Vital Records:

California Department of Public Health:
California Department of Public Health
Office of Vital Records - MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
(916) 445-2684

Los Angeles County:
Los Angeles County Clerk-Recorder
Birth, Death and Marriage Records Section
P.O. Box 53120
Los Angeles, CA 90053-0120
Certificate Information (562) 462-2137
Marriage License Information (562) 462-2137

Ventura County:
Ventura County Recorder's Office
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA
(805) 654-2295

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Agoura Hills:
County of Los Angeles
Agoura Hills Library
29901 Ladyface Court
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 889-2278

(JGSCV Permanent Library is maintained here)

County of Los Angeles Public Library (COLA) has a subscription to Heritage Quest which includes the US census from 1790-1930. This is accessible from both the library and remotely from your home computer. You must have an LA County Library Card to access this research site remotely.

COLA also has the ProQuest Historical LA Times since 1985, Los Angeles Sentinel 1934-2005 and National Newspapers (42) from 1990s forward. These newspapers can be accessed remotely with a LA County Library Card.

LA County Library website:

Calabasas Library
200 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 225-7616

Has subscriptions to Newsbank from 1977 back, Newsstand and Reference USA. You need a library card to access the database remotely. You do not have to be a resident of Calabasas to obtain a library card.

The City of Camarillo Public Library:

The Camarillo Library left the Ventura County Library System effective January 1, 2011 and is independently run through the City of Camarillo.

Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Road
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 388-5222

The City of Camarillo Public Library has a subscription to library-edition. This subscription is only accessible for research at the library.

The City of Camarillo Public Library also has a subscription to HeritageQuest and America's Newspapers.

The Ventura County Genealogical Society houses its genealogy reference library at the City of Camarillo Public Library.

A library card is obtainable to anyone with appropriate photographic ID which includes current address

The City of Moorpark Public Library:
Moorpark City Library
699 Moorpark Avenue
Moorpark, California 93021
(805) 517-6370

A Moorpark City library card is obtainable all California residents at no fee.

Simi Valley:
Simi Valley Library
2969 Tapo Canyon
Simi Valley, CA 93063
(805) 526-1735

The Simi Valley Library has a subscription to Library Edition, which is only accessible at the library. Any California resident with California ID may obtain a Simi Valley Library card.

Thousand Oaks:
Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 449-2660

Conejo Valley Genealogical Society maintains its library here

The Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library (TO Library) has a subscription to Library Edition. This subscription is only accessible for research at the library.

The TO Library also has subscription to the ProQuest Historical LA Times and Heritage Quest for US Census 1790-1940 (the most recently released census to the public). Both of these sources are available remotely with a Thousand Oaks Library Card.

A Thousand Oaks Library card is obtainable to all California residents at no fee.

Westlake Village:

A branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library.

See under Agoura Hills Library for the details of what is available

31220 Oak Crest Drive
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(818) 865-9230

Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL):
630 West Fifth Street (between Grand and Flower, downtown)
Los Angeles, California 90071-2097
(213) 228-7000

History & Genealogy Department
Tom Bradley Wing
Lower Level 4

Woodland Hills:
The closest LAPL to the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is the Woodland Hills branch (818) 226-0017. There is no charge for a library card.

ProQuest access to the Los Angeles Times Historical Database (1881-1990) is available on site or with a library card-holder password. The LAPL also has a subscription to ProQuest Newspapers which includes the more recent LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor. The LAPL also has ProQuest Newsstand available and includes hundreds of newspapers from the 1990's to current date.

Ventura County Library System:

There are 12 libraries comprising the Ventura County Library System. They are all sharing the same computer system for databases and resources. You need a Ventura County Library Card to access the databases from your home computer. You do not need to live in one of the Ventura County communities to obtain a free library card.

The 12 branches of the County Library are:

  • Avenue Library in Ventura
  • Fillmore Library
  • E. P. Foster Library (Ventura)
  • Historical Museum Library (Ventura County Museum-Ventura)
  • Meiners Oaks Library (Ojai)
  • Oak Park Library
  • Oak View Library
  • Ojai Library
  • Piru Library
  • Ray D. Preuter Library (Port Hueneme)
  • Saticoy Library
  • Albert H. Soliz Library (Oxnard)

The Ventura County Library System has subscriptions to the ProQuest Historical Newspapers-Los Angeles Times from 1881; New York Times from 1851, Christian Science Monitor from 1908, Wall Street Journal from 1889; the Washington Post from 1877 and the Chicago Tribune. They also have the Ventura County Star. They are accessible remotely by using your Ventura County Library card.

A new subscription is to World Crunch, which has global foreign newspapers with English Translations. Some of the newspapers are from: China, Colombia, Iran, France and the Ukraine -- there are additional countries newspapers included.

The VCLS also has subscriptions to:

  • Library Edition (which may only be used in the library) a database includes over 4 billion names and 500,000 family trees. It provides extensive coverage of the U.S., including census data, birth, marriage, and death records, World War I draft registration cards, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.
  • Heritage Quest on-line ( which can be access remotely from your home). This collection includes: U.S. federal census data (1790-1940), over 20,000 family and local history books and over 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, and probate records.

Specialty Libraries:

American Jewish University Library:
Ostrow Library, Burton Sperber Memorial Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and Phoebe and Werner Frank Family Learning Center (Genealogy)
Familian Campus
15600 Mulholland Dr.
Bel-Air, California 90077
(888) 853-6763 or (310) 476-9777

Simon Wiesenthal Library and Archives:
1399 South Roxbury Drive (Third Floor)
Los Angeles, California 90035-4709
Phone: (310) 772-7605
Fax: (310) 772-7628

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The Ventura County Museum of History and Art:
100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 653-0323

(houses the A. Levy Collection)


Mt. Sinai Parks - Simi Valley:
6150 Mt. Sinai Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93063
(800) 600-0076

(Look for link to Simi)

Beth Olam Cemetery:
5600 Lindero Canyon Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(818) 889-0902

(Within Valley Oaks - Griffin Memorial Park and Mortuary, formerly Pierce Brothers - Valley Oaks Westlake Village)

Ivy Lawn Memorial Park:
5400 Valentine Road
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 642-1055

(They have a consecrated part of the cemetery known as Temple Beth Torah and another distinct part within Ivy Lawn Memorial Park for Jewish burials, in a non-consecrated area.)

Cemetery Park:
Main Street
Ventura, California

(Previously known as St. Mary's Cemetery then sold to the Presbyterian Church then deeded to an unnamed Jewish organization. In 1964 the city removed all gravestone markers, of the Catholic, Presbyterian, Jewish and Chinese interred there. A movement is to restore the cemetery markers many of which are stored in city hall. A private website includes the names of the people buried there. This cemetery includes Jewish pioneers of Ventura County with a Jewish presence since 1886. No burials have been in the park since 1941. It became a park in 1964 when the City of Ventura decided to remove the headstones, very old with no upkeep and maintain the area as a memorial park. There are small metal markers flush with the ground that can be keyed to the larger memorial bearing the names of all those buried in the cemetery.)

Conejo Mountain Memorial Park:
2052 Howard Road
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 482-1959

(Non-sectarian Park with Jewish Section known as Beth Shalom)

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Family History Centers:
Family History Library Catalog

Los Angeles County:

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library:
10741 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 474-9990
Mon, Fri, Sat: 9AM-5PM; Tues, Wed, Thurs: 9AM-9PM
Closed Sundays

Ventura County:

1201 Paseo Camarillo
Camarillo, California
(805) 388-7215

1017 First Street
Fillmore, California
(805) 524-7712

Newbury Park:
35 South Wendy Drive
Newbury Park, California
(805) 499-7448

411 San Antonio Street
Ojai, California
(805) 640-8351

Oxnard, 2nd
1190 Gary Drive
Oxnard, California
(805) 488-6253

Simi Valley:
5028 Cochran
Simi Valley, California
(805) 581-2456

Thousand Oaks:
3645 North Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, California
(805) 241-9316

3501 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, California
(805) 643-5607

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Resource Description Web Site
AOTUS Archivist of the US
Blood and Frogs: Jewish Genealogy and More Researching Jewish Family Roots
Census Bureau (USA) Data on US Population and Census
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter Free ( with option to pay for Plus Edition)- articles on genealogy- daily on-line newsletter
(Going) The Extra Yad Free Blog of Emily Garber
Google Cultural Institute!home:page=1
Library of Congress Blog
NARAtions National Archives Blog
National Declassification Center Blog Part of National Archives
The Legal Genealogist Legal Issues - General Genealogy
YIVO Online Yedies fun YIVO (News from YIVO)

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Resource Description Web Site
Austria-Czech Special Interest Group
BBC Digital Archival Genome Radio Times TV listings from any given day between 1923 and 2009
Belarus Special Interest Group
Courland Special Interest Group
DigiBaeck Free digital archive of 500 years of German-Jewish speaking Jewish history
Digitized Collection of Jewish Records Eastern Galician: free searchable database of about 5000 digital copies of Jewish vital, communal, organizational, legal, immigration, school, and other categories of records
Europa European Union website
Europeana 1914-1918 Website devoted to WWI with letters, videos and more
Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) The Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) is an umbrella organization that promotes family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. While it primarily serves the interests of North Americans in tracing their lineages back to a European homeland, it welcomes members from all countries.
French Special Interest Group
GenTeam Austrian, Moravian, and Czech vital records for Jewish communities
Gesher Galicia New Website Special Interest Group for Gesher Galicia 90% of the site is freely available to the public, with a few special new features saved for members only.
Gesher Galicia All Galicia Database
German Special Interest Group (GerSIG)
Grand Duchy of Lithuania Project The Grand Duchy Research Project identifies documents relating to the lives of Jewish families who lived in Poland-Lithuania during the 17th and 18th centuries, and translates and publishes them on the Jewish Family History Foundation Website. Poll-Tax/census lists made in 1784 and 1765 are the primary documents included in this phase of the project.
Hal Gal Halychyna and Eastern Galicia
Heritage Foundation For Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries List of Eastern European Cemeteries and Conditions of Preservation
Hungarian Special Interest Group (H-SIG)
Irish Jewish Roots Information on over 48,000 individuals who lived in Ireland between 1700 and the present day.
Italian Jewish Genealogy
Jewish Heritage Europe Ruth Gruber's clearinghouse for news and information on Jewish monuments and heritage sites all over Europe.
Jewish Historical Institute - Jewish Genealogy and Family Heritage Center
Contact:Anna Przybyszewska-Drozd
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland (JRI-PL) Index of vital records from Poland
Jewish Roots In Poland (Shoreshim) Free and pay site - varies by databases
Journal of Jewish Studies
[la Revue des Etudes Juives]
Pay site; Started in Paris in 1880 by the Societe des Etudes Juives. Articles are in French and some in German, Hebrew, English and Italian
Index for first 50 volumes:
Judaica Europeana Network with currently 30 institutions: libraries, archives and museums in Europe, Israel and the US
Latvia Special Interest Group
Levanda Index A Legal Resource on Jewish Life in the Pale
Lithuanian Special Interest Group (Litvak SIG)
Lithuanian Database JewishGen
Moldova Census Lists 1796-1917 (in Russian)
Portugal Ancestral records from over twenty Portuguese government websites
Romanian Archival Holdings at Leo Baeck Institute Archives of Jewish Bukovina and Transylvania 600 archival items online catalog German-speaking Jewish communities in Southern Bukovina and Southern Transylvania.
Romanian Special Interest Group
Roots to Routes Foundation Miriam Weiner's Eastern European Archival Database
Royal College of Physicians Obituaries 1500's to present day
Russian-Leningrad Jews Who Died in Defense of Leningrad (in Russian). Includes birth and death years, position in the armed forces, burial information, place of origin, etc.
Scandinavian Special Interest Group
Scottish Traditions Scottish history and traditions
Shoreshim information relating to the Jewish communities of Poland
Slovakia Virtual Cemeteries Can search by surname and by cemeteries
Slownik geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego 5-volume work in Polish dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, covering most of the territory historically associated with the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Sub-Carpathia Special Interest Group focuses on parts of the pre-WWI Hungarian megyek (counties) of Bereg, Maramaros, Ugocsa and Ung, today located in Sub-Carpathia, Ukraine.
Ukraine Special Interest Group
United Kingdom Special Interest Group
Vienna City Archives
Virtual Shtetl Portal Museum of the History of Polish Jews
YIVO Digital Archive on Jewish Life in Poland thousands of digitized documents, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, films, and audio recordings relating to the pre WWII Jewish community in Poland

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Genealogy Subscription Websites:

Resource Description Web Site Pay genealogy site with many resources.
Jewish Family site mostly free. JewishGen resources accessed no cost on Ancestry or on JewishGen Pay site now owned by Ancestry -- 42 Jewish sites links, many included in this listing [Brightsolid] Pay as go US census records
Find My Past Pay site - U.S. and United Kingdom records, family tree
Free and paid genealogy site with over 10 million documents
Godfrey Memorial Library Pay genealogy site with many resources Pay site Over 500,000 Jewish Genealogy records including images of Jewish Tombstones, school yearbook pages and Citizen Declaration documents Free and pay site search engine
MyGenShare Pay site focuses on identifying articles about how to do genealogical research Free and pay site family tree software and search

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General Interest:

Resource Description Web Site
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Avotaynu Quarterly Journal of Jewish Genealogy, Avotaynu's Nu? What's New paid weekly newsletter, book publisher of Jewish genealogy books
Avotaynu Surname Index Consolidated Jewish Surname Index 700,000 names from 42 databases
Billion Graves Images of headstones with their GPS locations
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites On The Internet Over 300,000 links
Cyndi's List for Jewish Sites
Cyndi's List of Free Stuff
Family Search Mormon Church Family History Library, includes catalog
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
Find a Grave Search and browse cemeteries
Flicker Photograph Collections including National Archives, Library Congress and more
Genealogy Book Links US digitized books, by state and other digitized published materials
Genealogy Indexer Logan Kleinwaks Collection of directories, Yizkor Books, Military and History Over 50,000 links
Genealogy on Facebook 100+ page PDF of genealogy Facebook pages
Google Genealogy Researcher
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society HIAS, founded in 1881, is the oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency in the U.S.A. and is an important resource for immigrant family information (research forms)
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) List of international Jewish Genealogical Societies, Annual Jewish Genealogical Yearbook, updates on legislation effecting access to vital records and more
IAJGS Public Records Access Alert Announcement List Must subscribe-free to get emails on issues facing genealogists about increased or reduced public records access
International Genealogy Sleuth ProGenealogists International Site with multiple site links
ICRC Historical Archives: Prisoners of the First World War Archives 1914-1918: during the First World War, 10 million people, servicemen or civilians, were captured and sent to detention camps.
Jewish Encyclopedia Online genealogical site with discussion lists and research areas covering those countries of interest to studying Jewish genealogy
JewishGen Frequently Asked Questions A MUST read for all Jewish Genealogists
JewishGen Info Files Information on topics of relevance to Jewish genealogical research
Mocavo and Mocavo UK Free genealogy search engine
Museum of Family History A virtual, multimedia website created by Steven Lasky dedicated to those searching their Eastern European roots, coming to America, US cemetery records and more
National Genealogical Society
New York Public Library Dorot Collection - Yizkor Books
Records Preservation and Access Committee Genealogical Community's Group to Keep Records Access Open
Search Systems Free Public Records Search
Social Security Death Index
Steve Morse Web site for one-step help: find ships manifests, search US and NY census, Canadian and British census, vital records, dealing with foreign alphabets and much more!
Surname Navigator Searches Multiple databases with one entry
Top Search Engines and Directories for Genealogy

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Government Archives With Documents/Index on-Line:

Resource Description Web Site
Australian National Archives
Australian National Library Guide to locating birth, marriage and death records by Australian State and Territory
Austrian National Archives
Bulgarian National Archives
Canada National Archives Library and Canada National Archives
Czech Republic National Archives
Danish National Archives
Jewish vital records from Copenhagen: births 1762-1915, marriages 1810-1915, deaths 1810-1915, "confirmations" 1817-1914. By clicking the minus sign below the Rigsarkivet logo near the top left to close the first group's listing, then clicking the plus sign for the group of scans that interests you. In the list of groups of scans, F = birth, V=marriage, D=death, K=confirmation.
Denmark Digital Archives Free access to millions of documents, some dating back to the 1600s
European Board of National Archives List of International National Archives
French National Archives
Gallica Records at French National Library French National Library
German National Archives
Greek State Archives
Hungarian National Archives
Irish Historical Vital Records Indexes on line records have to be purchased
Irish National Archives
Israel State Archives
Italian National Archives
New Zealand Vital Records on-Line
Northern Ireland General Register Office General Register Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) has following records online:
  • birth records over 100 years old
  • marriage records over 75 years old
  • death records (including World War II death records) over 50 years old
Norway National Archives The web site is available in both Norwegian and in English although the documents obviously will always be written in Norwegian. Example of a scanned register book may be found at: Census record headings and titles are in English with clicking on the English tab
Poland National Archives
Portuguese National Archives
Russia National Library
Scotland - National Records of Scotland
Scotlands People Scotland archives
Spanish National Archives Housed in Ministry of Culture
South Africa National Archives
Swiss National Archives
Turkish National Archives
Ukraine National Archives
United Kingdom National Archives

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Resource Description Web Site
Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Books
Auschwitz Museum Library
Belzac Camp Memorial Museum
Buchenwald Concentration Camp Website is in German. Click "Namen" at the left to browse through the list alphabetically. Click "Recherche" to search by name.
Death Camps Akton Reinhard Camps (ARC) Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team
Deportation of Polish Residents in Germany
Displaced Persons Displaced Person's Camps
Documentation Center for Austrian Resistance
European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Inventory of Holocaust-related archival institutions and collections
Gedenkbuch Lists German Jews who perished -- over 150,000 names
Holocaust in Hungary Encyclopedia In Hungarian
Institute of National Remembrance Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against the Polish Nation
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance 31 member countries purpose: political and social leaders' support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally.
International Tracing Service - Bad Arolsen  
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations Found in the Archive of the International Tracing Service - invaluable:
Joint Distribution Committee
La Raffle Du Velodrome D'Hiver Les Archives De La Police First-time Exhibit Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the French Police Rounding up the Paris Jews
Brochure (PDF)
Latvia: Riga Ghetto Prisoners Includes a modern map of the district of the former Riga ghetto. includes name, flat #, date and place of birth, prior address, signed in/out, and signed to
Lithuanian Holocaust Atlas project of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum regarding Holocaust in Lithuania
Los Angeles Holocaust Museum
Majdanek Camp and Museum
Mittelbau Dora Concentration Camp   Memorial book:
Photo archive:
'Forced Labor' exhibit:
Polish Victims of the Nazis Database Site only in Polish. Database lists Polish victims of the Nazis, organized by a group of Polish government and non-government organizations, and sponsored mainly by Polish media organizations.
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum Database About 30,000 European Jews fled to Shanghai During WWII and database has name, address, occupation of many of refugees
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Totenbuch Sachsenhausen [Book of the Dead in English or German]
Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive
Sobibor Camp Website (not an official government website)
Theresienstadt Camp "Database of Digitized Documents" and "Database of Victims". The Database of Victims includes name, date of birth and place/year of death
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
USC Library Databases for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Ustasha Concentration Camps The towns of Rojanke, Jadovno, Pag, Velebit, Karlobag, Slana and Metajna are mentioned
Warsaw Ghetto Database
Warsaw Ghetto Fighters House Archives List of all ghetto fighters who died in combat. The list is dated the end of 1944 and is sorted by political affiliation of the fighters. In the advanced search page, type the number 5664 in the column 'catalogue number', keep 'literal' and, in the 'data Banks' frame on the right side of the page, uncheck all BUT the collection Section. In the answer page, click on the icon with the eye.
Yad Vashem
To Research or Submit Pages of Testimony:
Yizkor Books NY Public Library Dorot Jewish Division has Digitized Copies of 650 Yizkor Books
JewishGen has translations for hundreds of Yizkor Books
Yiddish Book Center has Digitized hundreds of Yizkor Books

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Immigration and Naturalization (from any country):

Resource Description Web Site
Belgium Immigration to US Emigration to America Brochure put together by City of Antwerp document lists what documents exist in archives related to people living in Antwerp that may have emigrated to the US.
Bremen Passenger Lists 1920-1939
Castle Garden 1830-1892 Pre-Ellis Island NY Ship Arrivals
Ellis Island Search the Ellis Island database for passenger arrivals between 1892 and 1924
Galveston, TX Immigration Data Base 130,000 passengers from the period 1846-1948. An unknown percentage of the records are missing; there are very few entries between 1871 and 1894.
Hamburg Port Immigration For records, a pay site
Hamburg Emigration Museum
Immigrant Ships
United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Genealogy Requests Fee For Service Program
United States Ports of Arrival & Available Passenger Lists Includes Canadian and Mexican Border crossings

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Resource Description Web Site
b144 telephone information (Bezeq)
Beit Hatfutsot - Douglas E. Goldman Genealogy Center
Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People Jerusalem (CAHJP) general overview of the archive's collections, arranged geographically by countries or communities (according to the borders in existence between the two World Wars), and by organization.
Central Zionist Archives
Encyclopedia of Founders and Builders of Israel Touro Library Encyclopedia - in English and Hebrew
International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center Aim is to develop Jewish genealogy into a recognized field of academic investigation
Israel Genealogical Society
Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) All Israel Database
Israel Phone Book
Israel State Archives
Montefiore Censuses Censuses of the Jewish inhabitants of the Holy Land, Alexandria, Sidon (Saida) and Beirut, between the years 1839 and 1875.
National Library of Israel
Ketubah collection:
Rishon Le-Zion Digital Family Album Documents the people who lived in Rishon Le-Zion during the first forty years (1882-1922)

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Latin America:

Resource Description Web Site
Argentina Cemetery Databases (Buenos Aires) Direct Email to cemetery:
Brazil immigration indexed database arrival records for the Port of Santos (Portuguese)
Center for Studies Latin American Immigration
Digital Library of the Caribbean
within the Library: Telephone Directory of Cuba 1949

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Local/California Interest:

Resource Description Web Site
American Jewish University Ostrow Library and American Jewish Libraries
California Genealogical Society Located in Oakland
California OnLine Archives Free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.
California State Archives
California State Library (Sacramento)
Hebrew Union College Library
Los Angeles FamilySearch Library
Mapping Jewish LA Multimedia, digital archive of Jewish LA
Simon Wiesenthal Library
Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Center
UCLA Judaica Library
USC Library Databases for Jewish Studies
Yiddishkeit Yiddish cultural and educational center in Los Angeles, presenting a millennium of European Jewish life to new generations

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Resource Description Web Site
Atlas and Historical Geography of the US Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas's nearly 700 maps.
David Rumsey Map Collection
Google Maps
"Historical Maps of the Hapsburg Empire" or MAPIRE Historical maps from the Austro-Hungarian Empire geo-referenced with present day maps for researchers to compare the past with the present.
Lemko South-eastern corner of Poland, with a small encroachment into Ukraine and the Slovak Republic.
Library of Congress (USA)
Maps of USA Historical atlases and maps of US
Maps4U.LT Old maps of Austria, Eastern Europe, Germany and Russia, etc
New York Public Library Digital Collections
Old Maps Online Search interface with over 60,000 maps from different map collections
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection Map Collection
Russian Maps of 19th Century
Stanford University Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections 270,000 sheet map collection
University of Toronto Map Collection
US Geological Survey historical printed topographic maps

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Military Records:

Resource Description Web Site
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database Index about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Free Access
Genealogy Quest American military lists since 1656
Jewish Burials at Arlington National Cemetery
Jews in Civil War and Wild West
NY State WWII Military Records NY National Guard WWII Records
OnLine Military Indexes and Records Directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research
Russian Army Jewish Soldiers Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
United States Military Records
NARA data base:
WWII US Medical Research Center On-line database containing the list of all WW2 US Medical Department Item Numbers and their descriptions

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Resource Description Web Site
Adoption History Project Links to adoption studies, timelines, people and organizations and document archives
Best Websites for Jewish Genealogy Links to multiple Jewish and general genealogy websites
English Versions of Foreign Names PDF document: compares English given names with nine other languages -- reference sources unknown, possible typos and misspellings
Internet Archive Free collection all sorts of information
Jewish Encyclopedia Pay Site. Over 500,000 Jewish Genealogy records including images of Jewish Tombstones, school yearbook pages and Citizen Declaration documents.
JewishGen Videos Series of five-minute webcast videos to assist you with your preparation and your research.
JewishLink Contains links to 98 Jewish websites
JewishWeb Index
Jewish Women's Archive Online exhibits on Jewish women through the centuries
Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Judaica Music Archives - Free site to listen
Knowles Collection Read directions at:
About 1 million Jewish names from different collections - adds new collections all the time
Linkipendium catalog of links to United States genealogy information, records, pages and sources, organized by geography
Louis Kessler's Jewish Genealogy Links contains links to 72 Jewish and general genealogy websites
National Yiddish Book Center
Only Simchas Site for searching Orthodox engagements, marriages, births, Bar Mitzvahs
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area. Researchers expenses must be reimbursed
Translation Between Languages Free site to translate from one language to another
WorldCat Online international library catalog

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Resource Description Web Site
Australia newspapers National Library of Australia
Austria National Library From early 1800's to current, varying by newspaper. All in German.
List of newspapers:
Belgium - Royal Library of Belgium Digitized Newspapers, 1831-1918 Access is free. The newspapers can be searched by keyword and/or date or browsed.
British Library and BrightSolid Historical newspapers
Brooklyn Eagle, 1841-1955 partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library
California Digital Newspaper Collection 72,729 issues comprising 603,681 pages and 6,876,356 articles
Canadian Jewish News 1960-1993
Canadian Jewish Review Newspaper Archives from 1921-1966
Canadian Online Newspapers Historical newspapers listed by province
Chronicling America Library of Congress
Compact Memory (German Language Jewish Periodicals) The Jewish collections department at the Library of Senckenberg University in Frankfurt, in cooperation with the Library of Germania Judaica in Cologne, developed a full text database of Jewish periodicals. Compact Memory provides free access to 118 Jewish periodicals, published mainly in Germany, beginning in 1806 and ending in 1938, with some limited coverage in the 18th century. The periodicals are listed alphabetically. Search all of the world's digital newspapers from one place and at one time
European Library (Europeana) Historic newspapers from 23 European countries
Google Newspaper Research   USA:
International & USA:
Historical Newspapers Index to Historical Newspapers on the Internet USA
Historical Jewish Press Newspapers Worldwide - various Languages
International Coalition of Newspapers
Jewish American Historical Newspapers some are free and some require a subscription or a login from a university library. Some are indexed, and some are not.
Jewish Telegraph Agency Archives 1924 - 2008
Latvia Newspapers
Netherlands Newspapers Dutch only; no English
New York State Heritage Collection Newspapers free online collections of digitized newspapers.
New York State Historic Newspapers Formerly known as old Northern New York State Newspapers
New York State Historical Newspapers at Old Fulton Postcards New York State Historical Photos & Newspapers 1795 Thru 2007. Also includes Philadelphia Inquirer
New Zealand Newspapers National Library of New Zealand
Pittsburgh Jewish Newspapers Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project makes available more than one hundred years of Jewish newspapers published in Pittsburgh
Southern Israelite Archive Digital Library of Georgia: 1929-1958 and 1984-1986
Staatsbibliothek Extensive list of newspapers, including German newspapers in foreign countries. BMD and engagement notices are listed under Familien Anzeigen or Familien Nachrichten.
University of Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers
US Online Historical Newspaper Links
Wikipedia Worldwide On-Line Newspaper Archives free and pay sites

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Resource Description Web Site Search site for people/businesses by white and Yellow pages Search for living persons
Google Scholar search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
Infobel Site is free but takes you to charge sites. Links to phone books from countries all over the world. Some require a city or area as well as a surname.
Internet Archives (telephone directories, city directories and more)
Phone Book of the World
Million Short You can "narrow" the websites used in a search to the less popular ones Site for searching for people
ZabaSearch Free people search

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Resource Description Web Site
American Sephardi Federation
Casa-Shalom Institute for Marrano (Anusim) Studies
e-Sefarad Notices of worldwide Sephardic articles (bi-lingual)
Routes to Sefarad Jewish Heritage in Spain
Sephardic Genealogy Resources and Sephardic Special Interest Group
Sephardic Studies Digital Library & Museum Collector from local Seattle Sephardic community more than 500 original Ladino books and thousands of documents composed in Ladino as well Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew and French. Dating between the 16th and mid-20th centuries, comprises one of the largest Ladino libraries in the United States
Sepharadchai The Cattle, Cotton and Torah website features information on Brazilian history, and in particular, the first Portuguese settlers to settle into northeastern Brazil in the sixteenth century. Sephardic Name Engine plus more
Society for Crypto Judaic Studies
Spanish Jewish Surnames Mathilde Tagger developed list by searching through 138 books and some 600 periodicals in multiple repositories to create a database of "documented" Jewish surnames in Medieval Spain that have survived as surnames into the present. The new database consists of 20,526 citations for 12,1134 unique name spellings and provides sources for the information.

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South Africa:

Resource Description Web Site
Kaplan Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Cape Town South African Jewish Genealogy and Migration Records
Poor Jews Temporary Shelter Database (England) Site for immigration from Eastern Europe to South Africa with temporary stay in England 1896-1914
SA Jewish Rootsbank Comprehensive database of records and information relating to Jewish immigration to South Africa
South African Special Interest Group

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United States:

Resource Description Web Site
American Jewish Archives The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, houses over ten million pages of documentation
American Jewish Historical Society Archives
Brooklyn Genealogy Information Genealogical information about Brooklyn and other New York City boroughs
Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative History of Jews in Brooklyn from its early beginnings in the nineteenth century, to its history in the making today.
Center for Jewish History Houses American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and the YIVO Insititute for Jewish Research
Congregation Beth Israel Beth Israel is the oldest Jewish congregation in Texas established in 1854. Digitized archives
Early American Interest Group
Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities
First American Jewish Families (Malcom Stern) American Jewish Archives digitized version of Rabbi Stern's 600 genealogies 1654-1988
Genealogy Resources by State State Government Genealogical Resources
Italian Genealogy Group Where to search for all NYC and surrounding counties vital records and naturalization documents
Jewish Museum of the American West Online exhibit halls from western part of US pertaining to pioneer Jews of American West
Jews in America Archival and digital collections on American Jewish History.
Library of Congress US Library of Congress
National Archives
home page for NARA:
Access to archives data base:
New York City Clerk's Office Marriage Records
New York City Municipal Archives
Red Book American State, County, and Town Sources,_County,_and_Town_Sources
State and Local Governments on the Net links to such websites, grouped under "State Government", "Local State Government" and "Topic Pages for all 50 States"
The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy
United States Archives by State Council of State Archivists
United States Bureau of Land Management image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present.
US GenWeb "Keeping internet genealogy free." Volunteers keep up the state and county pages, so each one will look unique.
Workmen's Circle Founded in 1900 by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who sought to promote values of social and economic justice through a Jewish lens.

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