Created by Harvey Kaplan in June 2012
Edinburgh and c1823 in Glasgow, although there were a small number of Jews in Scotland from the 1700s onwards. There are currently Jewish communities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, although Jewish individuals and families have always lived in other parts of the country. There were once small communities in Ayr, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Greenock and Inverness.
people tracing their family history. A lot of these enquiries come from researchers in Australia, the USA or Canada, whose ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who emigrated to Scotland, before moving on to these countries.
The National Library of Scotland digitized the Scottish Post Office directories from 1773 to 1911. Using these directories one can research the family, trade and town history. You can search by place, year and resident’s name. As censuses are performed every 10 years this gives information between the censuses–and the directories start before the censuses began in 1841. To view the Scottish Postal Directories go to: http://digital.nls.uk/directories/index.html