Israel Resources

This guide brings together a variety of sources for information in Israel that may help you find details about family who lived in or came through Israel at various points in time.  You will find listed here the categories that may be of assistance.  Not all places with a website have digitized their collections.  In some cases, you can learn about the kinds of information each place contains and plan to do research there when you are next in Israel.  Others do have digitized data that you can search from the comfort of your home.   As additional sites come to our attention we will update this list.  Don’t forget that you can use Google Translate to give you a basic translation of documents in Hebrew.  Steve Morse also has a tool that may help you with translation:

 Archives –

List of Archives in Israel IAN Project
Interactive Archives Map
Akevoth (Traces) Research of the family origins and heritage of Dutch Jewry (English);
Aliyah Bet – Palyam (Hebrew/English);
Arava Archive (Hebrew);
Kiriyat Atta Archive (Hebrew);
Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center (English);
Beit Haedut, Nir Galim (Hebrew/English);
Beit Hatfutsot (Hebrew/English);
Beit Therensiendstadt (Hebrew/English);
The Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute (Hebrew/English);
“Bintivey Ha’apala” Clandestine Jewish Immigration Information and Research Center in Memory of Admiral Mordechai (Moka) Limon (Hebrew/English);
Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People [CAHJP] (English);
Central Zionist Archives [CZA] (Hebrew/English);
Damascus (Syria) Jewry Organization in Israel (Hebrew);
Emek Yizrael Archive catalogue (included Nahal Wizo School) Hebrew;
Kollel Galicia or “Kollel Hibat Yerushalayim (Hebrew/English/French);
Museum of the History of Gedera & the Biluim and Archive (Hebrew);
Ghetto Fighters House “Beit Lohamei Hagetaot (Hebrew/English/Russian/French);
Kibbutz Givat Hayim Ihud (Hebrew);
Gnazim (Hebrew/English);
Hagana History Archives (Hebrew);
Ha’Apalah Aliyah Bet Database (English);
The “Khan” Museum Hadera (Hebrew/English;
Haifa Municipal Archives (Hebrew);
University of Haifa Archive (Hebrew/English);
The Heritage Site of “Hapoel” Sports (Hebrew);
Kidush Hashem Archives (Hebrew);
Israel State Archives (Hebrew/English);
The Israeli Documentation Center for The Performing Arts (IDCPA), Tel Aviv Univeristy (Hebrew);
Jabotinsky Institute in Israel (Hebrew/English);
Jerusalem City Archives (Hebrew);
List of Files at the Jerusalem City Archives
Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives (English);
Memorial and Heritage site of Kfar Etzion (Hebrew/English);
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael / Jewish National Fund Photo Archive (English);
Kfar Sava Archives (Hebrew);
The Knesset Archive (Hebrew);
A collection of all the kibbutz websites (Hebrew);

Landsmanshaftn Inventory – from material found at the CAHJP (English);
Archives of the Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel (English);
The Moshe Sharett Israeli Labor Party Archives (Hebrew/English);
The Pinchas Lavon Institue for Labour Movement Research (Hebrew/English soon);
Leo Baeck Institute – Jerusalem Branch (Hebrew/English);
Eran Leor Cartographic Collection National Library, Hebrew University  (English);
World Organization of Libyan Jews (Hebrew/English);
The Archive of the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel (Hebrew/English);
Department of Manuscripts and The Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, National Library, (English/Hebrew);
Kibbutz Maabarot Archive (Hebrew);
The Pierre Gildsgiim Maccabi Sports Museum – Maccabi Museum and Archives (English);
Institute for the Study of Holocaust “Massuah” (Hebrew/English);
Mitzpeh Hilla Archive (Hebrew);
National Photo Collection (Hebrew/English);
Beit Rishonim Nes Tsionna (Hebrew);
Municipal Archive of Netanya (Hebrew);
Oded Yarkoni Archives of the History of Petah Tikvah (Hebrew);
Museum and Archive for the History of Ramat Gan (Hebrew);
Archive of Ra’anana (Hebrew);
Historical Archive of Rehovot (Hebrew);
The Religious Kibbutz Movement (Hakibbutz Hadati) Archive, Kibbutz Yavne (Hebrew/English);
Dr. Zerah Warhaftig Institute for the Research on Religious Zionism (Hebrew);
Museum Rishon Le-Zion (and archive) (Hebrew);
The Archive of Rosh Pinna (Hebrew);
Kibbutz Sa’ad Archive (Hebrew);
Kibbutz Shefayim Archive (Hebrew);
Shefaryam Archive (Hebrew – Facebook);
Steven Speilberg Jewish Film Archive (Hebrew/English);
Tel-Aviv – Yaffo Municipal Historical Archives (Hebrew/English);
The Archives for the History of Tel-Aviv University (Hebrew);
Tiberias Historical Archives (Hebrew);
The Tsofit Archive (Hebrew – website);
Archive Moshav Tsofit (Hebrew – blog);
Tuviyahu Archives of the Negev, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew);
Yad Le Zehava (Hebrew);
Yad Tabenkin Archives (Hebrew/English);
Yad Vashem – (multi-lingual);
Yad Ya’ari, Hashomer Hatzair Research and Documentation Center & Hakibbutz Hartzi Movement Archive, Givat Haviva (Hebrew/English/Arabic);
The Aviezer Yellin Archives of Jewish Education in Israel and the Diaspora, Tel-Aviv Univesity (Hebrew/English);
Yemenite Jewish Heritage House (Hebrew);
The Association Fostering the Social and Cultural Heritage of the Jews of Yemen (Hebrew);
Historical Archive of the Zichron Yaacov Local Council (Hebrew);

Burial Societies/cemeteries –
Haifa (Hebrew):
Hod HaSharon (Hebrew):
Jerusalem – Mount of Olives Cemetery (Hebrew/English):
Old Hevron Cemetery (English):
Petah Tikva (Hebrew):
Tel-Aviv/Yafo (Hebrew/English/French/Russian):
Tel-Aviv Burial Database translation aid
ZAL Z”l Portal  (Hebrew)

Avelim  Mourning notices (Hebrew)
Billion Graves;
Neshama Yarkon (which is located near Petach Tikva, and serves Tel Aviv and its satellite cities); Modi’in cemetery; Atlit cemetery;
Kibbutz Yechiam cemetery; Kibbutz Ma’oz Chayim. (Hebrew)

The site is searchable in Hebrew.

Census records –
Montefiore 1839, 1840, 1849, 1855, 1866, 1875 (Hebrew/English).

Civilians killed in terror attacks (Hebrew)

Genealogy Society Databases –
Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) – Eretz Israel Records Indexing (Hebrew/English):
Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) – All Israel Databases (Hebrew/English):

Heritage –
Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center (English);
Damascus (Syria) Jewry Organization in Israel (Hebrew);
Salonika and Greek Jewry Heritage Center (Hebrew);
World Organization of Libyan Jews (Hebrew);
Yemenite Jewish Heritage House (Hebrew);
The Association Fostering the Social and Cultural Heritage of the Jews of Yemen (Hebrew)

Libraries –
Booklet listing Jewish businesses and owners in Eretz Yisrael, 1924 (Hebrew);
Dinur Center for Research – Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Hebrew/English);
Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel (English/Hebrew);
Hebrew University Library, Mt. Scopus (Hebrew/English);
Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew/English/French);
Malmad – Searches all Israel University Libraries for books (Hebrew/English);
Rambam Library at Beit Ariela, Tel Aviv (Hebrew/English);
National Library (Hebrew/English);
Yad Vashem – (multi-lingual)

Museums –
Beit Fischer – Municipal Museum of Kiryat Ata (Hebrew);
Dor  Le Dor – Kiryat Bialik and the Fifth Aliyah (Hebrew);
Museum of the History of Gedera & the Biluim (Hebrew/English);
Memorial Museum of the Hungarian Speaking Jewry (Hebrew/English/Magyar);
The “Khan” Museum Hadera (Hebrew/English);
Lieberman House – Museum of the history of Nahariya (Hebrew/English/German/Russian);
Nili Museum- Beit Aaronsohn  (Hebrew/English);
Rishon L’Zion Museum (Hebrew);
Yad Vashem (multi-lingual)

Phone numbers –
Bezeq (Hebrew);
Bezeq (English);
Israel Phone Book (English);
Reverse Phone Look Up (Hebrew);
Reverse Phone Look Up (English)

 Military, Security Forces & Underground
Aliyah Bet & Machal Virtual Musuem (English);
American Veterans of Israel (English);
Armor Battalion 79 in the Yom Kipur War (Hebrew);
British Jewry Book of Honour 1922 (English);
Beit Hagdudim Museum – Jewish Volunteers to the British Armed Forces during World Wars I and II (Hebrew);
Ezel Museum Be’Tasach (1948) (Hebrew);
Galed-LeZachram –  Memorial to police killed in the line of duty (Hebrew);
Golani (Hebrew);
Givati (Hebrew);
The Website for Heroism (Hebrew);
Jerusalem Branch of Chalalei Zahal (IDF Fallen Soldiers) & the Underground (Hebrew);
Irgun Hahaganah (Hebrew/English);
The Irgun Website (English);
Israel Defense Forces and Defense Establishment Archives (IDFA) (Hebrew/English);
Israel War Veterans League 1939-1946 (Hebrew);
Israeli Air Force (English/Hebrew);
Izkor (Hebrew);
Izkor Soldados Latinos (Hebrew/Spanish);
Joara Museum (Haganah base for training 1938-1948) (Hebrew);
World Machal – Volunteers from overseas in the Israel Defense Forces – Machal volunteer database;
Mishmar HaGvul (Hebrew);
Museum of the Jewish Soldier in WW2 (Hebrew/English/Russian);
Lehi (Hebrew);
Palmach (Hebrew/English);
Tamid Tothan (Hebrew);
The Palyam & Aliya Bet Website (Hebrew/English);
The Paratroop’s Heritage Association (Hebrew);
Yad Leshiryon  (Hebrew/English)

State Offices –
Inheritance Registrar (Hebrew):
Population Authority (Hebrew):
Requests to the Population Registry (Hebrew/English/Russian):

Universities –
Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew/English/Russian);
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Hebrew/English);
International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center, Hebrew University (English);
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Hebrew/English);
Tel Aviv University (Hebrew/English);
University of Haifa (Hebrew/English);
Weizmann Institute of Science (Hebrew/English);


3 Responses to Israel

  1. mike yesnes says:

    Looking for city directories in Jerusalem and other cities of Israel{both current and past}.I have a Akiva & Zevi Segal who were born in Israel in 1940’s?Married in the 1960’s.Have two kids Chana & Ronnie{by 1970’s}.Akiva and Zevi divorced later on.What vital records are available for me to research these cousins of mine?I would be looking for birth/marriage/divorce/death information and etc.I see several Akiva Segal’s in but do not know if he is the one I am looking for.If I were to know if this Akiva Segal is the father of Channa & Ronnie,I would be starting on the right way.Would appreciate your help.Thank you.



  2. Dinah Devlin says:

    I’m looking for relatives of Kalman Wolf (Zev) Yagodnik born 1865 in Poland, dies 1932 in Israel. I am trying to make a connection to my great grandmother and her brother, Gershon Yagodnik (changed to Joseph Lewis in the USA).
    Any help will be greatly appreciated!

    • galia kirstein says:

      Dear Dinah, My great grandfather was KALMAN WOLF YAGODNIK, and he died 1932 in Israel.I am looking for relatives for a long time . My mother who is 85 now does not believe that someone survived. I will be happy to make a connection. We live in Tel Aviv, Israel. We have cousins in USA.
      Let me know how we can proceed.
      My mail :

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.