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JewishGen Research Divisions focus on:

  • Expanding our collection of records
  • Adding informational content to our new JewishGen Knowledge Base
  • Encouraging the creation of more KehilaLinks entries for towns which once had a Jewish community.

Please note: we are in the process of restructuring and updating the following pages:

  • Austria-Czech
    Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic), plus parts of Austria, especially Vienna.

  • Belarus
    The former Russian Empire gubernii of Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev, Vitebsk, and southern Vilna, now in Belarus.

  • Bessarabia
    The former Russian gubernia of Bessarabia, which is now in Moldova, with parts in Ukraine.  Also covers Transnistria (Pridnestrovie), a small region on a left bank of the Dniester.

  • Białystok
    The city of Białystok and nearby towns and villages, currently in Poland, formerly in the Russian Empire's Grodno Gubernia.

  • Courland
    Kurland gubernia, now southern Latvia.

  • Danzig/Gdańsk
    Danzig/Gdańsk, and its precursor communities of Alt Schottland, Langfuhr, Mattenbuden, Weinberg, and Danzig in der Breitgasse, and Tiegenhof (Nowy Dwór Gdański).

  • Early American
    Jewish families who came to the United States before the larger immigration waves of the 1880s and later.

  • France
    France and French colonies, as well as other French-speaking areas such as Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

  • Germany
    Germany and German-speaking areas of Alsace, Lorraine, Switzerland, and Poland.

  • Hungary
    "Greater Hungary" or pre-Trianon Hungary, includes areas that at one time were predominantly Hungarian speaking.  This includes all of present-day Hungary and Slovakia, and territory now within Ukraine, Austria, Romania, Croatia and Serbia.

  • Latvia
    The former Russian Empire gubernias of Courland, southern Livonia (Livland), and western Vitebsk.

  • Lithuania *
    Kovno and Vilna guberniyas of the Russian Empire, which includes most of present-day Lithuania. *LitvakSIG is a hosted organization, which works in partnership with JewishGen. LitvakSIG data is added to JewishGen's Lithuania collection every 18 months.

  • Łódź area
    The city of Łódź, Poland, and localities within a 40-mile radius – in Congress Poland's gubernias of Piotrków, Płock, Warszawa, or Kalisz.

  • Romania
    Romania (including Bukovina).

  • Scandinavia
    Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark - including the former Danish colonies and protectorates.

  • Sephardic
    For all researchers of Sephardic genealogy and history.

  • Southern Africa
    Including South Africa, Lesotho (Basutoland), Botswana (Bechuanaland), Zimbabwe (S. Rhodesia), Zambia (N. Rhodesia), Swaziland, Mozambique and the former Belgian Congo.

  • Sub-Carpathia
    Sub-Carpathian Ukraine – parts of the pre-WWI Hungarian megyék of Bereg, Máramaros, Ugocsa and Ung – today Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine.

  • Suwalk-Lomza *
    Publisher of Landsmen, covering these two northeastern gubernias of Russian Poland, now in northeast Poland and southwest Lithuania.

  • Ukraine
    The former Russian Empire gubernias now in the Ukraine: Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Poltava, Chernigov, Kharkov, Kherson, Taurida and Ekaterinoslav.

  • United Kingdom
    Records of genealogical and historical information about the Jewish communities of the United Kingdom. A joint project of JewishGen and JGS Great Britain.

  • Warszawa
    The capital city of Poland, Warszawa (Warsaw).

Topical Research Divisions:

  • DNA
    A forum for scientific questions on DNA technology and its reliability, encompassing when and how to best utilize DNA testing for genealogical pursuits.

  • Rabbinic Genealogy
    A forum for those interested in Rabbinic genealogy or researching rabbinic ancestry within any geographic area or time period.

  • Yiddish Theatre and Vaudeville
    A forum for genealogists tracing relatives involved in Yiddish theater and/or vaudeville, in any location and time period.


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