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Monday, September 17, 2012

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is upon us.  In honor of this day, I thought it would be interesting to locate and share an excellent source of Jewish genealogy.

Getty Image:  Blowing the Shofar and Ushering in the Holiday

Cyndi's List once again, does not disappoint.  Of the hundreds of websites she lists, this one seemed to yield the most vital information.  It is a list of websites which are "locality specific."  The locations of Jewish heritage range from Manitoba, to Italy, to Iraq, to Suriname - to name just a few. There are 71 links in all.

Here is are some examples:

- The Jews of Cuba:   Includes a comprehensive list of Jewish burials

- JewishGen.org  A free database allowing you to search by surname, locale and more.  See "Jewish Communities and Records of the UK" for a good example of this site's offerings.

- Sephardi Genealogy and History:  a well-appointed blog about Sephardic Jewish History

There are many many more to explore.  Cyndi's List consolidates genealogical and historical research into categories, thus saving you endless hours of searching the Web for relevant databases.  Time that could be well-spent learning how to blow the Shofar.

Happy New Year!



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