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With the current release of databases IGRA has passed the 900,000 record mark! Our aim is to reach the million record mark by the upcoming IAJGS Conference this summer. All able to join us working to make records available should be in touch with us at: [email protected]

Be sure to check out the preview we’ve prepared on these databases for additional information.

List of Residents in Tel Aviv, 1915 – This handwritten list comes from a list at the Municipal Archives of Tel-Aviv – Yaffo containing those living in the fairly new town of Tel Aviv. It includes the name of the head of the household and language spoken, how many others are living with him and if they are male or female and how large of a dwelling they are living in. Additional information may be available as well, such as if there was a bathroom in the home and what was the profession. (Images available)

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates, updated – Additional certificates to our collection of Marriage & Divorce Certificates issued during the Mandate Period 1921-1948. (Images available)

Gan Shmuel Children, 1931-1945 – A list of children born to parents living on Kibbutz Gan Shmuel between the years 1931-45. The list comes from Yad Ya’ari Archives. (Images available)

Births in Zichron Ya’akov, 1919-1940 – This list of children born in Zichron Ya’akov is from the Mathilde A. Tagger Collection. It was prepared from the “Book of Births” at the Zichron Ya’akov Historical Archives. (No images available)

Communists Arrested, 1936 – A list of Communists who were arrested by the British Government in Palestine during the riots that took place in 1936. This includes country of origin and religion. The list was located in the Central Zionist Archives and donated by Dr. Eli Brauner. (No images available)

Operation Eagles’ Wings – 1949 Residents of Aden (part 2) – A list of those who were already residents of Aden and airlifted to Israel. (No images available)

Voters’ List – 19th General Conference of the Teachers’ Union, 1955 – This list contains delegates from all over Israel to the 19th Histadrut HaMorim (Teachers’ Council). This was located in the Archives of Jewish Education in Israel and Diaspora Studies. (Images available)

Delegates to the 2015 Histadrut Conference of Engineers – This list comes from an internet website: Portal of Associations of Engineers, Architects and Graduates in Technological Sciences in Israel. (No images available)

Delegates to the Histadrut Conference – Ottoman Society, 2015 – This list comes from an internet website: Portal of Associations of Engineers, Architects and Graduates in Technological Sciences in Israel. (No images available)

Kibbutz Yavne Cemetery – This database contains over 300 buried in the Kibbutz Yavne cemetery. (No images available)

Engagements in 2016 – This database of over 3,000 Orthodox couples who were engaged in 2016 comes from an internet website. It lists name, date of the record, locality, education and the language of the record. (No images available)

Our many thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers.

The Israel Genealogy Research Association invites you to a guided tour of the historical and ethnographic part of the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center, which includes reconstruction of an alley in the Jewish Quarter, an ancient synagogue, a Jewish home which displayed its belongings, photographs, and authentic documents that illustrate the life in the early years of the State of Israel (tour in Hebrew or English) and listen to the personal testimony of Imad Levy, “The last immigrant from Iraq” (only in Hebrew)
Date: February 28, 2017
Hours: 16:00 to 19:00
Address: Sderot Mordechai Ben-Porat 83 Or Yehuda 6022687
Cost of the visit:
IGRA members ₪ 45
Non-IGRA members ₪ 50
Transportation not included
Line 36 Tel Aviv bus station
Line 59 Arlozorov train station
Line 76 Petah Tikva
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The list from which I have compiled this database is far from comprehensive. Many thousands of Jews were murdered in the pogroms of 1918-1920, immediately following World War One, and during the Russian Revolution. Not all the victims were killed in Ukraine, of course; however, in Ukraine itself there were many more victims than those named in this database. A small number of the people in this database had lived in Belarus.

The database is imperfect. There were many times when I found myself asking questions to which there are no answers. Were these consecutively listed people related, for instance?

IGRA and I wish to thank Prof. Gur Alroey for preparing the original database. Even given its imperfections, this list is better than no list, and may make valuable genealogical information available to researchers. Part of the material was previously published under the title Megilat Hatevah (Scroll of Slaughter), Book One: A-B, by E. D. (Eliezer David) Rosenthal, Havura Publishers, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, 1927. This book has been copied and placed online at by Haim Tesha. At this website, one can find more information about the towns and villages. There is a foreword by Haim Nahman Bialik, in which he mentions that Rosenthal himself was a survivor of the pogroms, and considered the publishing of the lists of names as keeping a solemn vow he’d made. He mentions that Rosenthal was very ill at the time, but had hoped to survive long enough to complete the project. According to Bialik, the lists were published bit by bit. The letters of the alphabet A-B refer to the names of the cities, towns and villages. The information had to be smuggled out of Russia to Israel, because it never would have been published in Russia, of which Ukraine was a part, at the time. Bialik called for people to contribute to the project, so that all of the information could be published. Whether this came about, I don’t know.

The material with which I have worked is not the primary material but instead is material which has been previously transcribed. The transcription is of varying quality. But I have contacted Gnazim Archives, and they replied that they do not have any additional information. The lists appear to be a composite of different lists compiled by different people, in different styles. The lists contain the name of the region, the name of the town where the victims resided, surnames if they existed, given names where available, sex of the persons, in many cases their ages, and in some cases, relationships. Relatively few have their professions listed.

In rare cases I have made assumptions, where I have considered this entirely logical. In these cases, there are no notes about relationships, but, for instance, two consecutive names from the same village with the same surname. An example follows:

Kiev Gubernia  Bosnovski (village)  Kozlov   Zvi son of Ephraim

Kiev Gubernia  Bosnovski (village)  Kozlov   Moshe son of Zvi son of Ephraim

There are a few reasons for reaching this conclusion:

  1. The consecutive listing
  2. The fact that they lived in a village, and not a city, which means that there is little likelihood of their not being related. In fact, they are the only 2 listed from this village
  3. The son Zvi and the father Zvi

I believe that if I hadn’t linked these people, some important information might be lost. However, in general, I did not make very many assumptions. Instead I chose to err on the side of caution. Where there are consecutive listings of 2 men from the same larger town with the same father’s name and similar ages, I have mostly not allowed myself to assume the connection. Only if there is another clue, did I assume the connection.

When it comes to assigning parents, I do not make the assumption that the wife of the father is also the mother of the child. It is entirely possible that she is a second wife. The only exception is when the murdered child was a baby. If the child was under a year old, it is most likely that the wife was also the mother of the child. In most cases, in the original database, the father’s name only is given, but there are exceptions.

The transcriber, or the original compiler of the information, used a system of not following up with the surnames. Occasionally, the first of a group has a surname, then the others have none. I have come to the conclusion that they indeed have the same surname. In cases where there is a given name for a wife, but for some reason, she has no surname, I match her surname to her husband’s.

A large percentage of the listings are of little or no value. Where it says, “a man from another town”, or “9 people buried in a mass grave”, with no identifying details, I am not deleting the listing, but no search of the database will bring up such a listing.

The town names remain as they appear in the database I worked with. This means that some of the names are former town names. For example: Proskurov in the lists=Khmelnytskyy today. For one town, spelled in transcription from Hebrew, there are two different spellings: Krivaezert or Krivoye Ozero;  in some cases, there are double listings as a result. The current name for this city is Krivye Ozero. Some of the same names appear in the town under each spelling.



Ellen Stepak

Ellen Stepak

After graduating from the U of Wisconsin/Madison, in 1969 Ellen moved to Israel, and lived on a kibbutz for over a year. It was her second time in Israel. When she left the kibbutz, she moved to Jerusalem; for the past 40 years, she has lived in Ramat Gan. When her husband Zvi decided to go into business for himself, and started an investment business, she became a “silent partner”. She has three children: Avner, Amir, who lives in Washington D.C., and Raquel; three granddaughters; and two cats.

Since 1995, Ellen has been actively researching her family’s roots, with ancestors from five modern-day countries. This has included traveling to ancestral towns, documenting old Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania and Germany, writing articles on topics related to her research, and translating material from Hebrew to English. It has been a rewarding, educational experience, involving contacts on four continents, not including Israel which is in Asia. Ellen has published three family books: We Were All Klutzes, about the Klots (and Kling) families of Lithuania; The Werthans of Rotenburg an der Fulda; and The Brenn Family of Pinsk.

As in past years, IGRA has scheduled a release of new databases to coincide with the Chanukah holiday. The preview of those being released now can be found here. This release adds over 27,000 records to our collection.

Thessaloniki Marriages, 1900-1918 – The marriage register from Saloniki (no images) Information includes: marriage date, year, amount, bride/groom, comments. The original list can be found at Yad Ben-Zvi.

Rehovot, 1918 – List of Winegrowers, Citrus Growers and Planters (images available) This is a handwritten chart in Hebrew listing people who worked in these fields, how many of each they were involved with and the family members assisting. This list comes from the Rehovot Municipal Archives.

Jerusalem Marriages, 1913-31 – The marriage register of the Sephardic Community in Jerusalem This partial list comes from the Archive of the Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities and resides at the Jerusalem Municipal Archives. The information includes: date of record, bride/groom, currency, name of father and comments. (no images)

The Scroll of the Slaughter, 1918-1920 – gathered from close to 400 locations where Ukrainian and Polish Jews were murdered. (no images) The information includes: Name, Province, Locality, Occupation, Relationship, language of record. This commemoration of the thousands of massacred Jews is based on Megilat haTevah by Eliezer David Rosenthal and compiled by Professor Gur Alroey of Haifa University.

Members of the Work Battalion (G’dud Ha’avoda) – (images available) – This list was compiled after the fact. It lists first and last names and in some cases a previous last name or maiden name. There are some family names missing. This list comes from Yad Tabenkin who received it from Tel Yosef.

Pardes Hana births 1935-46 – (images available) – In this list you can find the year of birth, family name, given name, father’s name and address. This list comes from the Pardes Hana-Karkur Archive.

Operation On Eagles’ Wings (Magic Carpet) – (first installment) 1948-9. This Operation was organized and financed by the JDC and brought Yemenite Jews to Israel. This first phase (12/48-3/49) airlifted orphans and then unaccompanied women and children – also elderly men. The information included has names, sex, birth year, weight and family status. (no images) IGRA is proud to partner with the JDC in making these records available.

Habima Theater Actors and Creators, 1918-2015 (no images) lists name and occupation. The information comes from the Habima website.

National List of Mohalim, 2016 – (images available) – name, address, contact info and license expiration date. This is included in a larger category of Religious Service.

The images, when available, can only be accessed by paid IGRA members. Remember to renew your membership or join IGRA in order to see these images and enjoy our additional member benefits!!

                                                                  Chag Urim Sameach!!!


IGRA invites you to check our databases again! In this release we have added over 15,000 records! Please check out the preview of added databases. Our total amount of records is now 848,859 from close to 290 databases. Our many thanks to all of the volunteers who work on these databases.

New database: Index of Students in Grammar School in Ra’anana 1938-47. This database is from the Archive of the Ra’anana Municipality and was in ledger format. Each student is listed per year in grammar school in Ra’anana during this period. The list also includes the homeroom teacher where listed. Grades and comments are not included. Images are available to IGRA members.

Additions to existing databases:

Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) – This database is from the Central Zionist Archives. All told approximately 5,000 women in Palestine volunteered to serve in the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) of the British Army. Information included: Birth year, date of record, address, occupation, position, education. We are adding 2,082 records to this set. There are no images available for this database.

Marriage & Divorce Certificates – We are adding here an additional 4,606 marriage certificates for the period 1927-48. These certificates are held at the Israel State Archives. These are not identical to the ledgers in the Rabanut but rather certificates issued upon request. Some certificates are for marriages that took place much earlier. Images are available to IGRA members.

Medical Practitioners, 1946 – This database contains lists of Doctors, Pharmacists, Dentists and Midwives licensed in accordance with the various ordinances regulating their professions and published by the Department of Health. The booklets were found in the National Library of Israel. Images are available to IGRA members.

For those registered on the IGRA site and interested in becoming members – if you join now for 2017 you receive an additional month (membership is usually for the calendar year January-December)! Following the link will allow you to pay either with your PayPal account or with a credit card via the PayPal interface. This gives you instant access to all member benefits – and now 13 months for the price of 12.