The JRI-Poland database of almost 3 million indices of Jewish vital records derives from two main sources. The first source is the many microfilms of Jewish records of Poland filmed by the LDS Church. The second is the indices created from the Jewish holdings of the Polish State Archives that were not previously microfilmed. Both sources originate from the vital record registers at about 50 branches of the Polish State Archives.
Read More → The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) is a searchable database on JewishGen. The goal of the project is to catalog all existing Jewish cemeteries and burial societies worldwide. It does not accept information on individual burials, but only for complete cemeteries, landsmanshaft or synagogue plots, or other types of burial societies (labor organization, fraternal organizations, occupational plots, etc.). In other words, a burial society doesn't necessary have to be a landsmanshaft plot—it can be a plot for a synagogue or any other kind of Jewish organization.
Read More → Most genealogical researchers try to accumulate the largest possible number of civil records such as birth, marriage and deaths certificates, and then use sophisticated software to arrange them in elaborate graphs representing family trees, often the size of giant sequoias of the West Coast. But these trees are often lifeless. This is why it is so important to go beyond these simple dry facts and try to discover the environment, the circumstances, the background, the historical facts of the time, the looks registered on old photographs, the untold stories and the remaining artifacts in ancestral towns. You never know what you may find. You have to be curious and constantly ask the archivists “is there anything else?”
Read More → On September 1, 1939 there were about 3.5 million Jews in Poland, approximately ten percent of the country’s population. Ten percent of this figure lived in the Polish capital of Warsaw, making it the second largest Jewish city in the world after New York. Poland was Europe’s most important center of Jewish religious, cultural and intellectual life with 350 Jewish newspapers, 1700 periodicals, hundreds of synagogues, theatres, sport clubs, political parties, schools of Jewish education, yeshivot and the YIVO Institute, then also in Poland.
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