Michael Tobias has a BSc Honours in Mathematics and Physics and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries. He is a co-founder of Jewish Records Indexing – Poland and Vice President, Programming of JewishGen, Inc. He was Database matching consultant to the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC). Michael assisted Steve Morse with Ellis Island developments. He has contributed to various Journals, Radio and TV Programmes including “Who Do You Think You Are” both in the UK and USA. He has spoken at several conferences including the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) annual conference since 1996 and was awarded their “Lifetime Achievement” award in Washington 2011. He recently completed a Masters Degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies at Strathclyde University.
Jewish Immigration into and Trans-Migration through Scotland
The central belt of Scotland formed a well-travelled route for immigrants and trans-migrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries. An analysis of Scottish birth certificates and other public records has shed more light on the origins of Scottish Jewry in the 19th century and those who merely used Scotland as a staging post on their onwards migration. This lecture will examine the materials available and what they show about WHO the Jewish immigrants, trans-migrants and stage-migrants were, WHERE they came from, WHEN they came to/through Scotland and HOW they travelled here and beyond to their final destinations.