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NOTE: JewishGen is the ‘parent’ website for extensive Jewish research worldwide.
See their list of databases, Special Interest Groups, Yizkor Books, Kehila Links,
JOWBR and much more.
5-minute screencasts on the basics of using JewishGen
Guidelines for hiring a professional genealogist - produced by British Society
of Genealogists
101 resources for finding your Jewish ancestors
Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
Avotaynu Online
A comprehensive website that encompasses world Jewish genealogy
Nu? What’s New? Avotaynu’s online weekly bulletins
Cyndi’s List of genealogy sites on the Internet
Blood and Frogs - an Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy, organized by country,
with sub-categories
of History, Genealogy, Cemeteries, Holocaust, Diaspora, Contemporary and Books.
Genealogy Indexer
Search more than 600,000 pages of historical directories (business, address, telephone, etc.,
primarily from Central and Eastern Europe), 28,000 pages of 64 Yizkor books
(memorials to Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust), 32,000 pages
of Polish and Russian military documents (lists of officers, casualties, etc.), 40,000
pages of community and personal histories, and 18,000 pages of Polish secondary
school annual reports and other school sources. More genealogical resources are
being added daily.
Dick Eastman’s newsletter of online genealogy
Steve Morse’s website of databases -US arrival, census, Holocaust, plus language
converter, calendar,
relationship calculator etc
Family Search
Museum of Family History
Geni surname search
Eli Rabinowitz Portal of Jewish Genealogy
History at Home - a guide to genealogy


Wikipedia – do not overlook this website for basic research into places, people and events

Six 'secret' search tips from Google - may help you refine your Google searches

Ten common errors committed by genealogists
Jewish Virtual Library
Google online translator
Genealogy Quest
Includes an excellent Glossary for explaining old terminologies
Ethics and privacy guidelines for genealogists
Twisted Twigs and Gnarled Branches
The page that laughs with and at genealogists
Jewish postcard collection
The photo genealogist - analysis service of old Jewish photos for time, place, lifestyle (fashion, furnishings, vehicles etc)
Judaism 101 – the basics of every aspect of Jewish religion, life and culture
Jewish family names
Jewish surnames, variants and origins


How to read a Jewish tombstone
How to clean up a gravestone so you can read it – the Kalvarija (Lithuania) Project
Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
Gravestone Photographic Resource
Billion graves
Polish “Memory In Stone” Project Documents Jewish Tombstones
Translation of introductory paragraph: “Memory in stone” is a project whose goal is to inventory of gravestones in Jewish cemeteries. On the basis of photographs tombstones, the names of the dead are read and translated from Hebrew to English or Polish. The resulting documentation is placed on the Virtual Shtetl.
Explanatory notes at,lists-of-matzevos-from-ostrowiec-swietokrzyski-and-rohatyn-now-available-online/
Stolpersteine – the Stumbling Stones that mark addresses in German towns where deported Jews once lived


Family tree maker -
Library of Congress – preserving paper documents
Hazel Dakers genealogy
Family tree preservation and storage


Chaim Freedman’s blog on European Jewish family trees
Zeffert Family History
Canada Facebook Pages directory - over 800 pages


Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project - to contribute Pages of Testimony
Yad Vashem central database of Shoah victims’ names
Swiss Banks Release Names of Dormant Bank Accounts Holders
Swiss banks have published the names of more than 2,600 people whose bank accounts in Switzerland have lain dormant for more than 60 years, giving them or their heirs one last chance to claim their wealth before it reverts to the state. It is believed that a number of these accounts are for Holocaust victims.
The names can be searched at Click on the “Publications” button at the bottom of the screen to access the search engine. The complete news item can be found at
JewishGen Holocaust databases
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Holocaust films by Tomek Wisniewski
Fold3 Holocaust records - extensive databases of German records (camps etc)
Holocaust: a call to conscience
Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
International Tracing Service – Bad Arolsen


World Jewish Congress
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies
Museum of Family History by Steve Lasky
Historical Jewish Press
Jewish Photo Library
Central Archive for the History of the Jewish People Jerusalem
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
Joint Distribution Committee Archives
International Council of Jewish Women
Jewish Virtual Library


Historical maps at New York Public Library
German geneaology – Habsburg Empire
Maps of Jewish communities and their populations in Europe 1750-1950


Jewish genealogical research in Argentina


Jewish History in Australia
Australian Jewish Historical Society
Australian Jewish Genealogical Society NSW
Australian Jewish Genealogical Society Victoria
National Archive of Australia
Database of Jewish graves in Australia, NZ and war graves overseas
Discovering Anzacs – WWI profiles of those who served
Australian War Memorial
Trove – National Library of Australia newspaper archive

Australian Jewry Book of Honour - The Great War 1914-1918 by Harold Boas (full text)

Australian Cemeteries Index
Rookwood Old Jewish Cemetery NSW - full alphabetical list of Jewish graves
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
Royal WA Historical Society
JewishGen Shtetlinks hosted by Eli Rabinowitz
Western Australian Genealogical Society
Cemetery search Perth
Australian Dictionary of Biography
Convict Transport Register
Western Australia Outback Family History - A detailed local and family history of the Goldfields


Gen Team Austria – see Overview for genealogical databases


Archives of Belarus
Belgium War Dead (1914-18)


Dictionary of Bulgarian Jewish surnames online


Canada Facebook Pages directory - over 800 pages
Canadian tombstones


Polish Jewish refugees in the Shanghai Ghetto 1941-1945
Jewish communities of China

EUROPE - General

Jewish heritage in Europe
YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
Jewish Traces - in French
European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative
Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies
Maps of Jewish communities and their populations in Europe 1750-1950
European Jewish Congress
Routes to Roots – tracing Jewish roots in Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus
Information portal to European Sites of Remembrance


Historical Society of Jews from Egypt


Cercle de Généalogie Juive

The Association of Jewish Genealogy in France

Jewish Virtual Library – France


Berlin directories - address and telephone 1799-1943 angebote/berliner-adressbuecher.html

Frankfurt directories - address and telephone 1834-1943

GenWiki - the Gemany Jewish Genealogy network
German genealogy – Habsburg Empire
Stolpersteine – the Stumbling Stones that mark addresses where deported Jews once lived
International Tracing Service – Bad Arolsen


Family Tree DNA – Rhodes family names
Database of Greek Jewish Holocaust survivors’ testimonies


Hungarian Jewish Roots

Murdered on the Verge of Survival: Massacres in the Last Days of the Siege of Budapest, 1945


Iraqi Jewish Archive - documents discovered in Iraq during the 2003 US war with Iraq
The Savior of Iraqi Jewish Heritage: an interview with Dr. Harold Rhode, who discovered them


Irish Jewish Roots


Yad Vashem
Israel Genealogical Society
Name changes in Palestine Gazette 1921-1948
Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA)
Sir Moses Montefiore's censuses of the Holy Land, Alexandria, Sidon and Beirut taken between 1839 and 1875


The Jews in Latvia (M. Bobe 1971) – full text online, Index begins on Image 413
Yidn in Letland (Jews in Latvia) 1972, in Yiddish (translation is in progress at JewishGen Yizkor Books, Latvia)
Latvia Jewish community website
Latvia State Historical Archive
All Latvia Cemetery List by Town - all known burials listed but incomplete data (dates, Hebrew patronymics, surnames vary from town to town)
JewishGen Latvia SIG Newsletters searchable 1996-2011
Jews in Liepaja 1941-1945 - contains extensive data of thousands of Jews detained there from many parts of Latvia
Liepaja Jewish Cemetery burials 1909-1941
Mitau (Jelgava) addressbook 1898 – trades and street directory in Old German
The Jewish cemetery of Glazmanka /Gostini /Dankere, Latvia – photographs of all graves with inscriptions where possible


Lithuania-Jewish Special Interest Group
Lithuania State Archive
Protecting our Litvak Heritage – the history of 50 Jewish communities in Lithuania
Photographic record of Vilna & many other places during WWII
JewishGen Litvak Shtetlinks hosted by Eli Rabinowitz
Vilkaviskis, where the Jewish community is no more



Dutch Archive Bank - free, in Dutch (use google translate)

Wie was Wie (Who was Who) family history archive


History of the Jews in New Zealand – Rabbi LM Goldman - full text
Archives New Zealand
New Zealand cemetery records: search by municipality. Most municipalities provide excellent records free. Religion not always stated. Use in conjunction with online sources - familysearch, ancestry etc.


Norway Digital Archive


Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
Gen Dobry
State Archive of Poland - in Polish
Galicia Jewish Museum Krakow
Virtual Shtetl online museum
Polish Jews YIVO Archive
Jewish Museum of Poland

History of the Jews of Krakow Online
The Polish-Jewish website has placed an extensive description of the history of the Jews of Krakow at,history/?action=view

JewishGen Shetlinks hosted by Eli Rabinowitz


Sephardic Gen resources
Sephardic studies material arranged by country of origin
History of the Jews under Muslim rule
Who counts as a Sephardic Jew?


Slovak Jewish Heritage site


JewishGen South Africa
Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies
JewishGen Shtetlinks hosted by Eli Rabinowitz
Cape Town Jewish Cemeteries Maintenance Board


JewishGen Ukraine database
JewishGen Ukraine town list
State Archives of Ukraine


Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
Synagogue Scribes - London synagogue and civil records, some before 1837
Scotland’s People
AJEX the Jewish Military Museum Record of Honour
BMD and censuses on the Internet
Database of headstones – >10,000 graves
Sketches of Anglo-Jewish History (1875) by James Picciotto – full text of the entire book
UK and Ireland genealogy GenUKI
British Newspaper archive
Channel Islands surname interests list
London Street Gazetteer 1851
Lancashire BMD free
United Synagogue, London - burial and marriage records
West Briton & Cornwall Advertiser – BDM, news transcripts from newspaper 1836-87
Penzance Synagogue – a brief history
The Susser Archive – archival collections of Rabbi Dr Bernard Susser z”l, including full text of his book and doctoral thesis “The Jews of South West England”
Blacksheep Ancestors - genealogical prison records
Pub History - a hugely comprehensive website of historic pubs, their licensees, addresses and names, also a footnote of the history of drinking laws in the United Kingdom from the year 680


USA – American Jewish Committee Archives – includes Jewish yearbooks
History of Ellis Island
Jewish Heritage Center on American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society
Newsbank Ethnic American newspapers 1799-1971
Searchable death indexes
World War II USA Army Enlistment Archives
Fold2 USA military records
Steve Morse’s website of databases (USA arrival, census etc)
Radaris - a comprehensive USA public records search engine for information about people, properties, businesses and professionals


Australian Jewry Book of Honour - The Great War 1914-1918 by Harold Boas (full text)

General Sir John Monash’s papers online
Discovering Anzacs – WWI profiles of those who served
Jewish battalions in Palestine
Jewish Legion - Wikipedia
The Jewish Legion 1915-1920
Forces War Records UK
Australian War Memorial WWI
National Archives of Australia WWI
The Australian homefront during WWI
Belgium War Dead (1914-18)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lists servicemen/women casualties of both wars, also civilian dead in WWII - includes Commonwealth countries


Yiddish Book Center
Yiddish language and culture
Lasky's famous Museum of Yiddish Theatre