Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center
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Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
and the
Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center
at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv


Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, is actively documenting Jewish communities, past and present. The Museum's goal is to gather and create visual and written documentation to preserve Jewish heritage. Within this larger program, the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center provides genealogists with the opportunity to record their life's work for safekeeping, and to make it available to future generations. Jewish genealogy is not just a hobby, but also the means to an end - the preservation of Jewish family heritage for posterity.

The database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center boasts over 4,000,000 names organized in more than 10,000 family trees. Search orders of the genealogy database may be sent by filling out a "Search Order Online" linked from the museum's website.  In addition to the database of family trees, the Genealogy Center has a reference library and an extensive collection of LDS microfilms of birth, marriage and death records from Poland.

LDS (Mormon) Microfilms

Beit Hatfutsot is the only institution in Israel and the only Jewish institution in the world with a major collection of LDS microfilms. Volunteers at the Genealogy Center have already extracted more than 250,000 of these records and all entries are or will be available on the JRI-Poland database. The list of the microfilms available in Beit Hatfutsot may now be consulted on the museum's website in English and Hebrew. Researchers who know the year and exact Akt number of the document may order a photocopy by filling out a separate order form online - Order LDS Records.

Realizing the enormous value of these records to family historians, the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center initiated a project to create extracts of the information for a number of towns in the collection. In the spirit of goodwill that characterizes the world of Jewish genealogy and family history research, the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center has shared this data with JRI-Poland. Copies of the large hand-written ledger sheets have been sent to JRI-Poland Shtetl CO-OPs for data entry and information from many thousands of vital records from Bedzin, Bialystok, Kraków, Tarnów, Warsaw, Siedlece, Rawa Mazowiecka, Sandomierz, Gora Kalwaria, Kozienice, Plonsk, and Golub Dobrzyn is now available on-line.

Data from the extracting project

Search results based on extracts from this project provide considerably more information than that included in other JRI - Poland searches. In addition to the usual fields, the birth extracts often include other facts available in the records such as parents' ages, father's name and patronymic, mother's given name, mother's patronymic and/or maiden name. Death records will have the age at death as well as parents' names, the name of the surviving spouse and sometimes the names of children 'left behind.' Marriages include the ages of the couple, place of residence, parents' names, etc. For Warsaw, the city district will also be noted.

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Birth record of Isaac Leib Peretz (in Yiddish Yitshok Leybush Peretz, best known as I.L.Peretz) (1852-1915), Yiddish language author and playwright.
Zamosc, May 18, 1852
LDS microfilm 771651 from 1852, Akt B69


Visitors searching the Beit Hatfutsot database at the Study Area on the second floor of the Core Exhibition, Beit Hatfutsot


Visitors searching the Beit Hatfutsot database at the Study Area on the main lobby, Beit Hatfutsot


Surviving records less than 100 years old are held in the Civil Records Offices (Urzad Stanu Cywilnego) of each town.

For information on the 20th century records available for your town, visit the Routes to Roots Foundation website, CLICK ON THE 'SEARCH DATABASE' button (on the right side) and enter the town name. Look for the town name in the Repository/City column of the search results. There are typically links to lists of available births, marriage and death records for the town.

Note, however, the Routes to Roots Foundation database may indicate turn of the century records that have already been transferred to the appropriate branch of the Polish State Archives where they can be indexed for the JRI-Poland database.

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