UK: Miriam Margoyles’ perfect weekend

One of Jewish genealogy’s most well-known UK personalities is actress Miriam Margoyles, a regular at the annual international Jewish genealogy conferences.

The UK Telegraph just ran a focus story on her “perfect weekend,” which includes exploring cemeteries – with which all genealogists can certainly identify – along with a plug for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain.

I try to get the most out of the weekend. I make more hours than most people because I don’t sleep well. I get up about 4am. It’s the perfect time to do a few exercises, but I allow myself not to do them. I go immediately to my computer and I do genealogy for hours, until it is a reasonable time to contact other people.

Towards the end of the story, after she lists her other favorite weekend activities, she adds:

If there’s nothing suitable at the cinema, I love exploring a cemetery. There’s a wonderful one at Brompton Road. I enjoy reading the gravestones and imagining other people’s lives.

However, my main hobby is genealogy, probably because I haven’t got any brothers or sisters, and if there is a Jewish Genealogical Society meeting on a Sunday afternoon, I will go to that.

In addition to Jewish genealogy, some of her other favorite things include going to the cinema, exploring cemeteries, a portrait of her father and her grandmother’s foot stool.

Read the complete story at the link above.


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