Suggested Useful Links

JewishGen – The largest and most comprehensive website for Jewish genealogy – research information, tools, and extensive databases. One must register to access some sites, but there is no fee. Below are only a few of the offerings:

  • Contribute to JewishGen– As an independent, non-profit organization, they rely on this support to perpetuate the memory and heritage of previous generations.
  • Create New JewishGen Acct (pdf)
  • Databases – a collection of links to JewishGen’s databases.
  • Family Finder – Database of people researching certain surnames or towns. You may find new relatives here.
  • Family Tree of the Jewish People
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Jewish Records Indexing – Poland (JRI Poland) although included in the list of JewishGen databases, this database of Polish vital records is so extensive that it deserves a separate listing.
  • KehilaLinks – a collection of links to web pages devoted to individual Jewish communities.
  • ShtetlSeeker – Enter name of town and get longitude and latitude coordinates of all towns with that name, find how far a town is from any other town, find names of all towns a certain distance from a given town. If you click on coordinates listed for a town, you can get map of area where town is located.
  • Special Interest Groups – Informational Web pages maintained by various Regional Special Interest Groups. Addresses for various archives and possible researchers. Photographs, stories.
  • Viewmate – Post photos, documents, or letters for identification, analysis, translation, or advice.
  • Worldwide Burial Registry – Project to document burials worldwide.
  • Yizkor Book Project – Memorial books created after WWII by survivors of destroyed communities, originally written mostly in Yiddish and Hebrew. Contain history of town, stories about people in them, lists of those killed. English translations of many of these are being posted on the website chapter by chapter.
  • Yizkor Book Necrology Database – Lists names of victims of Holocaust mentioned in numerous Yizkor books.

Comprehensive source for U.S. and foreign materials.  Free at many libraries.  Paid subscription needed. for home use after free trial period

Center for Jewish History
Located in NYC;  a partnership of major institutions:  American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum; genealogy research library.

Ellis Island    
For immigrant arrival records from 1892-1924. Use the Steve Morse website for easier searches.

Family Search (Mormon Library)
World’s largest collection of genealogical records available on microfilm and online.

Genealogy Resources for Researching Your Family’s Background
Where and how to search, creating and mapping a family tree, and more resources

JRI-Poland  (Home of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland)
Database of indices to the 19th century Jewish vital records of Poland.

My Heritage     
International genealogy research website and social network service. Available by paid subscription.

Routes to Roots Foundation
Identifies which Jewish vital records can be found in state archives in Eastern Europe.

Steve Morse
Find your ancestors more effectively in the Ellis Island database and the U.S. and N.Y. census. A wealth of other genealogical material.

Yad Vashem
World’s largest searchable database of Holocaust victims’ names and information.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island Youtube Channel
Short, very informative, instructional videos produced by JGSLI.