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  • The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent Obituary Index, 1887–2006 Free
  • A history of the Jews in the United States
  • AJHS Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum Records, 1878–1969
  • AJHS Industrial Removal Office Records, 1899–1922
  • AJHS New York Hebrew Orphan Asylum Records, 1860–1934
  • AJHS Selected Insolvent Debtor’s Cases, 1787–1861
  • AJHS Selected Mayor's Court Cases, New York, 1674–1860
  • AJHS Selected Naturalization Records, New York City, 1816–1845
  • Austria: Mauthausen/Gusen Concentration Camp Death Record Books , 1938–1945 Free
  • Belarus and Lithuania: Census & Family Lists from Various Districts, 1795–1900 Free
  • Belarus: Birth Records from Select Cities, 1837–1917 Free
  • Belarus: Jewish Surnames in Minsk Vital Record Collections Free
  • Belarus: Marriage Records from Minsk (1921) and Mogilev (1857–1891) Free
  • Belarus: Minsk City Homeowners Lists, 1889 and 1911 Free
  • Belarus: Minsk, List of Deaths, 1889 Free
  • Belarus: Mogilev Male Birth Index, 1862–1893 Free
  • Bessarabia (now Moldova), Birth Records, 1829–1910 Free
  • Bessarabia (now Moldova), Death Records, 1858–1914 Free
  • Bessarabia (now Moldova), Marriage and Divorce Records, 1879–1915 Free
  • Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry, 1897–1909
  • Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry, 1909–1914
  • Consider the years : the story of the Jewish community of Easton, 1752–1942
  • Dictionary of Jewish Surnames in Russian Empire
  • France: Natzweiler-Struthof Concentration Camp Record Book, 1940–1945 Free
  • Galicia Business Directory, 1891 Free
  • Germany: Dachau Concentration Camp Records, 1945 Free
  • Germany: Data on 7,400 North Bavarian Jews Free
  • Germany: Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Records, 1938–1945 Free
  • Germany: Jews in Würzburg, 1900–1945 Free
  • Germany: Lists of Jewish Families from Five Cities in Northern Germany Free
  • Germany: the Fate of Jews from Many Communities in Westphalia, 1933–1942 Free
  • Germany: West Prussia, Jewish Citizenship Register, 1812 Free
  • Historical study of the Jews in Massachusetts (1650–1750)
  • History of the Jews in America : from the period of the discovery of the New World to the present time
  • Holocaust: Auschwitz Forced Laborers Free
  • Holocaust: Index to Testimonials for Victims, as listed in the Soviet Extraordinary Commission Records Free
  • Holocaust: Krakow (Poland) Transport Lists, 1940 Free
  • Holocaust: Lódz (Poland) Ghetto Hospital Death Records, 1941–1944 Free
  • Holocaust: Lódz (Poland) Transports to Chelmo (Kulmhof) Camp, 1944 Free
  • Holocaust: Lodz Ghetto Hospital Illness Records, 1940 Free
  • Holocaust: Memorials from Several Communities in present-day Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine Free
  • Holocaust: Minsk Yizkor Book Index Free
  • Holocaust: Records from Ten Ghettos Free
  • Holocaust: Refugees Evacuated to Tashkent (Soviet Union), 1941–1942 Free
  • Holocaust: Register of survivors printed in Pinkas HaNitzolim I & II, 1945 Free
  • Holocaust: Schindler's Lists Free
  • Holocaust: Survivor List from the files of World Jewish Congress Free
  • Holocaust: Survivor Names printed in Aufbau Newspaper, New York, 1944–1946 Free
  • Holocaust: Survivor names printed in Sharit Ha-Platah, 1946 Free
  • Holocaust: Survivors listed in a Hungarian Periodical, 1945 Free
  • Holocaust: The Brest (Belarus) Ghetto Passport Collection from the Soviet Archives Free
  • Holocaust: Ukraine, Borislav Utility Records, 1941–1942 Free
  • Hungary: All Citizen Census, 1869 Free
  • Hungary: Assorted Census Records, 1781–1850 Free
  • Hungary: Birth Records collected by Rabbis in Various Counties, 1791–1914 Free
  • Hungary: Death Records collected by Rabbis in Various Counties, 1800–1914 (not all years) Free
  • Hungary: Jewish Census, 1848 Free
  • Hungary: Jewish Names from the Central Zionist Archives Free
  • Hungary: Jewish Names in Property Tax Census, 1828 Free
  • Hungary: Marriage Records from Various Counties, 1800–1914 Free
  • Israel: Index to Records from U.S. Consular Posts in Jerusalem, Jaffa, and Haifa, 1857–1935 Free
  • Jewish Community Locator Free
  • Jewish Given Name Variations Free
  • Jewish Transmigration Bureau Deposit Cards, 1939–1954 (JDC) Free
  • JewishGen Belarus Databases Name Index Free
  • JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) Free
  • JewishGen Yizkor Book Necrology Database Free
  • Latvia: Courland Registers and Family Lists, 1845–1874 Free
  • Latvia: Jewish Family Lists from Dvinsk, c. 1876–1917 Free
  • Latvia: Jewish Family Lists from Rezekne, c. 1896–1914 Free
  • Latvia: Passport and Police Registration Lists, 1900 Free
  • Latvia: Riga Jewish Marriages, 1854–1921 Free
  • Latvia: Riga Tax Administration List, 1858–1917 Free
  • Lithuania and Latvia: List of Donors to Charity from HaMelitz, 1893 -1903 Free
  • Lithuania: Birth Records from Various Towns, 1822–1940 (not all years) Free
  • Lithuania: Death Records from Various Towns, 1845–1940 Free
  • Lithuania: Directories from Several Towns and Shtetls, 1816–1944 Free
  • Lithuania: Internal Passports, 1919–1940 Free



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  • Lithuania: Kelme Records, 1816–1944 Free
  • Lithuania: List of Donors to Charity from HaMagid, 1871–72 Free
  • Lithuania: Marriage and Divorce Records from Various Towns, 1855–1940 Free
  • Lithuania: Tax and Voters Lists, 1839 to 1949, various years Free
  • Lithuania: Vilnius City Directory, 1915 Free
  • Mecklenburg, Germany, Jewish Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1813–1918
  • Miriam Weiner Eastern European Archival Database Free
  • Munich, Vienna and Barcelona Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugee Cards, 1943–1959 (JDC) Free
  • New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828–1896
  • New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826–1922
  • Noble families among the Sephardic Jews
  • On the history of the Jews of Chicago : The Jewish congregation in Surinam ; A sermon by Moses Mendelssohn printed in Philadelp
  • Our Jewish farmers : and the story of the Jewish Agricultural Society
  • Paris, France & Vicinity Births, 1700–1899
  • Paris, France & Vicinity Deaths, 1707–1907
  • Paris, France & Vicinity Marriage Banns, 1860–1902
  • Paris, France & Vicinity Marriages, 1700–1907
  • Poland: Bedzin Jewish Census, 1939 Free
  • Poland: Business Directories, 1926, 1930, 1932, and 1935 Free
  • Poland: Homeowners Lists from Warsaw and Praga, 1852, 1864 and 1869–1870 Free
  • Poland: Jewish Records Indexing-Poland Vital Records Database (Births) Free
  • Poland: Jewish Records Indexing-Poland Vital Records Database (Deaths) Free
  • Poland: Jewish Records Indexing-Poland Vital Records Database (Marriages) Free
  • Poland: Jewish Survivors from the Keilce District, 1945 Free
  • Poland: Nowogródek Province Business Directory, 1929 Free
  • Poland: Residents of Auschwitz (Oshpitsin), 1919–1941 Free
  • Poland: Warsaw Death Notices from Nasz Przeglad, 1923 & 1937–1938 Free
  • Romania: Jewish Census, 1942 Free
  • Romania: Jewish Names from the Central Zionist Archives Free
  • Russia: Duma Voter Lists, 1906–1907 Free
  • Russia: Jewish Families in Russian Empire Census, 1897 Free
  • Russian Empire: Grodno Gubernia Voters List, 1912 Free
  • Russian Empire: Jewish Religious Personnel, 1853–1854 Free
  • The American Jewish year book, 5663 : October 2, 1902 to September 21, 1903
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  • The Boston Jewish Advocate Index to Obituary Notices, 1905–2007 Free
  • The Boston Jewish Advocate Wedding Announcements, 1905–2007 Free
  • The Cleveland Jewish News Obituary Index, 1964–2007 Free
  • The early history of the Jews in New York, 1654–1664 : some new matter on the subject
  • The Essex story : a history of the Jewish community in Essex County, New Jersey
  • The Houston Jewish Herald-Voice Index to Vitals and Family Events, 1908–2007 Free
  • The Jew in America
  • The Jewish community blue book of Detroit
  • The Jewish community blue book of Newark
  • The old Jewish cemeteries at Charleston, S.C. : a transcript of the inscriptions on their tombstones, 1762–1903
  • The rise of the Jewish community of New York, 1654–1860
  • The Russian Jew in the United States : studies of social conditions in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, with a description
  • The Sentinel presents 100 years of Chicago Jewry
  • The settlement of the Jews in North America
  • U.S. Civil War Jewish-American Veterans, 1861–1865
  • U.S. Consular Posts, Emergency Passport Applications, 1915–1926 Free
  • U.S.: Immigrants arriving at New York from Poland, Austria, and Galacia, 1890–1891 Free
  • U.S.: Jewish Names in Selected State Department Files, 1910–1929 Free
  • U.S.: Marriages performed by three Rabbis in Boston, Chicago and Massachusetts,1861–1956 Free
  • U.S.: Selected Jewish Obituaries, 1948–2002 Free
  • U.S: Boston Arrivals of Jewish Immigrants from HIAS Records, 1882–1929 Free
  • U.S: Papers of Rabbi Samuel Langer, 1929–1969 Free
  • Ukraine: Lviv, Cemetery Records, 1941–1942 Free
  • US, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Jewish Marriage Record Extracts, 1837–1934
  • US: Philadelphia Bank Immigrant Passage Records, 1890–1949 Free
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  • Jewish history (or the history of the Jewish people) is the history of the Jews, and their religion and culture, as it developed and interacted with other peoples, religions and cultures. Although Judaism as a religion first appears in Greek records during the Hellenistic period and the earliest mention of Israel is inscribed on the Merneptah Stele dated 1213–1203 BCE, religious literature tells the story of Israelites going back at least as far as c. 1500 BCE. The Jewish diaspora began with the Assyrian conquest and continued on a much larger scale with the Babylonian conquest. Jews were also widespread throughout the Roman Empire, and this carried on to a lesser extent in the period of Byzantine rule in the central and eastern Mediterranean. In 638 CE the Byzantine Empire lost control of the Levant. The Arab Islamic Empire under Caliph Omar conquered Jerusalem and the lands of Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine and Egypt. The Golden Age of Jewish culture in Spain coincided with the Middle Ages in Europe, a period of Muslim rule throughout much of the Iberian Peninsula. During that time, Jews were generally accepted in society and Jewish religious, cultural, and economic life blossomed.

    During the Classical Ottoman period (1300–1600), the Jews, together with most other communities of the empire, enjoyed a certain level of prosperity. In the 17th century, there were many significant Jewish populations in Western Europe. During the period of the European Renaissance and Enlightenment, significant changes occurred within the Jewish community. Jews began in the 18th century to campaign for emancipation from restrictive laws and integration into the wider European society. During the 1870s and 1880s the Jewish population in Europe began to more actively discuss immigration back to Israel and the re-establishment of the Jewish Nation in its national homeland. The Zionist movement was founded officially in 1884. Meanwhile, the Jews of Europe and the United States gained success in the fields of science, culture and the economy. Among those generally considered the most famous were scientist Albert Einstein and philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. A disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners at this time were Jewish, as is still the case.[1]

    In 1933, with the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany, the Jewish situation became more severe. Economic crises, racial anti-Semitic laws, and a fear of an upcoming war led many Jews to flee from Europe to Palestine, to the United States and to the Soviet Union. In 1939 World War II began and until 1941 Hitler occupied almost all of Europe, including Poland—where millions of Jews were living at that time—and France. In 1941, following the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Final Solution began, an extensive organized operation on an unprecedented scale, aimed at the annihilation of the Jewish people, and resulting in the persecution and murder of Jews in political Europe, inclusive of European North Africa (pro-Nazi Vichy-North Africa and Italian Libya). This genocide, in which approximately six million Jews were murdered methodically and with horrifying cruelty, is known as The Holocaust or Shoah (Hebrew term). In Poland, three million Jews were murdered in gas chambers in all concentration camps combined, with one million at the Auschwitz concentration camp alone.

    In 1945 the Jewish resistance organizations in Palestine unified and established the Jewish Resistance Movement. The movement began attacking the British authority. David Ben-Gurion proclaimed on May 14, 1948, the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel to be known as the State of Israel. Immediately afterwards all neighbouring Arab states attacked, yet the newly formed IDF resisted. In 1949 the war ended and the state of Israel started building the state and absorbing massive waves of hundreds of thousands of Jews from all over the world. Today (2014), Israel is a parliamentary democracy with a population of over 8 million people, of whom about 6 million are Jewish. The largest Jewish communities are in Israel and the United States, with major communities in France, Argentina, Russia, England, and Canada. For statistics related to modern Jewish demographics see Jewish population.


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