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Genealogy Resources

World Genealogy


  • Compact Memory — Jewish Newspapers and Periodicals, 1806-1938. In German, appears to be a rich collection with full text search.

  • The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI). The society promotes Czechoslovak genealogical research and interest among people with ancestry in the Czechoslovak region as it was in 1918, including families of Czech, Bohemian, Moravian, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Jewish, Rusyn, and Silesian origin.
  • The International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP). More than 35,000 Istanbul marriage records (1878 forward) and more than 10,000 Istanbul burial records.
  • An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy in Manitoba.
  • Jewish Gen - JewishGen®, Inc. is the primary internet source connecting researchers of Jewish genealogy worldwide.  Its most popular components are the JewishGen Discussion Group, the JewishGen Family Finder (a database of 350,000 surnames and towns), the comprehensive directory of InfoFiles, ShtetLinks for over 200 communities, and a variety of databases such as the ShtetlSeeker and Jewish Records Indexing-Poland.  JewishGen's online Family Tree of the Jewish People contains data on more than three million people.
  • Kurzweil, Arthur. From Generation to Generation. New York: Harper Collins, 1994.
  • Kurzweil, Arthur, and Miriam Weiner. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy: Sources of Jewish Genealogical Information in the United States and Canada. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, 1997.
  • Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc. Lists archives and repositories and provides information about where the records for a specific town can be found.
  • Mokotoff, Gary. How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust. Teaneck, New Jersey: Avotaynu, 1996. Also lists published Yizkor books by town.
  • Mokotoff, Gary, and Sallyann Amdur Sack. Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust. Teaneck, New Jersey: Avotaynu, 1991. A gazetteer of 21,000 Central and eastern European localities.  It gives coordinates and previous names for towns.

  • National Library of Israel. With over 5 million volumes available online, as well as maps, audio, photographs and more, this site is an essential.
  • Sack, Sallyann Amdur and Gary Mokotoff. Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. Bergenfield, New Jersey: Avotaynu, 2004. This book is also very helpful if you are researching any eastern European ethnic group.
  • Schleifer, Jay. A Student's Guide to Jewish American Genealogy. Greenwood Publishing, 1996.
  • Stern, Malcolm H. Americans of Jewish Descent: A Compendium of Genealogy. New York: Ktav Pub. House, 1971, 1960.
  • Stern, Malcolm H. Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994.
  • Stern, Malcolm H. First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies, 1654-1888. 3rd edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Ottenheimer Publishers, 1991.
  • Stern, Malcolm H. Tracing Your Jewish Roots. Cincinnati, Ohio: American Jewish Archives on the Cincinnati Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1977.
  • Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories. New York: YIVO, 1998.
  • Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories. Clifton, New Jersey: Routes to Roots Foundation, 1999.
  • Zubatsky, David S., and Irwin M. Berent.  Jewish Genealogy: A Sourcebook of Family Histories and Genealogies. Teaneck, New Jersey: Avotaynu, 1996. A finding aid.