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  • If you have very little information, begin with:
    • Passenger Records,
    • Naturalization Records,
    • Census Records,
    • Marriage Records,
    • Social Security Application, and
    • Passport Records.
  • Jewish immigrants often "Americanized" their names. Further, they used a lot of nicknames and derivatives of their real name.
    • Hint: Search with initials and last name to maximize your chance of finding your relative.
  • To find a Jewish ancestor's town of origin, look to their grave and local synagogue. Jewish immigrants often formed societies based on their hometowns and members frequently bought lots in cemeteries.
  • A lot of areas where Jewish individuals originated from had shifting boundaries. It is not unusual for people to identify with other areas than the one named in official documents.
    • Galicia (province of Austria) - Now in Poland and Ukraine.
      • Gesher Galicia is a Galicia research group.
      • Records are scattered.
      • Jews avoided registration of marriage. Children are often listed under their mother's surname as illegitimate.
  • A number of Jews immigrated to Mexico. Search the 1930 Mexico National Census and the Brazil Immigration Cards on FamilySearch.
  • Since the 1950's, the International Tracing Service has researched and documented the fates of millions who suffered persecution during the holocaust.
  • Newspaper Records:

  • Websites
  • American Sephardi Federation
  • Avotaynu is a Jewish surname index.
  • Family Tree of the Jewish People
  • IAJGS Cemetery Project
  • Industrial Removal Office was created as part of the Jewish Agricultural Society to assimilate immigrants into American society.
  • International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies
  • Istanbul Jewish Genealogy Project
  • JewishGen is one of the best websites to get started with Jewish genealogy.
    • It is free to use, but you must register with the site.
    • Contains great tutorials and information sheets.
    • Family Finder is an interactive database which allows users to post family surnames and ancestral towns, and to find other
    • researchers with similar interests.
    • ViewMate Tool - Allows users to post photographs and documents, and ask for help in translating or identifying information.
    • Infofile - contains a very useful list of Yiddish and Hebrew names and their derivatives.
    • Yizkor books are memorial books created to commemorate Jewish communities destroyed during the holocaust. Many Tizkor books can be accessed through JewishGen's Yizkor Book Project Database
  • JRI Poland is a search engine for Jewish records in Poland.
  • Litvaksig is the primary resource for Lithuanian Jewish genealogical research.
  • Routes to Roots shows where records are currently kept.
  • Sephardic Gen
  • Southern Jewish Historical Society
  • Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog
  • Yad Vashem is the central database of Shoah (holocaust) victim's names.