Jewish Historical & Genealogical Society of WA Inc.

LINKS

NOTE: While every care is taken with the links provided, links may become broken. It would be appreciated if you would contact web@jhgswa.org.au if you should find a broken or incorrect link.

Genealogy General -- General -- Graves, Cemeteries and Memorials -- Family Archives and Family Trees -- Family Trees Specific & Facebook -- Holocaust -- International -- Maps

Argentina -- Australia -- Austria -- Belarus -- Belgium -- Bulgaria -- Canada -- China -- Europe -- Egypt -- France -- Germany -- Greece -- Hungary -- Iraq -- Ireland -- Israel/Palestine -- Latvia -- Lithuania -- Netherlands -- New Zealand -- Norway -- Poland -- Sephardi -- Slovakia/Czech -- South Africa -- Ukraine -- UK -- USA -- World War I -- World War II -- Yiddish

GENEALOGY GENERAL

JewishGen
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.
www.jewishgen.org
5-minute screencasts on the basics of using JewishGen
www.jewishgen.org/JewishGen/FirstTimer.html
Guidelines for hiring a professional genealogist - produced by British Society
of Genealogists
http://www.sog.org.uk/uploads/employing_researcher_2012.pdf
101 resources for finding your Jewish ancestors
http://crestleaf.com/blog/jewish-genealogy-100-resources-jewish-ancestry-research/
Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/
Avotaynu Online
A comprehensive website that encompasses world Jewish genealogy
http://www.avotaynuonline.com/
Nu? What’s New? Avotaynu’s online weekly bulletins
www.avotaynu.com/nu.htm
Cyndi’s List of genealogy sites on the Internet
www.cyndislist.com/
Blood and Frogs - an Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy, organized by country,
with sub-categories
of History, Genealogy, Cemeteries, Holocaust, Diaspora, Contemporary and Books.
https://bloodandfrogs.com/encyclopedia
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.
genealogyindexer.org/
Dick Eastman’s newsletter of online genealogy
blog.eogn.com/
Steve Morse’s website of databases -US arrival, census, Holocaust, plus language
converter, calendar,
relationship calculator etc
www.stevemorse.org
Family Search
familysearch.org/
Museum of Family History
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/
Geni surname search
www.geni.com/surnames/
Eli Rabinowitz Portal of Jewish Genealogy
http://elirab.me/litvak-portal/
Mocavo
www.mocavo.com
History at Home - a guide to genealogy
www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.History-at-Home-A-Guide-to-Genealogy.17370.html

GENERAL

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

Six 'secret' search tips from Google - may help you refine your Google searches
http://familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-help-and-how-to/6-secret-google-search-tricks-for-genealogy-thatll-help-you-find-your-ancestors/

Ten common errors committed by genealogists
http://familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-help-and-how-to/how-to-fail-at-family-history-research-in-10-simple-steps
Jewish Virtual Library
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org
Google online translator
translate.google.com
Genealogy Quest
Includes an excellent Glossary for explaining old terminologies
genealogy-quest.com/
Ethics and privacy guidelines for genealogists
www.ajgs-vic.org.au/index.php/ethicsandprivacy-menu
Twisted Twigs and Gnarled Branches
The page that laughs with and at genealogists
www.facebook.com/pages/Twisted-Twigs-On-Gnarled-Branches-Genealogy/269836083081714?hc_location=timeline
Jewish postcard collection
www.jewishpostcardcollection.com/
The photo genealogist - analysis service of old Jewish photos for time, place, lifestyle (fashion, furnishings, vehicles etc)
www.sherlockcohn.com
Judaism 101 – the basics of every aspect of Jewish religion, life and culture
www.jewfaq.org/index.shtml
Jewish family names
www.bje.org.au/learning/jewishself/family/familynames.html
Jewish surnames, variants and origins
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Jewish_surnames

GRAVES, CEMETERIES AND MEMORIALS

How to read a Jewish tombstone
www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/tombstones.html
How to clean up a gravestone so you can read it – the Kalvarija (Lithuania) Project
www.jewishvilkaviskis.org/Kalvarija%202009%20Introduction.html
Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/
European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative
www.lo-tishkach.org/en/
Gravestone Photographic Resource
www.gravestonephotos.com/?r=1&width=1440&browser=1256
Billion graves
billiongraves.com/
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.
www.sztetl.org.pl/en/pwk/
Explanatory notes at www.sztetl.org.pl/en/cms/news/3931,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
www.stolpersteine.eu/en/

FAMILY ARCHIVES AND FAMILY TREES

Family tree maker - Ancestry.com
http://trees.ancestry.com.au
Library of Congress – preserving paper documents
www.loc.gov/preservation/care/paper.html
Hazel Dakers genealogy
sites.google.com/site/hazeldakers/
Family tree preservation and storage
www.myheritage.com/FP/beit_hatfutsot.php

FAMILY TREES - SPECIFIC & FACEBOOK

Chaim Freedman’s blog on European Jewish family trees
chfreedman.blogspot.com.au/
Zeffert Family History
www.zeffertt.co.uk/torvy/index.php?ctype=gedcom
Canada Facebook Pages directory - over 800 pages
http://tinyurl.com/CanadaFacebook

HOLOCAUST

Yad Vashem
www.yadvashem.org/
Yad Vashem Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project - to contribute Pages of Testimony
http://db.yadvashem.org/names/search.html?language=en
Yad Vashem central database of Shoah victims’ names
db.yadvashem.org/names/search.html?language=en
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 https://www.dormantaccounts.ch. Click on the “Publications” button at the bottom of the screen to access the search engine. The complete news item can be found at http://tinyurl.com/SwissDormantAccounts.
JewishGen Holocaust databases
www.jewishgen.org/databases/Holocaust/
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
www.ushmm.org/
Holocaust films by Tomek Wisniewski
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/tomek/films.htm
Fold3 Holocaust records - extensive databases of German records (camps etc)
go.fold3.com/holocaust_records/
Holocaust: a call to conscience
www.projetaladin.org/holocaust/en/homepage.html
Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota
www.chgs.umn.edu
International Tracing Service – Bad Arolsen
www.its-arolsen.org/en/homepage/index.html

INTERNATIONAL

World Jewish Congress
www.worldjewishcongress.org
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies
www.iajgs.org
Museum of Family History by Steve Lasky
www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/
Historical Jewish Press
web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/default.aspx
Jewish Photo Library
www.jewishphotolibrary.com/
Central Archive for the History of the Jewish People Jerusalem
cahjp.huji.ac.il/
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
www.hias.org
Joint Distribution Committee Archives
archives.jdc.org/sharedlegacy/
International Council of Jewish Women
www.icjw.org
Jewish Virtual Library
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/index.html

MAPS

Historical maps at New York Public Library
maps.nypl.org/warper/
German geneaology – Habsburg Empire
www.genealogienetz.de/reg/AUT/aut-hun.html
Maps of Jewish communities and their populations in Europe 1750-1950
iijg.org/maps-of-jewish-communities/
 

ARGENTINA

Jewish genealogical research in Argentina
http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/argentina.html

AUSTRALIA

Jewish History in Australia
http://jewishhistoryaustralia.net/jha/
Australian Jewish Historical Society
www.ajhs.info/
Australian Jewish Genealogical Society NSW
www.ajgs.org.au/
Australian Jewish Genealogical Society Victoria
www.ajgs-vic.org.au
National Archive of Australia
www.naa.gov.au
Database of Jewish graves in Australia, NZ and war graves overseas
ajhs.info/cemetery/
Discovering Anzacs – WWI profiles of those who served
discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
Australian War Memorial
www.awm.gov.au
Trove – National Library of Australia newspaper archive
trove.nla.gov.au

Australian Jewry Book of Honour - The Great War 1914-1918 by Harold Boas (full text)
http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/doview/nla.aus-vn4769506-p.pdf

Australian Cemeteries Index
www.austcemindex.com
Rookwood Old Jewish Cemetery NSW - full alphabetical list of Jewish graves
www.austcemindex.com/?cemid=1310
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
www.ncjwa.org.au
Royal WA Historical Society
histwest.org.au/
JewishGen Shtetlinks hosted by Eli Rabinowitz
http://elirab.me/litvak-portal/
Western Australian Genealogical Society
membership.wags.org.au/
Cemetery search Perth
www2.mcb.wa.gov.au/NameSearch/search.php
Australian Dictionary of Biography
adb.anu.edu.au/
Convict Transport Register
www.findmypast.com.au/articles/world-records/full-list-of-australia-and-new-zealand-records/travel-and-migration/convict-transportation-registers-1787-1870
Western Australia Outback Family History - A detailed local and family history of the Goldfields
http://www.outbackfamilyhistory.com.au/

AUSTRIA

Gen Team Austria – see Overview for genealogical databases
www.genteam.at/

BELARUS

Archives of Belarus
archives.gov.by/eng/
BELGIUM
Belgium War Dead (1914-18)
http://www.wardeadregister.be/en

BULGARIA

Dictionary of Bulgarian Jewish surnames online
www.sephardicgen.com/databases/BulgarianSurnamesSrchFrm.html

CANADA

Canada Facebook Pages directory - over 800 pages
http://tinyurl.com/CanadaFacebook
Canadian tombstones
canadianheadstones.com/

CHINA

Polish Jewish refugees in the Shanghai Ghetto 1941-1945
www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005589
Jewish communities of China
www.jewsofchina.org/

EUROPE - General

Jewish heritage in Europe
www.judaica-europeana.eu/
YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
www.yivoencyclopedia.org/
Jewish Traces - in French
jewishtraces.org/
European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative
www.lo-tishkach.org/en/
Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies
feefhs.org/
Maps of Jewish communities and their populations in Europe 1750-1950
iijg.org/maps-of-jewish-communities/
European Jewish Congress
www.eurojewcong.org/
Routes to Roots – tracing Jewish roots in Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus
www.routestoroots.com/
Information portal to European Sites of Remembrance
www.memorialmuseums.org

EGYPT

Historical Society of Jews from Egypt
www.hsje.org/

FRANCE

Cercle de Généalogie Juive
www.genealoj.org/en

The Association of Jewish Genealogy in France
www.genami.org

Jewish Virtual Library – France
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/France.html

GERMANY

Berlin directories - address and telephone 1799-1943
https://www.zlb.de/besondere- angebote/berliner-adressbuecher.html

Frankfurt directories - address and telephone 1834-1943
http://sammlungen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/periodika/nav/classification/8688176

GenWiki - the Gemany Jewish Genealogy network
http://wiki-en.genealogy.net/Main_Page
German genealogy – Habsburg Empire
www.genealogienetz.de/reg/AUT/aut-hun.html
Stolpersteine – the Stumbling Stones that mark addresses where deported Jews once lived
www.stolpersteine.eu/en/
International Tracing Service – Bad Arolsen
www.its-arolsen.org/en/homepage/index.html

GREECE

Family Tree DNA – Rhodes family names
www.familytreedna.com/public/RHODES%20ISLAND%20SEPHARDIC%20PROJECT/default.aspx
Database of Greek Jewish Holocaust survivors’ testimonies
gjst.ha.uth.gr/en/

HUNGARY

Hungarian Jewish Roots
www.jewishroots.hu/en_generalgenealogy_1.html

Murdered on the Verge of Survival: Massacres in the Last Days of the Siege of Budapest, 1945
https://blog.ehri-project.eu/2017/02/08/murdered-on-the-verge-of-survivalmassacres-in-the-last-days-of-the-siege-of-budapest-1945/

IRAQ

Iraqi Jewish Archive - documents discovered in Iraq during the 2003 US war with Iraq
http://www.ija.archives.gov/
The Savior of Iraqi Jewish Heritage: an interview with Dr. Harold Rhode, who discovered them
http://tinyurl.com/IraqiJewishArtifacts

IRELAND

Irish Jewish Roots
www.irishjewishroots.com/

ISRAEL / PALESTINE

Yad Vashem
www.yadvashem.org/
Israel Genealogical Society
www.isragen.org.il/
Name changes in Palestine Gazette 1921-1948
www.isragen.org.il/siteFiles/1/153/4971.asp
Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA)
http://genealogy.org.il
Sir Moses Montefiore's censuses of the Holy Land, Alexandria, Sidon and Beirut taken between 1839 and 1875
www.montefioreendowment.org.uk/census

LATVIA

The Jews in Latvia (M. Bobe 1971) – full text online, Index begins on Image 413
yizkor.nypl.org/index.php?id=2407
Yidn in Letland (Jews in Latvia) 1972, in Yiddish (translation is in progress at JewishGen Yizkor Books, Latvia)
yizkor.nypl.org/index.php?id=2408
Latvia Jewish community website
shamir.lv/en/
Latvia State Historical Archive
www.lvva-raduraksti.lv/en.html
All Latvia Cemetery List by Town - all known burials listed but incomplete data (dates, Hebrew patronymics, surnames vary from town to town)
http://www.balticgen.com/cemeteries/All%20Latvia%20cemetery%20list-by%20town.pdf
JewishGen Latvia SIG Newsletters searchable 1996-2011
www.jewishgen.org/Latvia/SIG_Newsletter.html
Jews in Liepaja 1941-1945 - contains extensive data of thousands of Jews detained there from many parts of Latvia
www.liepajajews.org/index.htm
Liepaja Jewish Cemetery burials 1909-1941
www.liepajajews.org/cem/CemIndex.htm
Mitau (Jelgava) addressbook 1898 – trades and street directory in Old German
usdine.free.fr/mitavaadressbook.html
The Jewish cemetery of Glazmanka /Gostini /Dankere, Latvia – photographs of all graves with inscriptions where possible
http://usdine.free.fr/gostinijewishcemetery.html

LITHUANIA

Lithuania-Jewish Special Interest Group
www.litvaksig.org/
Lithuania State Archive
www.archyvai.lt/en/news.html
Protecting our Litvak Heritage – the history of 50 Jewish communities in Lithuania
www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/lithuania6/lithuania6.html
Photographic record of Vilna & many other places during WWII
www.vilnaghetto.com/
JewishGen Litvak Shtetlinks hosted by Eli Rabinowitz
http://elirab.me/litvak-portal/
Vilkaviskis, where the Jewish community is no more
www.jewishvilkaviskis.org/index.html

NETHERLANDS

Akevoth
http://www.dutchjewry.org/

Dutch Archive Bank - free, in Dutch (use google translate)
https://www.amsterdam.nl/stadsarchief/nieuws/gratis-scans/

Wie was Wie (Who was Who) family history archive
www.wiewaswie.nl/en/home/

NEW ZEALAND

History of the Jews in New Zealand – Rabbi LM Goldman - full text
nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-GolHist.html
Archives New Zealand
archives.govt.nz/
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

Norway Digital Archive
www.arkivverket.no/eng/Digitalarkivet

POLAND

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
jri-poland.org/
Gen Dobry
http://polishroots.org/GenDobry/tabid/60/Default.aspx
State Archive of Poland - in Polish
http://www.archiwa.gov.pl/index.php#
Galicia Jewish Museum Krakow
www.en.galiciajewishmuseum.org/
Virtual Shtetl online museum
www.sztetl.org.pl/en/cms/help/
Polish Jews YIVO Archive
polishjews.yivoarchives.org/
Jewish Museum of Poland
www.polin.pl/en

History of the Jews of Krakow Online
The Polish-Jewish website Shtetl.org has placed an extensive description of the history of the Jews of Krakow at http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/article/krakow/5,history/?action=view

JewishGen Shetlinks hosted by Eli Rabinowitz
http://elirab.me/litvak-portal/

SEPHARDI

Sephardic Gen resources
www.sephardicgen.com/
Sephardic studies material arranged by country of origin
www.sephardicstudies.org/entrance.html
History of the Jews under Muslim rule
www.projetaladin.org/holocaust/en/muslims-and-jews/muslims-and-jews-in-history/history-of-the-jews-under-muslim-rule.html
Who counts as a Sephardic Jew?
esefarad.com/?p=56623&mkt_hm=27&utm_source=email_marketing&utm_admin=22882&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Boletin_Se

SLOVAKIA/CZECH

Slovak Jewish Heritage site
www.slovak-jewish-heritage.org/

SOUTH AFRICA

JewishGen South Africa
www.jewishgen.org/SAfrica/
Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies
www.kaplancentre.uct.ac.za/
JewishGen Shtetlinks hosted by Eli Rabinowitz
http://elirab.me/litvak-portal/
Cape Town Jewish Cemeteries Maintenance Board
https://www.jewishcemetery.co.za/

UKRAINE

JewishGen Ukraine database
www.jewishgen.org/databases/ukraine/
JewishGen Ukraine town list
www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine/GEO_townlist.asp
State Archives of Ukraine
www.archives.gov.ua/Eng/

UK

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
www.jgsgb.org.uk/
Synagogue Scribes - London synagogue and civil records, some before 1837
http://synagoguescribes.com/blog/
Scotland’s People
www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
AJEX the Jewish Military Museum Record of Honour
www.ajexroh.org.uk/record.php
BMD and censuses on the Internet
www.ukbmd.org.uk/
Database of headstones – >10,000 graves
www.cemeteryscribes.com/
Sketches of Anglo-Jewish History (1875) by James Picciotto – full text of the entire book
archive.org/details/sketchesofangloj00piccuoft
UK and Ireland genealogy GenUKI
www.genuki.org.uk
British Newspaper archive
blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2014/05/09/300000-newspaper-pages-added-including-the-daily-mirror/
Channel Islands surname interests list
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jfuller/ci/surnames.html
London Street Gazetteer 1851
www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/1851/Gazetteer_intro.htm
Lancashire BMD free
www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/
United Synagogue, London - burial and marriage records
www.theus.org.uk/gravesearch
West Briton & Cornwall Advertiser – BDM, news transcripts from newspaper 1836-87
freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wbritonad/
Penzance Synagogue – a brief history
www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/Community/Penzance/Penzance_Synagogue.htm
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”
www.jewishgen.org/JCR-UK/susser/
Blacksheep Ancestors - genealogical prison records
http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/uk/prisons.shtml
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
http://pubshistory.com/index.shtml

USA

USA – American Jewish Committee Archives – includes Jewish yearbooks
www.ajcarchives.org/main.php
Jewish Heritage Center on American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society
http://www.americanancestors.org/jhc
Newsbank Ethnic American newspapers 1799-1971
www.newsbank.com/readex/press.cfm?press=53
Searchable death indexes
www.deathindexes.com/
World War II USA Army Enlistment Archives
http://www.ww2enlistment.org/
Fold2 USA military records
www.fold3.com/?home=b&s_tnt=67932:1:0
Steve Morse’s website of databases (USA arrival, census etc)
www.stevemorse.org/
Radaris - a comprehensive USA public records search engine for information about people, properties, businesses and professionals
https://radaris.com/

WORLD WAR I

Australian Jewry Book of Honour - The Great War 1914-1918 by Harold Boas (full text)
http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/doview/nla.aus-vn4769506-p.pdf

General Sir John Monash’s papers online
www.awm.gov.au/people/P10676516/
Discovering Anzacs – WWI profiles of those who served
http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
Jewish battalions in Palestine
http://www.israeldailypicture.com/search?q=fusiliers
Jewish Legion - Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Legion
The Jewish Legion 1915-1920
http://www.fusiliermuseumlondon.org/uncategorized/the-jewish-legion-1915-1920/
Forces War Records UK
http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/
Australian War Memorial WWI
http://www.awm.gov.au/atwar/ww1/
National Archives of Australia WWI
http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/defence/service-records/army-wwi.aspx
The Australian homefront during WWI
http://anzacday.org.au/the-australian-home-front-during-world-war1
Belgium War Dead (1914-18)
http://www.wardeadregister.be/en

WORLD WAR II

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lists servicemen/women casualties of both wars, also civilian dead in WWII - includes Commonwealth countries
www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx

YIDDISH

Yiddish Book Center
www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
Yiddish language and culture
www.jewfaq.org/yiddish.htm
Lasky's famous Museum of Yiddish Theatre
http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/