How wonderful to come home from Orcas Island with my email box chock full of all sorts of genealogy news. Perhaps the most exciting is the notice that appeared in the Deseret Morning News 18 July 2007, by Carrie A. Moore titled: LDS Church debuts 3 online resources for Jewish genealogical researchers.
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that it has made available three new online resources to aid with Jewish genealogical research. The announcement comes as the 27th International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies is meeting this week in Salt Lake City.Ol' Myrt checked the site located at: http://tinyurl.com/2wzjh2
A new Web page at www.familysearch.org includes a Jewish genealogy database, a new research guide called "Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors" and information on thousands of Jews from the British Isles called the Knowles Collection, which builds on the work of the late Isobel Mordy. The latter links individuals into family groups, with more names added continuously, according to a press release.
Free genealogy software is available to download, and the Knowles Collection is available as a file that can be viewed and edited through most genealogy software programs.
Paul Nauta, manager of public affairs for FamilySearch, said users will be able to follow simple steps to identify an ancestor's birthplace or place of origin, "a difficult task for many with Jewish ancestry," he said. The research guide provides instructions on which records to search first, what to look for and what research tools to use.
Other Jewish family history resources at the site include links to relevant records and searchable databases, helpful guides and forms to view online or print, and online indexing projects, where individuals can register to volunteer or to see what databases are forthcoming."
These are familiar collections:
- 1880 U.S. Census1880 U.S. Census includes names, dates, and places for about 50 million people.
- How Do I Start?Simple steps to begin your family history.
- U.S. Social Security Death IndexU.S. Social Security Death Index includes names, dates, and places for about 80 million people.
- Family History Library CatalogThe Family History Library Catalog contains a large collection of records and resources from over 100 countries that are available on microfilm through your local Family History Center.
One may access these additional new or revised resources:
- Knowles Collection New! The Knowles Collection contains information for thousands of Jews from the British Isles. Building on the work of the late Isobel Mordy, the collection links individuals into family groups. More names are added continuously. The collection is available as a PAF or a Gedcom file that can be viewed and edited with the free PAF genealogy software.
PAF Format: Knowles Collection
Gedcom Format: Knowles Collection
- Finding Jewish Records New!In-depth guide to tracing Jewish ancestors from the U.S. to Europe between 1850 to 1930. Follow the steps to identify a birthplace or place of origin.
- Jewish Genealogy Research Outline Revised! Helpful guide to records and research strategies focusing on Jewish family history.
There are also links to forms & software:
- Family Pedigree Worksheet (Family Tree)
- Family Group Worksheet
- PAF v5.2 (Personal Ancestral File)PAF is free genealogy software that allows you to quickly and easily collect, organize, and share your family history information.
See also links to other useful websites:
Jewish researchers will need to check back with the www.FamilySearch.org as this Jewish research collection will be growing.