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Genealogy research has changed over the last 35 years in ways we never imagined possible. The internet has come of age. Archives have made some of their records available online, cemeteries have been documented and can be viewed on the internet, libraries have digitized books and more.

Computers and their technology have made strides as well. Whereas computers were clunky boxes and screens with limited functionality the dedicated programs were very limited. Computers have grown stronger and faster, storage options have changed over and over – and over, laptops are more prevalent and tablets and cell phones have made our computing possible on the go. The software has transformed into apps and the choices are almost unending.

As we combine the changes in computing and the changes in genealogy research we have opportunities to explore and we can rethink how we carry with us and store our information.

With the enormous variety of apps available on the market – which ones may prove to be our “new best friend”? There are, of course, apps that each of the major genealogy companies have made available to users so that you can carry your family tree and its information with you. There are also apps that don’t immediately scream GENEALOGY. We can, however, adapt many of them for our genealogy research and family connections.

The apps that are mentioned in the lecture are available over a variety of platforms – both iOS and Google Play, for both phone and tablet (unless otherwise mentioned). All of the apps chosen here are free. This list is not exhaustive nor is it comprehensive. An effort has been made to bring to you a variety of options for different categories so that you can make choices of the tools that look like they will work the best for you. Everyone has a unique style and some apps will speak to you more than others. There are no right answers – enjoy experimenting!

My hope is that you will all find one or two new tools that you didn’t think of using before for your genealogy work and adopt (and adapt) them to your needs.

This lecture was given live on 28 Jan 2019 at the IGRA Ra’anana location by Garri Regev, Past President of IGRA.

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.