Below is a collection of articles and lesson plans created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators to aid in Jewish Geneaology research.

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American Jewish Archives – This website includes several online exhibitions with downloadable images and documents, and an online catalog of their collection.
Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research Group – This comprehensive database hosts records from cemeteries and synagogues, as well as birth, marriage, emigration, and immigration certificates of Polish Jews. Includes a database of over 250,000 records of survivor lists and death lists from Holocaust-era Poland. Brings together over 100s of different projects.
The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, The Museum of the Jewish Diaspora (Beit Hatefutsoth) – This website includes state records and family trees.
JDC Names Index – A database where one can search for names of relatives, friends, ancestors; anyone worldwide who has received JDC aid, financial or otherwise. The searchable database with digitized documents can be accessed here.


Jewish Genealogy Home Page – This website includes links to other organizations that deal with Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jewish genealogy, but also a helpful FAQ that describes how to get your research project started. Note: some of the links are out of date.
Jewish Genealogy Society – This website includes resources for the New York area, including listings of New York naturalizations, cemeteries, and business records.
JewishGen: The Home of Jewish Genealogy – This website includes many tools to help researchers including the JewishGen Discussion Group, a database of surnames and towns, and a Yitzkor book search.
Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog – A blog about Jewish genealogy written by a professional genealogist.
The Ackman and Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History –This website includes resources to help you start your family history research including a guide on how to interview relatives and dozens of guides on foreign research, each focusing on a different country or geographic region.
Avotaynu – This resource includes a “5-Minute Guide to Jewish Genealogy Research.”
Centropa Student Website – This website includes over a dozen short films (5-10 min each) that are downloadable, links to transcripts of interviews with 1400 Central European Jews, and more.

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