From its inception, the Center for Jewish History has understood the significance of discovering one's past through tracing family roots. Established by the Center Partners and the Jewish Genealogical Society in 2000, the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute assists a wide variety of lay, academic, and professional researchers from around the world. Many seek to understand how the lives of their ancestors relate to the broader context of Jewish history and world history, while others seek to discover the fate of relatives lost during the Holocaust, to explore a Jewish past that was lost due to intermarriage and conversion, or to re-connect with branches of their family separated long ago by migration, war, and the Iron Curtain.
The institute is the gateway to a wealth of resources held by the CJH partner organizations.
Links for more information include: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, YIVO Archives and the YIVO Library.
Tips and tools for getting started include Starting Your Family History Research, Interviewing Relatives, Frequently Asked Questions, Computers & Genealogy, Holocaust Research, Landsmanshaftn, Jewish Names, Rabbis, Synagogue Records.
US Research Guides include those for Vital Records, Immigration Records, Naturalization Records, Census, City Directories, Finding a Burial Place and Finding Birth Parents.
There are also PDF downloadable guides to foreign research, such as Finding an Ancestral Town or specific country research (Argentina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech and Slovak Republics, France, Galicia Resources, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Sephardic Research and Ukraine).