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 […]

Chanukah in Leżajsk, Poland

The following memory of Chanukah, written by Yehoshua Rotman and translated by Jerrold Landau, is included in the Yizkor book: Memorial Book of the Martyrs of Lezajsk who Perished in the Holocaust  (Leżajsk, Poland). https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Lezajsk/Lezajsk.html Chanukah Many Chanukah Menorahs of various types were displayed in the windows. Children accompanied their parents to purchase candles, and […]

Hungarian Research Division: Now contains more than 86k records!

A number of major censuses were conducted by the Kingdom of Hungary and the Austrian Empire, including the Vagyonösszeirás – 1828 (1828 Landowner census), the “Conscriptio Judaerum 1848” (1848 Census of the Jews), and the 1869 Hungarian census, which was a total population census, not just a landowner census.  These census records have been included in the JewishGen Hungary […]

Hungarian Research Division: 1.7k Records added to the Proof of Citizenship Records Košice County, 1924-1928 Collection

We are pleased to announce a new addition to the JewishGen Hungarian Collection: Proof of Citizenship Records Košice County, 1924-1928. This set of data contains 1,741 Jewish names, taken from 3 volumes of archival documents ÒEvidencia vydaných osvedčen’ o št‡tnom občianstveÓ (Evidence of Issued Proofs of Citizenship). In total, there are now more nearly 1.3 […]

Latvia Research Division: 11k+ New Records Added to the Christine Usdin Collection

We are pleased to announce a major update to the Christine Usdin Collection, with the addition of 11,021 new records.  In total the JewishGen Latvia Collection now includes more than 200,000 records. Of significance is that the Christine Usdin Collection includes direct links to original images at the Latvian State Historical Archives. This database is […]

Success! Stories: From the JewishGen Archives

In 2013, we posted to our Success! Stories webpage Rachel Lev-Leshem’s story, My Great-Grandparents’ Mezuzah, about her visit to her ancestral town of Érmihályfalva, a little border-town in northern Romania, Transylvania, a few miles from the Hungarian border. “…While standing next to the old Érmihályfalva synagogue, a man on his bicycle approached us and asked […]

Lithuania Research Division: 25k+ New Records Added

JewishGen is pleased to report that 25,021 new records from our colleagues and partners at LitvakSIG are now searchable via the JewishGen Lithuania Collection. The new records include: 1942 census of ghettos in Golshany, Krevo, Oshmiany, Smorgon, Soly and Zhuprany, all in the Oshmiany district but including some individuals originating elsewhere (5,145 records). City of […]