Ancestry.com Expands Jewish Records Collection

Ancestry.com Expands Jewish Records Collection

Subscription Web site Ancestry.com is adding to its Jewish records collection thanks to new partnerships with two Jewish heritage organizations.Ancestry.com’s partnership arrangements keep most of its Jewish Family History Collection free. You can see a list of gratis databases using the Free Collections link on the Jewish...

Subscription Web site Ancestry.com is adding to its Jewish records collection thanks to new partnerships with two Jewish heritage organizations.

Ancestry.com’s partnership arrangements keep most of its Jewish Family History Collection free. You can see a list of gratis databases using the Free Collections link on the Jewish records landing page.

Additions from the American Jewish Historical Society include:

  • Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum Records (1878 to 1934): admission applications and discharge ledgers
  • Selected Naturalization Records, New York City (1816 to 1845): declarations of intention for New York County
  • New York Hebrew Orphan Asylum Records (1860 to 1934): admission applications and discharge ledgers
  • Industrial Removal Office Records (1899 to 1922): records of Jews who were assisted in relocating from various countries for safety
  • Selected Insolvent Debtor’s Cases (1787 to 1861): about 2,000 cases
  • Selected Mayor’s Court Cases, New York (1674 to 1860): 6,000 briefs that include summons, complaints, affidavits and jury lists

The Eastern European Archival Database comes from professional genealogist Miriam Weiner’s Routes to Roots Foundation (RTR), a firm specializing in Jewish research in Eastern Europe. Learn more about this database, which has references to records from Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland and Ukraine, on RTR’s Web site (which also has the same searchable database).

Other additions come from JewishGen, a partner that helped launch Ancestry.com’s Jewish collection last year. Those include an 1848 Jewish census from Hungary and the HaMagid Hebrew newspaper’s list of donors to Persian Famine victims in 1871 and 1872.

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