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Jewish Genealogy: A Quick Online Guide


Find out how to get information about your Jewish roots. Links to vital records, Holocaust resources, name origins, and Jewish genealogy collections.

Vital records

Birth, death, immigration, census, military service, civil marriage, and school records.

Trajes y objetos domesticos, de culto y de musica de los Hebreos. Image ID: 1621139
Resource Description How to use Comprehensive genealogy site for vital records, especially U.S. sources; includes some scanned documents Search for individuals by name; add dates, places and other details to refine search.
JewishGen Comprehensive, global Jewish genealogy site with databases, town sites, yizkor book translations, and research groups. Search databases for names and places, research towns, and register to connect with similar researchers.
SephardicGen/JewishGen Sephardic Genealogy Comprehensive global site arranged by country, family name, topic. Includes information on Inquisition archives and numerous links. Search by name, country, or topic.
Stephen Morse One-Step Search tools/shortcuts for finding vital records, and navigating calendars, maps, foreign alphabets and soundex. Choose topics and enter data.
Zionist yeshiva, 1910. Image ID: 5038825


Find information about individuals, communities, and their fate during the Holocaust.

Resource Description How to use
International Tracing Service Center for documentation, information and research on Nazi persecution, forced labor and the Holocaust. Search inventories online; submit forms to request information.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Includes exhibitions, research resources, educational programs and resources, leadership training and commemorations. Search databases, find resources for survivors and victims, explore research and educational resources.
Yad Vashem - Central Database of Shoah Victims Names World center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust. Search for names and places of Shoah (Holocaust) victims; submit information. Automated translations.
Yizkor Books Online 700 yizkor books from NYPL and the Yiddish Book Center. Search by town or city name.
Yizkor Book Project (JewishGen) Bibliographic database and translations of yizkor books. Search by town or city name, country and region, check necrology database.
Ketubbah. Calcutta, 1866. Image ID: 1238123

Name Origins

Author Title
Beider, Alexander A dictionary of Ashkenazic given names: their origins, structure, pronunciation, and migrations
Beider, Alexander A dictionary of Jewish surnames from Galicia
A dictionary of Jewish surnames from the Kingdom of Poland
A dictionary of Jewish surnames from the Russian Empire
Faiguenboim, Guilherme, Valadares, Paulo
Campagnano, Anna Rosa
Dicionário sefaradi de sobrenomes : inclusive cristãos novos, conversos, marranos, italianos, berberes e sua história na Espanha, Portugal e Itália = Dictionary of Sephardic surnames : including Christianized Jews, Conversos, Marranos, Italians, Berbers, and their history in Spain, Portugal and Italy
Ackman-Ziff Family Genealogy Institute Reference Books on Jewish names (PDF)
Avotaynu Consolidated Jewish Surname Index (online database)
Habit of a Polish Jewess in 1766. Femme Juixe Polonoise. Image ID: 1638368

Jewish Genealogy Collections

Name Focus
Ackman-Ziff Family Genealogy Institute Jewish genealogy resources at the Center for Jewish History, serving the
American Jewish Archives American Jewish history and archives, including genealogy resources
Avotaynu Jewish genealogy (online resource and print publications)
Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (Jerusalem) Jewish history and genealogy
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Jewish genealogy
JewishGen Jewish genealogy, vital records, regional genealogy, yizkor books
Jewish Historical Institute (ZIH) Polish Jewry, including genealogy


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