JewishGen Family Finder Search
The JGFF search form provides you with several options: search-by-surname,
search-by-town, search-by-surname-and-town; and variations of those basic
searches using exact spelling, starts-with, contains, and sounds-like
To search for other researchers who are seeking ancestors of the same
surname or town of origin, type a surname and/or town in the appropriate
space in the form.
- To search for people researching a particular surname,
type that surname in the Surname box.
- To search for people researching a particular ancestral town,
type the name of that town in the Town box.
- If you wish to combine searches to find surname
X in town Y, then fill in both
Surname and Town spaces.
You can also filter your searches by country.
Please note that the country filter works only on modern
country borders, which are often irrelevant for Jewish
For each search, you can choose one of four different types of matching,
for Surnames and Town names:
- Is Exactly (Standard) match on exact spelling only
- Starts With (Wildcard) match based upon a prefix
- Sounds Like (D-M Soundex) match based upon a name's sound
- Contains (Partial Text) match based upon text matching
anywhere within a name
Selecting the Is Exactly option will search for all
instances of your surname or town based upon exact spelling only.
For Surnames, this option is not very useful, since surnames
were rarely spelled consistently in historical records.
For Towns, you can also opt to use the Town Synonym database,
if a specific country is chosen.
Selecting the Starts With option will let you
search for all combinations of your surname or town based upon your
For example, selecting the Starts With option for the name
"Stein" will match all names that start with the letters
"Stein", such as:
"Steiner", "Steinman", etc.
Selecting the Sounds Like option will let
you search for all similar-sounding names, according to the
Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system.
For example, "Rosenstein",
"Rozenstine" and "Rojzensztejn" will all be searched
if you request a Sounds Like search of "Rosensteen".
Selecting the Contains option will
let you search for all data records which contain that text
anywhere within the surname or town field.
For example, selecting the Contains option
for the name "Blatt" will match
Last Update: 2 Jan 2013 WSB