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Who We Are

JewishGen is committed to ensuring Jewish continuity for present generations and the generations yet to come.  Our free, easy to use website features thousands of databases, research tools and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.

Our Mission
JewishGen’s mission is to encourage the preservation of Jewish heritage, allowing anyone with Jewish ancestry to research their roots, connect with relatives, and learn about their family history.

This mission will be accomplished by:

  • Obtaining records, information and tools that will be valuable for Jewish ancestral research;
  • Maintaining an online community for family researchers to connect with relatives and like minded individuals; and
  • Ensuring the JewishGen website continues to offer its resources in an easily searchable and understandable format.

Why We Are Unique
JewishGen, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, was founded in 1987 as a bulletin board with only 150 users who were interested in Jewish genealogy.  Primarily driven by volunteers, there are over 700 active volunteers throughout the world who actively contribute to our ever growing collection of databases, resources and search tools.  Currently, JewishGen hosts more than 20 million records, and provides a myriad of resources and search tools designed to assist those researching their Jewish ancestry.

JewishGen provides its resources online as a public service.

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