Thursday, November 21, 2013

Useful sites for German Jewish genealogists

Germany Vital Records sites:

Vital records for many towns in Hessen.  Also included are the Gatermann films of Hessen town Jewish records which were produced under the the RSA program in the late 1930s. 
See the 12/13/2013 blog entry for a tutorial on access.

Access to the records available at the Landeshauptarchiv Koblenz, Landesarchiv Speyer, Stadt Archiv Neuwied and Landesarchiv des Saarlandes (on site - not on-line) :

List of Hessen towns for which the Mormon Church has microfilmed records. For each town the categories of records are shown including Evangelisch and Jüdische Gemeinde. Some of the Jewish records for 1808-1812 are classified under Evangelisch. 

The online collection of the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) is available:

Other German Research Sites The JewishGen Germany Database gives access to a wide variety of databases. The Association for the Study of the History of the Jews in Southern Germany and Adjoining Areas. Search for Jewish communities, synagogues and cemeteries.

Juden in Nordhessen: This site focuses on the Jewish communities of North Hessen and their families and has a substantial number of family trees assembled from original data sources and a wide variety of other Jewish culture research. See how a phrase would be written in several German handwriting scripts. Search for graves, synagogues and other information in Hessen. German American Jews placed ads in the Aufbau Jewish German/American newspaper seeking the fate of their loved ones, or announcing family events.

Ancestors and Descendants by Leo Honig includes families of Rheinland-Pfalz and the Westerwald:

Koblenz town archive: Stadtarchiv Alte Burg Koblenz houses records of the area around Koblenz: Koblenz: a national archive with broad collections:

Obermayer German Jewish History Award: Awarded too non-Jewish Germans who have major contributions to preserving the memory of the German Jewish communities. Award winners are listed and can be valuable resources for research in their local areas.

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP), Jerusalem:

Victims of the Holocaust research sites: JewishGen's Holocaust Database is a collection of databases containing information about Holocaust victims and survivors. 

Yad Vashem, This database includes information from the Gedenkbuch and Joods Monument as well as Pages of Testimony by family and researchers giving information on missing and perished individuals

Joods Monument, This database focuses on Netherlands residents who perished or were missing in the Holocaust. Database of Dutch Holocaust victims

The International Tracing Service (ITS)  in Bad Arolsen is a centre for documentation, information and research on Nazi persecution, forced  labour and the Holocaust. The ITS archives document the fate of millions of victims whose names and memory are to be preserved. The ITS collection is also available at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC., The database contains names and fates of Jews deported from the Bohemian Lands and of the prisoners of the Terezín ghetto from other European countries.  Memorial site to Brandenburg, Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen Concentration camps.  Includes search for victims.

Memorial de la Shoah, Since 1999, Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation(CDJC) has worked to create a list of Jewish victims of the Holocaust in France. 

Stolpersteine are individual memorials to Holocaust victims are installed in front of their former homes to remind passers by that a Victim of the Holocaust lived within Database of those sent to Auschwitz

General Genealogy Research Sites: for telephone numbers and addresses Mormon genealogy site with huge amounts of information, not just for Mormons There are many websites covering the Jewish communities of individual towns, which I found by Googling for individuals who were mentioned in these websites. More often than not, I found new information on others in the community as well.

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