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Jewish City/Town of Origin

  • Review all information about place of origin found in U.S. records and family records.
  • The final step before moving in Jewish research to searching for records abroad is to assure that one has the correct standard spelling, latitude and longitude, and modern country for the city or village of origin.
  • Certainty about place of origin is necessary because there are few databases and almost no general censuses available for Europe. Almost all record keeping was local.
  • Use one or more of these databases and possibly other online information and maps to assure accuracy:
    • JewishGen.org
    • JewishGen.org
    • Fuzzy Gazetteer