My Ancestors Were Jewish

Find Jewish Genealogy Records and Other Religions

Have you ever wondered what religion your ancestors followed? Well, then this article will help you find Jewish genealogy records for your family history research.

My Ancestors Were Jewish

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Resources are also discussed here for both Anglican Clergymen and English Presbyterians.

Religion played its part in history!

Religion plays a significant part in many people’s lives today. This is true for our ancestors as many chapels, churches, and synagogues were dotted all over the United Kingdom.

Although I am not a religious person I do respect the fact that it has shaped many people’s lives today, as well as our ancestors.

The church has played a significant part throughout British history. After the church is where our family was baptized, married, and ultimately were buried.

With this in mind, I wanted to include an article on this site that will help you find your religious roots.

Many branches of my family were religious.

Although, I have not found any trace yet as to whether they held any positions within the church. Who knows maybe if I dig a bit more I might find a clergyman in my family.

Do you have religious ancestors?

However, you may find during your genealogy research that a member of your family did indeed hold such a position.

And so you, if you do then, would most definitely like to find out more about them. It’s what genealogists like to do, we like to dig and poke wherever we can.

For each of the following three religions, I have included a brief history, some facts, and a description of various notable positions within each faith.

From these brief introductions, I hope to inspire you to learn more about your religious family history.

3 Books To Help You Trace Your Religious Ancestors

My Ancestor Was An Anglican Clergyman     My Ancestors Were English Presbyterians or Unitarians     My Ancestors Were Jewish

Please note!

These books are available to you in the US and the UK.

They will cover what it is for you to have religious British ancestry. They will show you where you can look for such religious records and how you can overcome problems in your research.

The majority of these books are available in the Kindle format.

So, once you have purchased them then you can immediately start to trace your ancestors. There is no waiting for a book to arrive in the mail.

The only exceptions are the ‘English Presbyterians or Unitarians‘ and the ‘Jewish‘ books that you can get from Amazon UK.

These are only available as a paperback, and not in Kindle format, unfortunately.

If you do wish to purchase a paperback then there are links available when you go through to the Amazon product.

Check Out Your Ancestors Jobs Here!

My Ancestor Was An Anglican ClergymanMy Ancestor Was An Anglican Clergyman

Clergymen were and still to this day reside over spiritual rituals. They teach many of the religion’s doctrines and practices.

This role within the church is also referred to as a cleric or churchman.

In Christianity, there are many different formal and informal positions. And so with each of these positions, there are different levels of responsibilities and duties.


My Ancestors Were Anglican Clergyman Details

Book TypeKindle
File Size8394KB
Pages89 pages
AuthorPeter Towey
PublisherSociety of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
PublishedSeptember 8, 2015
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(US & UK)
Amazon USAlso available for Amazon Prime customers!
Amazon UK (Paperback) – Also available for Amazon Prime customers!

These positions include:

  • Deacons
  • Priests
  • Bishops

There are also the additional positions of canons, archdeacons, and archbishops that are contained within these orders.

A bishop is responsible for a diocese, which is a group of parishes. A parish is in itself a group of churches.

An archbishop is the next step up as they oversee a province, i.e. a group of the diocese.

Beginning their religious journey

To begin their religious journey clergy are first ordained as deacons. After this, they then become priests which usually takes about a year.

Now as I have just mentioned becoming clergymen these people would first need to be ordained.

This means that they are consecrated, which means in turn that they give themselves to their chosen religion.

This ordination sets them apart as they are permitted to carry out various religious rites and ceremonies.

If you do have clergymen ancestors within your family tree then this is an essential book for you.



Several topics discussed in this book:

  • Education and training of the clergy
  • English Civil War sources up to the 19th Century
  • Published sources
  • Structure and hierarchy of the church

With this book, you will learn what your ancestor’s role was within the church.

You will also find ways for you to collect records and where to search for these vital records for your research.

My Ancestors Were English Presbyterians or UnitariansMy Ancestors Were English Presbyterians or Unitarians

Presbyterianism is a reformed tradition that is within Protestantism.

This is a form of Christian practice that was developed by John Calvin. Reformed tradition is also referred to as Calvinism.

Protestantism in itself is a form of Christianity. Protestants believe that there were mistakes within the Roman Catholic Church.

And so Protestantism began in the 1500s.

Unitarians believe in the one God and the oneness or the unity of God.

My Ancestors Were English Presbyterians Details

Book TypeKindle
File Size4413KB
Pages107 pages
AuthorAlan Ruston
PublisherSociety of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
PublishedSeptember 14, 2015
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(US & US)
Amazon USAlso available for Amazon Prime customers!
Amazon UKAlso available for Amazon Prime customers!

I hope you got your head around all that as it can become quite confusing!

The Book of Order

Presbyterians themselves follow a ‘Book of Order‘ that regulates common practice and order. They believe in education and lifelong learning.

Presbyterians had become in the 17th Century the largest Nonconformist denomination within the UK.

They had dissented from the Church of England.

However, by the early 19th Century their position had reversed and they had become the smallest.


With help from this book, you will get tools and resources that you can use to trace your Presbyterian ancestors within England.

You will be able to track down baptism, marriage, and death registers that still exist today.

Together with these, other records are explored in the book that you can use for your genealogy research.

My Ancestors Were JewishMy Ancestors Were Jewish

Judaism is the religion of the Jews, which spans more than 3,000 years.

It is considered one of the oldest monotheistic religions.

Judaism is the religion and way of life for the Jews.

The Jews believe that there is only one God, and wants people to do what is just and merciful. The people of the faith also believe that all people are created in the image of God.

They also believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.

My Ancestors Were Jewish Details

Book TypeKindle
File Size5381KB
Pages79 pages
AuthorDr. Anthony Joseph
PublisherSociety of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd
PublishedSeptember 3, 2015
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(US & UK)
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Amazon UK (Paperback) – Also available for Amazon Prime customers!

And in my opinion, don’t we all want to be treated like this?!

There are an estimated 14 million Jews worldwide.

That is roughly 0.2% of the world population. 43% of Jews can be found in Israel, while another 43% live within the United States and Canada.

The remaining 14% are scattered throughout the world.

7 different roles or positions within the Judaism faith:

  • Rabbi – Teacher and decider of matters of religious law
  • Chazzan – Cantor, who leads the congregation in prayer
  • Gabbai – Volunteer who assists with Torah readings
  • Kohein – Descendant of Aaron, the original High Priest
  • Levi – Descendant of the biblical Levites
  • Rebbe – The leader of a Chasidic community
  • Tzaddik – A righteous person with spiritual power

With so many Jews in the world today it is quite probable that your ancestors were indeed Jewish. They may have even reached any one of the positions listed above.


This book will guide you through the resources that you can use to find your Jewish ancestors within the United Kingdom.

There is also a chapter within the book that can take your research outside of the UK.

My Final Thoughts

There you have it. These three books that I have reviewed will help you to find your religious ancestors.

I do have another resource that you can check out that is completely FREE!

Please check out JewishGen where they have millions of records, research tools, and other resources that will help you.

It’s really easy to use. You can search for your ancestors by entering their surname or town, or even entering their full name and see what comes up on

Why not give it a try.

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12 thoughts on “Find Jewish Genealogy Records and Other Religions”

  1. Fascinating stuff indeed. I had no clue you could buy books on ancestry within religious circles. Presbyterianism has spread all over the World of course. In Kuala Lumpur, where I live now, we have a Presbyterian Church called St. Andrews (patron-saint of Scotland).

    I wonder if the English Presbyterian book covers only England? I’m sure some of the clergymen had to move overseas too, like Malaysia for instance. I think it’s great that you can get these on kindle now, what a good idea.

    1. Hi Craig. It is interesting how both the British and faith has spread out across the world. To all corners in fact.

      Primarily this book is for English ancestors. So if settlers To other countries did come from England then this book could be useful to you.

      As you say it is good that these books are on Kindle. It means that you can order it and get it straight away. You can then begin your search immediately as you do not have to wait for books to arrive in the post. Sometimes this is easier for us this way.

  2. I am actually half European from my father side (half Romania and half Bulgaria) and it will be cool to know about religious family history. According to you, which book will be a right fit for me?

    1. Hi Furkan,

      The main religion of these countries is Orthodox. Therefore I would not recommend any of these books for you.

      In time I will be adding more resources. Once I have found something that could benefit your European ancestry then I will let you know.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of any further help in this matter.

  3. Hi Owain,
    Great post! I AM a religious person, so I completely understand the fascination with discovering your ancestor’s religious past. I come from a long line of believers in Jesus Christ, and while the faith is my own, it has, in a sense, been passed down to me from my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and likely, farther back. I’d love to learn about how “the first one” came to faith in God! I’m sure it would be a lovely story! Great topic for a post on this website.

    1. Hi Marlaine,

      I am glad that you like the post. As I have mentioned here I felt it was only right to add this resource here.

      Parish register contain so much information that can help us. So I appreciate the many different religions and faiths in this regard. Also, as a side note although I do not believe in God, I do believe that we should treat each other with respect and equally.

  4. Great article Owain. I like how you broke the positions within the church structure down. For some strange reason I’ve a slight fascination with the Jewish faith, so always interesting to read about this faith.

    1. Hi Francis,

      As I mentioned in this post I am not a religious person. So it was a learning curve for me, which I also found quite interesting. I like learning new things.

      Despite not being religious I feel it is important to include such resources on this genealogy guide website.

      Thanks again,

      1. That is so right Francis. Before Civil Registration for us genealogists this is the only way that we can trace our ancestors. With the help from parish registers we can build our family tree.

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