JewishGen Announces the Second Annual Future Scholars Fellowship Program and Heritage Tour, in partnership with The Matzevah Foundation and the Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland, is pleased to announce the second annual JewishGen Future Scholars Fellowship program to take place from July 14, 2020 – July 23, 2020. We invite graduate students as well as third and fourth-year college students to apply for this unique […]

2019 Yizkor Book Project Review

Dear JewishGen Community, Welcome to 2020!! With the new year, we are kicking off an exciting new time for the Yizkor Book Projects. Please read below to see all of our updates from 2019 and our plans for 2020!  Summary of Recent Progress At, among our biggest priorities is the translation of Yizkor Books, […]

Bessarabia Research Division: Update for December 2019

Dear Researchers, Here is an update for JewishGen’s Bessarabia Research Division projects for the month of December 2019.  See also “What’s New” at the Bessarabia SIG website: Bessarabian Databases – Updates: Revision List records were sent to JewishGen in December of 2019. 10,873 records from 3,451 families were transcribed and translated from the following […]

New Records Added to LitvakSIG All-Lithuania Database

We are pleased to post the following announcement from LitvakSIG and to add the records they have provided to JewishGen’s Lithuania Collection. LitvakSIG and JewishGen are independent organizations, in a strategic partnership to achieve shared goals.  LitvakSIG is pleased to announce an update to the free, searchable, All-Lithuania Database. The new records include the following: […]

JewishGen Educational Offerings for 2020 Break Through Your Brick Walls!

Nancy Holden, JewishGen’s Director of Education, recently announced a new range of online courses for 2020.  Three-week Mentored Classes with personal instruction based on helping each student progress with research projects. Course begins in January 2020!  Home Study Classes that are self-paced and delivered electronically. Workbook Text-Based Courses.  For more information on course descriptions, schedules, […]

Book: Tracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories Author(s): Various (anthology) Published: 2011, Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) Untangling our Knotted Jewish Roots

                                           by Shelly Sanders I had reams of information—dates, cities, and names—but knew nothing about the people on my Jewish family tree. What their lives were like in Russia. Family stories passed down for generations. The difficulties in coming to a new country. Why they kept it all inside, their experiences, the fates of relatives […]