Jewish Genealogy

Best Websites for Jewish Genealogical Research

September 2014 update

Even for-fee websites may have some non-fee capabilities. Unless noted, websites are no-fee.

 

Additions will be considered. Please email suggestions, questions and comments to: Jim Yarin at 248 Ancestors

 

THE BIG ONES

http://www.jewishgen.org/ (Jewish content; education; databases; networking - Annual Donation unlocks search capabilities)

http://www.ancestry.com/ (large, powerful website - fee based)

http://www.myheritage.com/ (large, powerful website - fee based)

http://www.cyndislist.com/ (Cyndi's list - great for online sources)

http://www.familysearch.org/ (Website of the LDS Church, largest genealogy library in the World)

 

JEWISH RESEARCH

http://www.jewishgen.org/ (Jewish content; education; databases; networking)

http://www.jewishgen.org/JRI-PL/jriplweb.htm (Jewish Records Indexing-Poland)

http://www.yadvashem.org/wps/portal/IY_HON_Entrance (Holocaust memorial pages of testimony)

http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/ (web-based museum)

http://www.jewishfamilyhistory.org/ (various records, especially 18th and 19th century)

http://www.jewishdata.com/ (images of gravestones (NY city and state, Chicago, Frankfurt, more); naturalizations; some books - fee based)

http://www.hashava.org.il/eng/assetList/Default.aspx (Jewish Colonial Trust/Restitution of Assets Holocaust Victims)

http://www.rtrfoundation.org/ (Russian/Ukrainian/etc. records catalog)

http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/jws/yizkorbooks_intro.cfm (imaged yizkor (community memorial) books)

http://www.hebrewbooks.org/ (Hebrew language texts and periodicals - full images)

http://www.cjh.org/partners/yivo.php (Center for Jewish History and YIVO)

http://en.auschwitz.org/m/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=31 (Auschwitz Prisoners)

 

JEWISH CEMETERIES

http://www.jewishgen.org/ (large index, many gravestone images)

http://www.jewishdata.com/ (images of gravestones (NY city and state, Chicago, Frankfurt, etc. - fee based)

http://www.mountararatcemetery.com/ (NY cemetery burials index)

http://www.mountjudah.com/ (NY cemetery burials index)

http://www.mounthebroncemetery.com/ (NY cemetery burials index)

http://www.montefiores.com/Montefiore/jewish-cemeteries-new-york/index.html (NY cemetery burials index)

http://www.mountlebanoncemetery.com/search.asp (NY cemetery burials index)

http://www.mountzioncemetery.com/search.asp (NY cemetery burials index)

http://www.mountcarmelcemetery.com/search.asp (NY cemetery burials index)

http://www.mountmoriahcemeteryofnewjersey.org/ (NJ cemetery burials index)

http://www.riversidecemetery.org/genealogysearchfields.html (NJ burials cemetery index)

http://www.cedarparkbethelcemeteries.com (NJ cemetery burials index)

http://www.isragen.org.il/siteFiles/1/153/7898.asp (Mount of Olives Cemetery, Jerusalem burials)

http://www.JCAM.org (Massachusetts Jewish burials index)

http://www.amia.org.ar/index.php/services/default/sepelios (Buenos Aires burials index - in Spanish)

http://www.jcdp.de/login.php (Germany Jewish Cemetery Database Project - in German)

http://www.jekl.ru/ (St. Petersburg Jewish Cemetery gravestones - in Russian)

 

CEMETERY RESEARCH

http://www.FindAGrave.com/ (largest collector of gravestone data, includes many Jewish cemeteries)

http://www.BillionGraves.com/ (large collector of gravestone data)

 

MAJOR GATEWAYS, DATA, RESEARCH

http://www.rootsweb.com/ (extensive, community-built websites)

http://www.genweb.org/ (extensive, community-built websites)

http://www.familytreemagazine.com/ (online magazine)

http://www.genealogy.org/ (gateway)

http://genrootsblog.blogspot.com/ (online vital records sources, state by state)

 

SHIP ARRIVALS

http://stevemorse.org/ (Steve Morse's one-step search tools, better search engine for Ellis Island arrivals)

http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/ (Ellis Island (NY) immigration port - use Steve Morse's search tool)

http://castlegarden.org/ (Castle Garden immigration - use Steve Morse's search tool)

http://www.ancestry.com/ (Many ports, Hamburg lists, others - fee based)

http://www.familysearch.org/ (Website of the LDS Church, largest genealogy library in the world)

 

A SAMPLING OF LOCATION-SPECIFIC WEB SITES

http://www.italiangen.org/ (New York City vital records and naturalization indexes)

http://www.deathindexes.com/newyork/ (New York State research)

http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html (New York State and other newspapers)

http://www.cookcountygenealogy.com/SignIn.aspx (Chicago vital records index)

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ (London, Edinburgh and Belfast newspaper "of record")

http://www.1901censusonline.com/ (1901 census in United Kingdom)

http://www.findmypast.com (British records -- fee based)

http://newspapers11.bl.uk/blcs/ (British newspapers)

http://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/civil/Search.aspx (Miami probate, with images)

http://statearchives.us/public/minnesota.htm (Minnesota State vital records)

 

GENETIC (DNA) GENEALOGY

http://www.familytreedna.com/

http://www.23andme.com

http://www.smgf.org/

http://www.ysearch.org/

 

OTHER

http://www.mocavo.com/ (genealogy content search engine)

http://find.person.superpages.com/ (telephone directory)

http://people.yahoo.com/ (telephone and email search)

http://www.wallofhonor.com (Ellis Island list of immigrants)

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ (Library of Congress newspaper imaging project)

http://archive.jta.org/search (Jewish Telegraphic Agency newspapers)

http://www.genealogybank.com (newspapers - fee based)

http://newspaperarchive.com (newspapers - fee based)

http://www.ancestryinsider.org/ (blog focused on Ancestry and FamilySearch)

http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/ (popular genealogy blog)