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This page is for International Regional & Ethnic listings, for those persons who are seeking information
that does not conform to strict Country borders, but instead, regional, ethnic and even religious bounderies.

All of the elaborative statements on this page are quoted in full, or in part from the web sites themselves.

Updated: Mon, Jun 7, 2010

JEWISH - These sites focus on Sephardic and Jewish genealogy and culture...

  • Avotaynu - Avotaynu, Inc. is the leading publisher of products and information of interest to persons who are researching Jewish genealogy, Jewish family trees and Jewish roots. The books we sell are meant to assist you in your research--from beginner guides to books about Jewish surnames, and, of course, our award-winning book about towns in Central and Eastern Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust: Where Once We Walked. Our online catalog includes the journal, Avotaynu, books and microfiche. In addition, Avotaynu offers books, video tapes and maps published by other companies.

  • American Jewish Archives - The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives is committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural, personal, social and family life of American Jewry.

  • American Jewish Historical Society - The American Jewish Historical Society's approximately 1,000 archival collections are divided into two basic categories: Personal Papers, which include the papers and artifacts of individuals and families, and Institutional Records, which contain the records of schools, synagogues, orphanages, political organizations, charitable societies, and other institutions related to Jewish life in the Americas.

  • Center for Jewish History - The Center for Jewish History is the home of five preeminent Jewish institutions dedicated to history, culture, and art. It unites under one roof collections that bring together centuries of Jewish life.

  • Consolidated Jewish Surname Index - Avotaynu, Inc., (CJSI). CJSI is your gateway to information about 699,084 surnames, mostly Jewish, that appear in 42 different databases. These databases combined contain more than 7.3 million records. Using CJSI means it is unnecessary to search each source separately to determine if there is information about a surname of interest. CJSI identifies which of these databases reference the surname. Links are provided to other web sites that either have the database or information about how to access the data. CJSI is sequenced phonetically rather than alphabetically using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System. Therefore, spelling variants of a name that sound the same are grouped together (in a searchable database).

  • Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center - People throughout the world who are interested in tracing their Jewish roots and finding relatives will now have a vastly improved and readily accessible database of over 2 million names in a family tree format, thanks to a long-awaited agreement signed on Sunday, October 24, 1999. The three major Jewish genealogy organizations - the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS - 75 genealogical societies worldwide) , JewishGen and the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth (the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv) - have agreed to pool their genealogical information. The agreement will allow this valuable resource to be available on site at the museum, and on the world wide web.

  • Hungarian JewishGen - JewishGen's Hungarian Special Interest Group (H-SIG) is for those with Jewish roots in the area known as "greater Hungary" or pre-Trianon Hungary and covers all those areas that were once predominantly Hungarian-speaking. This includes all of present-day Hungary and Slovakia and lands that are now within Romania, the Ukraine, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia.

  • JewishGen - The Home of Jewish Genealogy, and An affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Its most popular components are the JewishGen Discussion Group, the JewishGen Family Finder (a database of 300,000 surnames and towns), the comprehensive directory of InfoFiles, ShtetLinks for over 200 communities, and a variety of databases such as the ShtetlSeeker and Jewish Records Indexing-Poland. JewishGen's online Family Tree of the Jewish People contains data on over two million people.

  • International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies - The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is an independent non-profit umbrella organization coordinating the activities and annual conference of more than 75 national and local Jewish genealogical societies around the world.

  • Jewish Virtual Library - (formerly JSource) is a division of the American-Israli Cooperative Enterprise.

  • Jews Of Ireland - most of the websites dealing with Jewish genealogy originate in the United States. They are aimed at families who wish to trace their Eastern European roots. Useful as such sites are, they do not cater for non-English speaking East Europeans with an interest in Jewish genealogy.

  • Museum of Jewish Heritage - Created as a living memorial to those who perished during the Holocaust, our Museum honors those who died by celebrating their lives - cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today.

  • Routes to Roots - Tracing Jewish Roots in Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.

  • - A Research Tool for Sephardic Genealogy / Jewish Genealogy. Una Herramienta de Busqueda de Genealogia Sefardita/Judia. Informacoes e genealogia Judaica.

  • Sephardic Genealogy Sources - Sefarad is a Hebrew word meaning Spain. So, in the strictest sense of the word the Sephardim (plural of Sephardi) are the Jews who came from the Iberian peninsula. Today however the word Sephardim has taken a much wider meaning and includes Jewish Communities in North Africa, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Greece, Turkey and most Jews who are not Ashkenazim. The word Ashkenazi has had a similar broadening of its definition. Arising from a Hebrew word meaning "German" it has taken on a broader definition that includes not only German Jews but those of Eastern Europe and Russia as well.

  • South African Jewish Genealogy - The stated purposes and goals are to bring together Jewish genealogy researchers with a common interest in Southern Africa. This page is a portal to basic information about Southern African research and research aspirations.

  • Yad Vashem's Central Database - Shoah victim's names:  Yad Vashem is committed to remembering the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. Their names and life stories, so far as known, are gathered in the Central Database of Shoah Victims Names, which can be searched here.

  • Yivo Institute For Jewish Research - Photographs of Jewish Life

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