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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 25 A Strategy for Using the Morse Site to Search the Ellis Island Database 26SOME OTHER ONLINE GENEALOGY SITES 30 FamilySearch and the Family History Library System 30 Routes to Roots Foundation 32 Jewish Records Indexing-Poland 33 SephardicGen.com 34 Museum of Family History 34 FamilyTreeDNA.com 35 FindaGrave.com and Billion Graves.com 35 Cyndi's List 35 Association of Professional Genealogists 36COMMERCIAL ONLINE GENEALOGY SITES 37 Ancestry.com 37 Findmypast.com 38 Fold3.com 38 WorldVitalRecords.com 39 JewishData.com 39IMPORTANT NON-INTERNET RESOURCES 40 Jewish Genealogical Societies and Annual Conference 40 Avotaynu 41HOLOCAUST RESEARCH 44 Shoah Victims’ Names Database 45 International Tracing Service (ITS) 46 Yizkor Books 47 Other Resources 47SPECIAL PROBLEM: MY NAME WAS CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND 48SPECIAL PROBLEM: FINDING YOUR ANCESTRAL TOWN 51GETTING STARTED PROPERLY 54 Genealogy Software 54 Cite Your Sources 56 Standards 56 Maintain a Research Log 56GLOSSARY 57APPENDIX A: HOW TO SEARCH ONLINE DATABASES 59APPENDIX A: DAITCH-MOKOTOFF SOUNDEX SYSTEM 62APPENDIX B: CASE STUDY– THE PATERNAL HISTORY OF BERNARD MADOFF 66ILLUSTRATIONS 75 Birth Record 76 Marriage Record 77 Death Record 78 Death Index: 79 Russian Census 80 Passenger Arrival Record 81 Census Record 82 Petition for Naturalization 83 Tombstone Inscription 84 Page of Testimony (Holocaust) 85 Holocaust Document: 86 JewishGen Discussion Group 87 JewishGen Family Finder 88 Consolidated Jewish Surname Index 89 Social Security Death Index 90
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