Although my family has no Jewish heritage that I'm
aware of, my sister recently found a sampler embroidered
in Yiddish and Hebrew, tucked behind a family picture.
Dated 1891, the sampler presented us with a research
challenge: what did the words mean, and how did it
get behind our picture?
To get a translation, I posted a plea for help on
the mailing list of JewishGen, along with a URL
picturing the sampler. Within hours I had more than
50 replies from all over the world, translating the
Yiddish and Hebrew characters. Included in many of
those e-mails were suggestions for other Jewish-related
genealogy searches. I'd like to share some of those with you:
This site includes information files, mailing lists,
ancestral towns in Eastern Europe, a surname database
and calendar conversion (convert a civil date into
the equivalent date on the Hebrew calendar).
• Sephardic Genealogy
Links to Sephardic news lists, sources, names and books, facts, heraldry and lore.
• Jewish Genealogy Home Page
Created by the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, this site includes an excellent guide to doing long-distance Jewish research. For beginners, don't miss the Jewish Genealogy FAQ.
• Jewish Genealogy Links
200 links to Jewish genealogy sources, including archives, databases, genealogical societies, orphanages, and telephone directories.