When faced with the research of a Jewish ancestor, it may seem a daunting task. We think of the Holocaust and the incredible destruction of lives, synagogues, and cemeteries in Europe and wonder, why should I even try? Then there is the myth that immigrants had their names changed at Ellis Island and so our Jewish ancestors are nearly impossible to research. All of these things scare off many Jews from researching their family and discovering there actually is a great deal of information “out there.” Since 1654, millions of Jews fled Europe for the United States. Though the Jewish people have been moving steadily around the world since 586 BC, there are a number of great resources which can assist in genealogical research.
The In-Brief Guide to Researching Your Jewish Ancestors contains Timeline of Jewish History, What does it mean to be Jewish, Migration Patterns, Key Records, Research Strategies, and many recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.