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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 Museum of Family History 36 FamilyTreeDNA.com 37 FindaGrave.com and Billion Graves.com 37 Cyndi's List 37 Geni 37 Association of Professional Genealogists 37COMMERCIAL ONLINE GENEALOGY SITES 39 Ancestry.com 39 MyHeritage 40 Findmypast.com 41 Fold3.com 41 JewishData.com 41 WorldVitalRecords.com 41 Mocavo.com 42IMPORTANT NON-INTERNET RESOURCES 43 Jewish Genealogical Societies and Annual Conference 43 Avotaynu 44HOLOCAUST RESEARCH 47 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 59GLOSSARY 60APPENDIX A: HOW TO SEARCH ONLINE DATABASES 62APPENDIX A: DAITCH-MOKOTOFF SOUNDEX SYSTEM 65APPENDIX B: CASE STUDY– THE PATERNAL HISTORY OF BERNARD MADOFF 69ILLUSTRATIONS 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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