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Welcome to the Resource Room information page for the 26th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

The Resource Room is located on the Seventh Floor in the Chelsea/Hudson Rooms.  Its hours of operations are as follows:

Sunday 1-5

Monday 9-6

Tuesday 9-6

Wednesday 9-6

Thursday 9-4

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The Resource Room is the place to go to continue your research while at the Conference. In addition to computer access, we will have a large selection of books, maps, databases, and individual research projects which will be of interest to most conference attendees. The Resource Room will host the translators and "Document Lost and Found". 

  • Of special interest this year will be representatives from Ancestry.com and the Shoah Foundation, microfilms from the Family History Library, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum database.

    Sign-up sheets will be provided for consultation with Ancestry.com, the Shoah Foundation, translators, and the Ancestors Road Show. Depending on demand, we may also have to assign times for the computers and LDS microfilms.

  • We are still accepting contributions of individual research projects which may be useful to other conference attendees. Please contact the Resource Room Committee at resources@jgsny2006.org if you have something to offer.

    Books
    We will have over 100 reference books in all categories. When borrowing a book, you will have to leave an employer or government issued Photo ID.
    A large-print copy of the book list will be posted on the wall and lists sorted by title and author will be available at the main desk.
    Click here to see the preliminary book list

    Computers
    We will have 27 public computers with full internet access. There will also be two printers, one of which can produce ledger-sized copies of manifests and census reports. There will be a 25¢ charge per page.

    Among the computer resources are:
    Ancestry.com – Millions of records of all types, including census and immigration. Also, there will be a representative of Ancestry.com in the Resource Room to assist you in using the site.

    The Godfrey Library Databases and links to hundreds of genealogical resources including newspapers, obituaries, and vital records.

    Jewish Chronicle - Search through the original published pages of The Jewish Chronicle from 1841 to present. 

    ProQuest:

          Heritage Quest -- US Census Records and reference books
          Historical New York Times from 1857 - 2000
    Numerous other historical newspaper archives

    Holocaust Memorial Museum Database – 2 computers will be dedicated to this database, consisting of 3 million records normally available only at the museum.

    Jewishdata.com – Thousands of Jewish records, including photos of tombstones, primarily from the Northeast US and Canada.

    Memorial Database of Jewish Soldiers, Partisans and Workers Killed in Action during Nazism: A searchable database of Jews in the Russian army killed and missing in action in during World War II.

    Manhattan Brides Index – The current project of the Italian Genealogical Group is to computerize the index of 1,400,000 marriage licenses by bride’s name. We will have access to the data which has been entered so far.

    Lower East Side Synagogues – A file of synagogues on the Lower East Side from the 1917-18 Communal Register which may be sorted by shtetl, name, or address.

    Maine Jewry – A database being compiled of Jewish records in Maine. Links to major genealogical web resources.

    The Jewish Exponent -- Indices of obituaries and death notices in Philadelphia and suburbs

    LDS Microfilms
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) will lend us the Jewish interest microfilms (including the Hamburg Emigration Lists) which are usually at the Woodside Family History Center and will provide microfilm readers. It will also be possible to order other films from the FHL in advance, for viewing in the Resource Room. Details will be provided before the Conference.

     Maps
    Austrian Empire - 1875
    Osterreich-Ungarn 1890
         Polen 2
         Southwest Russia - 1860
         Poland
         East Europe & Russia
         New York -- Lower East Side Property Maps Early 1900's
         Historical Maps of Warsaw and its Districts...    And more to come

    Translators
    Translators will be available to help you decipher documents in Russian, Polish, Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish, and other languages. The translators can interpret short documents or determine the nature of longer documents, but cannot translate long articles. There will be sign-up sheets for 10 minute sessions.

    Research Projects and Other Material
    Chronology and bibliograph of Farm Communities
    Rikers Island House of Refuge Case History Index 1907-13
    "Magnate Records and related reference material"
    Mielec identity documents
    Database & Photos of gravestones for the Jewish cemetery in Buchach, Ukraine
    Slonimer Burials at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Maspeth
    Birth Records (800) of Anna Michaelson, a midwife on the  Lower East Side 1892-1921
    Location of Records of Closed NYC High Schools
    "Jews of Winnipeg" (1914) -- a special issue of "The Reform Advocate" -- photos, history, institutions, articles
    "One Thousand Children" --records of the only unaccompanied children rescued from the Holocaust by America
    "Jewish Genealogy Basics and Resource Guide for the San Francisco Bay Area"
    "Beginners And Intermediate Genealogical Workbook"
    Rzeszow Birth Registers 1835-1866
    Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, Queensborough Community College - Pamphlets by Dr . William L. Shulman

    Fact Sheets
    A selection of Fact Sheets covering all aspects of Jewish genealogy will be available from the Center for Jewish History Genealogy Institute.

    Orphaned Documents
    Have you sent away for documents, only to find out they’re for a different Morris Cohen! Bring them to the conference and we’ll try to find someone who’s been looking for them.

    Ancestors Road Show
    On Monday, experts will be available to help you with your genealogy research questions.  More information coming soon!

    Copier
    A copier will be available in the Resource Room. There will be a 25¢ charge per copy.