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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,
Ancestry.com, MyHeritage and
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" 104 pp. softcover $16.50
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 American Joint Distribution Committee 35 SephardicGen.com 35 Compendium of Jewish Genealogy 36 Geni 36 Cyndi's List 36 Facebook Goups 36COMMERCIAL ONLINE GENEALOGY SITES 38 Ancestry.com 38 MyHeritage 39 DNA Testing for Genealogy 40 FindaGrave.com and Billion Graves.com 41 Findmypast.com 42 Fold3.com 41 Association of Professional Genealogists 42 JewishData.com 42IMPORTANT NON-INTERNET RESOURCES 43 Jewish Genealogical Societies and Annual Conference 43 Avotaynu 43HOLOCAUST RESEARCH 46 Shoah Victims’ Names Database 48 International Tracing Service (ITS) 49 Yizkor Books 50 Other Resources 50SPECIAL PROBLEM: MY NAME WAS CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND 51SPECIAL PROBLEM: FINDING YOUR ANCESTRAL TOWN 54GETTING STARTED PROPERLY 57 Genealogy Software 57 Cite Your Sources 58 Standards 59 Maintain a Research Log 60GLOSSARY 61APPENDIX A: HOW TO SEARCH ONLINE DATABASES 63APPENDIX A: DAITCH-MOKOTOFF SOUNDEX SYSTEM 66APPENDIX B: CASE STUDY– THE PATERNAL HISTORY OF BERNARD MADOFF 70ILLUSTRATIONS 78 Birth Record 79 Marriage Record 80 Death Record 81 Death Index: 82 Russian Census 83 Passenger Arrival Record 84 Census Record 85 Petition for Naturalization 86 Tombstone Inscription 87 Page of Testimony (Holocaust) 88 Holocaust Document: 89 JewishGen Discussion Group 90 JewishGen Family Finder 91 Consolidated Jewish Surname Index 92 Social Security Death Index 93
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