Thursday, July 19, 2007

FamilySearch adds Jewish Resources Center

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.

A new Web page at 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."
Ol' Myrt checked the site located at:

These are familiar collections:

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:

See also links to other useful websites:

JewishGen.orgJewishGen provides guides, databases, and discussion groups.
  • EllisIsland.orgEllis Island Foundation provides passenger lists for over 20 million immigrants.
  • Center for Jewish History provides collections and background information.
  • Jewish researchers will need to check back with the as this Jewish research collection will be growing.

    Happy family tree climbing!
    Myrt :)
    Your friend in genealogy.

    (c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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