IN HONOUR OF THE LATE GEORGE RIGAL

IN HONOUR OF THE LATE GEORGE RIGAL

We are delighted to add to the list of projects carrying the GQC logo the work of the late George Rigal, who died in 2012.

Many people who have researched 18th and 19th century Anglo-Jewish genealogy will have known George, or at least known of him. He was one of the doyens of the research community.

He had a great nose for new sources, and a great eye for spotting the value hidden away in them. He transcribed enormous quantities of primary material with exemplary thoroughness and accuracy. And he was a complete gentleman: always ready to help others, scrupulous and principled in his data-handling, modest to a fault.

His shy charm is much missed, but his work lives on. The recently-published dataset on Jews taking out insurance policies in the early-18th/mid-19th centuries has already won widespread praise, and richly deserves the GQC logo.

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