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Undeniably, one of the best Jewish Genealogy forums and one of the earliest Jewish sites available to learn about this most popular hobby ... genealogy www.jewishgen.org
Here, many volunteers contribute much information to develop a very prime source of information for those who are just starting out ... and it is a valuable source, as a reference point, for those who are professional genealogists. There are a number of other sites that also provide you with a "starting point", but none are focused exclusively on Jewish Genealogy.
One problem that existed (until I created Jewishwebindex.com) is that many of the thousands of addresses and information were volatile. That is, once the information was exposed on a JewishGen Digest page, that information could only be found by searching the site's archives. And that's a tedious task since you have to know specifically what you are looking for. Since I never liked working tediously, I hope that you will find my INDEX to Jewish Genealogy helpful and beneficial.
and follow simple directions. You can also send an Email: : firstname.lastname@example.org and in the body of the message: subscribe (your first name) (your last name) You have a choice of either receiving single messages (you will be bombarded with over 25 messages a day) or the Digest form, which I heartily recommend. There is no charge for this service, but you will be asked to donate from time to time to help defray the expenses of this not-for-profit business.
JewishGen, Inc. 2951 Marina Bay Drive Suite 130-472 League City, TX 77573
The JewishGen Discussion Group
is mirrored to the Usenet newsgroup soc.genealogy.jewish and is therefore a public list. Not only are the archives searchable by anyone with an interest, messages can be retrieved from soc.genealogy.jewish and archived in programs such as Dejanews www.deja.com
Cure - "Here's how it works. When accessing the JGFF to perform a search, you are asked to logon using either your Email: address or your JewishGen ID Number (JGID, formerly called the "JGFF Researcher Code"), and your Password. If you have forgotten either, they can now be retrieved automatically by using" http://www.jewishgen.org/CURE/password.html
"What CURE will do for JewishGen is enable us to better manage all of our programs, assist in our planning process and provide the information we need to better serve our constituents."
"In addition to greater security for your contact information, your benefits will include not having to worry about updating your contact information individually in each program or mailing list, but to update it in one place and one place only -- CURE. We expect this "one stop update" to be a great convenience and believe it will also result in far fewer "lost researchers" who forget to change their Email: address in each and every place it is listed on JewishGen."
"The new CURE logon screen will apply to the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF)For complete information about the JGFF, see the "JGFF FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about the JGFF" http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/jgff-faq.html
A map based guide to the history of Europe and the Middle East from the beginning of the 11th century to the present. It is a dynamic, animated historical atlas. You can watch over 9,000 border changes occur as the map reshapes itself from date to the next. This is a commercial product, but is worth looking over. http://www.historicalatlas.net/
The company allows a download copy to use to try out. This 'Working Model' covers the period from 1790 to 1819. This was the era of the French Revolution, the Partition of Poland and the Napoleonic wars and is free for as long as you want. MAC models are not supported for the free download.
There are more than 65,000 contributors and over 77,000 unique surnames from 20,000 towns in 97 countries. Poland has the largest number of entries with more than 54,000. Maltais identified by only one contributor. The database receives close to 1.5 million visits a year http://www.jewishgen.org/
A lecture at a recent JGS Seminar is available as AJGS Minigraph #102 from IAJGS for a nominal fee or at your local JGS library.
Eastern Europe FAQ Frequently asked questions about Jewish genealogical research in Eastern Europe offers a 'how-to' that should be read by anyone who is interested in researching his or her roots http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/eefaq.html
To subscribe put the following in the subject line: subscribe Galicia (your name) (Your email address) To send postings to the group: address your message to: email@example.com
Hebrew Genealogy Forum
'Family Roots' is a genealogy forum (in Hebrew) that is not related to any association/organization and deals with all aspects of Jewish Genealogy. The Forum is free-to-use and the subjects discussed in it are not moderated The Forum includes a: Table with all the surnames researched by its members; a Gallery for translation and recognizing requests; Links to sites mentioned and Articles originally written and translated. This is a place to talk about genealogy research, ask questions, help others, share your success or failures and meet other people of like interest. The Forum's manager is Arnon Hershkovitz firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.tapuz.co.il/tapuzforum/main/forumpage.asp?id=325
This is a database of towns and surnames being researched by Jewish genealogists worldwide and can be searched via Email: . Using this database, you can learn whether others are seeking ancestors of the same surname or town of origin. Besides searching, you can register your own surnames and towns as well as updating any existing entries. This is where you may want to start your search.
There are more than 70,000 contributors and now 90,000 unique surnames from over 20,000 towns in 97 countries. Poland has the largest number of entries with more than 54,000. Maltais identified by only one contributor. http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff
To use the on-line JGFF system, send an Email: to email@example.comNo subject line is necessary. In the body of the request message follow this format: Surname: Town; District (if known) Country.
The purpose of this SIG is to act as a central clearinghouse to providing researchers of rabbinic ancestry and rabbinic genealogies with a forum for the exchange of information. http://www.jewishgen.org/rabbinic/
1. Search the site, using exact spelling or the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system. This search will display latitude and longitude for each location, as well as the distance to the country's capital city.
Searching the Shtetl Seeker site will also
2. list all of the towns within a certain distance of a given latitude / longitude coordinates.
3. Go to where you will find ShtetlSeeker - Radius Search which will allow you to search for all towns within a 1 to 30 miles (you choose whatever distance you wish) centered at the coordinates you choose. You can even refine a search by limiting it to towns starting with a specific letter. http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/locrad.htm
This is a group of Jews and non-Jews who are working to embrace lost Jewish communities throughout the world. Kulanu is a home to any individual who is looking for a starting place or a place to help others start a more intense Jewish journey. http://www.kulanukids.org/
Hungary SIG Includes parts of present day Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Romania. Publishes Magyar Zsido. http://www.jewishgen.org/
Kielce-Radom SIG Includes the two Guberniyas of the Kingdom of Poland (Russian Poland), located in south central Poland and covering much of the area between Warsaw and Krakow. Publishes Kielce-Radom SIG Journal. Offers much information about these regions in southern Russian Poland http://www.jewishgen.org/
Litvak SIG Includes Kovno and Vilna Guberniyas of the Russian Empire, which includes much of the territory of currentLithuania. This SIGacquires records from Lithuanian archives and publishes them in an on-line database. http://www.jewishgen.org/
Rav-SIG The Rabbinic Genealogy Special Interest Group deals with the subject of European and Hasidic rabbis and dynasties. The group publishes in both Hebrew and English a publication "Sharsheret Hadorot" Journal of the Israel Genealogical Society http://www.jewishgen.org/Rabbinic/journal/main.htm
General Bio-Bibliographical Works Biographies and Family Genealogies Sephardi and Mizrahi Yizkor Books (having significant information on lineages or dynasties) Regions, countries and towns (world-wide) Periodicals and articles Audiotapes and CD-ROMs
You can upload your graphics to the site along with your graphical queries to assist researchers. All graphic uploads will be viewable for 7 days. Thereafter the graphics will be archived (permanently) in a searchable archive known as the "ViewMate Image Gallery". This will give researchers the ability to seek additional help with their queries, and allow others to browse in the gallery.
TheJewishGen Yizkor Book Necrology Database indexes the names of persons in the necrologies -- the lists of Holocaust martyrs -- published in the Yizkor Books appearing on the Yizkor Book Project http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/translations.html
This database is only an index of names; it directs researchers back to the Yizkor Book itself, where more complete information may be available. This database currently contains over 150,000 entries from the necrologies of 164 different Yizkor Books.
Other Special Interest Sites
Online searchable database dedicated to researching Adoptees, Birth Parents, Adoptive Parents and Siblings http://www.birthquest.org/
HNOH (Hebrew National Orphan Home) has a page devoted to Jewish Orphanages in the US> There are extensive lists of links as well. http://www.scruz.net/~elias/hnoh
American Red Cross
Holocaust and War Victims Tracing and Information Service, Linda Klein is the Director To see my success story ( Margulis Saga ) as published on their web site and further information about the Red Cross and their various genealogical services www.acrossla.org
A jam-packed site worth your attention. It contains archival inventories of files containing documentary sources of Jewish history from various East European countries, sorted by Country and then by city. The only rub is that those pages I searched, are in Russian. You can download and print the information and have it translated, if you wish or you may want to try your hand at one of the free translating sites on my web site. http://prorus.ru/~heritage/resoene.htm
"Judaism and Jewish Resource - Jewish Communities"
Southern California Genealogical Society & Family Research Library
Located at 417 Irving Drive (at Glenoaks Blvd) Burbank, CA 91504 Phone: 1 818 843 7247 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Library offers a 'virtual tour' of the facilities including the German Genealogical Society of America (one of the largest in the US) - Genealogical Society Hispanic America and French-Canadian Heritage Society of California (one of the largest in the US and Los Angeles Historical Society). The library contains over 30,000 books, manuscripts, maps, microforms, periodicals, and CDs. http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/
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Has a voice and fax network setup to help people get a certified copy of a birth, death, marriage certificatesas well as other vital records. The site provides the information on how to obtain a vital record from VitalChek's listing of participating agencies: http://www.vitalchek.com/
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