U.S. Synagogue Records as a Genealogical Resource

Ellen Kowitt

A primer on how to find synagogue records, what genealogical material they include, and what they look like. Finding synagogue records can be problematic and time consuming as there are errors in catalogs and a variety of ways materials are described. JewishGen’s Shul Records America, a finding aid pointing to the location of American synagogue records includes more than 650 collections held at over 60 repositories or websites, with about 20% including URLS for digitized materials. Not only a historical resource but important as modern-day synagogues merge or close, Shul Records America encourages congregations to preserve records with genealogical value.

Thu, March 14 2024: 0:00 UTC

About the speaker

About the speaker

Ellen is JewishGen USA Research Division Director and is a former Director-at-Large of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. She currently serves as Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) Jewish Specialty Research
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