Jewish

If you have very little information, begin with:

  • Passenger Records,
  • Naturalization Records,
  • Census Records,
  • Marriage Records,
  • Social Security Application, and
  • Passport Records.
Immigration

Jewish immigrants often “Americanized” their names. Further, they used a lot of nicknames and derivatives of their real name.

  • Hint: Search with initials and last name to maximize your chance of finding your relative.

To find a Jewish ancestor’s town of origin (“shtetl”), look to their grave and local synagogue. Jewish immigrants often formed societies based on their hometowns and members frequently bought lots in cemeteries.

A lot of areas where Jewish individuals originated from had shifting boundaries. It is not unusual for people to identify with other areas than the one named in official documents.

Galicia (province of Austria) – Now in Poland and Ukraine.

  • Gesher Galicia is a Galicia research group.
  • Records are scattered.
  • Jews avoided registration of marriage. Children are often listed under their mother’s surname as illegitimate.

A number of Jews immigrated to Mexico. Search the 1930 Mexico National Census and the Brazil Immigration Cards on FamilySearch.

Since the 1950’s, the International Tracing Service has researched and documented the fates of millions who suffered persecution during the holocaust.

Newspapers

Early Hebrew Newspapers

Historical Jewish Press

Useful Websites

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