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Public Resources for Genealogy  research

STARTING YOUR GENEALOGY

What is Genealogy?

Genealogy is the study of family ancestral lines.  Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship or pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.  Some scholars differentiate between genealogy and family history by limiting genealogy to direct descendants and applying family history to all ancestors with broader life details and historical context.


Introductory Booklets and Genealogy Forms


Terminology

GETTING TO KNOW "OLD" JEWISH CLEVELAND

Jewish Cleveland Immigration and History


Landmarks and Resources

    Cemeteries and Obituaries

    JEWISH CLEVELAND TODAY

    CLEVELAND AND CUYAHOGA COUNTY

    National and International Resources


    USA Government Sites


      Additional Resources

                  Commercial Genealogy Sites

                  These resources offer both free and enhanced subscription services. Some may also be freely accessible from a library. Visit a listing’s home page or ask about genealogical resources at your local library for more information.

                    Print Material

                    JGSC Authors

                    JGSC Speakers and Books

                    • Copeland, Libby, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, Harry N. Abrams, 2020.
                    • Gross, Rachel B, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, NYU Press, 2021.
                    • Klam, Julie, The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters: A True Story of Family Fiction, Riverhead Books, 2021.

                    Other Book Recommendations

                    • Rabinowitz, Richard, Objects of Love and Regret: A Brooklyn Story, Belknap Press, 2022.
                    • Shapiro, Dani, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2019.

                    Magazines

                    • American Ancestors
                    • Family Tree Magazine
                    • Internet Genealogy
                    • National Genealogical Societal Quarterly
                    • Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine
                    • Your Family History
                    • Your Genealogy Today

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