AncestorNews: Jewish Genealogy on the Web
9/28/2009

Although my family has no Jewish heritage that I'm aware of, my sister recently found a sampler embroidered in Yiddish and Hebrew, tucked behind a family picture. Dated 1891, the sampler presented us with a research challenge: what did the words mean, and how did it get behind our picture?

To get a translation, I posted a plea for help on the mailing list of JewishGen, along with a URL picturing the sampler. Within hours I had more than 50 replies from all over the world, translating the Yiddish and Hebrew characters. Included in many of those e-mails were suggestions for other Jewish-related genealogy searches. I'd like to share some of those with you:

JewishGen
www.jewishgen.org
This site includes information files, mailing lists, ancestral towns in Eastern Europe, a surname database and calendar conversion (convert a civil date into the equivalent date on the Hebrew calendar).

Sephardic Genealogy
www.sephardim.com and
www.orthohelp.com/geneal/sefardim.htm#newslists
Links to Sephardic news lists, sources, names and books, facts, heraldry and lore.

Jewish Genealogy Home Page
www.dvjc.org/history/genealogy.shtml
Created by the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, this site includes an excellent guide to doing long-distance Jewish research. For beginners, don't miss the Jewish Genealogy FAQ.

Jewish Genealogy Links
www.pitt.edu/~meisel/jewish/
200 links to Jewish genealogy sources, including archives, databases, genealogical societies, orphanages, and telephone directories.

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