The Knowles Collection

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

The great advantage of the Knowles Collection is that it links together into family groups, thousands of individual Jews (over 1,150,000 as of Jan 2015). Until now, these records were available only at the Family History Library, or from private archives or individuals.

Current totals for the Knowles Collection (as of 1 Jan 2015)

  • Africa and the Orient - 37,618 people
  • British Isles -  208,349 people
  • Europe -  380,637 people
  • North America -  489,400 people
  • South America and the Caribbean - 21,351 people
  • South Pacific Islands - 21,518

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

Search this collection through tips included at the Knowles Collection blog.

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.