The Jewish Obituaries in the “Gentleman’s Magazine”

The following index of obituaries, published in the Gentleman s Magazine from the first appearance of that periodical in 1731 until 1868 when the character of the Magazine was completely changed and the publication of obituary notices ceased, covers a considerable field. The term ” Jew ” is interpreted in the widest sense to include not only members of the Jewish community but also men and women of Jewish parentage and of half Jewish parentage. In a few instances the index even goes outside of this wide definition, for a few persons of more remote Jewish ancestry have been included as well as a very few proselytes and wives of men qualified for inclusion in the list. The rule to give oneself the benefit of the doubt has also been adopted. That is to say that a person whose Jewish origin is a matter of doubt has nevertheless been included.1

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