogue Records on Findmypast

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday update involves two unique record collections spanning 108 years.

Asia, Far East Directories & Chronicles 1833-1941

Did your ancestors work or reside in the Far East? Discover more with this collection of directories and chronicles that cover the international community in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malaysia, Siam, Dutch East Indies, Borneo and The Philippines.

Consisting of over 70,000 records printed in books that were published between 1833-1941, the collection provides listings of active corporations, foreign residents and government agencies of all nationalities for each particular year, together with their addresses in countries including Borneo, China, Indo-China, Japan, Korea and The Philippines.

They were compiled annually from many different local sources, and include names and addresses of Western corporations, institutions, consulates and foreign residents including large numbers of Americans, Canadians and Australians. Details of the residents include addresses, occupations and employers. 

Parts of these books can also contain details of treaties, conflicts, changes of jurisdiction, relevant law, currencies and taxes, public holidays, festivals and traditions.

London, Synagogue Seatholders 1904

Discover your Jewish heritage with this collection of seat holders from a number of synagogues across the area now known as Greater London.

Covering 16 synagogues from Bayswater to Stoke Newington, these transcripts and images provide a snapshot of a time in which the Jewish population of Britain was saw significant growth, rising from 46,000 to 250,000 between 1880-1919. Many of these new arrivals were refugees from Russia, fleeing the Pale of Settlement region in which Jewish residents had faced terrible persecution and been forced from their homes. 


This week’s update sees Findmypast publish five brand new titles along with substantial updates to 13 existing ones.

New titles:

Bromley & West Kent Mercury, 1919, 1921, 1927-1930, 1933-1950

India, 1890-1921

Sheffield Public Advertiser, 1760-1763, 1768, 1770, 1772, 1774, 1776, 1787, 1790-1793

South London Mail, 1888-1906

Swanage Times & Directory, 1919-1936

Updated titles:

Barrow Herald and Furness Advertiser, 1875, 1891

Cambria Daily Leader, 1897, 1911

Glasgow Courier, 1851, 1856

Lancashire Evening Post, 1911-1915

Lancaster Standard and County Advertiser, 1897

Liverpool Journal of Commerce, 1861-1862, 1864-1867, 1869, 1871, 1890-1891, 1897, 1899-1905

Macclesfield Courier and Herald, Congleton Gazette, Stockport Express, and Cheshire General Advertiser. 1844, 1858-1859, 1877, 1891

Newark Advertiser, 1879-1891, 1897, 1905, 1908-1909, 1911, 1914, 1917, 1958, 1963, 1966-1968

Northern Weekly Gazette, 1876, 1913

Porthcawl Guardian, 1958

Swansea and Glamorgan Herald, 1869

West Ham and South Essex Mail, 1928

Weymouth Telegram, 1874, 1876, 1879-1881

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