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This latest release of databases has seven new databases and additions to four others. These span the years between 1922 and 1956. We have a preview of those being released and encourage you to look at it. There are now close to 940,000 records in 310 databases.

1922 Tel Aviv Census – This census was done in Hebrew and the first conducted by the British in Palestine. It asks for the following information: Name, Age, Relation to Head of household, How long they stayed in Yaffo, Profession, Address, Comments. There are 13,261 people listed, not all of the census remains. The census was found at the Historical Municipal Archives of Tel-Aviv – Yaffo.  (images available)

1938 Medical Practitioners – This is a list of Doctors, Pharmacists, Dentists and Midwives who have been 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 available)

Kefar Warburg Founders, 1939 – A list of the 82 founders as displayed in the settlement. The data contains name, names of parents, gender and birth date.  (no images available)

Illegal Immigrants, 1941 – This database from pages of  The Palestine Police Force – Criminal Investigation Department, Government of Palestine and is composed of “prohibited immigrants” lists found in files in the Israel State Archives. This database is in English. The included data: Surname, Other names, Sex, Age, Nationality and Remarks. (images available)

Matriculation Results as listed in the Palestine Gazette 1942-44 – The matriculation exam results were published in the Palestine Gazette. The lists published between June 1942 to June 1944 contained 767 students. The data included has surname, other names and the school. The material is from the David J. Light Law Library, TAU. (images available)

Refugees in Teheran – A group of civilians accompanied Anders’ Army on its travels from the USSR to the Middle East during World War II. This is one of the lists of civilians. It includes the names of 447 adults and children. The data has surname, other names, birth year and town of origin. The database is in English. The list is from the Central Zionist Archives. (no images available)

HaShomer HaTzair – HaShomer HaTzair in Poland 1947-1948.  A collection of lists including 964 names. The lists are from HaShomer HaTzair Archives at Yad Yaari. The information is in Polish and includes surname, other names, date of record, birth year, gender and comments. (images available)

Palestine Marriage/Divorce Certificates, 1921-48 – These are not the same as the ledgers in the Rabanut, but are the certificates issued upon request. Some certificates are for marriages that took place 3-20 years before. These are from the Israel State Archives. This is an addition to the certificates previously released and available on the IGRA website. (images available)

Operation On Eagles’ Wings (Magic Carpet ) Yemenite Airlift – Phase 3: The third phase of the airlift began after the Imam of Yemen agreed to allow more than 45,000 members of the remaining Jewish community to leave. The list includes names, sex, birth year, weight, and family status. This database is done in cooperation with the JDC. (no images available)

Name Changes 1955-56 – The lists from which this database was built were published in Yalkut HaPirsumim (the official publication of the government of Israel). The information is in Hebrew and contains prior surname, prior other names, new surname, new other names, date of record, locality, ID number. The information is located at the David J. Light Law Library, TAU. (images available)

Habonim Dror – Various listings from Habonim Dror in England. 816 names from various activities. The lists are from the archives at Yad Tabenkin.  The information is in English. The data could have the following: surname, other names, father’s name, address, school and affiliation among others. (images available)

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Join us in this important task – we are now able to offer transcription of a variety of documents to build new databases at home with a new program! Thank you to all of our many volunteers.

The AID (All Israel Databases) has grown again and now contains over 830,000 records!

Some of the new additions compliment databases we published in the past and others are new. You can see the preview of the databases included in this release along with details of explanation here. We hope that you will find some new information on family in these databases.

1937 Voters List Knesset Israel – still a partial list, but now with 1,069 entries. (no images)

Histadrut Members who Served in the British Forces in WWII – A list with now more than 15,000 Histadrut Members that served in the British Forces.  The scans of the ledger were given to IGRA by the Yad Vashem Archives. (images available)

ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) Volunteers – Various lists dealing with the volunteers are found in archives around the country. We have now added a list from the Central Zionist Archives. (no images)

Medical Practitioners, 1936 – This is a listing of Doctors, Pharmacists, Dentists and Midwives who were licensed in accordance with the various Ordinances regulating their professions published by the Department of Health. The booklet was found in the National Library of Israel. (images available)

Immigration to Palestine, 1942-1943 – A list of 2,000 immigrants from various documents from the Central Zionist Archives. (no images)

Kadoorie Agricultural School Graduates – A list of 5,261 graduates of the Kadoorie Agricultural School taken from the website of the school. (no images)

19th Committee of Histadrut Teachers Candidates – A list of 664 candidates for the 19th  Histadrut Teachers’ Council election found in the Archives of Jewish Education in Israel and Diaspora Studies. The candidates are from ten different parties. (images available)

Tiberias Educators (1969-1996) – A list of 672 educators appearing in the Tiberias Department of Education Publications found in the Aviezer Yellin Archives of Jewish Education in Israel. (images available)

Newly Appointed Rabbis in Settlements, 2014 – A list of 48 new Rabbis in various settlements. (no images)

Shana Tova!!


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)
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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.