Welcome to the Israel Genealogy Research Association

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is the largest genealogy society in Israel. We are constantly striving to be among the most technologically advanced genealogy organizations, bringing energy and innovation family research. We work with dozens of archives to make records available online, from where we’ve added over a million records to our database. We welcome you to our web site, and welcome your input on how we can improve the site.

Recent Posts

IGRA offers new opportunities to connect and learn
March 28, 2020
IGRA has two new opportunities for you to engage and be connected to the genealogy community. After Pesach we will be hosting a series of …

IGRA and the current situation
March 17, 2020
Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our volunteers and members. Like many organizations, IGRA has had to …

Hitting the Jackpot! by Garri Regev
March 1, 2020
In my “spare time” I volunteer at the Genealogy Center at the National Library of Israel. For seven years now there have been sessions …

Military Resources in Eretz Israel for the Genealogical Sleuth, by Rose Avigael Feldman
January 29, 2020
For thousands of years Eretz Israel has been the crossroads of invasions and an arena for wars, but documentation of individual Jewish …

The Jews of Simferopol, by Esther (Herschman) Rechtschafner
December 12, 2019
Simferopol is the largest city in the Crimean peninsula with a Jewish community dating from 1240. Esther Rechtschafner, the author, has …

Updating the IGRA web site
December 4, 2019
IGRA is in the middle of its largest web site upgrade since the site's initial launch back in 2011. There are a lot of changes going on …

Ada Holtzman - on the third memorial of her passing, by Ellen Stepak
October 1, 2019
Ada Holtzman (1951-2016) was born on Kibbutz Evron, where she was buried. She had a tremendous influence on the Jewish genealogical …

Fall Events with IGRA - Heshvan Event registration
September 2, 2019
Following the summer lull in lectures and activities in Israel (but a very full week at the 39th IAJGS Conference in Cleveland, OH) IGRA …

From Rotenburg an der Fulda to Huntington, Indiana and Points in Between, by Ellen Stepak
July 25, 2019
Beginning with the history of my maternal ancestors In Hesse, I will follow my maternal family though generations, and migrations, until my …

Upcoming day of lectures followed by AGM
May 26, 2019
On June 19, IGRA is hosting a day of lectures that were originally given at a variety of international conferences in the past year. We are …