- Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Houses hundreds of yizkor books as well as an extensive collection on the Holocaust and all aspects of Jewish history and culture.
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives
Houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. Includes over 3 miles of text documents; over 100,000 photographs; a research library of 6,000 books; and approximately 1,500 audiovisual materials, including 200 oral histories.
- New York Public Library
Excellent place for research because most Jewish immigrants to the United States lived in New York for a time. Contains borough directories, census records for the greater metropolitan area, back issues of The New York Times, maps, atlases, gazetteers, community histories, yizkor books, indexes to some of the U.S. federal census returns, vital records for New York City, and ship passenger lists. The library’s Jewish Division houses one of the most significant collections of Judaica in the world, including bibliographies, reference works, periodicals, and newspapers. The collection is only available in the Jewish Division’s reading room.
- American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio
Includes over 800 major manuscript collections and almost 16,000 smaller collections. Also contains over 4,000 microfilm reels, including papers of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, and the records of the Socialist Labor Party of America.
- Family History Library
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Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Jewish Research include:
- Birth, marriage, and death records. Also, between 1826-1835 Poland, Russia, and other Central and Eastern Europe countries required separate Jewish birth, marriage, and death records be kept in areas where several Jewish families lived.
- National census records. Most nations periodically take a census of their population. The United States has taken a census every decade since 1790. Some countries conducted censuses specifically of the Jewish population. Germany, for example, had a census of Jews in 1939. State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded in 1855 and 1865.
- Business records and commerce records of businesses
- Jewish cemetery records
- Prisoner records
- Directories or alphabetical lists of names and addresses. These often list all the adult residents or trades people of a city or area. Beginning in the 20th century there are telephone directories.
- Court records contain information about people involved in litigation or other court matters
- Jewish Synagogue records. Also, in many countries,the established national church (such as Catholic, Orthodox, or Lutheran) was appointed as the official record keeper of births, marriages, and deaths for the entire population, including Jews.
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Probate records were kept by the local courts
- Knowles Collection: the Jews of the British Isles provides the genealogy of many Jews from the British Isles. It links together into family groups, thousands of individual Jews (over 155,000).
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Military records
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas