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Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
by Gary Mokotoff

This book is a complete rewrite of its predecessor, which sold more than 2,000 copies. It is not a beginner’s 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 to convince the reader that tracing one’s Jewish ancestry can be done.

The resources described are primarily Internet resources. The Internet has revolutionized family history research. What used to take days or weeks now takes minutes or hours because of the wealth of resources on the Internet.

It describes in detail such resources as JewishGen, Morse One-Step site, FamilySearch, Ancestry.com and many more sites. It alerts the readers to what types of documents of their ancestors will aid in their research—such records as birth, marriage, death, Immigration, census and naturalization records.

Special focus is given to two problems often uttered by neophyte Jewish genealogists: (1) My name was changed at Ellis Island and (2) I do not know the town my family came from.

7" x 10" 92 pp. softcover $14.50 
 

Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
Contents

INTRODUCTION vii
IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU 1
Four Myths of Jewish Genealogy 3
GET STARTED BY INTERVIEWING PEOPLE 4
Ask for Documents 4
Ask for Photos 4
RECORDS OF YOUR ANCESTORS 8
Vital Records 8
Federal Census Records 10
Non-Federal Censuses 13
Naturalization Records 13
Passenger Lists 14
Other Resources 15
JEWISHGEN: THE INTERNET HOME OF JEWISH GENEALOGY 18
Searching JewishGen Databases 19
STEPHEN P. MORSE ONE-STEP SITE 25
A Strategy for Using the Morse Site to Search the Ellis Island Database 26
SOME 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 34
COMMERCIAL ONLINE GENEALOGY SITES 35
Ancestry.com 35
Findmypast.com 36
Footnote.com 36
WorldVitalRecords.com 37
JewishData.com 37
IMPORTANT NON-INTERNET RESOURCES 38
Jewish Genealogical Societies and Annual Conference 38
Avotaynu 39
HOLOCAUST RESEARCH 42
Shoah Victims’ Names Database 42
International Tracing Service (ITS) 44
Yizkor Books 45
Other Resources 45
SPECIAL PROBLEM: MY NAME WAS CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND 46
SPECIAL PROBLEM: FINDING YOUR ANCESTRAL TOWN 49
GENEALOGICAL SOFTWARE 52
GLOSSARY 55
APPENDIX A: DAITCH-MOKOTOFF SOUNDEX SYSTEM 57
APPENDIX B: CASE STUDY– THE PATERNAL HISTORY OF BERNARD MADOFF 61
ILLUSTRATIONS 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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