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The Montefiore Censuses provide us with an amazing window to life in the Middle East during those years. Volunteers connected with IGRA (and the IGS before IGRA) spent years going over the census records, and transcribing and translating them in order to make them available in both Hebrew and English. The scans are kept on the Montefiore Endowment website and the index found on the IGRA website points you to their site as well.

In this webinar Rose Feldman gives you insights into how to make the most of this unique resource.


2018-01-09 IGRA The Expanded Montefiore Census – The most important Jewish genealogy resource for the 19th century in Eretz Israel

Matan Shefi recently spoke on “Polish Research and Preview of Warsaw Conference”. The lecture was recorded and IGRA is now making it available to you. Matan lectured about records and archives available in Poland, including records at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.  He also gave a preview of the upcoming IAJGS annual conference in Warsaw this summer. The lecture is in English.

Matan Shefi works at the Family Heritage and Jewish Genealogy Center in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland. He is also co-chair of the upcoming IAJGS conference in Warsaw.

Lecture given live on January 4, 2018

IGRA President, Garri Regev, delivered lectures in Portland, OR; Seattle, WA and Oakland, CA in the Spring of 2016 about vital records that are available in Israel, how to look for records in a variety of places and how to best make use of the IGRA website and databases.

The lecture in Oakland was to be broadcast as a webinar as well but due to technical issues those on the call were able to see the presentation but could not hear the lecture. We apologize.

This recorded lecture is a good introduction to the IGRA website and the All Israel Database (AID) collection in specific.

If, after watching the recorded lecture, you still have questions – please send them along and we will do our best to answer (


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 requests for an additional opportunity to hear from Tomasz. Watch the earlier webinar and then be sure to watch this webinar. Many questions came to us from viewers during the webinar and we hope that all researching ancestors in Ukraine will benefit from the material presented in this webinar.


Historical Newspapers are a wonderful source to enrich your genealogy research. Many newspapers have now been digitized and are searchable. You should check in your region for local papers that are now available.

This 35 minute webinar with Rose Feldman is from 2012. The basic principles are useful and the webinar will give you a good idea of the categories of searches that may be appropriate for you and the types of information you may find.

The National Library of Israel and Tel Aviv University have a new format for the Historical Jewish Press. The search process has been changed a little since the webinar was prepared but you should find the new format to be “user friendly”.

We hope that you will enjoy “Amazing What You Find in Old Newspapers – Case Study of the Historical Jewish Press” and that it will give you a source for an additional method of finding important details and stories about your family.

(We apologize – the slides and voice may not always be in sync.)