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Started in Jewish Genealogy
than 3,000 copies sold. It is not a
guide. A beginner’s guide to Jewish genealogy would
undoubtedly take many more
pages and cost much more. Instead it is a getting started guide meant
convince the reader that tracing one’s Jewish ancestry can be
primarily Internet resources. The Internet has revolutionized family
research. What used to take days or weeks now takes minutes or hours
the wealth of resources on the Internet.
resources as JewishGen, Morse One-Step site, FamilySearch,
many more sites. It alerts the readers to what types of documents of
will aid in their research—such records as birth, marriage,
census and naturalization records.
focus is given to two problems often uttered by neophyte Jewish
genealogists: (1) My name was changed at Ellis Island and (2) I do
know the town my family came from.
7" x 10" 96 pp. softcover $14.50
Contents INTRODUCTION viiIF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU 1 Four Myths of Jewish Genealogy 3GET STARTED BY INTERVIEWING PEOPLE 4 Ask for Documents 4 Ask for Photos 4RECORDS OF YOUR ANCESTORS 8 Vital Records 8 Federal Census Records 10 Non-Federal Censuses 13 Naturalization Records 13 Passenger Lists 14 Other Resources 15JEWISHGEN: THE INTERNET HOME OF JEWISH GENEALOGY 18 Searching JewishGen Databases 19STEPHEN P. MORSE ONE-STEP SITE 26 A Strategy for Using the Morse Site to Search the Ellis Island Database 27SOME OTHER ONLINE GENEALOGY SITES 31 FamilySearch and the Family History Library System 31 Routes to Roots Foundation 33 Jewish Records Indexing-Poland 34 SephardicGen.com 35 Museum of Family History 35 FamilyTreeDNA.com 36 FindaGrave.com and Billion Graves.com 36 Cyndi's List 36 Association of Professional Genealogists 37COMMERCIAL ONLINE GENEALOGY SITES 38 Ancestry.com 38 MyHeritage 39 American Joint Distribution Committee 40 Findmypast.com 40 Fold3.com 40 JewishData.com 41 WorldVitalRecords.com 41IMPORTANT NON-INTERNET RESOURCES 42 Jewish Genealogical Societies and Annual Conference 42 Avotaynu 45HOLOCAUST RESEARCH 46 Shoah Victims’ Names Database 47 International Tracing Service (ITS) 48 Yizkor Books 49 Other Resources 49SPECIAL PROBLEM: MY NAME WAS CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND 50SPECIAL PROBLEM: FINDING YOUR ANCESTRAL TOWN 53GETTING STARTED PROPERLY 56 Genealogy Software 56 Cite Your Sources 58 Standards 58 Maintain a Research Log 58GLOSSARY 59APPENDIX A: HOW TO SEARCH ONLINE DATABASES 61APPENDIX A: DAITCH-MOKOTOFF SOUNDEX SYSTEM 63APPENDIX B: CASE STUDY– THE PATERNAL HISTORY OF BERNARD MADOFF 68ILLUSTRATIONS 77 Birth Record 78 Marriage Record 79 Death Record 80 Death Index: 81 Russian Census 82 Passenger Arrival Record 83 Census Record 84 Petition for Naturalization 85 Tombstone Inscription 86 Page of Testimony (Holocaust) 87 Holocaust Document: 88 JewishGen Discussion Group 89 JewishGen Family Finder 90 Consolidated Jewish Surname Index 91 Social Security Death Index 92
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