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*Jewish births are sometimes [[Jewish Records in Other Denominations|listed in local church records]].  
 
*Jewish births are sometimes [[Jewish Records in Other Denominations|listed in local church records]].  
 
*Emma Lazarus, daughter of Sephardic Jews, wrote the famous poem inscribed on the [[Jewish Emigration and Immigration|Statue of Liberty]], "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..."  
 
*Emma Lazarus, daughter of Sephardic Jews, wrote the famous poem inscribed on the [[Jewish Emigration and Immigration|Statue of Liberty]], "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..."  
*Jews are the oldest&nbsp;group with their national identity and cultural heritage intact.
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*Jews are the oldest&nbsp;group with their national identity and cultural heritage intact.<ref>Joseph Aaron, "Fun Jewish Facts" in Jewish News Online at http://www.chicagojewishnews.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338 (accessed 15 August 2009).</ref><br><br><br>
*Celebrities with Jewish mothers: Geraldo Rivera, Fiorello Laguardia, Winston Churchill, Cary Grant, David Bowie, Robert DeNiro, Harrison Ford.<ref>Joseph Aaron, "Fun Jewish Facts" in Jewish News Online at http://www.chicagojewishnews.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338 (accessed 15 August 2009).</ref>
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=== Ethnic Divisions of Judiasm  ===
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*'''Ashkenazi''' Communities of Jews that settled in Central and Eastern Europe. They speak a unique language called Yiddish, which is a mixture of Hebrew and German that originated in the 9th century.
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*'''Sephardic''' Jews who descend from those who were expelled from Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1496 and from Italy 1490 - 1510. Most of these Jews spoke a version of Spanish called Ladino and settled in the Ottoman Empire, Netherlands and the Holy Land. Sepharad means Spain in Ladino. <br>
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*'''Romaniote''' Community with distinctive cultural features and who have lived in the territory of Greece, Italy and neighboring areas for more than 2,000 years. They trace their roots from the destruction of Jerusalem. Their languages were Yevanic, a Greek dialect, and modern Greek.
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*'''Mizrahi''' Jews descended from local Jewish communities of the Middle East. The term Mizrahi is most commonly used in Israel to refer to Jews who trace their roots back to Muslim-majority countries. Mizrahi and Sepharadic are often inter mingled.
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*'''Marrano''' Jews from Spain who converted or were forced to convert to Christianity, some of whom may have continued to practice Judaism in secret. Sometimes called Crypto-Jews
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*'''Crypto-Jews''' A term used to describe descendants of Jews who maintain some Jewish traditions of their ancestors while publicly adhering to other faiths.
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=== Key Internet Links  ===
 
=== Key Internet Links  ===
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* [http://americanjewisharchives.org/ American Jewish Archive] The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archive has a large and growing genealogy collection, with over 1,000 family genealogy files. In addition, we have extensive resources in the following areas: Jewish communities and immigration during the Colonial Period, early Jewish communities in the Caribbean Islands, along with congregational records from early Jewish settlement to modern times ]
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* [http://www.ajhs.org/ American Jewish Historical Society] books, photos, art and artifacts]
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* Ancestry.com [http://landing.ancestry.com/jewishfamilyhistory/us/default.aspx Jewish Family History Collection]
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* [http://avotaynu.com/ Avotaynu]&nbsp; Not the same as the website below. Avotaynu publishes books, newstetters and weekly emails for researches
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* [http://www.avotaynuonline.com/ Avotaynu Online] intends to stimulate collaboration among genealogists. They are also the main sponsor behind the Jewish DNA collection effort.
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* [http://www.cemeteryscribes.com/ Cemetery Scribes] recording tombstone inscriptions in the UK
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* [http://www.cjh.org/ Center for Jewish History] databases, collections, guides, and event ]
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/jewish/ Cyndi's List/Jewish]
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* [http://feefhs.org/ Federation of East European Family History Societies] fosters research]
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* [http://www.geshergalicia.org/ Gesher Galicia] Promotes and conducts Jewish genenalogical and historical research for Galicia a province of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  
 
*[http://www.iajgs.org/ International Assoc. of Jewish Genealogical Societies] over 75 groups  
 
*[http://www.iajgs.org/ International Assoc. of Jewish Genealogical Societies] over 75 groups  
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* [http://www.jewishgen.org/ JewishGen] databases and tools to help find family members]
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* [http://archives.jdc.org/about-us/ Joint Distribution Committee Archives] houses significant collections for the study of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the archives includes over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, a research library of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 audio recordings including oral histories, and a collection of 2,500 videos.
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* [http://www.italian-family-history.com/jewish/genealogy.html Jewish Genealogy in Italy]
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* [http://jri-poland.org/index.html JRI - Poland] Largest fully searchable database of indexes of Jewish vital records online
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* [http://www.bh.org.il/databases/jewish-genealogy/ Museum of the Jewish People] Housed within the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel is
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The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center and is the only center of
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computerized database containing thousands of genealogies of Jewish
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* National Library of Israel JPRESS.&nbsp;[http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/default.aspx New titles on JPRESS] This site contains a collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods. Ongoing project.
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* [http://www.rtrfoundation.org/index.shtml Routes to Roots] Jewish and civil records of Eastern Europe
 
*[http://sephardim.com/ Sephardim.com] for Sephardic genealogy / Jewish genealogy research  
 
*[http://sephardim.com/ Sephardim.com] for Sephardic genealogy / Jewish genealogy research  
*[http://www.yadvashem.org/ Yad Vashem] - Israeli Holocaust Museum and database
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*[http://www.sephardicgen.com// Sephardic Gen] multiple databases and links for Sephardic research
*[http://synagoguescribes.com/blog/ Synagogue Scribes] London Ashkenazi Synagogue records database  
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*[http://synagoguescribes.com/blog/ Synagogue Scribes] London Ashkenazi Synagogue records database]
*[http://www.jewishgen.org/ JewishGen] databases and tools to help find family members
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*[http://www.jewishroots.uct.ac.za/ The South African Jewish database]. The primary aim of the project is to research the estimated 15,000 core families who migrated to Southern Africa between 1850-1950 from England, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus.  
*[[The_Knowles_Collection|The_Knowles_Collection]] - 615,000 individuals with genealogical details and family connections.  
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* [http://www.yadvashem.org/ Yad Vashem] - Israeli Holocaust Museum and database
*[http://feefhs.org/ Federation of East European Family History Societies] fosters research
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* [https://www.yivo.org/ Yivo Institute for Jewish Research] A 7-year initiative to digitally reunite prewar archival and library collections separated by the Holocaust.
*[http://www.ajhs.org/ American Jewish Historical Society] books, photos, art and artifacts
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*[http://www.cemeteryscribes.com/ Cemetery Scribes] recording tombstone inscriptions in the UK
 
*Ancestry.com [http://landing.ancestry.com/jewishfamilyhistory/us/default.aspx Jewish Family History Collection] world's largest online
 
*[http://www.cjh.org/ Center for Jewish History] databases, collections, guides, and events
 
 
*[http://ellisisland.org/ EllisIsland.org] NY passenger lists of 20 million immigrants. See also:
 
*[http://ellisisland.org/ EllisIsland.org] NY passenger lists of 20 million immigrants. See also:
  
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*For more websites click [[Jewish Websites|here:]]
 
*For more websites click [[Jewish Websites|here:]]
  
=== '''Helpful Guides''' ===
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*[[How to Start Your Family History|How to Start Your Family History]]&nbsp;Simple steps to begin your family history.  
 
*[[How to Start Your Family History|How to Start Your Family History]]&nbsp;Simple steps to begin your family history.  
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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:<br>  
  
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Jewish Genealogy Research Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Original Records
Compiled Sources
Background Information
Finding Aids

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Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Did you know?

  • Columbus took Jews with him in hopes they could translate Oriental languages.
  • Jewish births are sometimes listed in local church records.
  • Emma Lazarus, daughter of Sephardic Jews, wrote the famous poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..."
  • Jews are the oldest group with their national identity and cultural heritage intact.[1]


Ethnic Divisions of Judiasm

  • Ashkenazi Communities of Jews that settled in Central and Eastern Europe. They speak a unique language called Yiddish, which is a mixture of Hebrew and German that originated in the 9th century.
  • Sephardic Jews who descend from those who were expelled from Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1496 and from Italy 1490 - 1510. Most of these Jews spoke a version of Spanish called Ladino and settled in the Ottoman Empire, Netherlands and the Holy Land. Sepharad means Spain in Ladino.
  • Romaniote Community with distinctive cultural features and who have lived in the territory of Greece, Italy and neighboring areas for more than 2,000 years. They trace their roots from the destruction of Jerusalem. Their languages were Yevanic, a Greek dialect, and modern Greek.
  • Mizrahi Jews descended from local Jewish communities of the Middle East. The term Mizrahi is most commonly used in Israel to refer to Jews who trace their roots back to Muslim-majority countries. Mizrahi and Sepharadic are often inter mingled.
  • Marrano Jews from Spain who converted or were forced to convert to Christianity, some of whom may have continued to practice Judaism in secret. Sometimes called Crypto-Jews
  • Crypto-Jews A term used to describe descendants of Jews who maintain some Jewish traditions of their ancestors while publicly adhering to other faiths.

Key Internet Links

The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center and is the only center of its kind in the world. At the Center, visitors can search a computerized database containing thousands of genealogies of Jewish families from all over the world and can also register their own family trees. There is also a way to order genealogy help even when you aren't at the museum

  • National Library of Israel JPRESS. New titles on JPRESS This site contains a collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods. Ongoing project.
  • For more websites click here:

Helpful Guides

Things you can do

In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:

Sources

  1. Joseph Aaron, "Fun Jewish Facts" in Jewish News Online at http://www.chicagojewishnews.com/forums/showthread.php?t=338 (accessed 15 August 2009).
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