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Beirut, Berlin and a Small Town in Lithuania, by Ralph Salinger

Beirut, Berlin and a Small Town in Lithuania, by Ralph Salinger

In 1982, two weeks after the birth of my first daughter, I found myself fighting in the First Lebanese War.[...]
WWI and Its Aftermath in Ivanik and Pinsk, by Ellen Stepak

WWI and Its Aftermath in Ivanik and Pinsk, by Ellen Stepak

Before World War I, the Polesian city of Pinsk was in Czarist Russia. The city had a strong Jewish majority.[...]
Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel:  Part Two – The British Administration of Eretz Israel - second half by Rose A. Feldman

Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel: Part Two – The British Administration of Eretz Israel - second half by Rose A. Feldman

The first half of this article is available at - Part Two – The British Administration of Eretz Israel -[...]
דולניק – האיחוד המשפחתי בסנט פטרבורג, מאת מרים גיל

דולניק – האיחוד המשפחתי בסנט פטרבורג, מאת מרים גיל

לאחר חילופי מכתבים ותמונות, גישושי היכרות, שיחות בסקייפ, השלמת פרטים חסרים (שהיוו "חורים שחורים") זה אצל זה, כל שנותר היה[...]
Jacobi Absolute Generations Scale, by Chanan Rapaport

Jacobi Absolute Generations Scale, by Chanan Rapaport

A major goal of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center is to develop scientific research tools[...]
The Domiciles of my Direct Forebears, by Esther Rechtschafner

The Domiciles of my Direct Forebears, by Esther Rechtschafner

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is an excellent example of genealogical methodology.  The author shows intellect, patience, persistence, creativity, imagination, curiosity[...]
History and Geography As Crucial Factors In  Determining Where to Look for Baltic-Area Archival  Records—with Emphasis on Latvia  by Martha Lev-Zion, PhD

History and Geography As Crucial Factors In Determining Where to Look for Baltic-Area Archival Records—with Emphasis on Latvia by Martha Lev-Zion, PhD

History and Geography reprint from Avotaynu This is a reprint of the article History and Geography As Crucial Factors In  Determining[...]
Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel: Part Two  – The British Administration of Eretz Israel - first half, by Rose A. Feldman

Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel: Part Two – The British Administration of Eretz Israel - first half, by Rose A. Feldman

Introduction When researching your female ancestors as you go back in time, do you hit a brick wall? This need not[...]
                                         הביקור שלי בארכיון בצ'רניגוב, מאת יחזקאל שץ

הביקור שלי בארכיון בצ'רניגוב, מאת יחזקאל שץ

לפני זמן לא רב חזרתי מביקור מוצלח מאד בארכיון בצ'רניגוב, וברצוני לשתף אחרים בחוויות שחוויתי שם. אני מקווה שהסיפור שלי[...]
Enjoying the IGRA  Occupation Databases, by Esther Rechtschafner

Enjoying the IGRA Occupation Databases, by Esther Rechtschafner

Recently, I was checking family names on the some of the various IGRA databases.  My father had relatives, from the[...]
מחקרי הגניאלוגיים,  מאת אסתר רמון

מחקרי הגניאלוגיים, מאת אסתר רמון

התחלתי את חקר משפחותי עם משפחת הומבורגר מקרלסרוהה, המשפחה של סבי מצד אמי. היה בידי העתק של הפריבילגיה שקיבל אבי המשפחה,[...]
Selected Lectures on Genealogy: An Introduction to Scientific Tools, עורך: פרופ' דניאל וגנר

Selected Lectures on Genealogy: An Introduction to Scientific Tools, עורך: פרופ' דניאל וגנר

Selected Lectures on Genealogy: An Introduction to Scientific Tools עורך: פרופ' דניאל וגנר הודפס במכון ויצמן למדע 204 עמודים כל מי שניסה אי פעם[...]
Book Reviews, by Irwin M. Pikus

Book Reviews, by Irwin M. Pikus

Selected Lectures on Genealogy: An Introduction to Scientific Tools, edited by H. Daniel Wagner, Printed.  Rehovot, Israel: Weizmann Institute of[...]
The IGRA Voters' List Project, by Dr. Martha Lev-Zion

The IGRA Voters' List Project, by Dr. Martha Lev-Zion

The Israel Genealogy Research Association [IGRA] has been feverishly working on obtaining as many Israeli records as possible to database[...]
The Shtetl of Dolina and the Origins of the Weinbergs, by Rabbi Dr. Norbert Weinberg

The Shtetl of Dolina and the Origins of the Weinbergs, by Rabbi Dr. Norbert Weinberg

The Jews of Dolina, Galicia ( now Dolyna, Ivano-Frankivsk region,Ukraine) trace their origins back to the times of the Polish[...]
Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel:  Part One – The Ottoman Empire Period, by Rose A. Feldman

Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel: Part One – The Ottoman Empire Period, by Rose A. Feldman

Introduction When researching your female ancestors as you go back in time, do you hit a brick wall? This need not[...]
Finding Tante Fanni, by Jeanette R. Rosenberg

Finding Tante Fanni, by Jeanette R. Rosenberg

No matter how experienced we are as genealogists, we probably all have brick walls in our personal genealogical research.  Here[...]
Discovering our Past: The Good, the Bad and the Sweet by Michael Salzbank

Discovering our Past: The Good, the Bad and the Sweet by Michael Salzbank

My genealogical journey began, I imagine, like many others begin, while sitting shiva for a parent. In my case it[...]
New Strategies in German Jewish Research by Karen Franklin

New Strategies in German Jewish Research by Karen Franklin

From a lecture to the Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society January 14, 2013 I recently began working on a project to organize 50[...]
Images of the Holocaust

Images of the Holocaust

(Note: This article, having been edited by the IGRA editorial board, was published as modified simultaneously in Mishpacha Volume XXXIII, Issue 2) by[...]
Hebrew genealogy terms

Hebrew genealogy terms

English Phonetics Hebrew Search chipus חיפוש Name shem שם Given Name shem prati שם פרטי Family Name shem mishpacha שם משפחה Father av/abba אב/אבא Mother em/ema אם/אמא Spouse ben / bat zug בן / בת זוג Son ben בן Daughter bat בת Brother ach אח Sister achot אחות Cousin ben dod / doda bat dod / doda בן/דוד[...]
Vabolnik Revisited: A Cemetery Documentation Project

Vabolnik Revisited: A Cemetery Documentation Project

by Ellen Stepak The cemetery is located just outside of the village of Vabalninkas, known by its Jewish inhabitants as Vabolnik,[...]
גנאלוגיה באיתור יורשים לרכוש

גנאלוגיה באיתור יורשים לרכוש

 גנאלוגיה באיתור יורשים לרכוש , מאת מיכאל סטרוד תחביבי כעיסוקי הינו איתור יורשים לנכסי נדל"ן נשכחים (לכאורה) בארץ ישראל אשר בעליהם[...]
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Elvis Presley’s Jewish Ancestry

Goodness… It’s been 35 years since the King passed on. According to an article in Tabletmag.com, Elvis’s great great maternal grandmother[...]
Israelis who lectured at the 32nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Paris 2012

Israelis who lectured at the 32nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Paris 2012

Israelis who lectured at the 32nd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Paris 2012 Alexander Avraham Yad Vashem Name lectures Behar Doron Prof. Rambam Medical Center Genetics of the[...]
Jewish Cemeteries in Jerusalem**

Jewish Cemeteries in Jerusalem**

Jewish Cemeteries in Jerusalem** by Mathilde A. Tagger From antiquity, people have chosen a place outside the village or the settlement for[...]
History, Fiction and Genealogy

History, Fiction and Genealogy

 History, Fiction and Genealogy by Hank Skirball Genealogy - An account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an[...]
My REZEKNE

My REZEKNE

My REZEKNE by Esther Rechtschafner Introduction A few years ago, a cousin of my father wrote me that my paternal grandmother was born[...]
Visiting Grandpa Tuvia in America

Visiting Grandpa Tuvia in America

Visiting Grandpa Tuvia in America Miriam Gil (1) 'Soon I'll meet my Grandpa Tuvia' (2) as once again the thought crossed my[...]
Free Article from Internet Genealogy Magazine

Free Article from Internet Genealogy Magazine

We are happy to offer a free article from Internet Genealogy magazine each month on our web site to registered[...]
(Moyal) שם המשפחה מויאל

(Moyal) שם המשפחה מויאל

שם המשפחה מויאל (Moyal) מטילדה א. טג'ר באמצע המאה ה19 עלתה לארץ משפחת מויאל ממרוקו ובהמשך נמנתה בין המשפחות הספרדיות הבולטות של[...]
Using Newspapers and Land Registries to Find People

Using Newspapers and Land Registries to Find People

Historical Newspapers The following are examples from Davar [i]– published in Eretz Israel from 1925 through 1996. The following examples are[...]
Chutes & Ladders: Innovative Approaches to Genealogy

Chutes & Ladders: Innovative Approaches to Genealogy

Chutes & Ladders: Innovative Approaches to Genealogy Pamela A. Weisberger © 2013 Are you eager to connect the dots, score points and[...]
Passover Break – Fifth Episode

Passover Break – Fifth Episode

H. Daniel Wagner A few years ago, at Pesach time, I published a 4-part article in Sharsheret Hadorot which recounted short[...]