While not known to everyone, the so called “Medinat Schwaben” formed a unique Jewish-German cultural landscape which experienced its zenith in the first half of the 19th century.

For anyone researching ancestors who came from this area, the incredible work performed by Mr. Ralph Bloch of Jewish Genealogy in Bavaria-Swabia (http://jgbs.org) and his team of devoted volunteers, is without parallel. They invested hundreds, even thousands, of hours transcribing the copies of original 19th-century civil records that were obtained via the Bavarian State Archive in Augsburg.

As such, we are very pleased that JewishGen has forged an agreement with Mr. Bloch, and has absorbed the entire dataset, comprising 28,000+ records, within our German Collection. This information is now freely available via JewishGen.org.

We are particularly grateful that Mr. Bloch chose JewishGen to be the home of this incredibly vital information, and for gifting this information to us. It is our hope that this new generous gift will not only benefit the thousands of people researching their German Jewish roots, but also to serve as a model to the many people who have created valuable online resources but do not have a way to make sure that their work will remain accessible for future generations. 

To learn more about this collection, search the data, and to view the complete list of volunteers involved with this project, please follow this link: https://www.jewishgen.org/new/bavaria/.

To access JewishGen’s entire German Collection, visit: https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Germany/