The Knowles Collection: Jews of Europe

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Jewish Genealogy  > Knowles Collection

Use this record to find the genealogy of many Jews who appear in the records of the countries of Europe. The great advantage of the Knowles Collection is that it links together into family groups, thousands of individual Jews (over 159,000 for this database as of February 2013). Until now, these records were available only at the Family History Library or through individual archives or private individuals.

Among the many sources in this collection are a couple of very unique records.They are:

  • The synagogue records of Mattersdorf, Hungary and
  • The records of the Ventura family from the Spanish Inquisition.
  • The Jewish residents from the 1869 census of Hungary.
  • Some of the Jewish people buried at Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

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

Search this collection through the FamilySearch Community Trees website. Look for the section on Knowles Collection. 

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


There are two types of records in the collection:

  1. Original records which have been added by Todd Knowles. In the Notes field, each item is categorized under“Research Notes”.
  2. Items contributed to the site by others, who are acknowledged.