Mission Statement

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is the revival of a genealogy society that was in existence from 1999. We are focused on genealogy – helping people with their family research, and making available to the public a wide variety of material from the Ottoman period through the early years of Israeli Statehood, as well as additional documents about Jews from the Diaspora which are located in Israel. We work with people from many nationalities, and provide resources for countries all around the world.

We strive to:

  • Prepare databases from materials available in Israel that include the Ottoman period through the early years of the State of Israel, and records located in various archives relating to the places our relatives lived before coming to Israel to be accessible on our website.
  • Develop a website with a sophisticated bilingual search engine, including images, allowing people to easily search the databases for specific names, see the information and original documents in addition to research articles, aides and other relevant material.
  • Develop webinars and courses at a variety of levels to aid people in their research – from school age children beginning their search to adults, to be incorporated in our website.
  • Help people outside of Israel to locate relatives in Israel, especially those families separated from each other during the Holocaust.
  • Develop different mini-course components to be presented in a variety of educational settings.
  • Provide opportunities for genealogical discovery and learning through mentoring, hands-on visits to archives, regional meetings and seminars.
  • Foster cooperation with other organizations and archives with a connection to genealogy.
IGRA is a Member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)