Michael Tobias

Researching your Jewish Ancestors

This talk will cover the main sources of material that can be used to research Jewish families in the UK. Special emphasis will be given to records specific to Jewish research as well as other materials of more general interest to immigrant families.

Some guidance will be given on extending your research into countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Holocaust materials. The special challenges of Jewish naming conventions and Border changes will also be considered.


Michael Tobias has a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics and Physics and qualified as an Actuary.  He has a Master’s Degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from Strathclyde University. Michael is a co-founder and Board Member of Jewish Records Indexing – Poland (1995-) and is the former Vice President, Programming of JewishGen, Inc (1999-2018).

He was Database matching consultant to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC). Michael has contributed to various Conferences, Journals, Radio and TV Programmes including “Who Do You Think You Are” both in the UK and USA. He was instrumental (March 2016) in locating the evidence that allowed Guinness World Records to confirm Israel Krystal, Auschwitz survivor aged 113, as the then World’s oldest living man.

For the past seven years he has been documenting the Jews of Scotland and has compiled a family tree of Scottish Jewry that includes over 120,000 individuals from the 1770s to date. Michael was awarded the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Lifetime Achievement award in Washington in 2011 and in 2012 he was awarded “The Roll of Honour” by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain.