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Beginning Jewish Genealogy

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

How do you start a search for Jewish ancestors? As with any genealogy search, the best place to begin is to start with the individuals you know, and the information you currently have. Next, you will want to talk to family members who may be able to fill in some of the blanks. From there you’ll want to expand the search by searching original and derivative sources like census records, vital records, naturalization records, etc.  For Jewish ancestors, you will want to try some additional ideas including: join your local Jewish Genealogical Society, attend a Jewish conference, and consult with other individuals who are performing Jewish research.

A great resource for Jewish Genealogy is the Tracing The Tribe blog ( Tracing The Tribe is filled with resources, tools, and insights on Jewish genealogy. The blog is written by Schelly Talalay Dardashti who adds a nice personal touch to her work. Schelly has conducted family history research in Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Spain, Iran and other countries. She is also a well known speaker, teacher, and is the former president of the five-branched JFRA Israel (a Jewish genealogical association).

In her blog Schelly also provides links to other genealogical sites (which include Jewish classes, genealogical research, news, conferences and more), which may aid you in your research. Some of the sites Schelly mentions are:

For those who are just starting their research in Jewish Genealogy, JewishGen, one of Schelly’s recommendations, suggests the following two books:* Kurzweil, Arthur. From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Personal History. Updated Edition. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004). 367 pages. ($24.95 hardcover). ISBN 0-7879-7051-4 [First edition was: (New York: William Morrow, 1980). 353 pages. ISBN 0-8052-0706-6. Second revised edition was: (New York: Harper Collins, 1994). 388 pages. ISBN 0-06-270097-9].

* Rottenberg, Dan. Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy. (New York: Random House, 1977). 401 pages. ($20). [Reprints: Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986, 1995, 1998. ISBN 0-8063-1151-7] also offers several Jewish databases. Here are a few:

1. Jewish Cemeteries

2. JewishData

3.Heritage Florida Jewish News

More than 500,000 Jewish Names From United States, Canada, Germany, and Israel Now Online at

Monday, June 30th, 2008 partners with, Inc. to bring first complete Jewish genealogy collection online at

PROVO, UT, June 30, 2008 — More than 500,000 records from hundreds of Jewish cemeteries across the United States, Canada, Germany, and Israel have been indexed and are now searchable at through Jewish Data, a new partner of, Inc. The database also includes thousands of Declaration of Intention documents filed by Jewish immigrants as well as rare books, and other records.

“It’s exciting that our records will become more visible to a larger audience. has become a very busy and popular website,” said Avraham Laber, President, Jewish Data. “A lot of people wouldn’t dream that it is possible to find our data online. We are happy to partner with to provide this service.”

Jewish Data is the world’s largest online database of Jewish cemetery images.

“Our goal is to provide a home for Jewish records in order to help people study Jewish history and genealogy,” Laber said. “Here we have thousands of hours of research already done for people, and it only takes them a few seconds to access the records. If they would search for the same records on their own, it would cost them much more money and time.”

Some of the most popular databases in the Jewish Data collection include: Jewish cemeteries at Cypress Ave., Ridgefield, NY (100,000 images); Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY (52,000 images); Jewish cemeteries in Newark, NJ (23,000 images); Jewish Cemeteries in Montreal, Canada (23,000 images); Jewish cemeteries in Israel (14,000); Jewish cemeteries in Germany, some going back up to 700 years ago (10,000 images).

“Jewish Data represents thousands of unique names gleaned from an eclectic range of sources,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Partnerships,, Inc.  “Researchers will be pleasantly surprised by the richness of the data as they gather information from this collection to piece together their individual stories.”

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About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families., Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team, provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to With more than a billion records and thousands of databases-including birth, death, military, census, and parish makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.