Jewish Periodicals

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Most genealogical and historical societies throughout the world publish magazines and newsletters. The articles often include:

  • Family genealogies and pedigrees.
  • Transcripts of emigration sources, vital records, census returns, and cemetery records.
  • Helpful articles on research methodology.
  • Information about local records, archives, and services.
  • Book advertisements and book reviews.
  • Research advertisements.
  • Queries or requests for information about specific ancestors that can help you contact other interested researchers.

Genealogical Magazines of General Interest[edit | edit source]

Some general periodicals contain basic how-to instructions, advertisements, book notices, and queries. These seldom include record transcripts or compiled genealogies. Examples include:

  • Heritage Quest: The Genealogy Forum. 1985–2006. [Published by Heritage Quest, P.O. Box 329, Bountiful, Utah 84011-0329. Telephone: 801-298-5358. Fax: 801-298- 5468.] (FHL book 973 D25hq). WorldCat entry. Now dormant publication.

Genealogical and Historical Journals[edit | edit source]

Genealogical periodicals or newsletters usually provide more in-depth instruction, book reviews, record transcripts, case studies, and compiled genealogies. Historical periodicals usually include articles of a historical nature, including Jewish history. These periodicals are usually published quarterly by genealogical or historical societies and may focus on a region, state, county, or time period. Examples include:

  • Newsletter of the Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies (FEEFHS). (FHL book 940 C4f). WorldCat entry.
  • The New Zealand Genealogist. Auckland, New Zealand: The New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc. (FHL book 993.1 B2na). WorldCat entry. This journal contains articles on research methodology in New Zealand and 50 the British Isles, articles of genealogical interest, book reviews, queries, and other items of interest. There is a general yearly index published that includes an index to member queries.

Jewish Periodicals[edit | edit source]

In addition to genealogical and historical periodicals, several Jewish genealogical periodicals are published quarterly and focus on tracing Jewish ancestors. These periodicals usually provide more in-depth instruction, book reviews, record transcripts, and queries pertaining only to Jews. Examples include:

  • Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy. Published by Avotaynu, Inc., P.O. Box 99, Bergenfield, New Jersey 07621–1742. (FHL book 296.05 Av79) WorldCat entry.
  • Bulletin, Cercle de Généalogie Juive (Bulletin, Association of Jewish Genealogy). Paris: Le Cercle, 1985–. (FHL book 944 D25b). WorldCat entry.
  • Misjpoge: verenigingsblad van de Nederlandse Kring voor Joodse Genealogie (Misjpoge: Periodical of the Netherlands Circle for Jewish Genealogy). Baarn: De Vereniging, 1988–. (FHL book 949.2 D25mi). WorldCat entry.

Most Jewish genealogical societies throughout the world publish genealogical periodicals or newsletters. A list of Jewish genealogical societies with names and addresses of contact people and either e-mail or web site addresses can be found at:

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Most magazines have annual or cumulative indexes. Two major composite indexes that include Jewish periodicals are:

Obtaining Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Copies of periodicals are available from the local societies that publish them. Major archives with genealogical collections will have copies of many periodicals, particularly those representing the area they serve. Jewish archives will have copies of many Jewish periodicals.

The Family History Library subscribes to numerous periodicals, including several Jewish genealogical and historical periodicals. Check for these periodicals in the FamilySearch Catalog Title Search.

If there is a Wiki page for the nation or state your ancestor lived, see the “Periodicals” section of that set of pages. Also see “Societies” in this Wiki article.