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The List of Lists

The List of Lists

The List of Lists
This is a list of all the known genealogy mailing lists, plus FTP sites, and much more. The latest version of this list is dated 1 Feb 1998, and stands at around 2.4Mb in size (uncompressed).  As addresses do change, not all the information may be current. 
This document is available as follows: 
I&UK 23 November 1998

Royal Commission on Historic Manuscripts 
The home page for this useful resource is 
I&UK 21 December 1998
Repositories of primary sources 
"A listing of over 3,000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar."  Indexed by region. 
 JG 26 December 1998
Jewish Film Archive online 
JG 30 December 1998

Polish Translation Guide: 
A translation guide to 19th-century Polish-language civil-registration documents: (birth, marriage, and death records).  2nd edition; compiled and edited by Judith R. Frazin. (311 pages). 
Published in 1989 by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. ISBN 0-9613512-1-7 
This book is highly recommended.  Full details and specimen pages are on the Jewishgen website at: 
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland page 
As at April 1999, the translation guide was available for 36 U.S. dollars (including airmail to the U.K.) 
Orders must be accompanied by a cheque (drawn on a U.S. bank) 
payable to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. 
(Credit cards cannot be accepted.  U.S. cheques can be obtained from American Express Offices in the U.K.) 
Orders should be sent by post to 
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois 
P.O. Box 515, Northbrook, IL 60065-0515, U.S.A 
The translation guide can also be ordered from Barnes and Noble quoting ISBN 0-9613512-1-7 
As at September 1999, their charge was 25 U.S. dollars plus (13 dollars for airmail to the U.K). 
They accept credit card orders.

Naturalisations in the UK 
The 1870 Naturalisations in the UK Act required anyone registering for citizenship to have lived in the United Kingdom for at least five years in the eight year period prior to naturalisation.  It also took one month from the swearing of the oath of allegiance to becoming registered by the Home Office.  All this information might be useful when working out the date of arivals to Britain. 
The certificate stated the man's name, his present address, his occupation and the region and country of his birth.  It also gave his parents' names, whether he was married or single and any children's names and ages at time of naturalisation.  It did not, however, state his wife's name. 
For further information, visit the PRO website, which has online versions of its finding aids: 
JG 3 January 1999
  Passport registers at UK Public Record Office, Kew 
Registers of names exist from 1795 to 1948. The registers give the number, 
date of issue and name and before the 1920s the destination of the journey. 
This was because up until then, the passport was a sheet of paper issued for 
a specific journey. From the early 1920s a book was issued and hence the 
register do not contain a destination. Migrants to the USA, whilst entry was 
not restricted, and the British colonies did not require passports. Indexes 
exist from 1851 to 1916 with a gap from 1863 to 1873.  The registers and the 
indexes are in books. From 1920 there is roughly one book per month. Details 
can be found in the PRO PROCAT catalogue under FO610 ( 
 - Source Enquiry Officer

On-line telephone books 
This site has directories from all over the world: 
JG 11 January 1999
                JG 19 January 1999
Viewing Hebrew characters 
To enable your browser to display Hebrew characters, files are available for download from 
            JG 24 January 1999
Virtual Shtetl 
For a look at life in the shtetl, visit