Anyone who has Ashkenazic Jewish ancestry—or even ancestry from Eastern Europe in general—should be familiar with JewishGen. While an account is required, registration is free (although they do gladly accept donations). JewishGen is truly the go-to site for Jewish genealogy. For those new to JewishGen, JewishGen has a huge “getting started” section which helps its users understand some of the […]
Deceased ancestors leave behind a lot of information about themselves and their families—and even moreso in some cases when they are Jewish. Because of the data that can be found on Jewish gravestones and burial records, as well as understanding the potential relevance of a plot’s location in a particular part of a cemetery, Jewish burial information can yield a […]
Chit Chat Live host, Valerie Eichler Lair, interviews one of our newest writers, Lara Diamond. Lara’s specialty is Jewish Genealogy. Links discussed during the interview: JewishGen Tracing the Tribe on Facebook Jewish Genealogy Portal on Facebook Lara’s Genealogy Blog Email Lara It is time to grab your favorite snack and cuppa, sit back and enjoy the chat.
Lara’s genealogy obsession began when she was in middle school and read Alex Haley’s Roots. She found it fascinating reading how he was able to trace his family back generations—and she decided that she wanted to do that too. Thanks to her mother’s patience with chauffeuring Lara to the National Archives and local Family History Center, teenaged Lara was able […]
In September I had the opportunity to present “Getting Started Researching Your Jewish Ancestors” hosted by Legacy Family Tree Webinars. About a year ago I had approached Geoff Rasmussen about the possibility of giving a beginner’s session as part of his weekly Free Webinar Wednesday. When he expressed interest I was thrilled. To reach a much broader audience than the typical […]
One of the single greatest resources I have come across is the website, JewishGen.org. This site which is powered by a battalion of volunteers and a few staff members. Recently I was fortunate to meet Avraham Groll while attending the NGS conference, and it was only then that I learned that there are only three paid staff members. It’s a real tribute to the power of the collective efforts of volunteers. As I stood at the booth with Avraham I began to realize how little people know about the website and it’s wonderful resources.