The Knowles Collection

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Jewish Genealogy  > Knowles Collection

The Knowles Collection is five databases that include records of the Jewish people. The five databases are:

The great advantage of the Knowles Collection is that it links together into family groups, thousands of individual Jews (over 195,000 as of February 2011). Until now, these records were available only at the Family History Library, or from private archives or individuals.

Updates about the collection, and helpful clues for research can be found at

This record contains

  • Surname and forenames (continually being added)
  • Links to ancestors
  • Dates where available
  • Places where available
  • Source citations where available
  • Notes where available

Before using this record know

  • Name of person to search for
  • Approximate year of birth
  • Where the person lived

Where to access the collection

Link to this collection through Jewish Family History Resources. Look for the section on Knowles Collection. The database was created in Personal Ancestral File (PAF). Select either PAF Format: Knowles Collection or Gedcom Format: Knowles Collection. The databases can also be searched by name at Familysearch Community Trees.

If you don't have the PAF software, download it for free by clicking on PAF v5.2 (Personal Ancestral File). If you have another genealogy software program, open the collection by clicking the Gedcom Format link.

How to search the record

  • Search by the name of your ancestor
  • View the sources
  • View the notes


It is possible that as families moved throughout the world they found themselves in the records of different countries. Therefore, it is wise to check multiple database for your ancestors.

The collection is constantly being added to, so it should be checked at regular intervals.

#REDIRECT The Knowles Collection: the Jews of the British Isles