Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy

A Handbook for Beginners with Supplementary Information for Advanced Research;  Third Edition, November 2002,  Compiled by Dr. Ronald D. Doctor.

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Features:

  • Packed with 170 pages of useful information (up from 100 in the 2nd Edition)
  • Spiral bound, 8-1/2 x 11 inches, with heavy stock front and back covers. 
  • Detailed Table of Contents guides you through the Handbook.
  • Greatly expanded section on Jewish genealogy on the Web. 
  • New sections on Selecting Genealogy Software and Preparing for and Traveling in the Old Country.
  • Extensive Bibliography for further research.

  • Price: 

    • Members $18
    • Up Members $12
    • Free to New Members with paid membership

    All proceeds go to JGS Oregon and are used to support member services. The Handbook is available at all JGSO meetings and functions. For mail orders, add $3 to the price for shipping/handling.To order, make out your check to JGSO and send it to: 

    JGSO
    P.O. Box 19736
    Portland, Oregon 97280

    For more information e-mail Ron Doctor.

     

     



    Table of Contents

    PREFACE
    INTRODUCTION
        Why do we do genealogy?
        What do we do when we do genealogy?
        What activities, tools, and resources are available to us?
        Some basic tips
    JEWISH NAMES
        Surname adoption
        How did we get our surnames?
        Given names
    HOW TO BEGIN
        Begin at the beginning
        Interviews and oral histories
        Beyond family interviews
        Immigrant research — Finding your ancestral town
        The National Archives
    JEWISHGEN WEB SITE AND DISCUSSION GROUP
        Discussion groups
        Special Interest Groups (SIGS), research groups, & shtetlinks
        Jewishgen databases
    TYPES OF RECORDS
        Family name and ancestral places databases
            JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF)
            Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP)
            Jewish Resources Indexing – Poland (JRI-Poland)
            Ellis Island Database (EIDB)
            Consolidated Jewish Surname Index (CJSI)
            JGS New York’s Naturalization Indexes
            Hamburg Emigration Index
            Yad Vashem Hall of Names database
        Vital Records
            U.S. Vital Records
            Eastern Europe Vital Records
            Tips for Using Vital Records
        Immigration and Naturalization
            Passenger Ship and Immigration Records
                US Passenger Ship Lists at the National Archives
                Canadian Immigration and Passenger Lists
                Ellis Island Database (EIDB)
                Galveston Immigration Database
                Hamburg, Bremen & Rotterdam Departure Lists
                Computerized Indexes to Passenger Lists
                Other Published Indexes to Passenger Lists
            Naturalization
                The Naturalization Process
                Finding and Obtaining Naturalization Records
            World War I Draft Registration Records
            Alien Registration Records
            Passport Records
        Census records
        City Directories
            Using City Directories – An Example
        Jewish orphanage records
        Cemetery, death, and burial records
            Social Security Death Index
            Jewish Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)
            New York Times Historical Database
            Onsite Research at Synagogues and Cemeteries
        Records from Eastern Europe
            JewishGen Eastern European Databases
            LDS Family History Center microfilms
            JRI-Poland
            Cemeteries and Other Records in Eastern Europe
        Holocaust Research
            Yad Vashem
            Other Information about Holocaust Survivors
            Yizkor Books (Memorial Books)
        Other records
    COMPUTERS AND GENEALOGY
        Selecting genealogy software
        Using e-mail discussion groups
    PREPARING FOR AND TRAVELING IN THE “OLD COUNTRY”
        Picking a guide, setting an itinerary
        Getting a Ukrainian visa
        Medical issues
        Odds and ends
        A note about Ukraine, its people and its archives
    KEY REFERENCES

    ATTACHMENTS
        Attachment 1 - Activities, Tools & Resources
        Attachment 2 - Sephardic genealogy web sites
        Attachment 3 - Interviewing family members
        Attachment 4 - Family relationships (cousins) chart
        Attachment 5 - Soundex coding
        Attachment 6 - Genealogy forms
            Pedigree chart
            Family Group record
            Family and home information sources checklist
            Research log
            Immigration and Naturalization Service form G-639
        Attachment 7 - Jewish genealogy on-line
            Names – Searchable databases
                General Names Databases
                Country & Area Specific Names Databases
                Immigration & Naturalization Names Databases
                Holocaust Names Databases
                Other US Names Databases
            Other Searchable Resources
                Gateways and Collections
                Country & Area Specific Information
                Education, Methodology & Communication
                Tools, Reference Sites & Publications
                US Records
                Genealogy Organizations
                Genealogical Software
        Attachment 8  -  U.S. Census Data
        Attachment 9  -  Jewishgen Databases
        Attachment 10 - Current LDS microfilm projects in Eastern Europe
        Attachment 11 - Avotaynu databases in Consolidated Jewish Surname Index
        Attachment 12 - Genealogy clues in census records, 1850-1930
        Attachment 13 - Given names: Hebrew & Russian and their transliterations