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What is a Research Group?
Research groups bring together genealogists with common interests and
provide an opportunity to share information and pool resources
for the mutual benefit of members.
Those of us researching our rabbinic ancestors, families, or
surnames may have difficulty locating others with similar
research interests, and thus sharing information of mutual
benefit. The Research Groups Committee provides a central
clearinghouse facilitating the formation and listing of rabbinic-related
research groups. Each group will have a listing on the Rav-SIG web site
with a description of its focus and contact information.
Types of Research Groups
Research groups will be made up of individuals who work together to share
genealogical information on such subjects as:
- single surname studies of rabbinical lines,
- lineage (pedigree and/or descendants) of an individual rabbi,
- rabbis of a particular geographic location, or
- rabbinical dynasties.
Method of Operation
Each research group will function independently, setting its own rules
for membership and method of operation, aside from the following
Each research group must:
- be related to rabbinic genealogy,
- contain a minimum of three members,
- have a specific focus,
- be non-commercial in purpose, and
- provide the name and contact information of one member who will act as its named
Rav-SIG is not responsible for the functioning of independent research
How to Form a Research Group
There are several ways to find other researchers who might be
interested in forming a research group. Search the JewishGen
Family Finder and the Family Tree of the Jewish People
for those interested in common surnames from the same general
geographic area. The JewishGen
Discussion Group Message Archives and SIGs
Message Archives may be searched for names and places as well.
Post a general message expressing your interest in
forming a research group. The Rav-SIG
mailing list is an ideal place to post such a message. Additional
places you may want to post your message are the JewishGen
Discussion Group and JewishGen
Special Interest Group mailing lists. Your message should define your focus and ask those who have a similar
one to contact you.
Once you have formed a research group, contact Moishe Miller
to request that it be listed on the
Research Group Listings page. The type of information required for your
listing is shown on the page. In addition, please send a list of your
group's members and their email addresses for our records. If you have
any questions, contact Moishe Miller.