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How Family Belongings, Objects & Ephemera Can Provide Insight into Our Families' Lives
November 29, 2020
This lecture was delivered by Elena Biegel Bazes as part of the IGRA 2020 webinar series. Most researchers concentrate mostly on …

The War Started for Me in 1945 - Rob Sealtiel
November 16, 2020
This lecture was part of the 2020 IGRA Heshvan Event. Rob Sealtiel is a language teacher, professional genealogist and was a hidden child.…

IGRA 2021 Webinar Series: January - March
November 13, 2020
Here is the lineup for the first three webinars in 2021. Each webinar has its own registration link. The remainder of the IGRA 2021 …

חיפוש ילדים מוסתרים במסמכים ארכיונים - לאה באלינט
November 10, 2020
This lecture opened the Heshvan Event on November 8, 2020. The focus of the day was The Hidden Child in the Holocaust. This lecture is …

How Not to Read a Jewish Tombstone
November 7, 2020
Robin Meltzer brings us important points to remember as we look at tombstones on a cemetery visit. https://player.vimeo.…

Google for Genealogy
October 18, 2020
We were happy to have Jeanette Rosenberg OBE with us again and this time presenting all the wonders of Google and how, by taking advantage …

סיפורו של הטס המשפחתי, מאת נעמה עציון
October 16, 2020
בס"ד, יוני 2020, סיון תש"פ אני רוצה לשתף במסע משפחתי מרתק ומיוחד שעברנו גיבורי המסע: ילד אחד סקרן ובעל מוטיבציה, סבתא עם ידע …

IGRAs 2020 Heshvan Event coming in November אירוע חשון תשפ"א
October 5, 2020
Yearly, in conjunction with International Jewish Genealogy Month, IGRA holds its "Heshvan Event". In addition to a virtual seminar day …

Show & Tell - Reclaim the Records
September 23, 2020
Brooke Schreier Ganz is the founder and president of Reclaim The Records, and the first genealogist to successfully sue a …

The Basics of Research in Israel
September 14, 2020
Researching for relatives footsteps in Israel can be a challenge. The lecture will cover the kinds of records that may be found from …

IGRA Membership Policy - מעונינים בחברות בעמותה
September 10, 2020
Considering joining IGRA? We love having you as part of our family! The policy IGRA has developed allows those joining from October to …

All You Wanted to Know about DNA Tests but Had No One to Ask
September 3, 2020
All you wanted to know about DNA testing and had no one to ask ... These days we hear more and more about DNA testing on the web, on TV,…

כל מה שרצית לדעת על בדיקות דנא ולא היה את מי לשאול
August 28, 2020
שומעים היום יותר ויותר על בדיקות דנא ברשת, בכתבות בטלויזיה, אבל מה בעצם הבדיקות האלה? איך עושים אותן? איפה קונים? למי הן עוזרות? ומה קורה …

משאבים לחיפוש שורשים בארכיון לתולדות פתח תקוה
August 16, 2020
מיום העיון ב-23.6.2020 גליה דובידזון מנהלת הארכיון לתולדות פתח תקוה ע"ש עודד ירקוני, בעלת תואר שני בארכיונאות מהאוניברסיטה העברית …

IGRA announces The Jeff Malka SephardicGen Database Collection
August 9, 2020
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is proud to collaborate with SephardicGen and announces today The Jeff Malka SephardicGen …

The Jews of Lebanon: History and Records, by Alain Farhi
August 8, 2020
IGRA thanks AVOTAYNU for permission to reprint this article that appeared in AVOTAYNU Volume XXVIII, Number 4, Winter 2012 As …

Educational Institutions as Genealogy Resources
August 3, 2020
Today we take education for granted, but it wasn’t always that way. To fill in the story of our ancestors' lives, we need to think about …

שימוש ברשתות חברתיות על מנת לקדם את המחקר
July 28, 2020
במהלך המפגש נדבר על התארגנויות שונות בארץ ובחו"ל הקיימות ברשת הפייסבוק חטובות מחקר גנאולוגי. נציג את חלקן, נדבר על היתרונות והחסרונות, על …

?ארכיון עירוני – מדוע? מה? מי
July 26, 2020
מיום העיון ה-23.6.2020, לריסה שניטקינד לריסה שניטקינדמנהלת הארכיון העירוני תל אביב – יפוארכיונאית בכירה, בעלת תואר שני בארכיונאות …

Show & Tell - The Tale of "Tracing the Tribe" - from Tel Aviv to New Mexico
July 23, 2020
This session of Show & Tell focuses on Tracing the Tribe. Schelly Talalay Dardashti - A journalist and genealogist, Schelly has …

Ask Not What Your Ancestors Can Do For You: Genealogy and the Restoration of Polish Jewish Cemeteries
July 19, 2020
This lecture was given at the IGRA Virtual Seminar Day, June 23, 2020. Dan A. Oren Dan is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry …

ראו וספרו - משפחה מליטא? א-ב חיפוש קרובים דרך האתר של ליטוואק סיג
July 16, 2020
כדי לתת כלים בחיפוש קרובים שגרו בליטא LITVAKSIG ד"ר קרול הופמן מציגה את האתר של [youtube https://youtu.…

Show & Tell - A-Z of LitvakSIG
July 14, 2020
Explore your roots with LitvakSIG introduces the basics of using the website to its fullest. It includes tips for starting and expanding …

Discovery and Insight into a Long Forgotten World
July 13, 2020
Doron Friedman began investigating a treasure trove of family documents, photos and letters ranging from the late 1800’s to the post war …

JDC Archives and Name Search Possibilities
July 12, 2020
Dr. Anat Kutner Director of JDC Archives in Jerusalem, previously was a project manager at the National Library of Israel, and later …

מהויסלה ועד האלטלנה: מקורות גנאלוגיים בארכיון מכון ז'בוטינסקי
July 11, 2020
מיום העיון ב-23.6.2020. מירי יהלום, מכון ז'בוטינסקי מירי סטודנטית לתואר שני (במסלול המחקרי) בחוג ללימודי עם ישראל באוניברסיטת תל אביב.…

ראו וספרו - שפר את התמונות שלך
July 8, 2020
MYHERITAGE שפר את התמונות שלך עם הכלים של [youtube https://youtu.…

Show & Tell - MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and Colorization tools
July 8, 2020
Daniel Horowitz explains the new tools MyHeritage has developed to enhance and colorize your photos. [youtube https://youtu.…

The Brothers Tissenbaum: Discovering Drama Dostoevsky Didn't Write
July 5, 2020
Shortly after our father passed away in June, 1995, my brother Mitch alerted me to informationhe had just received that our maternal …

ראו וספרו - מפקדים כחלק מהמאגרים בממא"י
July 3, 2020
רוז פלדמן מדברת על המאגרים הקשורים למפקדים במערכת של העמותה [youtube https://youtu.…

Show & Tell - AID Census/Registry records
July 3, 2020
Rose Feldman talks about the Census and Registry records that are part of the IGRA All Israel Databases collection. [youtube …

New leadership elected at the IGRA Annual Meeting
June 30, 2020
The IGRA Annual Meeting was held virtually via Zoom this week and allowed time for members to chat as we waited the allotted time without …

Keynote Speaker at IGRA 2020 Seminar Day - Gilad Japhet
June 25, 2020
The IGRA Annual Seminar Day was held virtually this year. Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage Founder & CEO gave the Keynote mentioning many new …

ראו וספרו - דרום אפריקה
June 25, 2020
רוז לרר כהן מספרת על דרום אפריקה ואתרים שונים לחיפוש שורשים שם [youtube https://youtu.…

Show & Tell - South Africa
June 25, 2020
Rose Lerer Cohen introduces us to Genealogy Research in South Africa. [youtube https://youtu.…

Ukraine 2020: Update Your Research Plan - Ellen S Kowitt
June 22, 2020
Revisiting Ukraine this year catapulted my research, and it can advance yours too! Records access is exploding thanks to efforts by Alex …

ראו וספרו - חוכמת המונים: בונים מאגרים ביחד
June 19, 2020
דניאל הורוויץ מדגים תוכנת חוכמת המונים שמאפשר למתנדבים לעזור בבנית מאגרי מידע - עמוד אחר עמוד [youtube https://youtu.…

Show & Tell - Using CSI to help index databases
June 19, 2020
Daniel Horowitz explains CSI (Crowd Sourced Indexing) and how our volunteers are able to help, one page at a time, make more databases …

ראו וספרו - הפעם... חיפושים בוינה
June 11, 2020
דניאלה אליגון מספרת איך עולים על עקבותיהם של קרובי משפחה שחיו בוינה (אוסטריה) ובונים את הסיפור שלהם? מסע בין אתרי אינטרנט וארכיונים …

Show & Tell - Travel and Research in Lithuania: Kaunas Region
June 9, 2020
Janette Silverman takes us on a tour through the Kaunas Region of Lithuania giving us a feel for the communities and suggestions for …

Sources for the Genealogy of Tunisian Jews - Thierry Samama
June 8, 2020
This webinar presents essential sources for the genealogy of Jewish ancestors in Tunisia. In the last ten years there has been major …

ראו וספרו - מאגרי ממא"י: תוצאות הקשורות לבחירות
June 4, 2020
רוז פלדמן מדברת על המאגרים של העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל ומה אפשר לראות על ידי הסתכלות בחומר הקשור לבחירות שונות [youtube …

Show & Tell - IGRA All Israel Databases - Election results
June 3, 2020
Rose Feldman guides us through the All Israel Databases (AID) results for various Elections. [youtube https://youtu.…

IGRA Annual Seminar Day - June 23 2020
June 1, 2020
Registration for the IGRA Seminar Day: https://bit.ly/IGRAYomIyun להרשמה One registration for the event is all you need. You can …

אוסף העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל – המאגר הנגיש של מסמכים לחקר גנאלוגי בישראל - רוז פלדמן
May 26, 2020
מטרת האוסף היא הנגשת מסמכים על אנשים שהתגוררו בארץ ישראל החל מהמאה ה-19. אספנו סריקות של מסמכים מארכיונים רבים בארץ ובחו"ל. נכון להיום, יש …

Philip Trauring ראו וספרו B&F: Jewish Genealogy & More
May 20, 2020
האתר מציג כ-25,000 פריטים - מאמרים, אתרים שונים, מידע על ארצות, מדינות בארה"ב, עיירות בפולין ויותר B&F: Jewish Genealogy and …

Show & Tell - B&F: Jewish Genealogy and More
May 20, 2020
Philip Trauring, President of IGRA, presents his Award winning website B&F: Jewish Genealogy and More and the Compendium of Jewish …

Genealogy in Western Europe, Jeanette R. Rosenberg OBE
May 18, 2020
Discover new sources for researching your Jewish family history in Western Europe.  Learn about new sources of information. Find out …

Upcoming Show & Tell Zoom meetings with IGRA President Philip Trauring
May 16, 2020
This coming Monday, May 18, 2020, IGRA will be hosting an online Zoom meeting, in its continuing Show & Tell series, in English, …

ראו וספרו JewishGen Unified Search
May 14, 2020
נבדוק ביחד את היתרונות בחיפוש החדש של המאגרים של ג'ואש ג'ן [youtube https://youtu.…

Show & Tell - JewishGen Unified Search
May 13, 2020
JewishGen has been the main research tool for Jewish Genealogy for most of the world. Recently, instead of searching country by country, …

Using the JDC Archives Website and Online Databases for Family Research, Jeffrey Edelstein
May 8, 2020
Jeff Edelstein is the digital initiatives manager at the JDC Archives, where his responsibilities include management of the collections …

BillionGraves Show & Tell - Working with BillionGraves
May 6, 2020
Daniel Horowitz explains how to use the BillionGraves website to locate tombstones and to help with transcribing tombstones right on the …

Show & Tell - IGRA Q&A
May 6, 2020
Open mike - Garri Regev answers questions regarding the use of the IGRA Database Collection. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

The History of the Friedman Family Interwoven with the History of Motza & Eretz Israel: 100 Years of Our Friedman Family in the Land of Israel, by Ellen Stepak
May 4, 2020
The History of the Friedman Family Interwoven with the History of Motza & Eretz Israel: 100 Years of Our Friedman Family in the Land …

Zvi Bernhardt In Memory of Zvi Bernhardt
May 1, 2020
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Zvi Bernhardt, Deputy Director of the Hall …

Video: Location, Location, Location: How Genealogical Research Can Benefit from Historical Maps
April 27, 2020
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) broadcasted on Sunday April 26th a free webinar in English. The topic of the webinar was …

IGRA 2020 Webinar Series
April 23, 2020
Join us for the upcoming free webinar series of the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) starting April 22nd. We have …

Show & Tell - Holocaust Resources
April 22, 2020
Garri Regev brings many online resources for Holocaust Research. This particular recording of that lecture is a bit longer than our usual …

Show & Tell - IGRA Resources
April 5, 2020
IGRA's first ZOOM session in our Show & Tell series. This session highlights the many resources available on the IGRA website. Be sure …

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 …

Recorded lecture: APPsolutely Genealogy! by Garri Regev
March 14, 2019
Genealogy research has changed over the last 35 years in ways we never imagined possible. The internet has come of age. Archives have …

Spotlight: "The Holocaust in France: A Resource Guide", by Jean-Pierre Stroweis
February 4, 2019
The IGRA website provides the genealogy researcher more than our database collection. In addition we have a variety of Resources, Articles …

The Urban Jewish Population in Eretz Israel from 1839 – 1948: Censuses and Voters’ Lists, by Rose A. Feldman, Database coordinator for IGRA
January 18, 2019
Until the founding of the State of Israel the Jewish and Arab populations had separate ruling bodies under the British government. This is …

Final Database Additions for 2018
December 25, 2018
Before the close of 2018 we want to make sure you are aware of the additions to our collection in December. Please check out our special …

The People of the Book, by Chanan Rapaport
December 10, 2018
The Jews are known as the People of the Book = עם הספר = Ahlil-Kitab. Are they worthy to be called also "The People of the Books and …

Finding My Lysiec Family by Jeffrey Knisbacher
October 14, 2018
My father Max KNISBACHER (Menahem Mordechai) of blessed memory, born April 7, 1913 in Berlin, passed away on June 2, 1995 in Baltimore. …

Images available? Now there is an icon to help evaluate our results on the AID.
October 11, 2018
IGRA continues to improve the AID (All Israel Databases). The databases that are included in the AID collection come from over 30 Archives. …

"After the Holidays" Membership special
October 2, 2018
IGRA is offering a special opportunity for new members. Anyone joining from now until the end of the year receives IGRA membership through …

It's almost time for the annual IGRA Heshvan Event!
September 27, 2018
  Each year in conjunction with the International Jewish Genealogy Month IGRA hosts our Heshvan Event. Don't miss your …

Lecture by Rony Golan - Lost Identity and Other Research Stories (Hebrew)
August 21, 2018
IGRA is pleased to announce that it is expanding its activities in the Gush Dan area, with a series of lectures to be held at the Beit …

Avraham Groll, Director of JewishGen, announcing new partnership with IGRA in Warsaw IGRA and JewishGen announce strategic partnership
August 16, 2018
IGRA is happy to announce that during the 2018 IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy that took place in Warsaw last week, a …

Time to check our AID collection again!
July 24, 2018
In the current release of databases we have five new databases and additional material added in four others. These databases cover a time …

A Cautionary Tale  or  A Genealogist's Nightmare, by Ingrid Rockberger
July 14, 2018
I recently re-read The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal and gave a wry chuckle when I read that one day, when de Waal is quite …

Amazing pre-conference program with the National Library of Israel
June 27, 2018
Yesterday we had an amazing program held in conjunction with the National Library of Israel, to allow people planning to attend the IAJGS …

Thank you to everyone who participated in the AGM
June 19, 2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in the IGRA Annual General Meeting yesterday, and congratulations to everyone who was elected.…

Screening of Scandal in Ivansk after the AGM
June 8, 2018
IGRA is happy to announce that we will be screening the recently released documentary Scandal in Ivansk after the Annual General Meeting …

This database release has important additions to our AID collection
May 6, 2018
We are announcing the latest database release that has many important additions to the AID collection. Please check the preview for …

Webinar: The Expanded Montefiore Census
April 29, 2018
The Montefiore Censuses provide us with an amazing window to life in the Middle East during those years. Volunteers connected with IGRA …

A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Forum, by Dr. Chanan Rapaport
April 23, 2018
Dr. Rapaport wrote, "I was searching for the origins of a known reputable Ashkenazi family, and I found them". About three years ago I …

IGRA's newest database releases - be sure to check them out!
March 19, 2018
IGRA has added five new databases and updated three others. The preview will give you a good idea about our latest additions. 1914-1915 …

Webinar: Polish Research and IAJGS 2018 Conference Preview
March 8, 2018
Matan Shefi recently spoke on “Polish Research and Preview of Warsaw Conference”. The lecture was recorded and IGRA is now making it …

Chronicling America: Aaron Tissenbaum 1903, by Jeffrey Knisbacher
March 4, 2018
Sometime late last year I was alerted to or offered a new app for my Android Samsung Galaxy 3 cellphone called Old News USA. I downloaded …

Zefat, 16th and 17th Century CE Epitaphs from the Jewish Cemetery, by Yosef Stepansky
February 3, 2018
In loving memory of my mother, Batsheva Friedman Stepansky z"l, whose forefathers arrived in Zefat and Tiberias 200 years ago and are …

Tu B'Shvat!! The holiday celebrating trees...
January 31, 2018
Today is the holiday of Tu B'Shvat where we celebrate trees.... and what better holiday could there be for genealogists? IGRA is bringing …

דבר מצחיק קרה לי בדרך לפורום, מאת ד"ר חנן רפפורט
December 24, 2017
,מחקר מרתק על גילויים חדשים לשורשי משפחת רפפורט דבר-מצחיק-קרה-לי-בדרך-לפורוםDownload rappaport ד"ר חנן …

One more release of databases before we roll into 2018
December 10, 2017
Many thanks are due to our dedicated volunteers who helped prepare the following databases. Please check out the slide presentation with a …

Come and meet our newest additions!
November 6, 2017
The AID (All Israel Databases) has eight additions to its collection. Please check out the preview for more information about these …

Jewish Life in Bessarabia Through the Lens of the Shtetl Kaushany, by Yefim A. Kogan
October 30, 2017
Very little, if anything, is written about mestechko, the small towns or townlets in Eastern Europe with fewer than two thousand Jewish …

Now is the time to join IGRA!
September 28, 2017
As our hearts are turned towards family in this season, IGRA is offering a new member benefit to encourage you to begin your family history …

Heshvan Event 2017 אירוע חשוון
September 24, 2017
(This event has lectures in both Hebrew and English. .באירוע הזה יהיו הרצאות בעברית ובאנגלית) In celebration of International Jewish …

New records added to IGRA's All Israel Database
September 5, 2017
An additional 13,000 records have been added to IGRA's All Israel Databases. A preview is available  including information about each of …

With newest database release AID records top 1,000,000!
June 25, 2017
And they said it couldn't be done! In less than six years the IGRA database team, headed by Rose Feldman and assisted by Daniel Horowitz, …

Theatrical Ancestors, by Daniel Wagner
May 28, 2017
Comedians are unusual characters. Quite a few of them populate my paternal line and this short article will clarify what I mean. In their …

Invitation to IGRA Annual Meeting
May 20, 2017
Annual Meeting of the Israel Genealogy Research Association Invitation to General Assembly Paid Members Only Date: Tuesday, 20 June, …

YOUR help is needed to reach ONE MILLION!
April 29, 2017
With the latest addition of databases (check out our preview!) we now have over 967,000 records!! An incredible effort has been made by our …

IGRA Remembers Harvey Krueger z"l
April 24, 2017
IGRA joins the international Jewish genealogy community in mourning the loss of Harvey Mark Krueger. Harvey died peacefully at home on …

Jerusalem lecture, May 7 - Florence Jewry through the History of One Family
April 20, 2017
Florence Jewry through the History of One Family Lecturer: David Cassuto, an architect born in Florence to a family that lived in the …

Chag Sameach!
April 8, 2017
"In the story of the Exodus, the Torah teaches us that G-d spoke to Moses and instructed him to encourage the reluctant children of …

Using Directories and Maps for Genealogy Research
April 7, 2017
IGRA featured a lecture/webinar series in 2016 and one of the webinars hosted Jeanette R. Rosenberg. This webinar on Using Directories and …

Celebrating Spring - IGRA increases records on the All Israel Database
March 20, 2017
This latest release of databases has seven new databases and additions to four others. These span the years between 1922 and 1956. We have …

My Grandmother's Medical File Was Found in the Archive of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, by Ruth Marcus
March 12, 2017
About one year ago I had a telephone conversation with Dr. Nirit Shalev-Khalifa, who was the curator of an exhibition entitled "Jerusalem: …

Rohatyn Challenges & Issues in Preserving Jewish Memory
March 5, 2017
In 2014 Marla Raucher Osborn delivered a lecture in Jerusalem giving insight into Preserving Jewish Memory with Rohatyn as an example of …

The countdown to 1,000,000!
January 30, 2017
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 …

Yagolnitzer Connection [part 2], by Jeffrey Knisbacher
January 24, 2017
Part 2 Thus far this discussion has revolved exclusively around five people: two known Jagolinzers, Fischel and Keyla, Fischel's …

Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center IGRA Field Trip: Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center in Israel
January 23, 2017
The Israel Genealogy Research Association invites you to a guided tour of the historical and ethnographic part of the Babylonian Jewry …

Notes Regarding the Database "Ukraine Pogroms List of Victims", by Ellen Stepak
January 6, 2017
The list from which I have compiled this database is far from comprehensive. Many thousands of Jews were murdered in the pogroms of …

Chanukah additions to the IGRA databases
December 27, 2016
As in past years, IGRA has scheduled a release of new databases to coincide with the Chanukah holiday. The preview of those being released …

Yagolnitzer Connection [part 1], by Jeffrey Knisbacher
December 24, 2016
Introduction This paper describes recent research on a very large and prominent immigrant family in Rhode Island and beyond, many from …

An Inspiring Visit to Yad Vashem
December 7, 2016
On September 14, 2016, the Raanana and Petach Tikva IGRA groups, in conjunction with Zvi Bernhardt, Deputy Director of Reference and …

IGRA releases additional databases
December 1, 2016
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 …

Webinar on the IGRA Immigration Collection - Sunday, November 6
November 3, 2016
IGRA has a wide variety of records in its collection. One of the major categories are those databases related to immigration. Israel will …

Finding My Cousin Zara, by Eli Rabinowitz
November 3, 2016
I met my first cousin Zara [Zara Zeldin Smushkovich], known to us as Sofka, in late 1975 on Kibbutz Tzora.... Read Eli Rabinowitz's …

אירוע חשון השנתי - הרשמה פתוחה עכשו
October 28, 2016
באירוע הזה יהיו הרצאות בעברית ובאנגלית This event has lectures in both Hebrew and English (for a description of the event in English, …

Annual Heshvan Event – Registration Open
October 13, 2016
(This event has lectures in both Hebrew and English. .באירוע הזה יהיו הרצאות בעברית ובאנגלית) In celebration of International Jewish …

Additional Material Available on the AID
October 6, 2016
The AID (All Israel Databases) has grown again and now contains over 830,000 records! Some of the new additions compliment databases we …

Shimon Peres Shimon Peres in the All Israel Database
September 29, 2016
Shimon Peres (from Wikimedia Commons) Sadly this week former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres passed away. Many …

Aggressively and Strategically Breaking through the Brick Wall, by Dennis Weiner
September 12, 2016
The majority readers of this article are relatively well experienced genealogists so there will be no need for me to define or explain the …

Schelly Talalay Dardashti receives award at IAJGS 2016 Conference
August 26, 2016
IGRA member, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, received the Outstanding Project/Resource/Program 2016 Award at the Gala Banquet of the recent …

IGRA's newest additions to the AID collection
July 31, 2016
As we approach the opening of the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Seattle from August 7 - 12, 2016, …

We welcome IGRAs new leadership team
July 8, 2016
At the June 15, 2016 IGRA Annual Meeting elections were held and the new officers are: President - Philip Trauring; Secretary - Ellen …

The Ins and Outs of IGRA's Database Collection
July 2, 2016
IGRA President, Garri Regev, delivered lectures in Portland, OR; Seattle, WA and Oakland, CA in the Spring of 2016 about vital records …

“Landsmanshaftn Records - a Resource for Genealogy Research”
June 10, 2016
Join us for the next meeting of the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) on Tuesday, June 28th in Ra’anana at Beit Fisher. The …

All-Israel Database additions for the month of May
May 31, 2016
Before we close out the month of May, IGRA has added additional databases to our collection. Our collection now has 766,558 records that …

“The Lockdown of the US Social Security Death Index: Lessons to be learned by the Genealogy Community.”
May 19, 2016
Join us for the next meeting of the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) on Monday, May 30th at 20:00 in Petach Tikva, Israel “The …

April additions to the AID Collection
April 28, 2016
The holiday of Pesach requires us to tell the "family" story and to pass the history along to future generations. As genealogists we …

IGRA recognized by the Association of Israeli Archivists
April 8, 2016
IGRA was among those recognized on April 6, 2016 during the Herlitz Day seminar in Tel Aviv. The certificate we received states: The …

From Rachel's Tomb to Billion Graves: The Inscriptions on Jewish Tombstones, by Esther (Herschman) Rechtschafner
April 3, 2016
Being an active member of IGRA, I have become acquainted with "Billion Graves".  For over a year I have been transcribing the epitaphs on …

Sources for Jewish Genealogy in Ukraine - Part II
March 22, 2016
Following the webinar Tomasz did for IGRA a couple of years ago (available on the IGRA website to all for a limited time) we received many …

Sleepless in Seattle?... Not This August!
March 13, 2016
Chuck Weinstein, Co-Chair of the 36th Annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy gave a preview of the upcoming …

IGRA Spring Webinar Series - Be sure to register!
February 26, 2016
IGRA has just announced a series of webinars, open to everyone, free of charge. There are a limited number of "seats" available so please …

מקורות גנאלוגיים במכון ז'בוטינסקי
February 24, 2016
סמינר - מי אתה מר מנדלסון? מקורות גנאלוגיים במכון ז'בוטינסקי יום ראשון, 20.3.2016 בין 17:00-19:00 בית ז'בוטינסקי, קומה א', רח' המלך …

Genealogy Resources at the Jabotinsky Institute
February 24, 2016
The next Archive Seminar in our series is the Jabotinsky Institute in Tel Aviv. This seminar will be in Hebrew. When: March 20, 2016 - …

Using Historical Newspapers as a Source for Genealogy
February 20, 2016
Historical Newspapers are a wonderful source to enrich your genealogy research. Many newspapers have now been digitized and are searchable.…

Daniel Howoritz Photo Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist of MyHeritage, presents a MyHeritage Workshop
February 17, 2016
IGRA is offering a workshop allowing you to better take advantage of MyHeritage. If you can answer "yes" to more than one of the next …

Pamela Weisberger Chutes & Ladders: Innovative Approaches to Genealogy
January 15, 2016
As a tribute to the memory of Pamela Weisberger z"l, who passed away suddenly in September, 2015, IGRA has received permission from her …

Ava “Sherlock” Cohn got me going! The Story of a 19th-Century Photo, Documents, and some Incomplete Family Lore, by Peter Tarjan
January 14, 2016
Reprinted from BRANCHES (December 2014), newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, and with the author’s permission.…

Seminar Day - Yad Tabenkin סמינר ביד טבנקין - 12.1.2016
December 25, 2015
This seminar will be in Hebrew. Registration and payment can be done via the link at the bottom of this page. It is best to use Chrome or …

An evening in memory of Mathilde Tagger z"l
December 20, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015 we gather at the AACI offices at 37 Pierre Koenig in Jerusalem to remember Mathilde Tagger (1933-2014) on the …

New additions to AID collection
December 13, 2015
IGRA has released additional databases to the AID collection. These databases relate to Candidates for Aliyah to Israel from Hungary in …

IGRA's First Project with the Israel State Archives: Marriage & Divorce Certificates during the Mandate Period in Palestine, by Rose Avigael Feldman
December 6, 2015
In the fall of 2014 the Israel State Archives approached the Israel Genealogy Research Association [IGRA] with a request to build databases …

IJGM - IGRA's Heshvan Event
November 4, 2015
We look forward to seeing many of you on Monday, November 9, 2015 as IGRA presents its Heshvan Event as part of its programming during …

In the Footsteps of Hugo Rosenthal in Grodno, by Ruth Marcus
October 16, 2015
Introduction In October 16, 1914, less than three months after the beginning of WW1, Hugo Rosenthal, a Jewish German soldier, was taken …

IGRA updates member fees & opportunities
October 15, 2015
Effective immediately, IGRA membership fees have increased. The rates are now as follows: Individual - 150 NIS or $45 Couple - 200 …

The Value of Old-Fashioned Rosh Hashanah Cards, by Ingrid Rockberger
September 11, 2015
How many email or Facebook Rosh Hashanah greetings have you received this year? New Year Card Those who send these 'cards' spend time …

Newest additions to the AID (All Israel Databases)
September 5, 2015
Please check out this preview of the databases we have just added to our collection. In the current release of databases we bring to you …

Kolel and Yeshivah Voting Lists, by Shalom Bronstein
August 8, 2015
One of the many IGRA projects is to make available to researchers the names found on lists published in the early part of the 20th century …

IGRA Awarded IAJGS Member of the Year
July 14, 2015
IGRA played a central role in the recent 35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held in Jerusalem. Of the 1000 …

Enjoying Your Online Volunteering, by Irv Cantor
June 27, 2015
I perform online volunteer work for IGRA and enjoy it very much. I have worked on just a few projects, however some were quite large in …

We're back up and running!
June 6, 2015
Our thanks to Brooke Schreier Ganz for moving the IGRA website to a new, much quicker server. Daniel Horowitz and Philip Trauring were …

Server upgrade in process
May 6, 2015
For the next few days IGRA will be upgrading its server and there may be some downtime of our website. If you register during this time you …

Are you available???
April 24, 2015
With the Spring weather, IGRA resumes its documentation project of cemeteries in cooperation with MyHeritage and BillionGraves. We worked …

Finding Aron David Baum, by H. Daniel Wagner
April 24, 2015
A condensed form of this article appeared in Avotaynu XXX (3) Fall 2014, pp. 40-45, and the present version is published here with …

Archives in Israel Series: Oded Yarkoni Archive, Petach Tikva
April 3, 2015
IGRA Webinar that was broadcast on Monday, March 23, 2015 Galia Duvidzon, Director of the Oded Yarkoni Historical Archive and Museum of …

My Visit to the Minsk Archives, by Yechezkel Schatz
March 20, 2015
Last year’s trip to the Chernigov archives uncovered plenty of information about my grandfather and his family. As is always the case in …

It's Election Day in Israel
March 17, 2015
As Israel is in the process of choosing the representatives for the next Knesset IGRA has compiled for you all of the candidates in all 20 …

Archives in Israel Series
March 6, 2015
IGRA is continuing its Archives in Israel series of webinars. The next webinar will be on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6pm Israel time. This …

Searching the Montefiore Censuses, by Billie Stein
February 11, 2015
Background Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) was one of the most prominent Jewish philanthropists in the 19th century.  After making his …

Mathilde Tagger 1933 - 2014, by Jeff Malka
January 26, 2015
Mathilde Tagger 1933 - 2014. Her memory is a blessing. Mathilde Tagger passed away in Jerusalem on December 27, 2014 and on that day the …

RESCHEDULED: "How DNA Helps Build Family Trees"
December 31, 2014
The weather prevented our lecture last week and so the next IGRA lecture will now be held in Petach Tikva on Monday, January 19, 2015 at …

Mathilde A. Tagger, 1933-2014
December 27, 2014
It is with great sadness that I inform the IGRA, Sephardi and Jewish genealogy communities that Mathilde Tagger has passed away. For those …

We invite you to AID on the last night of Chanukah
December 23, 2014
At the outset IGRA wanted to bring to you a set of documents accessible by a bi-lingual search engine. We began modestly and behind the …

What's in a Name? The seventh night of Chanukah....
December 22, 2014

The sixth night brings....
December 21, 2014

Shavua Tov - and with the fifth candle...
December 20, 2014
  In May this article appeared here in English. Now we are bringing you the article in Hebrew.…

דורות מוחלטים של יעקבי, מאת ד"ר חנן רפפורט
December 20, 2014
כדי לקרוא את המאמר - לחצו על הלינק מטה דורות מוחלטים של יעקבי מאמר זה פורסם באנגלית בשם Jacobi Absolute Generations Scale באתר …

The fourth candle... Shabbat Shalom!
December 19, 2014

As we light the third candle...
December 18, 2014

On the second night of Chanukah...
December 18, 2014
    This webinar is now available for you to watch and hear in the VIDEO section of our website. We thank Mathilde …

Webinar - Montefiore Censuses Project
December 17, 2014
Lecture by Mathilde Tagger given in Hebrew (with English slides) on December 7, 2014.…

Happy Chanukah! We light the first candle and....
December 17, 2014
The first night of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. As we enjoy these lights and embrace our families there is no better time to involve …

Coming Soon! New Additions during Chanukah!
December 15, 2014
Please excuse us as we prepare to release additional databases! Chanukah gives us the opportunity to give gifts. Ours naturally revolve …

Mathilde Tagger to lecture in Jerusalem, Sunday, December 7
December 2, 2014
On Sunday, December 7, 2014, Mathilde Tagger will be speaking at the next IGRA meeting in Jerusalem. Mathilde has been involved in …

BillionGraves Webinar: Transcribing Hebrew Tombstones with BillionGraves
November 25, 2014
IGRA Webinar broadcast on Sunday, October 5, 2014: BillionGraves supports Hebrew transcription and we would like to give you some tips and …

Ten Years Ago.....
November 23, 2014
I happened to be sitting in a meeting today at Yad VaShem when those around the table realized that today, ten years ago, Yad VaShem made …

A Monumental Conundrum, by Hank Skirball
November 5, 2014
In 2008, I received a letter and photographs from my cousin, Peter F. STRAUSS of Oakland, California. The letter was from one of his …

Webinar: How to find your Jewish ancestors in Poland
November 2, 2014
Lecture by Jean-Pierre Stroweis in Hebrew (with English slides) given on November 7, 2012.…

"International Jewish Genealogy Month" Activities
October 28, 2014
IGRA and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) participate in International Jewish Genealogy Month during …

How To: Birth & Death Certificates in Israel
October 16, 2014
IGRA frequently receives requests for information regarding the process to acquire a Birth or Death Certificate in Israel. Smaller …

Beirut, Berlin and a Small Town in Lithuania, by Ralph Salinger
October 12, 2014
In 1982, two weeks after the birth of my first daughter, I found myself fighting in the First Lebanese War. My parents [refugees from Nazi …

IAJGS announces the 2015 Conference website is live
October 10, 2014
The IAJGS recently announced that the website for the 35th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Jerusalem, 6-10 July …

Webinar: Transcribing (Hebrew) Tombstones with BillionGraves
September 28, 2014
There has been a great response all over the world to the request to document the tombstones in our cemeteries.  We will continue with this …

Happy New Year from IGRA
September 19, 2014
As the New Year approaches we want to thank all of you for your support, your interest and your desire to help us continue to make records …

Cemetery Documentation Goes to the Next Level!
September 4, 2014
We are delighted to invite you to be a part of history in the making! On Sunday, November 16th, 2014, MyHeritage will be hosting the …

WWI and Its Aftermath in Ivanik and Pinsk, by Ellen Stepak
August 31, 2014
Before World War I, the Polesian city of Pinsk was in Czarist Russia. The city had a strong Jewish majority. In 1897, there were …

Databases released commemorating WWI
August 5, 2014
This week, in 1914, World War I broke out.  IGRA has been able to document some of the resources relating to this period in history related …

Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel: Part Two – The British Administration of Eretz Israel - second half by Rose A. Feldman
July 20, 2014
The first half of this article is available at - Part Two – The British Administration of Eretz Israel - first half 1939 Employment …

קריאה למתנדבים
July 11, 2014
קריאה למתנדבים העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל מציעה אפשרויות רבות לפעילות התנדבותית ואנו מקוים שתוכלו להצטרף אלינו לפעילות אחת או יותר בקיץ …

Time to volunteer!
July 3, 2014
IGRA has a variety of volunteer opportunities and hopes that you will join us in one or more areas. The IAJGS International Jewish …

דולניק – האיחוד המשפחתי בסנט פטרבורג, מאת מרים גיל
July 2, 2014
לאחר חילופי מכתבים ותמונות, גישושי היכרות, שיחות בסקייפ, השלמת פרטים חסרים (שהיוו "חורים שחורים") זה אצל זה, כל שנותר היה להיפגש עם מירה …

34th IAJGS Conference, Salt Lake City 2014, July 27-August 1 Summer means the IAJGS Conference is nearing
June 18, 2014
Every summer the IAJGS (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) brings together thousands of people to learn, question …

IGRA Annual Meeting 2014
June 12, 2014
On Wednesday, June 11, 2014 IGRA held its Annual Meeting at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv.  There were members from seven communities from the …

Jacobi Absolute Generations Scale, by Chanan Rapaport
May 19, 2014
A major goal of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center is to develop scientific research tools and …

Independence Day celebrations
May 4, 2014
As we move from the Day of Remembrance for our fallen to Independence Day IGRA joins in celebrating Israel's 66th birthday - and has …

The Domiciles of my Direct Forebears, by Esther Rechtschafner
April 13, 2014
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is an excellent example of genealogical methodology.  The author shows intellect, patience, persistence, …

Marla Raucher Osborn to lecture on April 6, 2014
March 22, 2014
Marla Raucher Osborn, a lawyer and genealogist, has traveled and written extensively on issues of Jewish genealogy and methodology, …

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
March 13, 2014
History and Geography reprint from Avotaynu This is a reprint of the article History and Geography As Crucial Factors In  Determining …

IGRA participates in cemetery documentation project
March 11, 2014
With the new cooperative initiative between MyHeritage and BillionGraves it should be possible within a relatively short period of time to …

Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel: Part Two – The British Administration of Eretz Israel - first half, by Rose A. Feldman
March 8, 2014
Kefar Azar Introduction When researching your female ancestors as you go back in time, do you hit a brick wall? This need not be. As …

March is National Women's History Month
March 2, 2014
In the United States March is being celebrated as National Women's History Month. IGRA lends its recognition of the very important role of …

Webinar: Sources for Jewish Genealogy in Ukraine
February 14, 2014
This webinar, "Sources for Jewish Genealogy in Ukraine" was broadcast on December 23, 2013 as part of a meeting of the Israel Genealogy …

קול קורא למתנדבים - הכנס הבינלאומי לגנאלוגיה יהודית יולי 2015, ירושלים
January 29, 2014
קול קורא למתנדבים: הכנס הבינלאומי לגנאלוגיה יהודית 2015 (ירושלים) הכנס ה-35 של איגוד העל של הארגונים לגנאלוגיה יהודית (IAJGS) ייערך …

International Genealogy Conference coming to Jerusalem - Call for Volunteers
January 29, 2014
The 35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held from July 6-10, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. This is the largest …

Cemeteries: 14 for 2014
January 6, 2014
To open 2014 IGRA has prepared a new group of records.  We have been hard at work documenting cemeteries, most of which have not been …

הביקור שלי בארכיון בצ'רניגוב, מאת יחזקאל שץ
January 5, 2014
לפני זמן לא רב חזרתי מביקור מוצלח מאד בארכיון בצ'רניגוב, וברצוני לשתף אחרים בחוויות שחוויתי שם. אני מקווה שהסיפור שלי יספק מידע לגבי …

Bringing in the New Year
December 29, 2013
To welcome the New Year IGRA will be releasing additions to our databases.  Look for the upcoming announcement! There will be a meeting …

Lecture for Monday Cancelled
December 15, 2013
Due to the weather challenges in Jerusalem we have had to cancel Neil Rosenstein's lecture and the IGRA meeting that were scheduled to take …

Webinar available: Searching Your Jewish Heritage Roots
December 12, 2013
Have you ever asked yourself:  How do I start my Jewish family history research?  Where do I find and save the information? …

Enjoying the IGRA Occupation Databases, by Esther Rechtschafner
December 9, 2013
Recently, I was checking family names on the some of the various IGRA databases.  My father had relatives, from the H.Gerschman family who …

Upcoming lecture schedule
December 8, 2013
IGRA has four lectures in the coming weeks.  We are taking advantage of local talent as well as traveling genealogists who will share with …

IGRA News & Chanukah plans
November 26, 2013
The Montefiore Endowment Fund is celebrating the publication of the five censuses (1839, 1849, 1855, 1866 and 1875) done in the Middle East …

Eight Days of Chanukah
November 26, 2013
IGRA will be releasing new databases each night of Chanukah. We have selected databases from a variety of time periods, covering many …

מחקרי הגניאלוגיים, מאת אסתר רמון
November 12, 2013
התחלתי את חקר משפחותי עם משפחת הומבורגר מקרלסרוהה, המשפחה של סבי מצד אמי. היה בידי העתק של הפריבילגיה שקיבל אבי המשפחה, היהודי לב הומבורגר …

Daniel Howoritz Photo WEBINAR - Searching Your Jewish Heritage Roots
November 9, 2013
Learn about the main repositories for Jewish Genealogy available on the internet. This program will illustrate how to search efficiently in …

Pamela Weisberger Two upcoming opportunities to hear Pamela Weisberger
November 3, 2013
Pamela Weisberger will be in Israel the second week of November and there will be two opportunities to learn from her. On Monday, …

IGRA update
November 3, 2013
The November calendar should be checked on the IGRA website! There are a variety of lectures in different venues - Jerusalem, Petach Tikva,…

"Keeping the Memory of Mysovaya Alive", November 4, 2013 AACI
October 26, 2013
Keeping the Memory of Mysovaya Alive In the small Siberian town near Lake Baykal, is an old Jewish cemetery.  The last burial took place …

Special WEBINAR opportunity
October 23, 2013
Searching the All Galicia Database & the Gesher Galicia Map Room Online The All Galicia Database (AGD) on the Gesher Galicia website …

מפקד מונטיפיורי החמישי והאחרון (1875) של האוכלוסיה היהודית בא"י זמין כעת לחיפוש
October 22, 2013
עם העלאתו לאינטרנט של מפקד מונטיפיורי החמישי של האוכלוסיה היהודית בארץ ישראל משנת 1875, נסתיים פרויקט שארך שש שנים ושמטרתו היתה לפענח, …

1875 Montefiore Census of Eretz Israel now available for searching
October 21, 2013
With the uploading of the 1875 census of the Jewish population of Eretz Israel, the 6 year project of digitizing and translating the 5 …

Selected Lectures on Genealogy: An Introduction to Scientific Tools, עורך: פרופ' דניאל וגנר
October 17, 2013
Selected Lectures on Genealogy: An Introduction to Scientific Tools עורך: פרופ' דניאל וגנר הודפס במכון ויצמן למדע 204 …

Book Reviews, by Irwin M. Pikus
October 17, 2013
Selected Lectures on Genealogy: An Introduction to Scientific Tools, edited by H. Daniel Wagner, Printed.  Rehovot, Israel: Weizmann …

October 15 - "Genealogy Goes to the Movies" - Ra'anana
October 10, 2013
Tuesday October 15th: Israel Genealogy Research Association brings this as part of International Jewish Genealogy Month. Guest speaker: …

יום עיון: גנאלוגיה רבנית בספרייה הלאומית
October 9, 2013
ספרי ההיסטוריה והזיכרון הקולקטיבי נוטים להנציח את הדמויות העומדות במרכז הבמה. בקרב היהודים, במשך מאות שנים עמד הרב, מייצג עולם התורה, בקצה …

IGRA opens International Jewish Genealogy Month
October 5, 2013
IGRA opens International Jewish Genealogy Month with an event at Beit Hatfutsot on the Tel Aviv University campus - October 7, 2013 from …

IGRA "New Year Event" - Beit Hatfutsot, October 7, 2013
September 27, 2013
We hope to see you at the “New Year Event” of IGRA on October 7, 2013 at Beit Hatfutsot on the Tel Aviv University campus.  The program, …

ארוע "אחרי החגים" בבית התפוצות - 7.10.13
September 27, 2013
מקווים לראותכם בארוע “אחרי החגים” של העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל שיתקיים ב-7.10.2013 בבית התפוצות שבקמפוס אוניברסיטת תל אביב, מ-15:30 עד …

The IGRA Voters' List Project, by Dr. Martha Lev-Zion
September 19, 2013
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
September 7, 2013
The Jews of Dolina, Galicia ( now Dolyna, Ivano-Frankivsk region,Ukraine) trace their origins back to the times of the Polish kings who …

Wishes for the New Year
September 2, 2013
From us at IGRA to all our friends and colleagues! May this year be an especially healthy, happy and creative one for each of you and may …

Don't miss the IGRA special event, October 7, 2013
August 21, 2013
Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) invites you to a special event on Monday, 7 October 2013 at Beit Hatfutsot …

ארוע מיוחד של העמותה בבית התפוצות 7.10.13
August 21, 2013
העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל מזמינה אתכם לארוע מיוחד ביום ב' 7 אוקטובר 2013 ג' חשון תשע"ד בבית התפוצות 15:30-20:00   שלום! הנכם …

Petah Tikva archive recognized at IAJGS Conference
August 13, 2013
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) presented the nomination of The Oded Yarkoni Archives Historical Archive of Petah Tikva to …

Ambassador Neville Lamdan receives Lifetime Achievement Award
August 9, 2013
At the 2013 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy the IAJGS awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Neville Lamdan.  The …

Four new databases released in advance of Boston Conference
July 30, 2013
IGRA has released four new databases in advance of the opening of the 33rd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in …

Where have we been?
July 16, 2013
שמרו את התאריך העמותה למחקר גנאלוגי בישראל מזמינה אתכם להיות עמנו ב-7.10.2013 חדש באתר יש מאמר חדש באתר העמותה שכתבה רוז פלדמן - "חוקרים …

Where have we been?
July 16, 2013
- SAVE THE DATE!! IGRA invites you to join us on October 7, 2013 for a special event. - A new article has been posted on the IGRA website: …

Researching Your Female Ancestors in Eretz Israel: Part One – The Ottoman Empire Period, by Rose A. Feldman
July 10, 2013
Introduction When researching your female ancestors as you go back in time, do you hit a brick wall? This need not be. As more is …

Seminar Day on Genealogy Resources at National Library of Israel
June 24, 2013
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 there will be a day long seminar (08:30 - 18:00) on Genealogy Resources held at the National Library of Israel. …

IGRA Annual Meeting
June 14, 2013
The Israel Genealogy Research Association held its Annual Meeting at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People on June 12, 2013. …

Additional databases added for International Archives Day
June 8, 2013
June 9, 2013 is International Archives Day.  Some of the goals are: making the public aware of the importance of archives, making all aware …

Our name change is official!
May 31, 2013
We received notice this week that our requested name change has been approved by the Rasham HaAmutot.  Our name in Hebrew now reflects our …

The "Roving Researcher" to lecture in Ra'anana
May 19, 2013
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm there will be a lecture by Eli Rabinowitz at Beit Fisher in Ra'anana (5 Klausner St.). Originally …

Finding Tante Fanni, by Jeanette R. Rosenberg
May 11, 2013
No matter how experienced we are as genealogists, we probably all have brick walls in our personal genealogical research.  Here is a …

IGRA Highlights Jerusalem Day
May 7, 2013
Yom Yerushalayim falls on the 8th of May this year, and we at the Israel Genealogy Research Association [IGRA] have just the thing to help …

May Day!
April 30, 2013
"International Workers' Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement. May 1 is a national holiday in …

Lecture in Rehovot - Wednesday, April 24
April 21, 2013
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has been busy for the past year working together with various archives and preparing …

Lecture in Jerusalem - Wednesday, April 24
April 21, 2013
This month our lecture in Jerusalem will be: "Exploring Landsmanshaftn Records:  A Link between the Old and New Worlds".  Our lecturer is …

IGRA releases new databases!
April 16, 2013
Israel tonight celebrates its 65th birthday. In honor of Israel's Independence Day the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) has …

Discovering our Past: The Good, the Bad and the Sweet by Michael Salzbank
March 18, 2013
My genealogical journey began, I imagine, like many others begin, while sitting shiva for a parent. In my case it was my mother who had …

כעת יש באוסף שלנו כ-100 מאגרי מידע
March 13, 2013
בעזרת המתנדבים הרבים שלנו, הגיעה העמותה לחקר המשפחה היהודית לאבן דרך נוספת.  כעת יש באוסף שלנו כ-100 מאגרי מידע!  תודה לכל מי שסייע …

IGRA "Springs Ahead"
March 13, 2013
The Israel Genealogy Research Association, with the help of our many volunteers, has reached another milestone.  We now have 100 databases …

New Strategies in German Jewish Research by Karen Franklin
February 14, 2013
From a lecture to the Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society January 14, 2013 I recently began working on a project to organize 50 years …

עבור הלילה השישי של חנוכה .....מאמר חדש
February 11, 2013
   העמותה לחקר המשפחה היהודית שמחה להציג בפניך מאמר נוסף מהחוברת "גנאולוגיה אינטרנטית"  המאמר פורסם לראשונה בחוברת ממאי/יוני 2012 …

פרס הוקרה למתנדבים
February 7, 2013
העמותה לחקר המשפחה היהודית מעריך את השעות הרבות של עבודה מסורה של מי שמנדב מזמנם כדי לסייע בפרויקטים השונים שלנו. אם אתה עדיין לא מתנדב …

Volunteer Recognition Award
February 7, 2013
IGRA values the many hours of dedicated work by those who volunteer their time to help with our various projects.  If you are not yet an …

Pamela Weisberger Pamela Weisberger to speak in Jerusalem - January 30, 2013
January 25, 2013
The next IGRA meeting will be on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 in the AACI Glassman Family Center 37 Pierre Koenig St. 4th floor, Jerusalem.…

ELECTIONS!!
January 22, 2013
Today is Election Day in Israel and everyone is taking another moment to think about their choice before heading to vote. Want to know …

ELECTIONS!!
January 22, 2013
Today is Election Day in Israel and everyone is taking another moment to think about their choice before heading to vote. Want to know …

Still time to register!
January 11, 2013
As the snow melts in Jerusalem and is already just a memory, IGRA wants to remind you of the Webinar we are running on Sunday, January 13. …

Still time to register!
January 11, 2013
As the snow melts in Jerusalem and is already just a memory, IGRA wants to remind you of the Webinar we are running on Sunday, January 13. …

Images of the Holocaust
January 1, 2013
(Note: This article, having been edited by the IGRA editorial board, was published as modified simultaneously in Mishpacha Volume XXXIII, …

Webinar: Reuniting Holocaust Survivors
December 31, 2012
A webinar in Hebrew by Zach Oryan Oracz given to IGRA on November 14, 2012.…

מנוע החיפוש החדש התווסף לאתר שלנו
December 30, 2012
מנוע החיפוש החדש התווסף לאתר של www.genealogy.org.il/AID/ - AID – All Israel Databases ביולי בפריס בזמן הועידה הבינלאומי של גנאלוגיים …

Registration Open for our next Webinar
December 28, 2012
IGRA has scheduled a webinar in English entitled "Navigating the All Israel Database Search Engine" for Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 8 pm …

Our new Search Engine is here!!!
December 15, 2012
In our desire to bring to you a present for each night of Chanukah we have added to our site something special each day.  We hope that you …

For the sixth night of Chanukah.... a new article!
December 13, 2012
IGRA is happy to bring to you another article from the magazine "Internet Genealogy".  This article was originally published in the …

Video: Lesser known sources for researching Jewish genealogy in the UK
December 12, 2012
Lecture by Jeanette Rosenberg on February 13, 2012.…

Hebrew genealogy terms
December 11, 2012
English Phonetics Hebrew Search chipus חיפוש Name shem שם Given …

Name Your Roots Video: What's In A Name?
December 10, 2012
Description: Surnames hold many secrets - watch as they are decoded. Learn how surnames hold codes to Jewish heritage and watch people …

New "Professional Genealogy Research Service" page
December 9, 2012
In the second night of Chanukah, we have opened a “Professional Genealogy Research Service” section were all professionals dedicated to …

Vabolnik Revisited: A Cemetery Documentation Project
December 8, 2012
by Ellen Stepak The cemetery is located just outside of the village of Vabalninkas, known by its Jewish inhabitants as Vabolnik, or …

Happy Hanukkah Eight days of surprises! Happy Chanukah from IGRA
December 7, 2012
IGRA is planning a huge Chanukah celebration. On each day of Chanukah we will release a surprise.…

Lecture: Amazing What You Find in Old Newspapers: Case Study of the Historical Jewish Press Website
November 18, 2012
On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, there will be a lecture by Rose Feldman in Jerusalem on:  "Amazing What You Find in Old Newspapers: Case …

גנאלוגיה באיתור יורשים לרכוש
November 17, 2012
 גנאלוגיה באיתור יורשים לרכוש , מאת מיכאל סטרוד תחביבי כעיסוקי הינו איתור יורשים לנכסי נדל"ן נשכחים (לכאורה) בארץ ישראל אשר בעליהם אינם …

Two more activities for International Jewish Genealogy Month this week!!
November 11, 2012
IGRA is closing out International Jewish Genealogy Month with two very special activities.  For those in the Rehovot area there is a …

Shhhhhhh!! Can you keep a secret?
November 6, 2012
The new IGRA search engine is almost ready!!  An announcement will be made to let you know we're up and running.  And - the "AID" has a …

Don't miss our programs this week!
November 4, 2012
Jean-Pierre Stroweis is going to be featured this week in our webinar - our fourth in our series for International Jewish Genealogy Month.  …

Video: The Genealogical Value of Jewish Cemetery Records - JewishGen's JOWBR Project
November 3, 2012
IGRA celebrates International Jewish Genealogy Month! The first lecture in our series was on the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial …

Webinar: Unraveling DNA for Genealogists
October 29, 2012
Lecture by Elise Friedman on October 24, 2013 as part of the International Jewish Genealogy Month.…

IGRA has added 13,430 new records to the database
October 29, 2012
IGRA has added the Voters’ List for Second Assembly of Representatives of the Jews in Erez Israel (Jerusalem) 1925 to our databases. The …

IGRA Continues its programming for International Jewish Genealogy Month
October 21, 2012
We had successful programs last week in Petach Tikva and Jerusalem and a wonderful webinar by Nolan Altman.…

International Jewish Genealogy Month Programs
October 14, 2012
IGRA has a variety of programs in the coming month and we hope that you will be able to participate in many of our activities. Our …

New databases released
October 10, 2012
IGRA  has released two new databases: 1. List of Candidates for the Third Knesset 1955 - A list of 1,315 candidates for the 3rd Knesset …

IGRA starts activities for the International Jewish Genealogy Month
October 5, 2012
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) invites you to take part in our activities for the International Jewish Genealogy Month …

We're Back!
September 28, 2012
IGRA is happy to let you know that our website is ready to welcome you again. We hope that you will see improvement in response time and …

Lecture - Jerusalem: Thursday, September 20, 2012 19:00
September 20, 2012
IGRA begins our year of programming in Jerusalem at the AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center in Talpiot on Thursday, September …

Shana Tova to all IGRA members and supporters
September 20, 2012
IGRA would like to take this opportunity to send greetings for the New Year to all of our supporters.  May this year be one of rich family …

Lecture - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - Ra'anana
September 11, 2012
BRINGING THE MONTEFIORE CENSUSES TO THE MASSES. Rose Feldman 19:30, 12/9/12, Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner Street, Raanana, 20 NIS guest fee - …

Elvis Presley’s Jewish Ancestry
August 29, 2012
Goodness… It’s been 35 years since the King passed on. According to an article in Tabletmag.com, Elvis’s great great maternal …

New version of IGRA's Beta Search Engine Inaugurated
August 4, 2012
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) announces a new version of its Beta Search Engine for the All Israel Database (AID) …

12 Questions, by Leslie Kelman
August 4, 2012
Leslie Kelman followed a trail from the UK to Australia and back to the UK in tracing a grandmother’s birth. Is it possible that a family …

Dr. Jeffrey S. Malka receives IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award at Paris Conference
July 21, 2012
Were one to look at the life project of Dr. Jeffrey S.  Malka, there would be no other conclusion than that he would be honored with The …

Israelis who lectured at the 32nd IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Paris 2012
July 20, 2012
Israelis who lectured at the32nd International Conference on Jewish GenealogyParis 2012 Alexander AvrahamYad VashemName …

Jewish Cemeteries in Jerusalem
July 8, 2012
Jewish Cemeteries in Jerusalem by Mathilde A. Tagger From antiquity, people have chosen a place outside the village or the settlement for …

Two Resource Guides added
July 6, 2012
IGRA has added two Resource Guides (there is a drop down window under RESOURCES) - one for Israel where you will find a listing of a …

Five new databases from the National Archives (UK) and Hadassah on the IGRA website
July 4, 2012
Hadassah Silver Jubilee 1937 cover  The Israel Genealogy Research Association has uploaded four new databases based on material found in …

IGRA in the "40 Top Genealogy Blogs for International Research"
June 14, 2012
The Family Tree Magazine, in this week's newsletter "Genealogy Insider", has come up with a creative way of suggesting people focus their …

Nine new databases added to All Israel Databases (AID)
June 7, 2012
In honor of International Archives Day 2012 on June 9th and the virtual exhibition by the Israeli Igud [organization] of Archives and …

Trip this week to Yad VaShem
June 1, 2012
There is a visit to Yad VaShem in Jerusalem organized for Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - meeting in the 1st floor lobby of the ”Administration …

History, Fiction and Genealogy
May 20, 2012
 History, Fiction and Genealogy by Hank Skirball Genealogy - An account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an …

Richard Gussow Video: A lecture on genetic genealogy by Richard Gussow
April 29, 2012
Matching Genes: How DNA testing can help you discover family and ancestry Richard GussowIGRA Meeting in Tel AvivJanuary 29, …

2015 IAJGS Conference to be held in ISRAEL!
April 26, 2012
Just announced - The 2015 IAJGS Conference to be in Israel!!  Coinciding with today, Israel Independence Day, Michael Goldstein, president …

My REZEKNE - a new article posted
April 1, 2012
Esther Rechtschafner learned from a cousin that her paternal grandmother was born in Rezekne, Latvia.  Her mission was to learn more about …

My REZEKNE
March 31, 2012
My REZEKNE by Esther Rechtschafner Introduction A few years ago, a cousin of my father wrote me that my paternal grandmother was …

Join us Wednesday, March 21, 2012 19:00-21:00
March 15, 2012
If you had family living in the US in 1940 - where were they living??  Every 10 years the US collects census information.  Seventy-two …

Additional Article posted - be sure to read!
March 13, 2012
An additional article has been posted and we invite you to read this fascinating story - "Visiting Grandpa Tuvia in America".  Miriam Gil …

OLEI - Latin American Immigrant Olim Association in Israel
March 7, 2012
On Sunday, March 4, 2012 Daniel Horowitz gave a lecture in Spanish on" Beginning Genealogy Research" to a group of immigrants from Spanish …

Visiting Grandpa Tuvia in America
March 7, 2012
Visiting Grandpa Tuvia in America Miriam Gil (1) 'Soon I'll meet my Grandpa Tuvia' (2) as once again the thought crossed my mind like a …

Internet Genealogy - Feb 2012 Article Thumbnail Free Article from Internet Genealogy Magazine
February 23, 2012
We are happy to offer a free article from Internet Genealogy magazine each month on our web site to registered users (registration is free).…

Lecture in Jerusalem tonight!
February 22, 2012
  Come at 6:30 pm to ask your questions of our experts. Program begins at 7 pm at the AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre …

(Moyal) שם המשפחה מויאל
February 21, 2012
שם המשפחה מויאל (Moyal) מטילדה א. טג'ר באמצע המאה ה19 עלתה לארץ משפחת מויאל ממרוקו ובהמשך נמנתה בין המשפחות הספרדיות הבולטות של …

New Resource Guide on Courland/Latvia
February 21, 2012
New Resource Guide on Courland/Latvia We are honored to announce our resource guide Courland/Latvia written by Dr. Martha Lev-Zion. You …

Courland/Latvia Resource Guide by Dr. Martha Lev-Zion
February 18, 2012
Courland/Latvia Resource Guide (free site registration required) Dr. Martha Lev-Zion is an historian of modern European intellectual …

What Happened at Rootstech - Two Webinars tonight (in Hebrew 8pm Israel Time/1pm Eastern US Time, and in English at 9pm Israel Time/2pm Eastern US Time)
February 16, 2012
Daniel Horowitz Daniel Horowitz is giving two webinars today giving a summary of what happened at Rootstech 2012, the conference on …

Video: My Gaza Family
February 16, 2012
Description: This video is of a presentation given by Dr. Steven Plaut on the history of the Gaza Jewish community, in particular his …

Using Newspapers and Land Registries to Find People
February 10, 2012
1943 Palestine Post Legal Notice Historical Newspapers Maariv Notice The following are examples from Davar [i]– published in …

Pamela Weisberger Chutes & Ladders: Innovative Approaches to Genealogy
February 6, 2012
Chutes & Ladders: Innovative Approaches to Genealogy Pamela A. Weisberger © 2013 Are you eager to connect the dots, score points …

Lecture/Webinar: Research Genealogical Resources in Israel from your Couch
February 2, 2012
Learn how to access genealogical resources and other useful databases available in Israel, that can be used online to find relatives. …

Video: Levitas Family
February 1, 2012
Lecture by Gidon Levitas z"l about the genealogy research of his family.…

Jeffrey Malka New Resource Guide on Sephardic Genealogy
January 25, 2012
We are honored to announce that our latest resource guide has been written by Jeffrey Malka, on Sephardic Genealogy. You must be registered …

Jerusalem Meeting January 25
(Lecture-Webinar)

January 20, 2012
"Researching Genealogical Databases in Israel from your Couch" Join us on January 25, in Jerusalem, or online for a live webinar …

Help Wanted Want to Contribute?
January 16, 2012
We've received many requests from people who are looking to help with our new society, which is really great. While the society was started …

Video: Ostrich Feathers
January 15, 2012
Lecture by Miriam Romm on October 25, 2011.…

New Resource Guide: South Africa
January 5, 2012
We would like to announce a new Resource Guide on this web site, for doing Jewish genealogy research in South Africa. You must be logged in …

New Resource Guides
December 29, 2011
We are happy to announce three different Resource Guides are available with the launch of this website, and more are coming soon. Resource …

Free Article from Internet Genealogy Magazine
December 29, 2011
We are happy to offer a free article from Internet Genealogy magazine each month on our web site to registered users. You can check back …

Passover Break – Fifth Episode
December 28, 2011
H. Daniel Wagner A few years ago, at Pesach time, I published a 4-part article in Sharsheret Hadorot which recounted short stories of …

Pourquoi la Genealogie?
December 11, 2011
Description: Video about Jean Pierre Stroweis and genealogy in Israel, from Tsarfatv.com, the video magazine of the Francophone community …