Description: is a free website for searching 2 million+ pages of historical European directories (business, address, telephone), yizkor books, Galician secondary school reports, Polish and Russian military documents, community histories, and more. Containing tens of millions of personal names – often with towns, street addresses, and occupations, and sometimes with genealogical details such as patronymics, maiden names, or vital dates – most of the 4,000+ sources are not searchable elsewhere. This talk will provide an overview of all sources, with a focus on recently added sources and search techniques. The use of directories in the Warsaw property restitution process will also be discussed briefly. was recognized with the IAJGS 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jewish Genealogy via the Internet and as one of Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Websites for 2015-2022.

Short Bio: Logan Joseph Kleinwaks is JewishGen’s Research Director for Danzig/Gdańsk, a former Board Member of Gesher Galicia, and creator of online genealogy research tools. In 2022, he received JewishGen’s Susan E. King Volunteer of the Year Award. During the war in Ukraine, he has worked to support Ukrainian archives’ needs and facilitate the preservation of Jewish genealogical documents in Lviv.

The handout is available here