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Started in Jewish Genealogy
book is a
complete rewrite of
its predecessor, which sold more than 2,000 copies. 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" 92 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 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 33 Museum of Family History 34COMMERCIAL ONLINE GENEALOGY SITES 35 Ancestry.com 35 Findmypast.com 36 Footnote.com 36 WorldVitalRecords.com 37 JewishData.com 37IMPORTANT NON-INTERNET RESOURCES 38 Jewish Genealogical Societies and Annual Conference 38 Avotaynu 39HOLOCAUST RESEARCH 42 Shoah Victims’ Names Database 42 International Tracing Service (ITS) 44 Yizkor Books 45 Other Resources 45SPECIAL PROBLEM: MY NAME WAS CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND 46SPECIAL PROBLEM: FINDING YOUR ANCESTRAL TOWN 49GENEALOGICAL SOFTWARE 52GLOSSARY 55APPENDIX A: DAITCH-MOKOTOFF SOUNDEX SYSTEM 57APPENDIX B: CASE STUDY– THE PATERNAL HISTORY OF BERNARD MADOFF 61ILLUSTRATIONS 69 Birth Record 70 Marriage Record 71 Death Record 72 Death Index: 73 Russian Census 73 Passenger Arrival Record 74 Census Record 76 Petition for Naturalization 78 Tombstone Inscription 79 Holocaust Document: 80 JewishGen Family Finder 81 Consolidated Jewish Surname Index 82 Social Security Death Index 83
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