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.
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
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
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.