Websites to help you find, save, and share your family history. Originally compiled to accompany presentation to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando, May 26, 2010. Hundreds of links added since then. Updated May 31, 2019. Compiled by Tom Hirsch.
Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen of the IAJGS/JGSCV, Elaine Powell of the CFGS, Kim Sheintal of the JGS of Southwest Florida, and other people and organizations for making known these sites.
NOTE 1: Neither I nor the JGSGO is endorsing any of the websites, products, or services that are mentioned here.
NOTE 2: See separate DNA website listing in the JGSGO membership kit, which is on the JGSGO website, and on the JGSGO USB flash drive
I have used some, but not all of these sites. All are believed to be legitimate, but I can’t vouch for the sites I have not used. This is not a complete list, it is only the sites that I know at this point in time. You can always find more sites by searching the web, and new sites are launched every day. Many of these sites have dozens or hundreds of links to other sites useful for genealogists. Check the websites for tutorials and instructions that will help you in your research. Some sites listed here may have changed their URL, or may be extinct.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
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1. FREE websites useful for genealogy. Government websites; nonprofit group websites; personal websites. Some archives charge for accessing, copying and mailing the documents. Some sites have a charge for some services. Some sites link you to other sites or functions which do charge for some services.
A. Nonprofit groups or free websites
documents on many areas of genealogy; click on the books tab for more than 40,000 digitized
genealogy and family history publications searchable onlinehttps://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers What you can find
at Mormon Church Family History Centers
https://www.familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Free-premium-family-history- websites-available-in-the-Family-History-Center-Portal-1381815050504 Subscription databases available at
Family History Centers
http://www.bcgcertification.org/associates/index.php search for a certified genealogist
on the website of the Board for Certification of Genealogists
websites for 2012
answers in the query section
private and secure.
for Canada, USA, Germany & others
column in Tampa Tribune
people live who have a surname
websites looking for names you enter
there’s charge for some services
genealogy; helpful links
substitute name of other states in the URL for those states
renowned genealogist; also has another site
under the age of 30, but us older people can find lots of good stuff herehttps://csindexing.com Crowd Source Indexing, the newest technology available to genealogy societies and special interest groups for indexing their records http://blog.feedspot.com/genealogy_blogs/ top 100 genealogy blogshttp://familyandkin.com/info/abbreviations/ lots of tips and links on main site, this link
explains many genealogy abbreviations
https://ancestralfindings.com founded by Will Moneymaker in 1995, numerous links
http://amberskyline.com/treasuremaps/ Robert Ragan site with numerous links, helps,
http://genealogycompass.com another Robert Ragan site with even more tools and tipshttps://www.genealogybranches.com Joe Beine’s site, many links to databaseshttps://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/index.shtml Lorine McGinnis Schulze’s site, many
databases and tutorials
links to many genealogy sites https://www.genealogyexplained.com/basics/genealogical-proof-standard/
standards of proof in genealogy
https://familyhistorydaily.com articles, tutorials, etc
https://www.gengophers.com/#/ search for 80,000 genealogy books
http://www.jewishagency.org to ensure that every Jewish person feels an unbreakable bond to one another and to Israel no matter where they are in the world
http://icalshare.com calendars for various cultures, religions, and areas of the worldhttp://www.tmgenealogy.com genealogy information, blogs, forms
https://abundantgenealogy.com website of famed genealogist Thomas MacEntee, many resources
B. Geographic or regional genealogy sites in the USA.
Look for local, regional, and state genealogical organizations. States, and most larger cities and counties have their own genealogical societies. These groups are the experts in their geographic areas, and often have information and databases unavailable elsewhere; or have lots of information in one place that would require trips to several research centers to find. Some states and local governments have online search functions, and in-house searches to find records you need.
https://www.familytreemagazine.com/premium/75-best-state-genealogy-websites/ Family Tree magazine’s 75 Best Websites for US State Genealogy Research
http://adph.org/vitalrecords/ vital records Alabama Dept of Public Health
Arkansas Dept of Health Vital Records website
Library online city directories listings; searchable online
https://oac.cdlib.org Online Archive of California, free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.
https://calisphere.org free access to unique and historically important artifacts for research, teaching, and curious exploration. Discover over one million photographs, documents, letters, artwork, diaries, oral histories, films, advertisements, musical recordings, and more. The collections on Calisphere have been digitized and contributed by all ten campuses of the University of California and other important libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state.
also members of this group.
has cemetery search function
information on Florida 1935 census
http://www.censusfinder.com/florida.htm links to all kinds of Florida census and
http://www.dos.myflorida.com/library-archives State Library and Archives of Florida, includes some land records
www.floridamemory.com Florida Secretary of State’s memory collection of records http://palmm.digital.flvc.org/islandora/search?type=edismax&collection=palmm:fhp
Florida Heritage Collection, ongoing cooperative project of the State University System (SUS) of Florida to digitize and provide online access to materials broadly representing Florida’s history, culture, arts, literature, sciences and social sciences
http://www.floridahealth.gov/certificates/ vital records at Florida Dept of Health
genealogical societies and historical societies in the state
researching surnames listed on the website
Secretary of State genealogy search site
actual census images
www.jgsi.org Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinoishttps://jgsi.org/jgsi-jewish-chicago-database JGSI’s online searchable Chicago database
search for records, including death records
order Maine vital records online from Lexis Nexis; this is link from state’s official site MD
with lots of excellent links and databases
society in USA, active group with large library, computer databases, helpful website
genealogy, Independence, MO
genealogy websites New England
https://www.newjerseydeathindex.com/ State’s death registry index; these are listings,
not the actual records
https://www.nj.gov/state/archives/pdf/GenealogicalRecords.pdf New Jersey Secretary of State’s
https://digitalcollections.nypl.org New York Public Library online genealogy collectionshttp://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/allCollections New York City Municipal Archiveshttps://www.ny.gov/programs/open-foil-ny#_blank New York State Govt records request site
http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/state-archives Rhode Island Secretary of State, state archives
library genealogy WA
http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx vital records search
C. Religious genealogy and archive sites
Religious, ethnic, and ethnic-American genealogy sites can be very helpful in linking you to people and providing lots of valuable information. They are experts in their specialized fields.
Www.jgsgo.org current JGSGO website
Orlando website, still there, but not updated
questions or information. Free, but requests donations, and requires you to obtain a
user name and password
https://www.jewishgen.org/gedcom/ Family Tree of the Jewish People, uploade your family tree, search
trees by others
Jewish genealogy groups around the globe and many other resources http://jewishwebindex.com/ Jewish genealogy website, many useful links
Jewish history; virtual museum, not an actual facility
History 1914-present; searchable database
Societies Jewish section, helpful documents and links
http://www.spertus.edu/subject-guides/jewish-genealogy Institute for Jewish learning and leadership
Library and Archives of Canada Jewish genealogy
files, and in English
rehabilitation of Jews during the middle of the 20th century http://www.thedigin.org/jewish-studies-dh-projects/ Jewish studies links
genealogist, specializing in Jewish genealogy, genetic genealogy, and technology
the cities of Europe.
history, and dozens of links
Genealogy Center at the Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, on the
campus of Tel Aviv University. 5 searchable databases; books for purchase
million documents, photographs, recordings, posters, and films in the Archives of the YIVO Institute, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
http://www.yiddishkayt.org/ Yiddish cultural organization
http://www.jtsa.edu/The_Library.xml the largest Jewish library outside of Israel http://www.jppi.org.il/ Jewish People Policy Institute
www.sephardicancestry.com Genie Milgrom’s Sephardic genealogy site
http://www.isjm.org/ Intl Society of Jewish Monuments, historic Jewish siteshttp://www.nmajh.org National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA https://www.enwoven.com/recollection post your photos and family history online in the National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PAhttps://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/m_calint.htm information on Jewish calendarhttp://www.JewishGen.org/JOS/josdates.htm convert Jewish date to CE (Gregorian
Calendar), & vice-versa
https://ajhsboston.org/ Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical
Society, Boston; searchable online
http://www.jimena.org/ Jews in Middle East and North Africa, Jewish refuguees from
http://huc.edu/ Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York City, and
Jerusalem multiple links and research, including:http://americanjewisharchives.org/ The Jacob Rader Marcus Center library is in
Cincinnati; online searchable genealogy area gives you books and other resources where your search term is found
https://www.thejewniverse.com extraordinary, inspirational, forgotten, and just-plain-strange dispatches from Jewish culture, tradition, and historyhttps://www.worldjewishrelief.org/about-us/your-family-history World Jewish Relief in the UK, database
of Jewish refugees who came to UK around WW2
https://www.jewisheritage.org/web/about European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Culture and Heritage (AEPJ) supports the preservation, appreciation and promotion of Jewish culture and Jewish heritage in Europe.
http://www.jtsa.edu/library Jewish Theological Seminary Library, the largest Jewish library outside of Israel
http://www.jmaw.org Jewish Museum of the American Westhttp://historicsynagogueseurope.org/synagogue-home historic synagogues of Europehttps://www.hebcal.com Jewish holiday calendars & Hebrew date converter. Holidays, candle lighting times, and Torah readings for 2019 and any year, past or present. Download to Outlook, iPhone, Google Calendar, and more. Customize calendar settings, convert between Hebrew and Gregorian dates and see today’s date in a Hebrew font
https://dbs.bh.org.il Museum of the Jewish People
http://www.jewgenealogy.com links to scores of free databases around the worldhttp://www.yumuseum.org Yeshiva University Museum at The Center for Jewish History, New York City
https://thejewishmuseum.org The Jewish Museum, New York City
http://jmof.fiu.edu Jewish Museum of Florida, at Florida International University, Miami Beach
the Orlando Catholic Diocese
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Church of Christ
D. Ethnic American and foreign websites. These are very helpful in tracing ancestry from their nations.
http://www.naa.gov.au/ Australia National Archives
https://www.myancestors.com.au free search of family history recordshttp://www.ryersonindex.org death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapershttps://www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources/browse/123 National Library of Australiahttps://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/ National Library of Australia newspaper database
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/Pages/Finding-Aid-300.aspx how to find info in Canadian census
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca newer archives of Canada, in English & French
http://digitalcollections.lib.umanitoba.ca/islandora/object/uofm%3Ashack University of Manitoba Jewish history & immigration collection
http://eco.canadiana.ca/?usrlang=en 21 million pages of historic records from Canada.http://www.cjhn.ca/en Canadian Jewish Heritage Network, has searchable databasehttp://numerique.banq.qc.ca Quebec Library and Archives, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec;
this website is in French language
https://www2.sa.dk/ Danish National Archives; records free online; English version at https://www2.sa.dk/en/
http://arkiv.dk/ Digital archives of Denmark
https://www.slaegtogdata.dk Danish Genealogy Association (Danish language)https://www.slaegtogdata.dk/andet/forum-help-english ditto in Englishhttp://bibliotek.dis-danmark.dk Denmark Library
search burials & cremations in England; charges a fee photos and detailed maps of England & Ireland
current & historic photos in England
https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/ new URL
http://archiveshub.ac.uk/search.html previous URL centralized resource for all UK archives called the Archives
https://www.webarchive.org.uk British Library’s public UK Web Archive https://www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk free online UK family history records
in the UK
https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/Login.asp England’s General Registry Office,
birth, marriage, death records online. Must establish user name & password
http://www.bhpt.org Bibliothèque Historique des Postes et des Télécommunications (BHPT), (Historical Library of Posts and Telecommunications) is the only repository open to the public containing nearly all the 20th Century French telephone directories ever published, including those in France’s territories and overseas departments. They may be viewed on microfilm. To see the website and what is available online go to: http://www.bhpt.org/ and under Découvertes (discoveries) then click on Ouvrages numérisés (digitized works).
https://iis7sh2ws10.domicile.fr/bibliotheq/resopost.htm French Postal network maps online
https://www.jewish-places.de/ Jewish places in y; site is in German language
with numerous searchable genealogy links and databases
genealogy site with lots of links; mostly in German language
in Germany, including family histories
https://www.jmberlin.de Berlin Jewish Museum in German http://wiki-en.genealogy.net/activities_of_the_genealogical_society_hamburg
genealogical society of Hamburg, very important port city
guides; numerous links
GEOServe, find location in Germany
www.palam.org Palatines to America German genealogy
www.hankjones.com Hank Jones, noted Palatine genealogisthttp://www.auswanderer-bw.de/sixcms/detail.php? template=a_artikel&id=6591&sprache=en&PHPSESSID= Emigration from southwest Germany; site has German and English versions
https://www.archion.de genealogy site, in German language
https://iggpartner.org/index.php International German Genealogy Partnership, group of partner societies
interested in German Genealogy
http://www.hungarywebsites.com/www/csaladfalu.hu/ listing of Hungarian genealogy siteshttp://www.barbsnow.net/Hungary.htm Barb Snow’s Hungarian genealogyhttp://hungaria.org/hal/genealogia/index.php?halid=8&menuid=191 websites on Hungarian topicshttp://www.hungarotips.com/genealogy/ help for Hungarian genealogyhttps://www.hungaryexchange.com/links hundreds of links for Hungarian genealogy
http://www.irishjewishroots.com Irish Jewish Genealogical Societywww.irishancestors.ie Irish Genealogical Research Society; online search
free surname database search
www.irishgenealogy.ie Irish government genealogical databasehttp://www.iar.ie/ Irish Archives Resource database
http://www.archives.gov.il/en/ new URL for Israel State Archives
http://meitarcollection.co.il/ https://wikimedia.org.il/–its https://www.israel21c.org magazine
Photos and documents of Israel’s history
Wikimedia Israel, includes photos before 1948
non-partisan, nonprofit publisher of an English-language online news
claims to be the most diverse and reliable source of news and information about 21st century Israel. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Israel_Online_Genealogy_Records links to dozens of Israel
& Jewish genealogy sites
http://www.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/?q=gallery links to numerous archives in Italy http://www.judaica.archiviodistatovenezia.beniculturali.it/index.php?1/home
archive of Jews in Venice
current and former synagogues in Latvia
http://defendinghistory.com Jewish history. the Holocaust, and contemporary issues in Lithuania and other
eastern European nations
http://luxroots.com/Display.php?pagename=Page1 largest genealogy site in Luxembourg
https://www.openarch.nl/ search Dutch and Belgian archives
http://etshaimmanuscripts.nl Ets Haim, world’s oldest Jewish library, in Amsterdam since 1675.https://jck.nl/en and https://jck.nl/page/adressen Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam
New South Wales archives
http://archives.govt.nz/ New Zealand archiveshttps://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/Home/ New Zealand Govt vital recordshttps://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz New Zealand National Library newspapers archive
http://tombo.pt/en ancestral records from more than twenty Portuguese government websiteshttps://sztetl.org.pl/ https://www.polin.pl/en POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jewshttps://szukajwarchiwach.pl images of microfilmed Polish vital recordshttp://www.przemysl.ap.gov.pl National Archives in Przemyśl, Poland
https://tombo.pt/en Portugal genealogy and vital records
http://www.rsl.ru/en intro to Russian State Library database http://www.rsl.ru/ru/s2/outsources search Russian State Library database
NOTE―the website is in Russian, use a web translator
http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk Scotland government databasehttps://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk Scottish history and genealogyhttps://www.scottishindexes.com family run genealogy business in central Scotland, searchable databases
https://sok.riksarkivet.se/digitala-forskarsalen Swedish National Archive
https://www.juedisches-museum.ch/en/ Jewish Museum of Switzerland
http://www.vaadua.org Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukrainehttp://vaadua.org/rubrika/vaads-news-english displays the news section of this website in English
http://jewua.info/ Ukraine Jewish genealogy websiteE. US government websites
Museum of Polish Jews
https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/catalog-guide genealogy resources http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/shanghai-visas/name-lists.html US Govt archives of Diaspora Jews in China
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/index.php?flash=true& search for primary source
documents held by US Govt
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnAsiniI4DF7vAAe7omWWFQ videos of NARA collections,
related to Jewish life & genealogy
http://www.loc.gov/law/help/guide/federal.php?loclr=bloglaw Library of Congress free online access to
historical U.S. legal materials from HeinOnline.
across the USA
State Courts. Find links to courts to obtain records.
Federal Courts archives in Library of Congress
types of cases heard by the federal courts http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2017/09/federal-courts-web-archive-launched
To access the Federal Courts Web Archive go to: https://www.loc.gov/collections/federal-courts-web-archive/about-this-collectionhttps://www.namus.gov missing, unclaimed, and unidentified persons
F. State and local government websites
http://www.geneabloggers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/State-Resident-Only- Online-Library -Resources.pdf list of state-operated databases available only to residents of the individual state
https://www.statearchivists.org/ Council of State Archivists (for the 50 states)
http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/archives/genealogy.shtml New York City archives
G. Websites specializing in Immigration and naturalization.
Island arrivals http://www.bbcleaningservice.com/history-of-ellis-island.html genealogist
Greg Wiszniewski’s numerous links for Ellis Island info
The Great Migration to New England, 1620-1643 Another widely used site with lots of links, specializing in immigration. and immigrant database https://www.cruisedirect.com/finding-your-family-from-ship-passenger-lists cruise business site has tips and links for passenger ship researchhttps://www.genealogybranches.com/naturalizationrecs.html links to search naturalization sites and databases and the states https://curiosity.lib.harvard.edu/immigration-to-the-united-states-1789-1930? utm_source=library.harvard Harvard Univ Library immigration collection, searchable via website H. Social media & interactive
https://www.germanroots.com/naturalization.html where to find naturalization records for US Govt
Another widely used site with lots of links, specializing in immigration.
and immigrant database https://www.cruisedirect.com/finding-your-family-from-ship-passenger-lists
cruise business site has tips and links for passenger ship researchhttps://www.genealogybranches.com/naturalizationrecs.html links to search naturalization sites and
and the states https://curiosity.lib.harvard.edu/immigration-to-the-united-states-1789-1930? utm_source=library.harvard
Harvard Univ Library immigration collection, searchable via website
H. Social media & interactive
otherwise. Oct 2011, there were 4,945 different genealogy email groups. When you subscribe, you will receive emails from everyone who subscribed to this group. You can email information and questions for others to reply. Most groups have a files area where you can post photos, documents, and other files. You can start your own email group.
Jewish genealogy blog thousands of Facebook genealogy sites, YouTube genealogy videos, etc http://genealogyalacarte.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Facebook-for-Canadian-Genealogy-June- 2016-1.pdf list of Canadian Facebook pages I. Death records, cemeteries, etc. for each state database photos Home records; at UCF; online database https://www.genealogiequebec.com/en/avis-deces database of obituaries in Quebec http://www.esjf-cemeteries.org/ European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, ESJF has mapped 1500 cemeteries in 5 countries: Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia and the Ukraine. As each cemetery is completed and processed aerial photographs, historical data and geographical data will be uploaded to the website. This is a work in progress. http://www.matzeva.org/ preserving and restoring Jewish cemeteries in Poland
www.familycurator.com Denise May Levenick’s blog on photos and keepsakes https://socialmediagenealogy.com website of Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, links to
Jewish genealogy blog
thousands of Facebook genealogy sites, YouTube genealogy videos, etc http://genealogyalacarte.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Facebook-for-Canadian-Genealogy-June- 2016-1.pdf
list of Canadian Facebook pages
I. Death records, cemeteries, etc.
for each state
Home records; at UCF; online database https://www.genealogiequebec.com/en/avis-deces database of obituaries in Quebec http://www.esjf-cemeteries.org/ European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, ESJF has mapped
1500 cemeteries in 5 countries: Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia and the Ukraine. As each cemetery is completed and processed aerial photographs, historical data and geographical data will be uploaded to the website. This is a work in progress.
http://www.matzeva.org/ preserving and restoring Jewish cemeteries in Poland
http://220.127.116.11/~jgsi/database/2013_searchform.html Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois searchable database of Chicago Jewish cemetery known as Jewish Graceland
www.gravestonephotos.com searchable database of gravestones and photoshttp://www.amberskyline.com/treasuremaps/t_stone.html how to capture gravestone engravings
http://tamus.tachov.org Muzeum Ceskeho Lesa (Museum of the Bohemian Forest), office of
Jewish Cemeteries, in Czech Republic
http://www.interment.net/Default.htm Search millions of cemetery records, from thousands of cemeteries
around the world
J. Military records & information
http://www.nmajmh.org/ Natl Museum of American Jewish Military History
& service members who were in it
gravesite search function
http://wwiiresearchandwritingcenter.com Jennifer Holik’s website on researching World War 2
http://c.mfcreative.com/media/dam/acom/PDF/User-Guides/wwii-research.pdf Ancestry.com document on researching World War 2, by Jennfier Holik
https://abmc.gov American Battle Monuments Commission information & searchable database for veterans and war casualties
https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials UK’s Imperial War Museum, searchable database of memorials to service members
https://pamyat-naroda.ru Russian World War 2 records database, in Russian, you will need translation
https://www.cwgc.org Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) by telling the stories of the 1.7
million from 154 nations who were killed in the 2 world wars https://www.jewsfww.uk Research British Jews in World War I https://www.warmuseum.ca Canadian War Museum
https://www.shapell.org/roster/ first-ever comprehensive data archive documenting the Jewish soldiers who served in the American Civil War.
https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/honor/national-wwi-memorial.html https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php World War I memorial organization
K. News and media
http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/historic-jewish-american-newspapers-online#.W85c5LuZ1PZ list of historic Jewish newspapers online
http://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspaper-research-links.html main URL for this newspapers database
www.mondotimes.com links to newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, et al, around the world
newspapers, some free, some pay.
online sources for newspaper s
of digitized news articles on WWI
https://news.google.com/newspapers?ned=us&hl=en another Google newspapers collection
Netherlands Antilles and USA.
http://welshnewspapers.llgc.org.uk/en/home Search newspapers in Wales http://idnc.library.illinois.edu/ University of Illinois online Digital Newspaper collection
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/ Australian newspapers
http://archive.scotsman.com The Scottsman newspaper, beginning 1917https://www.thoughtco.com/us-historical-newspapers-online-by-state-1422215 state by state listinghttps://slate.com/human-interest/2014/01/ashkenazi-names-the-etymology-of-the-most-common- jewish-surnames.html Article on Jewish surnames around the worldhttps://chicagotribune.newspapers.com/search/ free archives search of Chicago Tribune, charge to view the articles
http://www.ryersonindex.org Index of obituaries in Australian newspapers
https://www.wiewaswie.nl/ free online database of newspapers in the Netherlands, in English & Dutch
https://www.delpher.nl/nl/kranten/ newspapers from 1618 – 1995 from the Dutch East Indies, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and the USA
https://forward.com Jewish newspaper published since 1897, now digital only, the most influential nationwide
Jewish media outlet
http://www.gendisasters.com Newspaper articles about Train Wrecks, Fires, Floods, Shipwrecks, Plane Crashes, Accidents and other disasters, searchable by names of victims.http://www.freenewspaperarchives.us searchable database of certain newspapershttp://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/free-e-book-to-help-you-become-a-master-newspaper- researcher#.XLfxnJmZ1PY free ebook on using newspapers in your research
the following are links to Jewish newspapers and magazines
https://www.thejc.com The Jewish Chronicle, the world’s oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper, based in London, has reporters around the worldhttp://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/default.aspx National Library of Israel online collection of Historical Jewish Press L. Holocaust http://www.holocaustedu.org/ Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida; at the JCC campus in Maitland various archives & research centers History; databases, links, etc
http://gate.auschwitz.org:7788/biblio/libraopacen.dll full catalogue online of the Auschwitz Museum Library. The largest collection on the concentration and extermination camp; multilingual.
https://www.thejc.com The Jewish Chronicle, the world’s oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper, based
in London, has reporters around the worldhttp://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/default.aspx National Library of Israel online collection
of Historical Jewish Press
http://www.holocaustedu.org/ Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida; at the JCC campus in Maitland
various archives & research centers
History; databases, links, etc
info & archives
International Tracing Service. Find relatives who survived or who perished in the Holocaust; information on 17.5 million people; lots of information on Holocaust
International Tracing Service. Find relatives who survived or who perished in the Holocaust; information on 17.5 million people; lots of information on Holocaust
impact of the Holocaust in Germany of Holocaust and other genocides http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/home
of Holocaust and other genocides http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/home
Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC
USC site has audio video interviews with survivors
Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust &
https://en-cenlib.tau.ac.il/Wiener/Online_Wiener_Archive Wiener Library for the Study of the Nazi Era and the Holocaust, Tel Aviv University
http://www.holocaustremembrance.com/ Holocaust Remembrance Alliance http://sounds.bl.uk/oral-history British Library recordings of Holocaust survivors
The full link to the recordings is:
http://www.crarg.org/search Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research Group Holocaust survivor lists and death lists from around Poland. This database is one of the largest on the web, with over 300,000 records so far, covering hundreds of towns and consisting of over 150 separate projects.https://beeldbank.kazernedossin.eu/index.php/collection Kazerne Dossin Memorial Museum and Documentation Centre on the Holocaust and Human Rights, Mechlen, Belgium. These are original documents about the Holocaust in Belgium. Image bank currently has more than 1.5 million documents, including thousands of portraits of deportees from Dossin Kazerne. They also have the transport lists for each transport with their names and documents about Belgium Jews who arrived at Kazerne Dossin from the French camp Drancy.
http://www.claimscon.org Claims Conference, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.
http://amgathering.org The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Their Descendants, umbrella organization of survivor groups and landsmanshaften of North America.http://www.many-roads.com/tips-opinions-pointers/shoah-holocaust-research-help/ tips and links for
research on The Shoah
https://fortunoff.library.yale.edu/archive/partner-locations/ Yale University Library Fortunoff Video Archive
for Holocaust Testimonies, raw survivor testimonies for the past 40 years. More than 4,400 testimonies in about 20 languages, more than 12,000 hours of recorded materials. searchable; viewable at 37 locations on this website
https://wjro.org.il World Jewish Restitution Organization. pursuing claims for the recovery of Jewish properties in Europe (outside of Germany and Austria).
http://sfi.usc.edu/ Univ of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation
http://names.jdc.org American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee searchable database for WW2 and The Holocaust
M. Websites to post your family tree online; these sites link you to others who have the same ancestors.
and videos. Geni is private. Only the people in your family tree can log in to your tree and your profile. I have registered on this site after finding a relative’s family tree.
This relative and I have made contact via this website. Geni has free and paid versions.
www.mytrees.com post your tree online; free newsletters with lots of tips; free family tree softwarewww.geneanet.org
others with the same ancestors
private and secure.
N. Websites on names and surnames
O. Information on the Census
http://www.ancestry.com/download/Forms blank census forms for various decades for
US, UK, and Canada
P. Tutorials and research guides many other sites listed here also have guides and tutorials
http://www.jewishgen.org/education/ free and paid webinars and videos
genealogy operation’s 30-page guide, tracing migration from Europe to USA
genealogy operation’s 61-page Jewish genealogy research guide
Free guides, etc
http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php learn of free webinars http://www.familytreewebinars.com/archived_webinars.php watch archived webinars http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/ten_innovations_in_online_genealogy _search_part1_page1.html
http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/hot_tips_on_how_to_use_google_for_ genealogy_searches_page1.htmlhttp://www.genealogyintime.com/articles/country-guide-to-google-search-engines-page1.html info on
Google search for various nations
https://www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives/featured US Govt’s National Archives and Records Administration videos
https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/free-resources/?fbclid=IwAR1JVjYwBLIEsHU9HKsw6sKY72n- T4ahV6NRmUxYEuy5UIqr1ecdtQcJb9c National Genealogical Society’s site for tutorials on a number of
https://www.archives.com/genealogy/free-research-tutorials.html several tutorials http://vigrgenealogy.com online genealogy courses http://blog.ancestorcloud.com/2017/07/28/how-to-conduct-successful-google-searches/ tips on using
Google search for genealogy
https://www.geni.com/projects/Jewish-Genealogy-Portal-A-Guide-to-Jewish-Projects-and-Resources- on-Geni/13121 numerous tutorials and links to learn Jewish genealogyhttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC641EF0E3F8AFDF9 US Natl Archives & Records Admin
instructional videos on finding and accessing items in the federal archives
Q. Search for court cases
2. Paid or subscription websites; genealogy businesses. NOTE–some of them offer limited free services, temporary subscriptions, or offer a one-time charge for certain services
records; post unidentified photos to get info from people on the photo
newspaper articles, obituaries
links to other sites; blogs, & some free information
information and links, including top 50 genealogy websites:
for a fee
your family history online
with family crest printed on them
identify and date photos; charges for her services
advice for hire; free online courses Association of Professional Genealogists. Find and hire a professional genealogist to research the areas and topics you need Jewish genealogist on this site, here is her blog: https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com http://heirsearch.com charges fee to find heirs of people, claims high success rate http://www.thegenealogyreporter.com/ speaker, author, blogger Amie Bowser Tennantwww.mariannekelsey.com repairs damaged books, papers, artworkwww.bookman-jim.biz The Book Man repairs old books http://get.tsolife.com/doc Orlando/Tampa firm records video interviews for genealogyhttp://www.many-roads.com Holocaust, European genealogy, maps, etc
www.gensmarts.com automated genealogy research software firmwww.ancestorseekers.com hire a genealogist to research for you http://www.jewishdata.com/ more than 500,000 Jewish genealogy recordshttps://genealogy.coach hire genealogy coach to help you; Lara Diamond is
Association of Professional Genealogists. Find and hire a professional genealogist to
research the areas and topics you need
Jewish genealogist on this site, here is her blog: https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com http://heirsearch.com charges fee to find heirs of people, claims high success rate http://www.thegenealogyreporter.com/ speaker, author, blogger Amie Bowser Tennantwww.mariannekelsey.com repairs damaged books, papers, artworkwww.bookman-jim.biz The Book Man repairs old books
http://get.tsolife.com/doc Orlando/Tampa firm records video interviews for genealogyhttp://www.many-roads.com Holocaust, European genealogy, maps, etc
https://www.futurepkg.com archive supplies, to properly handle and protect old items
Elaine Powell, current pres. of Central FL Genealogical Society certified genealogist in Reynoldsburg, Ohio
genealogy books, gift items, clothing, jewelry, art
www.rootsfinder.com family tree product including features to help customers analyze their DNA results,
purchased Feb 2019 by https://www.findmypast.co.uk
https://twistedtwigsgenealogy.com hire researchers to go to NARA archives to obtain records for youhttps://www.legacytree.com genealogists for hire, claims to be the world’s highest-rated genealogy firm;
has blog and other resources
3. Search engines. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
if the charity is in the database http://www.genealogyintime.com/tools/genealogy-search-engine.html claims to be largest free ancestral search engine on the Internet ———————— If you know the county where the person lives, use the taxing authority’s property search website function to look for individuals. Find the assessor or property appraiser website using a search engine for home user, allowing 10 searches per month with limited functionality. Pro version is $29.95 per year for unlimited use.
4. People finder sites. Some free services, most have a charge. NOTE–exercise caution so that you are not redirected to suspicious sites, or charged for searches or services that might be bogus or inferior.
if the charity is in the database http://www.genealogyintime.com/tools/genealogy-search-engine.html claims to be
largest free ancestral search engine on the Internet
If you know the county where the person lives, use the taxing authority’s property search website function to look for individuals. Find the assessor or property appraiser website using a search engine
for home user, allowing 10 searches per month with limited functionality. Pro version is $29.95 per year for unlimited use.
another very popular search engine Microsoft’s search engine
returns answers in clusters
subscription. Allows extensive search functions for individuals, including assets,
criminal histories, etc.
www.myrelatives.com some free, some paid services to help find people
Some state prisons and county jails list only inmates currently in custody; others show all who were in custody, but who have been released. Find the prison or jail website using a search engine ————————————————————–
5. Phone lookup sites; international calling. You can also do reverse search, using address or phone number. Some help you find geographic area of a phone exchange or area code.
to talk to
www.realphonelookup.com charges high fee for detailed information on phone numberwww.telerazor.com charges fee for detailed information on phone numberwww.freephonetracer.com < NOT free; charges fee for detailed information on phone numberwww.zivvo.com get info on phone number; info on scam callers
www.ephonereverse.com < fee for info on phone number
https://www.allareacodes.com info on area codes and phone numbers
6. Mapping sites
library website, links to numerous mapping sites
Some local governments, such as Orange County, have detailed GIS maps online.
Info on calls to & within Germany
has other material useful for genealogy
boundaries that have changed Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for MO cities, 1880-1922 Milwaukee digital maps online digital map collection http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/tgn/ Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® Online https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/German/Ravenstein/ 1883 atlas of Germany and surrounding countries historical county boundaries Sanborn fire insurance maps, eventually will have more than 500,000 ———————- 7. Other informational sites useful for genealogy event in the past other calendar research. change state & county name as needed to get excellent ZIP Code mapshttps://www.reclaimtherecords.org advocacy group for public access to government records; has
www.historygeo.com subscription site with many map resources and publications. family history software service for linking old maps and land records to your genealogy research, best known for online versions of the Family Maps and Land Survey Maps
http://maps.bpl.org/view_collection Boston Public Library’s Norman B. Leventhal
http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/index.html Newbarry Library Atlas of
www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps Library of Congress digital collection of
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for MO cities, 1880-1922
Milwaukee digital maps online
digital map collection http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/tgn/
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® Online https://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/German/Ravenstein/ 1883 atlas of Germany
and surrounding countries
historical county boundaries
Sanborn fire insurance maps, eventually will have more than 500,000
7. Other informational sites useful for genealogy
event in the past
other calendar research.
change state & county name as needed to get excellent ZIP Code mapshttps://www.reclaimtherecords.org advocacy group for public access to government records; has
search for a storm
digitized and indexed millions of records that are searchable online
https://archive.org/details/completepronounc00thomrich/page/n4 complete pronouncing gazetteer or geographical dictionary of the world, digitized 1989 book by Joseph Thomas
8. Translation; learning foreign text
http://paralink.com/ translation software; free online translation toolhttp://hartigtranslations.com Gordon Hartig translation services, for German & Frenchhttp://hungariantranslation.com Hungarian translation; I have used this service, and it’s excellenthttps://www.yiddishbookcenter.org Yiddish books, databases, etc
9. Photo and video websites; editing and sorting software you can download. Most are free, except for those marked with *
Microsoft Image Composite Editor us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/>
these 3 programs have facial recognition, which can search your computer and identify a person shown in photos
*Denoise My Image
Denoise for Windows
editing, graphics design, gif animation.
widely used, easy, free Photo editing program
multiphoto collages & slide shows. Use deluxe creativy features. Remove redeye, blemish, clone crush, color brush, filter effects, stamp brush.
Phototoolkit Photo editing; was $79, now $9
VCW VicMan’s Photo Editor
Photo editing; was $79, now $9
rebuild damaged photo files
www.appo.org Association of Personal Photo Organizerswww.rideau-info.com Ken Watson’s website; many photo tips and toolswww.nostalgicmedia.com convert slides, home movies, videotapes to DVDhttps://www.polarr.co/editor/0 Polarr photo editor; free and paid versionshttps://vivid-pix.com fix or edit photos
https://www.gettyimages.com global stock photo company, purchase photoshttps://www.shutterstock.com/ another firm offering photos for sale *https://www.memoryweb.me sorting and storing family photos
10. Websites allowing you to store, and/or share large files that are too big to email, or groups of files. Use this to share photos, video, etc with others without emailing the files. Some are free, some offer more services for pay. Most require you to have user name and password to send the files. Password required for others to retrieve the files; or retrieve the files by clicking on link emailed to intended recipients. You can also use some of these sites for backup storage.
to download and install the application. JGSGO Board uses this service.
upload, download, host, and share files upload, download, host, and share files upload, download, host, and share files
upload, download, host, and share files upload, download, host, and share files upload, download, host, and share files
send large files to someone
free file and folder synchronization software for Windows
work with all programs
Google Docs; store documents ]
and other files
Share & manage documents and other files
11. Useful computer websites.
http://seniorsnoworlando.org/ senior citizens group teaching computer skills to
http://seniorsnoworlando.org/links/ helpful websites on many topics
applications from your flash drive on any computer, so you can run them anywhere, and don’t have to
install the programs on the hard drive. Scores of applications.
www.freeeditor.com open & edit many types of documents and similar files
and hardware, thousands of downloads available here
free or shareware (all tested virus and spyware free)
documents stored on the web. Requires user name & password.
demonstrating hardware and software, answering questions, publishes computer newsletter
converts & saves web pages as .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) files.
archives of websites that no longer exist; other archives, including digitized
Kym Komando, nationally syndicated radio show about computers
and related technologies; airs WDBO 96.5 FM 2-5am and 7-10pm Sundays
Sunday on WDBO, 96.5 FM
on Business Talk Radio network. Site has podcasts of previous shows.
including document sharing, web meetings, and shared whiteboards.
website, computer security info
www.skype.com free software for your computer to make free calls anywhere to other users via your computer
https://www.us-cert.gov/ US Dept of Homeland Security website; many computer safety and security tips here
https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/on-the-internet FBI computer safety and
security tips for you
https://haveibeenpwned.com check to see if any of your account information was obtained by hackers
12. Free anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware. Some have paid versions with more features. It is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that you have this kind of software on your computer, that you update it daily (if possible), and that you use it to scan your computer at least once a week.
Most of these can be found on cnet and tucows, along with reviews of the software (see item 11 above). This is NOT a complete list, there are dozens of others.
software for your home
find and remove malware. Successor to A Squared program
13. Free blank family tree and other research forms to use in documenting your family history. Download, save, and print these forms as needed. Some offer additional paid services
information into this form in your web browser & print download and print various forms to use in your family research www.familychartmasters.com compose large family trees for reunions, etc; for a fee, have the chart printed http://www.tmgenealogy.com numerous free genealogy charts & forms 14. Publishers who specialize in small quantity books including family histories. www.alexanders.com Lindon, Utah firm publishing https://www.familyheritagepublishers.com 15. Photo and video sharing sites. Upload your photos & video for others to see, compose digital photo albums. Most sites also allow you to restrict access to those who are given the password.
www.profpress.com Chapel Hill, NC firm, genealogy book specialistwww.mechlingbooks.com Butler, PA firm restores, binds books, does layouts &
www.lifebio.com enter your answers to questions online, Lifebio writes your family story
download and print various forms to use in your family research
www.familychartmasters.com compose large family trees for reunions, etc; for a fee, have the chart printed
http://www.tmgenealogy.com numerous free genealogy charts & forms
14. Publishers who specialize in small quantity books including family histories.
www.alexanders.com Lindon, Utah firm
15. Photo and video sharing sites. Upload your photos & video for others to see, compose digital photo albums. Most sites also allow you to restrict access to those who are given the password.
them for you
16. Websites, applications for wireless devices
17. Foreign travel, etc.
use your smartphone to capture
18. History sites
of rare books, histories, photos, etc. for scholars
19. Genealogy software.
A. Reviews of genealogy software, with lists of software and evaluations
B. Family History Partner Products
Partner products and services list, that help with family history; and are compatible with Family Search data format. New technologies are added each month, allowing mapping, printing, searching and other functions
with fewer features
Charting Companion C. Other Family Tree software Family Tree Maker Probably the most widely-used; a product of Family Tree Builder, claims to be the best free family tree software www.mytrees.com free family tree software for download 20. Genealogy magazines and journals These provide lots of helpful and sometimes very specific information from experts and often professional genealogists. Subscribe to them, or read at your library. Some offer free articles and forms on the web. Some are primarily for beginners; others cater to experienced researchers; others are for professionals. I have listed only a few of the general interest publications. Most local societies and almost all state societies have a publication.
C. Other Family Tree software
Family Tree Maker Probably the most widely-used; a product of
Family Tree Builder, claims to be the best free family tree software
www.mytrees.com free family tree software for download
20. Genealogy magazines and journals These provide lots of helpful and sometimes very specific information from experts and often professional genealogists. Subscribe to them, or read at your library. Some offer free articles and forms on the web. Some are primarily for beginners; others cater to experienced researchers; others are for professionals. I have listed only a few of the general interest publications. Most local societies and almost all state societies have a publication.
21. Use of DNA in genealogy
Internet Genealogy magazine
http://debbiewayne.com specialist in genetic genealogy http://thegeneticgenealogist.com/ Blaine Bettinger website http://www.avotaynuonline.com/avotaynu-foundation-dna-project/
Avotanyu’s DNA http://www.yourdnaguide.com/ Diahan Southard, DNA genealogist
http://www.yourdnadiva.com Ginger Smith, DNA genealogist
NOTE: there is a separate and much longer list of DNA genealogy websites in the JGSGO member kit
22. Information on adoption
https://www.americanadoptioncongress.org/state.php American Adoption Congress,
state by state information
http://pages.uoregon.edu/adoption/index.html U of Oregon adoption research
23. Preservation and proper handling of documents, photos, and other items
http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/quick-tips14 American Library Assn guide
http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/paper.html Library of Congress tipshttps://www.si.edu/mci/english/learn_more/taking_care/index.html Smithsonian Museum’s information
on care and handling of artifacts
24. Recording video and audio interviews for genealogy; companies who shoot and edit genealogy videos.
http://weconnectgenerations.com/ Heritage Media Group, founder Jewish genealogist Walter Schlomann, does interviews, edits video genealogy. Spoke to JGSGO Dec, 2015.http://macbethstudio.com/legacylifeproject/ Macbeth Studio The Legacy Life Project, to capture the stories of aging relatives who have life lessons to share.
http://www.foundergenomics.com/ study of Jewish genome
http://www.genealogycenter.org Allen County, IN Public Library, Fort Wayne. One of the top genealogy research centers in USA
www.jstor.org digital library of more than 1,500 academic journals, books, and primary sources http://dp.la/ Digital Public Library of America
http://www.gwest.org/gen_libs.htm> list of genalogy libraries http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/library/Bibliographies/genealogy.cfm> Florida State Library
http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html> Library of Congress
Library of Congress collection of Stars and Stripes newspaper
access to some databases via their websites. This typically requires you to enter your library card information.
http://dp.la/ Digital Public Library Association of America. Compiles the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
These sites and the tools and resources they provide can help you tremendously in finding, saving, sharing, and publishing your family history, and help you find treasured information, photos, and relatives that you did not know existed.
To help me help you and others, please send any comments to: Tom Hirsch
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