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
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Pages/default.aspx

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
http://www.lavote.net/RECORDER/BDM_Records.cfm

Ventura County:
Ventura County Recorder's Office
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA
(805) 654-2295
http://recorder.countyofventura.org/recorder.htm

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Libraries:

Agoura Hills:
County of Los Angeles
Agoura Hills Library
29901 Ladyface Court
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 889-2278
http://www.colapublib.org/libs/agourahills/

(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: http://www.colapublib.org


Calabasas:
Calabasas Library
200 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 225-7616
http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html

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
http://www.camarillolibrary.org/

The City of Camarillo Public Library has a subscription to Ancestry.com 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
http://moorparkca.gov/355/Library

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
http://simivalleylibrary.org/

The Simi Valley Library has a subscription to Ancestry.com 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
http://www.toaks.org/library

Conejo Valley Genealogical Society maintains its library here

The Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library (TO Library) has a subscription to Ancestry.com 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
http://www.colapublib.org/libs/westlake/


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

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:
http://www.vencolibrary.org

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:

  • Ancestry.com 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
http://library.aju.edu/


Simon Wiesenthal Library and Archives:
1399 South Roxbury Drive (Third Floor)
Los Angeles, California 90035-4709
Phone: (310) 772-7605
Fax: (310) 772-7628
E-mail: library@wiesenthal.com
http://www.wiesenthal.com/library/


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Museums:

The Ventura County Museum of History and Art:
100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 653-0323
http://www.venturamuseum.org

(houses the A. Levy Collection)


Cemeteries:

Mt. Sinai Parks - Simi Valley:
6150 Mt. Sinai Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93063
(800) 600-0076
http://www.mountsinaiparks.org

(Look for link to Simi)


Beth Olam Cemetery:
5600 Lindero Canyon Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(818) 889-0902
http://www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com

(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
http://www.ivylawn.org

(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
http://www.restorestmarys.org

(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
http://conejomountainmemorialpark.com

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

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Family History Centers:

http://www.familysearch.org
Family History Library Catalog

Los Angeles County:

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library:
10741 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 474-9990
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Los_Angeles_FamilySearch_Library
Mon, Fri, Sat: 9AM-5PM; Tues, Wed, Thurs: 9AM-9PM
Closed Sundays


Ventura County:

Camarillo:
1201 Paseo Camarillo
Camarillo, California
(805) 388-7215
http://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Camarillo_California_Family_History_Center


Fillmore:
1017 First Street
Fillmore, California
(805) 524-7712
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Fillmore_California_Family_History_Center


Newbury Park:
35 South Wendy Drive
Newbury Park, California
(805) 499-7448
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Newbury_Park_California_Family_History_Center


Ojai:
411 San Antonio Street
Ojai, California
(805) 640-8351
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ojai_California_Family_History_Center


Oxnard, 2nd
1190 Gary Drive
Oxnard, California
(805) 488-6253
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Oxnard_California_2nd_Family_History_Center


Simi Valley:
5028 Cochran
Simi Valley, California
(805) 581-2456
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Simi_Valley_California_Family_History_Center


Thousand Oaks:
3645 North Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, California
(805) 241-9316
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Thousand_Oaks_California_Family_History_Center


Ventura:
3501 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, California
(805) 643-5607
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ventura_California_Family_History_Center

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Blogs:

Resource Description Web Site
AOTUS Archivist of the US http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/
Blood and Frogs: Jewish Genealogy and More Researching Jewish Family Roots http://www.bloodandfrogs.com/
Census Bureau (USA) Data on US Population and Census http://blogs.census.gov/
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter Free ( with option to pay for Plus Edition)- articles on genealogy- daily on-line newsletter http://blog.eogn.com/
Google Cultural Institute   http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/#!home:page=1
JewishGen Blog Blog on Jewish Genealogy items of interest http://www.jewishgen.blogspot.com/
Library of Congress Blog   http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/
NARAtions National Archives Blog http://blogs.archives.gov/online-public-access/
National Declassification Center Blog Part of National Archives http://blogs.archives.gov/ndc/
The Legal Genealogist Legal Issues - General Genealogy http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/
YIVO Online Yedies fun YIVO (News from YIVO) http://yivo.org/blog/

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Europe:

Resource Description Web Site
Austria-Czech Special Interest Group http://www.jewishgen.org/AustriaCzech/
Belarus Special Interest Group http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/
Courland Special Interest Group http://www.jewishgen.org/Courland/
DigiBaeck Free digital archive of 500 years of German-Jewish speaking Jewish history http://www.lbi.org/digibaeck/
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 http://dcjr.org/
Europeana 1914-1918 Website devoted to WWI with letters, videos and more http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en
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. http://feefhs.org
French Special Interest Group http://www.jewishgen.org/French/
GenTeam Austrian, Moravian, and Czech vital records for Jewish communities http://www.genteam.at/index.php?lang=en
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. http://www.GesherGalicia.org/
Gesher Galicia All Galicia Database http://search.geshergalicia.org/
German Special Interest Group (GerSIG) http://www.jewishgen.org/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. http://jewishfamilyhistory.org/grand_duchy_of_lithuania.htm
Hal Gal Halychyna and Eastern Galicia http://www.halgal.com/
Heritage Foundation For Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries List of Eastern European Cemeteries and Conditions of Preservation http://www.hfpjc.com/
Hungarian 1951 Deportation List   http://valkoczi.uw.hu/Data/budapest/names/Complete-list-1951-deportation.pdf
Hungarian Special Interest Group (H-SIG) http://www.jewishgen.org/Hungary/
Irish Jewish Roots Information on over 48,000 individuals who lived in Ireland between 1700 and the present day. http://www.irishjewishroots.com/
Italian Jewish Genealogy   http://www.italian-family-history.com/jewish/genealogy.html
Jewish Heritage Europe Ruth Gruber's clearinghouse for news and information on Jewish monuments and heritage sites all over Europe. http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/
Jewish Historical Institute - Jewish Genealogy and Family Heritage Center
(Warsaw,Poland)
Contact:Anna Przybyszewska-Drozd
E-mail: familyheritage@jhi.pl
http://www.jhi.pl/en/genealogy
Jewish History of Galicia and Bukovina   http://www.jewishgalicia.net/
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland (JRI-PL) Index of vital records from Poland http://www.jri-poland.org
Jewish Roots In Poland (Shoreshim) Free and pay site - varies by databases http://www.shoreshim.org/en/default.asp
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 http://poj.peeters-leuven.be/content.php?url=journal&journal_code=REJ
Index for first 50 volumes:
http://archive.org/stream/revuedestudesj00soci#page/n3/mode/2up
Judaica Europeana Network with currently 30 institutions: libraries, archives and museums in Europe, Israel and the US http://www.judaica-europeana.eu/
Latvia Special Interest Group   http://www.jewishgen.org/Latvia/
Levanda Index A Legal Resource on Jewish Life in the Pale http://www.angelfire.com/ms2/belaroots/levanda.htm
Lithuanian Special Interest Group (Litvak SIG)   http://www.litvaksig.org/
Lithuanian Database JewishGen   http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Lithuania/
Moldova Census Lists 1796-1917 (in Russian) https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1985804
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. http://jbat.lbi.org/
Romanian Special Interest Group   http://www.jewishgen.org/romsig/
Roots to Routes Foundation Miriam Weiner's Eastern European Archival Database http://www.rtrfoundation.org/
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. http://nameandglory.spb.ru/martirolog.php
Russian Jewish Heritage Society   http://www.jewish-heritage.org/starte.htm
Scandinavian Special Interest Group   http://www.jewishgen.org/Scandinavia/
Scottish Traditions Scottish history and traditions http://www.scotland.org/culture/history-and-tradition/
Shoreshim information relating to the Jewish communities of Poland http://www.shoreshim.org/en/default.asp
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. http://dir.icm.edu.pl/Slownik_geograficzny/
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. http://www.jewishgen.org/Sub-Carpathia/
Ukraine Special Interest Group   http://www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine/
United Kingdom Special Interest Group   http://www.jewishgen.org/JCR-UK/
Vienna City Archives   http://www.wien.gv.at/english/history/archives/index.html
Virtual Shtetl Portal Museum of the History of Polish Jews http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/cms/the-project/
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 http://polishjews.yivoarchives.org/

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Genealogy Subscription Websites:

Resource Description Web Site
Ancestry.com Pay genealogy site with many resources.
Jewish Family site mostly free. JewishGen resources accessed no cost on Ancestry or on JewishGen
http://www.ancestry.com
http://www.ancestry.com/jewishfamilyhistory
Archives.com Pay site now owned by Ancestry -- 42 Jewish sites links, many included in this listing http://www.archives.com/genealogy/family-heritage-jewish.html
CensusRecords.com [Brightsolid] Pay as go US census records http://www.censusrecords.com
Find My Past Pay site - U.S. and United Kingdom records, family tree http://www.findmypast.com/
Fold3.com
(formerly Footnote.com)
Free and paid genealogy site with over 10 million documents http://www.fold3.com/
Genealogy.com   http://www.genealogy.com/index_n.html
Geni.com   http://www.geni.com
Godfrey Memorial Library Pay genealogy site with many resources http://www.godfrey.org
JewishData.com Pay site Over 500,000 Jewish Genealogy records including images of Jewish Tombstones, school yearbook pages and Citizen Declaration documents http://www.jewishdata.com/
Mocavo.com Free and pay site search engine http://www.mocavo.com/
MyGenShare Pay site focuses on identifying articles about how to do genealogical research http://mygenshare.com/
MyHeritage.com Free and pay site family tree software and search http://www.myheritage.com/

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General Interest:

Resource Description Web Site
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center http://www.genealogycenter.org/Home.aspx
Avotaynu Quarterly Journal of Jewish Genealogy, Avotaynu's Nu? What's New paid weekly newsletter, book publisher of Jewish genealogy books http://www.avotaynu.com
Avotaynu Surname Index Consolidated Jewish Surname Index 700,000 names from 42 databases http://www.avotaynu.com/csi/csi-home.htm
Billion Graves Images of headstones with their GPS locations http://billiongraves.com/
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites On The Internet Over 300,000 links http://www.cyndislist.com
Cyndi's List for Jewish Sites   http://www.cyndislist.com/jewish/
Cyndi's List of Free Stuff   http://www.cyndislist.com/free-stuff
Family Search Mormon Church Family History Library, includes catalog http://www.familysearch.org/
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)   http://www.FGS.org
Find a Grave Search and browse cemeteries http://findagrave.com/
Flicker Photograph Collections including National Archives, Library Congress and more http://www.flickr.com/
Genealogy Book Links US digitized books, by state and other digitized published materials http://genealogybooklinks.com/
Genealogy Indexer Logan Kleinwaks Collection of directories, Yizkor Books, Military and History http://genealogyindexer.org/
GenealogyLinks.net Over 50,000 links http://www.genealogylinks.net
Genealogy on Facebook 100+ page PDF of genealogy Facebook pages http://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list/
Google Genealogy Researcher   http://www.searchforancestors.com/google/searcher.html
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 http://www.HIAS.org
Immigrant Record Search Request Form (PDF)
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 http://www.IAJGS.org
IAJGS Public Records Access Alert Announcement List Must subscribe-free to get emails on issues facing genealogists about increased or reduced public records access http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts
International Genealogy Sleuth ProGenealogists International Site with multiple site links http://www.progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm
Jewish Encyclopedia http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/
JewishGen.org Online genealogical site with discussion lists and research areas covering those countries of interest to studying Jewish genealogy http://www.jewishgen.org
JewishGen Frequently Asked Questions A MUST read for all Jewish Genealogists http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/faq.html
JewishGen Info Files Information on topics of relevance to Jewish genealogical research http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/
Mocavo and Mocavo UK Free genealogy search engine http://mocavo.com/
http://www.mocavo.co.uk/
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 http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com
National Genealogical Society   http://www.ngsgenealogy.org
New York Public Library Dorot Collection - Yizkor Books   http://legacy.www.nypl.org/research/chss/jws/yizkorbooks_intro.cfm
Records Preservation and Access Committee Genealogical Community's Group to Keep Records Access Open http://www.fgs.org/rpac/
Search Systems Free Public Records Search http://www.searchsystems.net
Social Security Death Index   http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1202535
http://www.stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html
http://www.myheritage.com/
http://go.fold3.com/ssdi/?xid=527
http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/?kbid=10435
http://www.mocavo.com/records/ssdi?gclid=CNrypsyc2LACFRM_tgodcWS26A
http://www.americanancestors.org/search/database-search/?keywords=Social%20security%20Death%20Index
http://ssdmf.info/
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! http://www.SteveMorse.org
Surname Navigator Searches Multiple databases with one entry http://www.surnamenavigator.org/
Top Search Engines and Directories for Genealogy   http://www.academic-genealogy.com/topsearchenginesdirectories.htm

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Government Archives With Documents/Index on-Line:

Resource Description Web Site
Australian National Archives   http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx
Austrian National Archives   http://www.austria.gv.at/DesktopDefault.aspx?alias=oestaen&init
Canada National Archives Library and Canada National Archives http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/index-e.html
Czech Republic National Archives   http://www.nacr.cz/eindex.htm
European Board of National Archives List of International National Archives http://ebna.eu/list-of-national-archives/
French National Archives   http://www.archivesdefrance.culture.gouv.fr/
Gallica Records at French National Library French National Library http://gallica.bnf.fr/?lang=EN
German National Archives   http://www.archivschule.de/content/33.html
Greek State Archives   http://arxeiomnimon.gak.gr/index.html
Hungarian National Archives   http://mnl.gov.hu/angol/bal_menusor/about_us.html
Irish National Archives   http://www.nationalarchives.ie/
Italian National Archives   http://www.archivi.beniculturali.it/
New Zealand Vital Records on-Line   https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/Home/
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
http://tinyurl.com/lwww59p
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: http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_kildeid=571&uid=ny&idx_side=-471. Census record headings and titles are in English with clicking on the English tab http://arkivverket.no/eng
http://www.arkivverket.no/eng/The-National-Archives
Poland National Archives   http://www.archiwa.gov.pl/en/news.html
Portuguese National Archives   http://antt.dgarq.gov.pt/
Russia National Library   http://www.nlr.ru/eng/opac/
Scotlands People Scotland archives http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
Spanish National Archives Housed in Ministry of Culture http://en.www.mcu.es/archivos/index.html
South Africa National Archives   http://www.national.archives.gov.za/
Swiss National Archives   http://www.bar.admin.ch/index.html?lang=en
Turkish National Archives   http://www.turkishculture.org/general/museums/ottoman-archives/general-directorate-of-632.htm
Ukraine National Archives   http://www.archives.gov.ua/Eng/
United Kingdom National Archives   http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm

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Holocaust:

Resource Description Web Site
Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Books   http://www.auschwitz.org/
Auschwitz Museum Library   http://gate.auschwitz.org:7788/biblio/libraopacen.dll
Belzac Camp Memorial Museum   http://www.belzec.eu
Buchenwald Concentration Camp Website is in German. Click "Namen" at the left to browse through the list alphabetically. Click "Recherche" to search by name. http://www.buchenwald.de/en/896/
Death Camps Akton Reinhard Camps (ARC) Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team http://www.deathcamps.org
Displaced Persons Displaced Person's Camps http://www.dpcamps.org
Documentation Center for Austrian Resistance   http://www.doew.at/english
European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Inventory of Holocaust-related archival institutions and collections http://www.ehri-project.eu/national-reports
Gedenkbuch Lists German Jews who perished -- over 150,000 names http://www.bundesarchiv.de/gedenkbuch/directory.html
Institute of National Remembrance Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against the Polish Nation http://ipn.gov.pl/en
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. http://www.holocaustremembrance.com/itfdirectory/organization
International Tracing Service - Bad Arolsen   http://www.its-arolsen.org/en/homepage/index.html
Joint Distribution Committee   http://archives.jdc.org/sharedlegacy/
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 http://www.pixelle.com/HM3.html
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 http://www.rgm.lv/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Rigas-geto-maju-gramatas.pdf
Lithuanian Holocaust Atlas project of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum regarding Holocaust in Lithuania http://www.holocaustatlas.lt/EN/
Los Angeles Holocaust Museum   http://www.lamoth.org/
Majdanek Camp and Museum   http://www.majdanek.eu/?lng=1
Mittelbau Dora Concentration Camp   Memorial book:
http://totenbuch.dora.de
Photo archive:
http://www.buchenwald.de/896/
'Forced Labor' exhibit:
http://www.ausstellung-zwangsarbeit.org/index.php?id=273&L=1
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. http://straty.pl/
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Totenbuch Sachsenhausen [Book of the Dead in English or German] http://www.stiftung-bg.de/totenbuch/
Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive   http://sfi.usc.edu/
Sobibor Camp Website (not an official government website) http://www.sobibor.info/index.html
Theresienstadt Camp "Database of Digitized Documents" and "Database of Victims". The Database of Victims includes name, date of birth and place/year of death http://www.holocaust.cz/en/main
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum   http://www.ushmm.org/
USC Library Databases for Holocaust & Genocide Studies   http://www.usc.edu/libraries/databases/category.php?cat=37993
Ustasha Concentration Camps The towns of Rojanke, Jadovno, Pag, Velebit, Karlobag, Slana and Metajna are mentioned http://www.jadovno.com/doubt-everywhere.html
Warsaw Ghetto Database   http://warszawa.getto.pl/index.php?temp=temp&lang=en
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. http://tinyurl.com/cdjxpxa
Yad Vashem   http://www.yadvashem.org
To Research or Submit Pages of Testimony:
http://db.yadvashem.org/forms/pot/filling/out?language=en
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
http://legacy.www.nypl.org/research/chss/jws/yizkorbooks_intro.cfm
http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/translations.html
http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/

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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. http://tinyurl.com/c66e9wc
Bremen Passenger Lists 1920-1939 http://www.passengerlists.de/
Castle Garden 1830-1892 Pre-Ellis Island NY Ship Arrivals http://castlegarden.org
Ellis Island Search the Ellis Island database for passenger arrivals between 1892 and 1924 http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/
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. http://www.galvestonhistory.org/attractions/maritime-heritage/galveston-immigration-database
Hamburg Port Immigration For records, a pay site http://www.ancestry.com
Hamburg Immigration Museum   http://tinyurl.com/4h4qumd
Immigrant Ships   http://immigrantships.net/search.html
United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Genealogy Requests Fee For Service Program http://www.uscis.gov/genealogy
United States Ports of Arrival & Available Passenger Lists Includes Canadian and Mexican Border crossings http://www.genesearch.com/ports.html

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Israel:

Resource Description Web Site
b144 telephone information (Bezeq)   http://english.b144.co.il/default.aspx
Beit Hatfutsot - Douglas E. Goldman Genealogy Center   http://www.bh.org.il/database-about.aspx?genealogy
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. When detailed lists are available, they are accessible in the old site Old site:
https://cahjp.huji.ac.il/search-holdings
Old site Home Page:
https://cahjp.huji.ac.il/
Central Zionist Archives   http://www.zionistarchives.org.il/ZA/pMainE.aspx
Encyclopedia of Founders and Builders of Israel Touro Library Encyclopedia - in English and Hebrew http://www.tidhar.tourolib.org/
International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center Aim is to develop Jewish genealogy into a recognized field of academic investigation http://www.iijg.org/
Israel Genealogical Society http://www.isragen.org.il/
Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) All Israel Database http://www.genealogy.org.il
Israel Phone Book   http://www.israelpb.com/
National Library of Israel   http://web.nli.org.il/sites/NLI/English/Pages/default.aspx
Ketubah collection:
http://web.nli.org.il/sites/NLI/English/collections/jewish-collection/ketubbot/Pages/default.aspx
Rishon Le-Zion Digital Family Album Documents the people who lived in Rishon Le-Zion during the first forty years (1882-1922) http://www.gen-mus.co.il/en/about/

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Latin America:

Resource Description Web Site
Argentina Cemetery Databases (Buenos Aires) Direct Email to cemetery: cementerioliniers@amia.org.ar http://www.amia.org.ar/index.php/services/default/sepelios
Brazil immigration indexed database arrival records for the Port of Santos (Portuguese) http://www.memorialdoimigrante.org.br/
Center for Studies Latin American Immigration   http://www.cemla.com/
Digital Library of the Caribbean
within the Library: Telephone Directory of Cuba 1949
http://ufdcweb1.uflib.ufl.edu/dloc1?n=dloc
http://ufdcweb1.uflib.ufl.edu/UF00026137/00001/search

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Local/California Interest:

Resource Description Web Site
American Jewish University Ostrow Library and American Jewish Libraries http://library.aju.edu/
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. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/
California State Archives   http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
Hebrew Union College Library   http://www.huc.edu/libraries/LA/
Los Angeles FamilySearch Library   https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Los_Angeles_FamilySearch_Library
Simon Wiesenthal Library   http://www.wiesenthal.com/library
Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Center   http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/
UCLA Judaica Library   http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/home
http://guides.library.ucla.edu/jewish
USC Library Databases for Jewish Studies   http://www.usc.edu/libraries/databases/category.php?cat=107576
Yiddishkeit Yiddish cultural and educational center in Los Angeles, presenting a millennium of European Jewish life to new generations http://www.yiddishkayt.org/

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Maps:

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. http://dsl.richmond.edu/historicalatlas/
David Rumsey Map Collection   http://www.davidrumsey.com/
Google Maps   https://maps.google.com/
"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. http://mapire.eu/en/
Lemko South-eastern corner of Poland, with a small encroachment into Ukraine and the Slovak Republic. http://www.lemko.org/maps100/index.html
Library of Congress (USA)   http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gnrlhome.html
Maps of USA Historical atlases and maps of US http://www.mapofus.org/
Maps4U.LT Old maps of Austria, Eastern Europe, Germany and Russia, etc http://maps4u.lt/en/news.php
New York Public Library Digital Collections   http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/divisions/lionel-pincus-and-princess-firyal-map-division
Old Maps Online Search interface with over 60,000 maps from different map collections http://www.oldmapsonline.org/
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection Map Collection http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/
Russian Maps of 19th Century   http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/19thcenturyrussianmaps/
Stanford University Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections 270,000 sheet map collection http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/branner/collections/map_collections.html
University of Toronto Map Collection   http://mdl.library.utoronto.ca/
US Geological Survey historical printed topographic maps http://nationalmap.gov/historical/

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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 http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm
Genealogy Quest American military lists since 1656 http://www.genealogy-quest.com/military/
Jewish Burials at Arlington National Cemetery   http://anc.jgsgw.org/
Jews in Civil War and Wild West   http://www.jewish-history.com/Default.htm
NY State WWII Military Records NY National Guard WWII Records http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/
OnLine Military Indexes and Records Directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research http://www.militaryindexes.com/
Russian Army Jewish Soldiers Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905 http://www.bfcollection.net/fast/rjtownname.html
United States Military Records   http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
http://www.archives.gov/research/order/order-vets-records.html
NARA data base:
http://aad.archives.gov/aad
WWII US Medical Research Center On-line database containing the list of all WW2 US Medical Department Item Numbers and their descriptions http://www.med-dept.com

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Miscellaneous:

Resource Description Web Site
Adoption History Project Links to adoption studies, timelines, people and organizations and document archives http://pages.uoregon.edu/adoption/index.html
Best Websites for Jewish Genealogy Links to multiple Jewish and general genealogy websites http://248ancestors.com/
English Versions of Foreign Names PDF document: compares English given names with nine other languages -- reference sources unknown, possible typos and misspellings http://www.dvhh.org/research/given-name-cross-ref-lookup.pdf
Internet Archive Free collection all sorts of information http://archive.org/index.php
Jewish Encyclopedia   http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/index.jsp
JewishData.com Pay Site. Over 500,000 Jewish Genealogy records including images of Jewish Tombstones, school yearbook pages and Citizen Declaration documents. http://jewishdata.com/
JewishGen Videos Series of five-minute webcast videos to assist you with your preparation and your research. http://www.jewishgen.org/education
JewishLink Contains links to 98 Jewish websites http://www.jewishlink.net/genealogy.html
JewishWeb Index   http://jewishwebindex.com
Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Judaica Music Archives - Free site to listen https://rsa.fau.edu/
Knowles Collection About 1 million Jewish names from different collections - adds new collections all the time http://www.knowlescollection.blogspot.com/
Linkipendium catalog of links to United States genealogy information, records, pages and sources, organized by geography http://www.linkpendium.com/
Louis Kessler's Jewish Genealogy Links contains links to 72 Jewish and general genealogy websites http://www.lkessler.com/jglinks.shtml
National Yiddish Book Center   http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
Only Simchas Site for searching Orthodox engagements, marriages, births, Bar Mitzvahs http://www.onlysimchas.com
WorldCat Online international library catalog http://www.worldcatlibraries.org

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Newspapers:

Resource Description Web Site
Australia newspapers National Library of Australia http://trove.nla.gov.au/
Austria National Library From early 1800's to current, varying by newspaper. All in German. http://anno.onb.ac.at/
List of newspapers:
http://anno.onb.ac.at/alph_list.htm
British Library and BrightSolid Historical newspapers http://www1.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
Brooklyn Eagle, 1841-1955 partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library http://newsstand.bklynpubliclibrary.org/
California Digital Newspaper Collection 72,729 issues comprising 603,681 pages and 6,876,356 articles http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc
Canadian Jewish News 1960-1993 http://multiculturalcanada.ca/cjn2
Canadian Jewish Review Newspaper Archives from 1921-1966 http://multiculturalcanada.ca/mcc_cjr
Canadian Online Newspapers Historical newspapers listed by province http://www.theancestorhunt.com/1/post/2014/04/canada-online-historical-newspaper-links.html
Chronicling America Library of Congress http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
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. http://www.compactmemory.de/
Elephind.com Search all of the world's digital newspapers from one place and at one time http://www.elephind.com/
European Library (Europeana) Historic newspapers from 23 European countries http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/tel4/newspapers
Google Newspaper Research   USA:
http://news.google.com/archivesearch
International & USA:
http://news.google.com/newspapers
Historical Newspapers Index to Historical Newspapers on the Internet USA http://www.researchguides.net/newspapers.htm
Historical Jewish Press Newspapers Worldwide - various Languages http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Documents/JPRESS-en.htm
International Coalition of Newspapers   http://icon.crl.edu/
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. http://www.theancestorhunt.com/1/post/2014/01/find-your-ancestors-in-historic-jewish-american-newspapers.html
Jewish Telegraph Agency Archives 1924 - 2008 http://archive.jta.org/
Latvia Newspapers   http://www.periodika.lv/
Netherlands Newspapers Dutch only; no English https://www.wiewaswie.nl/
http://kranten.delpher.nl
New York State Heritage Collection Newspapers free online collections of digitized newspapers. http://www.newyorkheritage.org/newspapers/
New York State Historic Newspapers Formerly known as old Northern New York State Newspapers http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/
New York State Historical Newspapers at Old Fulton Postcards New York State Historical Photos & Newspapers 1795 Thru 2007. Also includes Philadelphia Inquirer http://www.fultonhistory.com/fulton.html
New Zealand Newspapers National Library of New Zealand http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast
Pittsburgh Jewish Newspapers Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project makes available more than one hundred years of Jewish newspapers published in Pittsburgh http://digitalcollections.library.cmu.edu/pjn/index.jsp
Southern Israelite Archive Digital Library of Georgia: 1929-1958 and 1984-1986 http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/israelite
University of Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers   http://gethelp.library.upenn.edu/guides/hist/onlinenewspapers.html
US Online Historical Newspaper Links   http://www.theancestorhunt.com/1/post/2014/04/united-states-online-historical-newspaper-links.html
Wikipedia Worldwide On-Line Newspaper Archives free and pay sites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspaper_archives_online

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Resource Description Web Site
411.com Search site for people/businesses by white and Yellow pages http://www.411.com/
Bing.com   http://www.bing.com/
Duckduck.com Search for living persons http://duckduckgo.com/
Google.com   http://www.google.com/
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. http://www.infobel.com/
Internet Archives (telephone directories, city directories and more) http://www.archive.org/
Phone Book of the World   http://www.phonebookoftheworld.com/
Million Short You can "narrow" the websites used in a search to the less popular ones http://millionshort.com/
Pipl.com Site for searching for people http://www.pipl.com
Yahoo!   http://www.yahoo.com/
ZabaSearch Free people search http://www.zabasearch.com

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Sephardic:

Resource Description Web Site
American Sephardi Federation   http://www.AmericanSephardiFederation.org/
Casa-Shalom Institute for Marrano (Anusim) Studies http://casa-shalom.com/
e-Sefarad Notices of worldwide Sephardic articles (bi-lingual) http://www.esefarad.com/
Routes to Sefarad Jewish Heritage in Spain http://www.redjuderias.org/google/index.php?l=en
Sephardic Genealogy Resources and Sephardic Special Interest Group   http://www.sephardicgen.com/
http://www.jewishgen.org/Sephardic/
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. http://reocities.com/Paris/LeftBank/1300/
Sephardim.com Sephardic Name Engine plus more http://www.sephardim.com/
Society for Crypto Judaic Studies   http://cryptojews.com/
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. http://www.sephardicgen.com/databases/MedievalSurnames.html

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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 http://americanjewisharchives.org/
Brooklyn Genealogy Information Genealogical information about Brooklyn and other New York City boroughs http://bklyn-genealogy-info.stevemorse.org/
Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative History of Jews in Brooklyn from its early beginnings in the nineteenth century, to its history in the making today. http://brooklynjewish.org/
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 http://www.cjh.org
Early American Interest Group http://www.jewishgen.org/EarlyAmerican/
Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities   http://www.isjl.org/encyclopedia-of-southern-jewish-communities.html
First American Jewish Families (Malcom Stern) American Jewish Archives digitized version of Rabbi Stern's 600 genealogies 1654-1988 http://americanjewisharchives.org/FAJF/intro.php
Genealogy Resources by State State Government Genealogical Resources http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/History_Family/State_Genealogy.shtml
Italian Genealogy Group Where to search for all NYC and surrounding counties vital records and naturalization documents http://www.italiangen.org
Library of Congress US Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/index.html
National Archives   http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research/
home page for NARA:
http://www.archives.gov/index.html
Access to archives data base:
http://aad.archives.gov/aad
New York City Clerk's Office Marriage Records http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/records.shtml
New York City Municipal Archives   http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/archives/geneology.shtml
Red Book American State, County, and Town Sources   http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Red_Book:_American_State,_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" http://www.statelocalgov.net/
The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy   http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=The_Source:_A_Guidebook_to_American_Genealogy
United States Archives by State Council of State Archivists http://www.statearchivists.org/states.htm
United States Bureau of Land Management image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/
US GenWeb "Keeping internet genealogy free." Volunteers keep up the state and county pages, so each one will look unique. http://www.usgenweb.org/
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. http://circle.org/

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