Resource Guide

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Western Massachusetts

Jewish Genealogy Society

Regional Guide to Genealogy Resources

Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy Resources

Guide to Members’ Resources

October 2014

Table of Contents


Area College Libraries. page 2

Local Public Libraries page 4

Connecticut Valley Historical Library page 5

Family History Centers page 6

Selected Readings and Reference Books page 7

Selected Website page 11

National Archives page 18

Software for Genealogy Records page 18

Member Resource Guide page 20

Facebook listing for WMJGS page 24

Google Listserve for WMJGS “

The resources listed herein are not meant to be exhaustive. Suggestions and updates are welcomed by the WMJGS Resource Committee. The information listed is as of Jan 2004, and is somewhat updated. Library holdings, hours of operation of various facilities, and URL’s are subject to change.

LIBRARIES - Area College Libraries


M-Th 9 AM-11 PM; F 9 AM-5 PM; Sat 10 AM-5 PM; Sun 2 PM-11 PM. Click on Complete hours at Website for updated schedule.

UMass catalog:

Five College catalog: This site was begun August 2004 and may be incomplete.

On the main floor, downstairs from the entrance level, are PCs accessing the Internet, the Five College Online Catalog, and databases; the reference and information desk; the reference and government documents reference collections; current periodicals; microforms room; and the inter-library loan office.

The University Library lends to students, staff and faculty of the University and the Five College consortium. Borrowing privileges are available to adult residents of Massachusetts and to secondary students under 18 years old. Non-affiliated Massachusetts residents should go to the Circulation Office on the entrance floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library to obtain a borrower's card. Photo ID and proof of residence is required. A photo ID must be presented with the borrower’s card for each loan transaction and borrowing privileges may be denied if the photo ID is not presented. Special collections do not circulate. Photocopies are 10 -20 cents each.

Map Collection 26th Floor 545-2397 M - F 10 AM - 5 PM

Reference Service 545-0150 M-Th 9 AM - 9 PM; F 9AM - 6PM; Sat 10 AM - 6 PM; Sun 1 PM - 9 PM

Special Collections & Archives 25th Floor 545-2780 M - F 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Government Documents Collection 6th floor.

Hours during vacation, intersession, summer school, and some holidays are reduced.

Selected Holdings not listed under Selected Readings and Reference Books:

Guide To The Records Of The Secretary Of State In The Massachusetts Archives

Boston: Massachusetts Archives at Columbia Point, 1987 81 p. : ill., map ; 28 cm

Historical New York Times:

The entire New York Times, 1851-1999, searchable, in image files in on-line database. Available on campus, or on your home computer to UMass Amherst students, staff and faculty with an OIT account.

Jewish Genealogical Consolidated Surname Index (microform)

Jewish genealogical People Finder (microform), Avotaynu, publisher Teaneck, N.J. c1992. 10 microfiches: negative. Call # 825

Microfilm Records Of Boston And New Bedford Passenger Lists

US census, newspaper backfiles, New England city directories 1860’s - 1935.



Teaneck, N.J. : G. Mokotoff,

Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1985)-

Periodicals DS101.A87

Toledot: The Journal of Jewish Genealogy

Flushing, N.Y., Toledot Press

4 v. 28 cm

v. 1-4, no. 3; 1977-1982

Periodicals CS31.T64


Main phone: (413) 585-2902 Circulation desk: (413) 585-2910

Reference desk; (413) 585-2960

Regular semester hours: M - Thu: 7:45 AM - midnight; Fri: 7:45 AM - 11 PM; Sat: 10 AM - 11 PM; Sun: 10 AM- midnight.

For summer and holidays:

e-mail address:

Map of the Smith College parking garage and Neilson (MAIN) Library:

Open to the public for in-house use of materials and databases. Area residents over 18 years old may purchase borrowing privileges from the Smith College Libraries for $30 a year.

Copy machines $.10/page (from printed sources); $.15/page from microfilm.

You must purchase a campus cash card for $1.00.

Holding of interest:

International (European) newspapers on microfilm, starting as early as 1800’s


Historical Abstracts, 1956+: Covers history after 1450, excluding U.S. and Canada; lists articles, books, collections, and dissertations.

New York Times Historical, 1851-1999

Washington Post Historical, 1877 to 1987

Times (London) Digital Archive, 1785-1985

19th Century Master File, 1802-1906: Includes over 990,000 citations spanning nearly all Anglo-American and European periodicals of the late 18th through early 20th century.

AMHERST COLLEGE - FROST LIBRARY M-Th 8:30AM-1 AM; F 8:30 AM-12 PM; Sat 9:30 AM-11 PM; Sun 10 AM-1 AM

See Website for vacation hours.

HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE M-F 8:30 AM-12 PM; Sat-Sun 10 AM-12 PM See Website for vacation hours.

Collection of interest: Jewish Studies

New York Times full text database available on campus only, for years 1851- 1999.

The public is welcome to visit the library at Hampshire College and borrow many materials as well. Bring a current photo ID to the Circulation Desk (413) 559-5440.

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE M-F 8 AM - midnight; S 9 AM - midnight; Su 10 AM - midnight

See Website for vacation hours.


JONES LIBRARY 43 Amity St Amherst, MA 01002

Phone: 413-256-4090 (voice/tdd); FAX: 413-256-4096

M 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM; Tu 9 AM - 9:30 PM; W 9 AM - 5:30 PM; Thu-Closed F 9 AM - 5:30 PM; Sat 9 AM - 5:30 PM; Sun 1 PM - 5 PM

All public library cards issued by members of the Central Western Massachusetts library network may be used at Jones Library and its branches without re-registration. This does not include College Libraries. Look for C/W MARS on your card.

FORBES LIBRARY 20 West Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

Main Desk: (413) 587-1011; (413) 584-8550. Reference: (413) 587-1012

M 1 PM - 9 PM; T 9 AM - 6 PM; W 9 AM - 9 PM; Th 1 PM - 5 PM; F 9 AM - 5 PM;

Sat 9 AM - 5 PM.

All library cards issued by members of the Central Western Massachusetts library network (does not include college libraries) may be used at Forbes Library. Look for C/W MARS on your card.

*** See listing, separate from this resource guide, of major genealogy reference works donated to the library by WMJGS via a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

Springfield History Library & Archives Collection

Springfield Museums

21 Edwards Street

Springfield, MA 01103


Resources of Special Interest to Jewish Researchers

Archival Collections

The Hatikvah Collection: donated by the Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center, contains family histories of Holocaust survivors who settled in the Greater Springfield area.

The Maimonides Medical Club of Greater Springfield Collection: 90 year history of the club contained in photos, meeting minutes, membership lists and news clippings (1924-2014).

Temple Beth El Collection: publications, programs, photos and memorabilia documenting the history of Temple Beth El (1900-2015).

Henry Lasker (1876-1951) Collection: personal papers of Springfield attorney and politician, includes scrapbooks and photos of local Jewish institutions.


The Jewish Weekly News 1965 – 1998

Shofar Feb. 1972- June 1992


“Memories of Zionism: An Oral History of Residents in Greater Springfield and the Pioneer Valley;” Marian C. Broder and Robert Chipkin, 1998

“Starting Over: the Formation of the Jewish Community of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1840-1905;” James A. Gelin, 1984

“Springfield’s Ethnic Heritage: the Jewish Community;” Barry Schatz, 1976

“Our Stories: The Jews of Western Massachusetts;” The Republican, 2013

*There are also How-to Guides to Jewish Genealogy in the book collection


Genealogy and Local History Library

(Part of the Springfield Museums, in the Quadrangle)

21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103

Phone: 413-314-6430

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM and first Saturday of each month (same hours)


Fees: Free for Springfield residents and Museum Members.  Admission is $9.00/day to the Genealogy Library only (obtain a pass at the Welcome Center).


134 Newfield Street; Middletown, CT 06457


Thomas J. Kemp, Assistant Director of the Library is a well-published genealogist.

Directions: From I-91 exit 22 S onto Rt 9 South. Exit 15 onto Rt 66 West (Washington St) At fifth or sixth traffic light turn right onto Rt. 3 North (Newfield St). The Library is about 1/2 mile on the right.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut has a collection of Jewish family history materials which has been placed in the Godfrey Memorial Library, which itself is a public genealogy library.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS [I believe this is now closed and records may be at Chicopee Public Library]

584 West Street, Ludlow MA Phone: (413) 583-2224

W 12-8PM; S 9AM to 1PM. Phone ahead for possible changes.

Ms. Pat Welliver, Director (2004)

DIRECTIONS: From MA Turnpike Exit 7 (Ludlow),go right at traffic light. At next traffic light take a left turn onto Chapin Street. At stop sign go straight. At next stop sign bear right to Holyoke Street. Follow Holyoke Street to traffic light and take a right onto West Street. Take first right after the Hampden County Correctional facility to the LDS Church parking lot.

Family History Centers are branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Most centers are located in meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and are administered and operated by local Church members. Everyone is welcome to come to the Centers and to use the Center’s resources. Centers provide access to most of the microfilms and microfiches in the Family History Library. Volunteers help patrons identify their ancestors, however, centers cannot help to find relatives who are still living. For a fee, patrons can arrange to have copies of most Family History Library microfilms ($3.50) and microfiches ($15) loaned by the Library to the Center. Microfilms and microfiches cannot be removed from a Center nor transferred from one Center to another. Home page. Search here for other F.H.C. locations. Clicking on “Search” tab in the home page get to this Search page. for locations of Family History Centers, but as of Oct 2003, this Website had been updated to only


American-oriented genealogical guides are available at most public libraries. Beware that these works usually focus strictly on Anglo-American ancestry, concentrating on such topics as Revolutionary and Civil War records, land records, pioneer trails, church and town records, the Colonial period, etc. They usually ignore sources important for Jewish researchers such as immigration and naturalization records, but are useful for their methodology.

The Library of Congress catalog is online at Relevant headings under “Subject Browse” are not case sensitive and include: Jews-Genealogy; Jewish Families-state’s name-Genealogy; Jews-state’s name; and Jews-ethnic group-United States-Genealogy.

Some suggested books for general genealogy research are:

Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. Revised Edition. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc., 1992). 858 pages. ($40). ISBN 0-916489-47-7.

Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Third Edition. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2001). 420 pages. ($25 / $39). ISBN 0-911333-00-2. [2nd edition (1985) was 304 pages, ISBN 0-911333-01-0].

Searching for Your Ancestors: The How and Why of Genealogy Doane, Gilbert H. and James B. Bell. . 6th edition. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1992). 352 pages. ($20). ISBN 0-8166-6990-5.

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy Greenwood, Val D. . 3rd edition. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000). 676 pages. ($30). ISBN 0-8063-1621-7. [2nd edition (1990) was 623 pages, ISBN 0-8062-1267-X].

The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking. Revised Edition 1996. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc., 1996 846 pages. ($50). ISBN 0-916489-67-1. Chapters on where to find every type of record in the USA

Some books for beginning research in Jewish genealogy:

Do People Grow on Family Trees? Genealogy for Kids and Other Beginners.

By Ira Wolfman. (New York: Workman Publishing, 1991). 179 pages.

Finding Our Fathers. A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy Dan Rottenberg. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1998 (1997 in paperback) 1977 edition is considered out-of-date. A pioneer “how-to” guide. Forbes Library, Northampton (1977 Edition); Jones Library Amherst (1977, 1986 Editions) Springfield Public Library (1977 Edition); UMass Amherst

Finding Your Jewish Ancestors: 2nd Ed Henry Wellisch assisted by Gert Solnik-Rogers. $10.00.

From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Personal History. Arthur Kurzweil. New York: HarperCollins, 1994 388 pp New York : HarperPerennial, 1996 A good beginner’s guide, with a personal approach to each step. Available at Jones Library, Amherst, Forbes Library, Northampton (1980 Edition); Jones Library, Amherst (1982 Edition); Holyoke Library, Holyoke (1994, 1996 Editions); Greenfield Public Library (1996 Edition); UMass Amherst (1994 Edition) Call # CS21 .K87 1994 Latest edition in 2004 $24.95

Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy Warren Blatt and Gary Mokotoff. Teaneck NJ: Avotaynu, Inc. 2000 72 pp. $11.00 A brief guide to getting started, listing many references and resources. This book is available at discount to WMJGS members.

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy, Volume I: Sources in the United States and Canada. Edited by Arthur Kurzweil and Miriam Weiner. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1991. 226 pages. A summary of North American record repositories and their holdings. ($40). ISBN 0-87668-835-0. UMass-Amherst WEBDuBois Library 1991 Edition, vol 1 Call # CS21 .E53 1991 + v.1

Some sourcebooks for Jewish genealogy research are:

A Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research in Israel. By Sallyann Amdur Sack and the Israel Genealogical Society. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, Inc., Revised edition 1995 229 pages. ($35). ISBN 0-9626373-7-8 UMass-Amherst WEBDuBois Library CALL # Z6374.B5 S23 1995 (Also 1987 Edition)

Avotaynu Publications Complete listing at

Finding Your Jewish Roots in Galicia:A Resource Guide Suzan F. Wynne.

Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman.

Genealogical Resources in the New York Area. Revised and Edited by Estelle M. Guzik. New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 2003. 425 pages. A detailed guide to every agency in New York City and environs that could provide data useful to Jewish genealogical research. ISBN 0-9621863-1-7. [Previous edition was Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area, 1989. 404 pages. ISBN 0-9621863-0-9.] Jones Library, Amherst (1989 Edition); Holyoke Public Library (1989 Edition)

How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust Gary Mokotoff. Book. $25.95

Jewish Encyclopedia, Published in 12 volumes in 1901-06 (therefore does not include 20th century history), is online at

Jewish genealogical consolidated surname index [microform] Teaneck, N.J. Avotaynu, c1992 Edition 4 microfiches : negative A consolidation of 14 major indexing projects completed by various members of the Jewish genealogical societies, including: Index to Russian consular records, Index to Jews deported from France, Emergency passports index, Jewish genealogical family finder, Gedenkbuch, National registry of Jewish holocaust survivors, First American Jewish families, Jewish genealogical people finder, Refusniks, U.S. State Dept.-Russia index, U.S. State Dept.-Jeruslaem index, U.S. State Dept.-Romania, Germany, Poland index, U.S. State Dept.- Austria-Hungary index, Palestine gazette UMass-Amherst WEBDuBois Library Call # 826

Jewish Genealogy Resources: Mid-Atlantic States Julian H. Preisler. $12.00.

Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories Miriam Weiner. $50.00 UMass-Amherst WEBDuBois

Jewish Vital Records, Revision Lists, and other Jewish Holdings in the Lithuanian Archives Harold Rhode and Sallyann Amdur Sack. $35.00

Library Resources for German Jewish Genealogy Angelika Ellmann-Kruger with Edward David Luft.: $20.00

Resources for Jewish genealogy in the Boston area Warren Blatt, editor. Boston : Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, 1996 Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke; Greenfield Public Library; UMass-Amherst WEBDuBois Library Call # Z6374.B5 B53 1996 +

Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and their World Jeffrey S. Malka. $45.00

Shtetl Finder Gazetteer: Jewish Communities in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, with Names of Residents Chester G. Cohen. $25.00

Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories. David S. Zubatsky and Irwin M. Berent. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, Inc., 2005. 378 pages. A guide to over 22,000 published and manuscript genealogies in archives and libraries worldwide, surnames are listed alphabetically, with a Daitch-Mokotott Soundex index. ($69.50). ISBN 0-886223-03-3. [Earlier editions: New York: Garland, 1984, 1991. Two volumes: 422 pages, 452 pages. ISBN 0-8240-9028-4] Forbes Library, Northampton (1984 Edition); Holyoke Public LIbrary (1984 Edition) UMass-Amherst WEBDuBois Library 1996 Edition Call # Z6374.B5 Z83 1996 + (also 1984 edition); Smith College Neilson Library (1984 Editon)

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust Shmuel Spector and Geoffrey Wigoder, eds. Published in conjunction with Yad Vashem $325.00, reduced to $99 in 2005

"The Official Ellis Island Handbook". A good introduction for people of all ages. ($10) ISBN 0-89480-348-4.

Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust. By Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack, with Alexander Sharon. Revised Edition 2002. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu. 736 pages. ISBN 0-886223-15-7.

A gazetteer of over 23,500 Central and Eastern European localities, arranged alphabetically and indesed phonetically by Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex, with references for each locality. ($85). (First Edition was 1991, 514 pages, ISBN 0-9626373-1-9)

WOWW Companion (Where Once We Walked): A Guide to the Communities Surrounding Central & Eastern European Towns Gary Mokotoff.


Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy. Currently 3 times/year 1985-date. Sallyann Amdur Sack and Gary Mokotoff, editors. 155 North Washington AV, Bergenfield, NJ 07621. $29 annually. The premier publication documenting the field today. UMass-Amherst WEBDuBois Library Vol 1-current Call # Per DS101.A87

Mass-pocha: Newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Quarterly, 1992-date. PO BOx 610366, Newton Highlands, MA 02461. $12 annually.

Toledot,: the journal of Jewish genealogy. Flushing, N.Y., Toledot Press 1977-present (2003) Holyoke Public Library; Pittsfield Public Library; UMass-Amherst WEBDuBois Library (Vol 1-4, 1977-1982) Call # Per CS31.T64

Various newsletters Those for 1977-1990 have been microfiched by the IAJGS. Includes Dorot (New York); Mishpacha (Washington); Roots-Key (Los Angeles); Search(Chicago)

SELECTED WEBSITES The motherlode of information and special interest groups.

JewishGen FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Jewish Genealogy - How to do Jewish genealogical research. An extensive discussion of methods and resources.

JewishGen InfoFiles - A comprehensive directory of information resources, organized by both topic and country.

JewishGen Tools - Calculation aids (soundex, calendar, distance).

JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) - A widely-used searchable database which connects people who are searching the same ancestral towns and surnames.

JewishGen Databases - A source of all kinds of genealogical information, including the JewishGen ShtetlSeeker, Discussion Group Archives.

The Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP) - A searchable compilation of family trees of Jewish researchers.

JewishGen Discussion Groups (via electronic mailing list or newsgroup). Share information, ideas, methods, tips, case studies, and resources with other Jewish genealogy researchers.

JewishGen Special Interest Groups (SIG) - Discussion groups/forums on specific topics for the exchange of information, ideas, methods, experiences, and resources.

Regional Special Interest Groups - Web pages focusing on historic regions of origin: Belarus · Bohemia-Moravia · Courland · Early American · French · Galicia · Germany· Hungary · Latvia · Romania · Scandinavia · Sefard · Southern Africa · Ukraine · United Kingdom · Rabbinic.

JewishGen Projects and Activities

ShtetLinks - Web pages devoted to individual Jewish communities.

Yizkor Book Project - Access to Yizkor books and their contents.

Holocaust Global Registry - Searching for Holocaust survivors.

JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) - Data from Jewish cemeteries.

Family Links - Family web sites.

ViewMate - Post photos and documents for identification, analysis or translation.

JewishGen ShtetlSchleppers - Visit your ancestral shtetl.

Genealogy by Genetics - DNA testing.

Record the Names of Holocaust Victims - JewishGen has joined with Yad Vashem to record the missing names of Jews who died in the Holocaust. Time is running out. We need your help.

Hosted Organizations Ellis Island Foundation Database Esp. for ship manifests

JRI-Poland: (Jewish Records Indexing- Poland) The largest fully searchable database of Jewish vital records accessible online with two million records from 350 Polish towns indexed and available Online ordering of records from the Polish State Archives is available.

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) - Includes links to Jewish Genealogical Societies throughout the world.

IAJGS Online Newsletter:

New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston (2003). Yad Vashem’s Central Database of 3 million Shoah victims’ names.

SPECIFIC WEBSITES (There are hundreds, this is a small selection.) American Family History Center (Ellis Island) has indexed passenger lists for all arrivals at Ellis Island. ; Commercial sites requiring membership fee to search indexed census lists and some passenger lists. DNA-linked research. Includes information about Cohanim DNA markers. Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies. Includes Hamburg emigration list and many maps.

This database, The Hamburg Emigrant Lists, includes nearly 2 million entries from 1890-1905, and will add on. The index provides basic information about the emigrant: name, country/state of origin, approximate age, and destination. For a fee, you can receive an abstract of the entire entry from the ship's manifest. The cost for an abstract is $20 for 1-3 persons, $30 4-10 persons,$40 for 11-20, $50 for 21-30 persons. (2006) Jewish Cemetery Assoc of Massachusetts (JCAM)

JCAM has established a computerized database from the records of individual cemeteries to provide a practical and historical record of every Jew buried in the Greater Boston area. Click on Genealogical Search to view a request form for information on an individual buried in the Greater Boston area.. Oct 2003 Lists the holdings (books, brochures, pamphlets, microfiches, microfilms, audio & video tapes) of the JGS of Greater Boston, kept at American Jewish Historical Society; Hebrew College; 160 Herrick RD, Newton Centre National Archives & Records Agency Photos

YIVO’s "People of a Thousand Towns" (pre WW II) catalog of 17,000 photos of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. Registration (free) is required. Oct 2003 Photos

US captured, German flown aerial photographs 1940-1944 of shtetls housed in NARA, College Park, Maryland Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive of the Hebrew University has the world's largest collection of Jewish documentary films. Subject groups include Jewish communities, the Holocaust, pre-state Israel, Israel since statehood. Over two hundred films have been posted (Oct 2003) on the archive's Internet site and my be viewed with Media Player 7. Over 500 films will be viewable.

Boston family History: timelines for Jewish immigration, and Jewish neighborhoods

Researching your family history at Massachusetts State Archives This site of resources at the University of Massachusetts library was begun August 2004 and may be incomplete.


Avotaynu's (2000) web site for Jewish genealogy research.

Cyndi’s List Resources, databases, US Census, miscellaneous help and advice with genealogy. 2003

How to Find Anything and Anyone on the Internet by Ron Arons, Oct 2003 and updated Aug 2006 This site is so concise and specific that an edited version is included below. His original Website has the advantage of being directly linked. Some links shown here may no longer be active. Some links may not function as links. In that case you will need to Copy and Paste. New York State Library's links to genealogy databases (2003

Matthew Meisel, Genealogy Online, and the University of Pittsburgh's comprehensive site of links to hundreds of Jewish genealogy resources (1999).

Simplifies access to several databases, especially US census.

BEGINNER’S GUIDES FAQ’s LDS (Mormon) Research Outlines

INTRODUCTION & LINK SITES Books, maps, journal article index Links galore Databases, JGFF, FAQs Guides, catalog Databases, maps Databases by state

U.S. FEDERAL ONLINE CENSUS / FINDING AIDS Censuses for many years. By subscription. Available without charge at Forbes Library, Northampton As of June 2008, on-line registration for a Boston Public Library eCard is available to anyone individual who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is at least 13 years of age. With this eCard you can have access to 140 on-line databases with innumerable publications, including several resources of local genealogical interest. A few are:

US Census 1790-1930, fully indexed (except 1930 partially indexed)

Historical Boston Globe, 1872-1924

Historical New York Times, 1851-2004

Obituaries from the Globe and the Herald (limited years)

Full text search of the Philadelphia Inquirer 1860-1922.

Many other historical newspapers from all parts of the US. 1880 U.S., 1881 U.K. censuses 1930 Finding aids 1901 U.K. census

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, & DEATHS Social Security Death Index; limited data

Social Security Death Index - free State vital record ordering info California birth index will link to Social Security Death Index Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) British Vital Registration Index (from 1837; fee based) Massachusetts State Archives index of deaths from 1841-1910. It provides last name, first name, town, year, volume, page, type (death). You must click on the button for type+death The actual record is available from the Massachusetts State Archives for a small fee.

CEMETERIES / FUNERAL HOMES NY Jewish cemeteries JOWBR Jewish Funeral Directors of America (2007) Many NYC cemetery listings, ? others. 200,000 burial names in this database(2007)

PASSENGER SHIP WEBSITES / IMMIGRATION / NATURALIZATION Ellis Island home page Hamburg Passenger Lists (Hamburg passenger lists.) Morton Allen ship directory (Russians to America) % is wild card character

Stephen Morse’s tools for EIDB are for after 1902-3 ” ” ” Immigrant Ship Transcribers’ Guild Canadian immigration records Other links Has Brooklyn naturalizations Steamship Historical Society of America (for New York, Phil, Boston, Baltimore, Galveston, San Francisco passenger lists.)

OLD CITY DIRECTORIES (Depositories which hold city directories; lookup services) (In development 2006)

RECORDS in the OLD COUNTRY this list grows daily (Miriams Weiner’s site) (Polish State Archives)

FAMILY FINDERS & DISCUSSION ARCHIVES JewishGen Family Finder Keyword search of all discussion groups

CURRENT TELEPHONE / ADDRESS DIRECTORIES / PEOPLE FINDERS Verizon phonebooks 2004) >> people pages >> at name >> Public Records >> enter approx age (ATT phonebooks) Requires state in USA. can enter age. Enter name and town/state Links to international telephone directories In 2003 teldir became: A list of lists AND good reverse phone number and reverse address (international phone directories) (UK voter registrations and phone numbers) Enter name and town/state

OTHER DIRECTORIES U.S. attorneys (Martindale-Hubble directory) American Medical Assoc. listing of physicians physicians dentists stockbrokers Wedding registries

FEE-BASED PEOPLE FINDERS Reverse phone numbers for a fee is now A list of lists for sale (to contact people) includes old locations which are not identified as such.

MAPS – FREE CURRENT msn Streets & Maps international maps Property ownership, permits, zoning, title history, photos and sales prices for individual properties

MAPS – FREE OLD Mostly 19th century and not complete Sanborn Maps for CA Login: sjplremote, Password: welcome focus on 18th & 19th century maps

MAPS for SALE Digital Sanborn Maps (All U.S. states)

LIBRARIES & ARCHIVES American Jewish Archives Boston Public LIbrary eCard access to 140 on-line databases Hebrew Union College LDS Family History Library Library of Congress National Archives & Record Administration Web access to public library catalogs. NYC Public Library NY State Library & Archives (Albany) US Holocaust Memorial Museum Library



Language Translators / Services OR Many languages English < > Russian English < > German

MISCELLANEOUS "Preparing, Protecting and Preserving Family Treasures." Simple instructions plus links to in-depth information for preserving family documents.

NARA (National Archives)

Northeast Region: 10 Silvio Conte Drive, Pittsfield, MA 01201

413-236-3604 M-F 8 AM - 4 PM, except Wed 8 AM - 9PM

See website for official holdings, which includes both indexes and actual records for many passengers lists, US census lists, some naturalization lists. Helpful volunteer staff, microfilm copy machine, and a lunchroom are available. Bring coins and dollar bills for copying charges.

Directions: MassPike west to exit 2, Lee. Bear right after the toll booth onto Rt 20 West. Rte 20 through Lee and Lenox (where it joins Route 7 North) for about 8.5 miles to Dan Fox Drive. Left onto Dan Fox Drive for about 1/4 mile. Right onto Conte Drive and go through Rose Technology Park. The facility is at the end of Conte Drive.

Other regional NARA offices

Fred Murphy Federal Center; 380 Trapelo Rd, Waltham MA 02452 1-866-406-2379: M, Tu, F 8 AM - 4:30 PM; W & Th 8 AM - 9 PM, first & third Sat 8 AM - 4:30 PM

New York City: 201 Varick St New York 10014 212-401-1620 M, W, F 8 AM - 4:30 PM, Tu 7 Th 8 am - 8 PM, first & third Sat 8:30 AM - 4 PM.


From Smart Computing Magazine Oct 2009 p. 26:

Review of genealogy software by Legacy Family Tree Deluxe 7.0, for Win98 through Vista, by Millenia $30 states “ . . . is both powerful and user-friendly . . .”. $20 by download from Standard edition is free.

An earlier review of Family Tree Maker Deluxe 10.0 $70, credits it with making the most attractive charts and reports, but downgrades it as expensive. As of 2009, FTM has an updated version with a few bells & whistles. Some versions are well integrated with Ownership transferred from Broderbund to Encore in 2005. (2007)

Personal Ancestral Files 5.2 (2007) is a free download from , a Mormon product, and is the least detailed of the reviewed products.

Heritage Family Tree Deluxe 2.0 from Individual Software is $40 and looks very much like the free Mormon program but is a bit more intuitive to use.

RootsMagic has was touted as the least expensive program at $29.95 in 2007, and yet very functional.

From Smart Computing Magazine Jan 2006 p 7:

Article titled “Back to the Future” includes a review of RootsMagic 3.0 $29.95, Accepts imported GEDCOM, PAF 2.x and later, and Family Origins 4 and later files.

From Smart Computing Magazine Jun 2007 p 19:

Article titled “Roadmap to Your Roots” is a review of RootsMagic’s “Family Atlas” program, $29.95, which has a database of 3.5 million place names. This program’s primary function is to locate places and to create maps. It thereby e.g. accounts for towns in Eastern Galicia that were in Austria-Hungary before WW I, then were in Poland until 1946, and were absorbed into Ukrainian SSSR thereafter. It may serve as a research tool that identifies state and province boundaries to define the location of archives and records. Use this resource along with the book “Where Once We Walked” and with various gazetteers.



ABRASH – Bialystok

BAYEVSKY – Hoopolovka/Vessalaya: agricultural colony in south Ukraine

BUTELKIN – Novozlatopol/Pervenumer: agricultural colonly in south Ukraine

BULECZKA – Warsaw?

SHEININ, SCHLOSSBERG – Mikaelovka, Ukraine

SPIVAK, POSTRELKA, WIENER, WIENEROV – Stavishohe, Ukraine (s. of Kiev)

Emily is very experienced with research on the Internet, and she has an impressive collection of materials she is willing to share.

Jewish Roots in Poland” by Miriam Weiner

Shtetl Finder Gazateer” Heritage Books

Finding our Fathers” by Dan Rottenberg – Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy

The Course of Modern Jewish History”, l8th Century to Present

Jewish American Family Album” by Dorothy and Thomas Hooble

Avotaynu, l985-1999 on CD Rom

Genealogical Resources in NY, Jewish Genealogical Society

Passenger Liners of the World since 1983, by Nicholas T. Cairis

Jewish Life in Philadelphia, 1830-1940, ed. Murray Friedman


NAPPEN (NAPADENSKY). REINSTEIN - Bessarabia, possibly Austria

Sara has put together family trees from information gathered by family members and she is very computer literate.


NANKIN, NONKEN, HANDELSMAN – Powiat, Lublin, Chelm, RudaHuta, Poland

Frieda traveled to her family’s roots in Poland with family members on a privately arranged trip and is happy to share her experiences. She attended the 2003 IAJGS conference in D.C. She will lend her videos.

A Day in Warsaw” (a restored Jewish film)

Partisans of Vilna” – 1 _ hour video

From Immigrant to Academic” – Jews in Amherst, MA 1904-1988 (a video she and Hannah Zuckerman produced for local television (continued next page)

There Was a Town” – a documentary of a town in Poland wiped out by a massacre of all the Jews – 1 ½ hours.

Study Guide and Resource Reader – 2 volumes to accompany the videotapes of “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews”

Konin” Theo Richmond – A fascinating memorial to a lost community and the people who lived there.

From a Ruined Garden” – translated excerpts from Yiskor books in Poland


BAUMANN/PICCARD-BAUMANN – Kassel-Germany, Mutzig-Alsace

KATZ – Kassel, Mandem (part of Bad Wildungen)-Germany

PRAGER – Sulzbach, Frankfurt, Fuerth – Germany

NUSSBAUM – Rhina, Frankfurt – Germany

WERTHEIM – Kassel, Eschwege – Germany

LEVI-GREIF – Rhina – Germany

BIERMANN – Ungedanken & Mandem(now Bad Wildungen) – Germany

ABRAHAM – Ballbronn – Alsace

BUCHHOLD – Muhlhausen – Germany

VICTOR – Rhina – Germany

REICHSHOFFER – Bouxwiller, Reichshoffen – Alsace

KUPPENHEIM – Romanswiller – Alsace

KAVALSKY, KRUK/KRIGER, POPLAK, RUCH - Rokiskis (Rokishok) Lithuania

Amanda has done research on family from France, Lithuania, Germany and South Africa. She is currently writing a book on her family’s history. She would be happy to share ideas as well as the following materials:

Two books by Helmut Thiele on the Jews of Kassel, Germany. They include lists of births, marriages, deaths, occupations and addresses for the Jewish community in the 1700’s and 1800’s. The books are in German but fairly easy to interpret.

Family tree website; password Lechaim. This is a databaseof 3,800 names, and she has more information on some of the individuals listed.

Two Yiskor books - Rokiskis (Rakishok) in Lithuania and Stolpse (Shtelps) in Poland. She has had some sections of the Rokiskis book translated into English for the Jewishgen website.


ABERMAN – Czestochowa & Warsaw – Poland

ASHER – Galicia/Ukraine

BERNZWEIG Stanislawow/Ivano-Franovsk, Ukraine

EBERSMAN – Czestochowa, Poland

FILREIS – Poland

FRANKEL – Podalia, Ukraine

JACOBSON - Riga, Lativia & Jerusalem

KESSNER – Riga, Latvia

LANGLEBAN – Podalia, Ukraine

GILMAN – Tarnopol, Ukraine


GOLDBERG - Tarnopol/Ternopol, Ukraine

GRASSE – Shavli/Siaulai, Lithuania

MILLER - Nemirov/Niemirow, Ukraine

PESKIN – Russia

THALER – Brzezany/Berezhany, Ukraine

TOBIAS – Bucharest, Romania

TOPAZ – Yacobstaat/Jekabpils, Latvia

WELLIN – Russia




Jonathan founded WMJGS He is computer proficient and is willing to share his expertise. He attended IAJGS conferences in Toronto and Washington, D.C. He will also lend the following:

Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents” Sturdecovant

How to Find Your Family Roots, Wm. Lathan (not specifically Jewish gen)

Syllabus for 2002 IAJGS Conf. – hard copy

Syllabus for 2003 IAJGS Conf – abbreviated version on hard copy

Jewish Roots in Poland” Miriam Weiner

Finding Your Jewish Roots in Galicia” Wynne

Misc. Newsletters from Galicia SIG, MassPocha (Boston) and others

A Jewish Boyhood in Poland” Remembering Kolbuszowa Salsitz

Hammond Historical World Atlas, 2000

Against the Apocalypse: Response to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture”

CD-ROM Jewish Records in Family History Library, Catalog, 2/1/2001

Jewish Genealogy Yearbook 1998-2003” Compendium of 5 annual yearbooks


Searching the following families from Poland via Manchester, England; Freiborg Germany (now Swiebodzice, Poland), possibly Uslar, Germany





ROSEN (not original name)



Lynne is an expert on research on the Internet. She also has considerable expertise on Social Security research and an excellent personal library. She is willing to share:

Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova” by Miriam Weiner

Where Once We Walked” Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack

A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire” Alexander Beider

Genealogical Resources in NY Metropolitan Area” – JGS

Resources for Jewish Genealogy in Boiston Area” – JGS Warren Blatt

The Atlas of Jewish History: Martin Gilbert

Some Archival Sources for Ukrainian Jewish Gen” Alexander Kronik and Sallyann Amdur Sack

The Jews of Odessa” Steven J. Zipperstein

An Ounce of Preservation” Craig A. Tuttle (care of papers and photos)

The Comprehensive Hebrew Calendar

Syllabus, 1999 JGS Conference, NYC

Beyond the Basics” 1998 NYJGS Seminar

Avotaynu Spring 1995 to Present

1910 NYC Census on CD

Street Guides to Brooklyn, Manhattan and Bronx showing cross streets


WILLNER, FELLNER – Trembovla, Budzanov, Poland

WOHL, WOLF - Radauti, Romania

CHROMOY, SILBERMAN - Lipkany, Bessarabia (Moldava)

Norman is our Treasurer. He takes care of all financial matters for WMJGS


CHEKOFSKY (?sp) Odessa, Belorusse





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Using the Internet to Find Anyone & Anything  by Ron Arons  Oct 2003  Below is a copy of the site, updated Aug 2006 but the site has the advantage of being directly linked.  Some links shown here may no longer be active.  Some links may not function as links.  In that case you will need to Copy and Paste.

Beginner’s Guides FAQ’s LDS (Mormon) Research Outlines

Introduction & Link Sites Links galore Databases, JGFF, FAQs Books, maps, journal article index Guides, catalog Databases, maps Databases by state

U.S. Federal Online Censuses / Finding Aids

Censuses for many years. By subscription 1880 U.S., 1881 U.K. censuses 1930 Finding aids 1901 U.K. census

Births, Marriages, & Deaths Social Security Death Index; limited data

Social Security Death Index - free State vital record ordering info California birth index Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) British Vital Registration Index (from 1837; fee based) will link to Social Security Death Index (2000) covers 1962-2014f (2016)

Cemeteries / Funeral Homes NY Jewish cemeteries JOWBR Jewish Funeral Directors of America

Passenger Ship Websites / Immigration / Naturalization Ellis Island home page Hamburg Passenger Lists This link goes to Google (2010) (Hamburg passenger lists.) Morton Allen ship directory (Russians to America) % is wild card character

Stephen Morse’s tools for EIDB are for after 1902-3 ” ” ” Immigrant Ship Transcribers’ Guild Canadian immigration records Other links Has Brooklyn naturalizations Steamship Historical Society of America (for New York, Phil, Boston, Baltimore, Galveston, San Francisco passenger lists.)

Old City Directories (Depositories which hold city directories; lookup services) (In development 2006)

Records in the Old Country (Miriams Weiner’s site) (Polish State Archives)

Family Finders & Discussion Archives JewishGen Family Finder Keyword search of all discussion groups

Current Telephone / Address Directories / People Finders no charge for the information (2016) charges for the information (2016) >> find >> People (Verizon phonebooks 2004) >> people pages >> at name >> Public Records >> enter approx age (ATT phonebooks) Requires state in USA. can enter age. charges for the information (2016) Enter name and town/state Links to international telephone directories In 2003 teldir became: A list of lists AND good reverse phone number and reverse address charges for the information (international phone directories) (UK voter registrations and phone numbers) Enter name and town/state

Other Directories U.S. attorneys (Martindale-Hubble directory) American Medical Assoc. listing of physicians physicians dentists stockbrokers Wedding registries

Fee-based People Finders Reverse phone numbers for a fee is now A list of lists for sale (to contact people) includes old locations which are not identified as such. (dec 2015)

Maps – Free Current msn Streets & Maps international maps Property ownership, permits, zoning, title history, photos and sales prices for individual properties

Maps – Free Old Mostly 19th century and not complete Sanborn Maps for CA Login: sjplremote, Password: welcome focus on 18th & 19th century maps

Maps for Sale Digital Sanborn Maps (All U.S. states)

Libraries & Archives LDS Family History Library NYC Public Library NY State Library & Archives (Albany) Library of Congress Hebrew Union College American Jewish Archives US Holocaust Memorial Museum Library National Archives & Record Administration

Locating Books (New & Old)


Language Translators / Services OR Many languages English < > Russian English < > German

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