Below is the list of databases that were used to create the Consolidated
Jewish Surname Index.
Some databases assure that the surname was borne by Jews.
They are designated with a green bullet () preceding
Some databases are predominantly Jewish but may contain
some Christian surnames. They are designated with a yellow bullet () preceding the description.
Others are known to contain a significant number of Christian
surnames. They are designated with a red bullet () preceding
Access to these 42 different databases varies. Some are immediately accessible
on the Internet, some are published books, others are on microfiche. For those databases mentioned that are available
on microfiche, each of the Jewish genealogical societies throughout the world have copies of the fiche and make
them available to members at no cost. Because the databases in book form are valuable research tools, many societies
have copies of these books, also. Also check with large local libraries who may have copies of the books in their
reference section. Finally, almost all of the books and all microfiche are available for purchase through Avotaynu.
Records Indexing - Poland (231,973 surnames). An index
to more than 5,000,000 Jewish birth, marriage, divorce and death records located in the archives of Poland. An
on-going project. More than 550 towns are represented--continuously updated.Online
Database (79,327 surnames). An additional 600,000 records
for Poland, from a variety of sources, including: vital records, business directories, voter lists, passenger manifests,
yizkor books and other Holocaust sources. Online database
C. All Lithuania Database (46,656 surnames). More than 400,000 records from many different sources, including Revision
Lists (censuses), vital records, tax, voters, and cemetery lists. An on-going project--continuously updated.Online database
D. All Belarus Database (55,652 surnames). More than 300,000 records from many different sources, including vital
records, voter lists, business directories, ghetto records. An on- going project--continuously updated.Online database
E. All Latvia Database
(8,188 surnames). 75,000 records from many different sources, including vital records, voter lists, tax lists,
recruitment records. An on- going project--continuously updated.Online
UK Database (1,409 surnames). More than 50,000 records
for England, Scotland and Wales, from a variety of sources, including: marriage and cemetery records, census records,
business directories, and others.--continuously updated.Online
Hungary Database (26,426 surnames). 240,000 records from
many different sources, including vital records, census records, property tax records, etc.. An on- going project--continuously
Romania Database (45,240 surnames). More than 190,000
records for Romania and Moldova, from a variety of sources, including: voter lists, census records, business directories,
vital records, diplomatic records, yizkor books, and others.--continuously updated.Online
Scandanavia Database (2,659 surnames). More than 12,000
records for Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, from a variety of sources, including: census, tax, cemetery records,
and others.--continuously updated.Online database
J. JewishGen Family Finder (45,240 surnames). Surnames/towns being researched by some 70,000 Jewish genealogists
worldwide. An on-going project--continuously updated. Online database
K. Family Tree of the Jewish People (184,237 surnames). 3,000,000 persons who appear on more than 2,500 family trees
being researched by Jewish genealogists. Online database.
L. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (49,167 surnames). Surnames from the Pale of Settlement. Book
Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland
(32,871 surnames). Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland. Book
Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia (34,597 surnames).
Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland. Book
Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames (19,726 surnames).
Surnames from pre-World War I Germany. Book
P. Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames: Second Edition (15,810 surnames). Sephardic surnames throughout the world. Book
Q. Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories (10,284 surnames). Surnames for which there are published family histories and
R. Index to Russian Consular Records (38,533 surnames). 70,000 persons who transacted business with the Russian czarist
consulates in the United States from about 1849-1926. Microfiche
S. Galicia Surname Index (5,627 entries). Various lists of persons who resided in Galicia. An on-going project--continuously
T. First American Jewish Families (4,758 surnames). 50,000 descendants of Jewish-American families who arrived
in America in the period 1654-1838. (Out of print) Book
U. Palestine Gazette
(15,142 surnames). 28,000 persons, mostly Jews, who legally changed their names while living in Palestine during
the British Mandate (1921-1948). Microfiche
surnames). 128,000 German Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Book
W. Index to Memorial to the Jews Deported From France (26,310 surnames). 70,000 Jews deported from France during the Holocaust. Microfiche
X. National Registry of Jewish Holocaust Survivors (14,742 surnames). 35,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States and
Y. Sephardic Surnames (20,000
surnames). List of Sephardic surnames.
Z. Les Fleurs de l'Orient (9,441 surnames). Family tree, heavily Sephardic, of 70,000 people.
a. Emergency Passports
(2,383 surnames). 3,000 Jewish applicants for emergency U.S. passports, 1915-1924, processed by U.S. State Department.
b. Index to State Department records found in the U.S. National Archives containing Jewish names in the section on
protection of interests of U.S. citizens in Russia (3,104 surnames). 5,000 records. Microfiche
c. Index to State Department records found in the U.S. National Archives which is a registration of U.S. citizens in
Jerusalem, 1914-1918 (863 surnames). 9,000 records.
d. Index to State Department records found in the U.S. National Archives which is a list of Jewish names in protection
of interests of U.S. citizens category in Romania, Germany & Poland (1910-1929) (3,583 surnames). 4,500 records.
e. Index to State Department records found in the U.S. National Archives which is a list of Jewish names in protection
of interests of U.S. citizens section in Austria-Hungary (1910-1930) (1,554 surnames). 2,000 records. Microfiche
f. Jewish Surnames from Morocco. (4,510 surnames) 4,644 different Moroccan surnames. Microfiche
g. Jewish Burials in Hartford County Connecticut (8,320 surnames). 13,000 burials. Book
h. Jewish Surnames from Prague (985 surnames) Ancient Ashkenazic surnames from the 15th-18th centuries. Book
i. Cleveland (Ohio) Burials (1,413 surnames). Online database
j. Birth Index for Buda Jewry 1820-1852, 1868. Index to certain Jewish birth records for Buda (Hungary). (523 surnames). Microfiche
k. Obuda (Hungary) Census of 1850. Census of all households in this district of Budapest. (588 surnames). Microfiche
l. Eliyahu's Branches: The Descendants of the Vilna Gaon
and His Family (3,292 surnames) Compiled genealogy
of more than 20,000 descendants of this great scholar. Book
m. Surnames in the Lomza, Poland, yizkor book. (2,268 surnames). Online database
Gubernia Duma Voters Lists, 1906-1907 (9,709 surnames).
More than 32,000 Jewish men living in Kiev gubernia, eligible to vote in the Czarist State Duma elections of 1906-1907.
o. Poor Jews Temporary Shelter (24,863 surnames). A social service facility in London designed to meet the needs of Jews
who were coming to or passing through London founded in 1885.
p. Quebec Surnames
(16,227 surnames). Jewish surnames appearing in Quebec vital records.