Jewish Records in the Family History Library Catalog
About this database
This database, "Jewish Records in the Family
History Library Catalog", is an inventory of the microfilms, microfiche,
and books in the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) which
are specifically Jewish genealogical sources. This database is a valuable
finding aid, but is not intended to be a replacement for the FHLC.
You can consult the complete FHLC at
The purpose of this database is to familiarize you with the materials
available for research and to maximize your ability to use the resources
of the LDS Family History Library for researching your Jewish ancestry.
Please note that this database includes only those records in the FHLC
that are specific to Jewish people. Records that pertain to the general
population, such as census, vital records, probate, naturalization, passenger
records, court records, gazetteers, and civil registration are not
included in this database, even though Jewish people are included in them
as part of the general population. It is very important that you use the
FHLC to search for records that are not specifically Jewish but which cover
the general population. Such records are of great value for Jewish research.
Also it is important to note that entries pertaining to Jewish people are
found in many other types of records such as church records, cemeteries,
hospitals, newspapers, obituaries, local histories, etc. which are not
included in this database.
This database is not a surname index. For information on books,
microfiche, or microfilms available for specific surnames, you can search
the FHLC under "surnames". Very few family histories are included in this
This database does not contain information about individuals.
It does not include individual birth, marriage, or death records, or any
other records pertaining to any individual. This database is an inventory
of selected books, microfiche and microfilm available at the LDS Family
History Library in Salt Lake City, and through Family History Centers.
The Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)
The Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) describes all the
records available at the LDS Family History Library, and provides a full
description of the records along with their corresponding microfilm, microfiche
or book catalog numbers. The FHLC is available in several forms:
Viewing the microfilms
If you visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, you can use these
records at no charge. It is advisable to determine which records you plan to
use before you come to Salt Lake. In the "view film notes" screen of the FHLC
there is a column titled "Location" which indicates whether a particular microfilm
is at the library or stored offsite at the Vault. If the film you plan to use
is marked "Vault", you can request that a copy of the "Vault" film be ordered
and placed in the library before you come. Send the library a list of the "Vault"
microfilm numbers. State that these are microfilms that you plan to use during
your visit and include your name and when you will arrive. For each microfilm
number, also indicate the country it pertains to. You can e-mail your list to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to
(801) 240-1584. When you arrive, ask the Library Attendant where the "Vault"
films you ordered have been placed.
You can also order and use copies of most microfilm and microfiche records at
a local Family History Center, for a small handling fee. There are over 3,500
Family History Centers located throughout the world. To locate a Family History
Center (FHC) near you, check
Searching the database
This database is based on a series of key word searches of the FHLC. As you search
this database, be creative. Search for both the English and foreign words. Use word
combinations and localities to find the materials you want. Be imaginative in
selecting your search words. Become familiar with the catalog terms. You can search
using English or Foreign words or a combination of both. Combine words with similar
meanings. Use alternate words that have the same meaning.
Each record in this database consists of the following fields:
This is the title of the record, as it is listed in the Family History Library Catalog.
This field gives you the English description of the record and/or a translation of
This field lists the language(s) in which the records are written.
This field refers to the locality and/or subject heading as used in the
Family History Library Catalog. The localities are presented in order
of jurisdiction, from largest to smallest, e.g. Country, then Province,
then Town. (In the USA and Canada, the jurisdictions are State/Province,
then County, then Town).
FILM, FICHE, BOOK:
This is the call number, as used in the Family History Library.
MICROFILM and MICROFICHE: You will need this number to use these microfilms or
microfiche at the main library in Salt Lake City, or to order them at a local
Family History Center. For some entries, there are many microfiche or rolls
of microfilm. In some cases this database gives only the range of microfilm
or fiche numbers (the first and last number in the set). You can get the
detailed, complete listing of microfilm numbers from the FHLC.
BOOKS: You can use the books listed in this database only at the main library
in Salt Lake City. The call numbers will make it possible for you to find
these books on the shelves of the Family History Library. If the book is not
available on microfilm or microfiche, you can try to order a copy from some
local library through Interlibrary Loan.
The call numbers in the database are hyperlinked to the online FHLC at the LDS
website familysearch.org. By clicking on the call number, you can see the full
original FHLC catalog entry.
DATE OF CATALOG
This database includes extracts of Jewish-specific entries in the internal
catalog-accessible version of the Family History Library Catalog through
February 1, 2001.
AUTHOR AND PUBLICATION INFORMATION
This database does not include the authors of books, nor any publication
information (publisher name, publication date, publication place) for any book.
You can find this information only in the FHLC.
The FHLC lists multiple locations when the name of the town changed due to its
inclusion in more than one country. In the database as provided to JewishGen, the
record has been duplicated for each country listed in the catalog entry. JewishGen
has attempted to eliminate some these duplications, but many remain. Thus for each
search, the number of hits may list the same record more than once.
Many of the materials microfilmed by the Family History Library are subject to
restrictions. Before copying, indexing or distributing the information in the
microfilms, microfiche or books, please check the Family History Library Catalog
for any specific restrictions. Also, please respect any copyright restrictions
with regard to the information contained in these records.
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Feb 22 2001, Nov 11 2002 WSB