Jewish Goals:  1: Research   2: Libraries and Archives   3: JewishGen Website   4: Holocaust Resources   5: Search Records   6: Get Help        SEARCH


Explore Jewish research.

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Goal 1: Learn about Jewish research.


A. Learn about basic Jewish research.

  1. Watch the video or read the article for an introduction to Jewish research.
    AC—Beginning Jewish Research—34:00

    AC—Overview of Jewish American Research
  2. Get insights into Jewish genealogy research in this video.
    GC—Jewish Genealogical Research—6;38
  3. 2018-02-16
  4. Learn about genealogy archives in Israel in this article.
    An Intro To Archives In Israel

B. Learn about Jewish resources for research.

  1. Learn more about researching your Jewish heritage.
    GC—Researching Your Jewish Heritage
  2. Learn about Jewish surnames in this article.
    Is My Surname Jewish?
  3. Explore the Jewish surname index in the Avotaynu website.
  4. Explore the Israel Genealogical Research site.
  5. Find Jewish records for research in these Ancestry articles.
    AC—Finding Jewish Records
    | AC—Tips for Finding Jewish Records

C. Explore Jewish migration resources.

  1. Learn about Jewish migration to the United States.
    AC—Jewish Migration to the U.S.
  2. Explore the Jewish mass migration website.

Goal 2: Learn about library, archive and other resources for Jewish research.


A. Explore the resources at the American Jewish Historical Society.

  1. Watch this video for an introduction to Jewish research.
    AA—Genealogical Resources—54:04

B. Explore other Jewish American resources.

  1. Read this article to learn about additional Jewish research resources.
    AC—Useful Jewish Research Resources
  2. Explore the genealogy page for the American Jewish Archives site.
  3. Learn about Jewish genealogy research at the Family History Library.
    Secrets of Jewish Genealogical Research—56:37
  4. 2017-08-23
  5. Learn about Hebrew naming and how to read headstones.
    Hebrew Naming and How to Read Headstones—6:38
    | 7 Popular Symbols on Jewish Headstones—3:36
  6. 2017-08-23
  7. Explore Jewish-American newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  8. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Jewish research.

Goal 3: Explore the JewishGen website for research.


A. Get started on the JewishGen website.

  1. Read the First Timer page for an introduction.
  2. Watch these videos to learn more about JewishGen.
    This Is JewishGen—7:24
    | Discovering the Power of JewishGen—54:22
  3. 2017-08-23
  4. Read the FAQ page for a list of helpful resources.

B. Explore research tools on the site.

  1. Access the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) database.
  2. Explore Jewish family trees on the JewishGen Family Tree (JGFT) database.
  3. Find Jewish communities with the JewishGen Town Finder tool.
  4. Search the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry.
  5. Access links on the InfoFiles page for further research.

Goal 4: Explore research resources for the Jewish Holocaust.


A. Learn about Holocaust genealogy.

  1. Learn about the Holocaust in these articles from the American Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    | Introduction to the Holocaust
  2. Read this article on for an introduction to Holocaust genealogy.
    AB—Holocaust Genealogy

B. Explore online Holocaust resources.

  1. Read this article to discover Holocaust research resources.
    AB—10 Online Sources for Holocaust Research
  2. Explore Jewish Holocaust research in this Ancestry article.
    AC—Beginning Jewish Research—34:00
  3. Explore the Holocaust survivor resources available from the American Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  4. Explore the JewishGen Holocaust database for information on victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Goal 5: Search records for your Jewish ancestors.


A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Jewish research.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.
  2. Read this article to learn about free Jewish genealogy databases online.
    AB—Free Genealogy Databases
  3. Explore Jewish genealogy in Israel in this guide from the Center for Jewish History site.

Goal 6: Get help with your Jewish research.


A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Jewish Genealogy Portal page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Tracing the Tribe page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Jewish Genealogy page on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with Jewish research.