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US Research Reference Guide I

The JewishGen Education United States reference guide is available for those who need sources for conducting research in the United States. This guide is a basic first step and includes six sections. It provides thorough documentation. For advanced researchers, it can provide a checklist to ensure you have not missed any important resources. This guide is better than a book because it contains hundreds of tested links to sources on the Internet, which will help jumpstart your research process.

Course Outline

  • Fundamental Issues
    • Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
    • Genealogy Charts and Forms
    • Organization of Information
    • Researching and Evaluating Results
    • Preserving Documents & Photographs
    • Computer Basics: Labelling Files and Folders, Printing, Web Pages
  • Genealogy Research
    • U.S. Federal Census
    • U.S. Vital Records and How to Acquire Them
    • Passenger Manifests and Ellis Island
    • Searching the Internet and Contacting Relatives

Skills you will learn

The first fundamental resources that every genealogist should explore during their research projects: organizing data, managing the internet for online searches, census, vital records, and immigration.


This is a United States Resource Guide with 10 Reference topics delivered in 6 downloadable sections in PDF format. It is designed as a handbook of reference information to help genealogists find and interpret records of their ancestors.

There is no one-on-one instruction or feedback.


There is no requirement. This valuable reference is an introduction to United States resources. Everyone is eligible.


The price is $50.00. The fee will be discounted to $32.00 if you qualify for JewishGen's Value Added Services, having made a $100 donation to JewishGen’s General Fund within the past 12 months.

Contact Information

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