Welcome to Genealogy@AJHS. Here you will find guides and resources to begin researching your Jewish family history.

Researching Jewish ancestry presents unique challenges as Jewish families migrated widely, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries, and many were torn apart by the momentous events of the 20th century. Countless records, if they existed at all, may have been lost or destroyed… Names changed as people migrated and the many languages spoken created multiple spellings and translations of those names. Towns changed jurisdictions and also acquired new names or altered spellings.

If you’re just starting your genealogical journey and feel a bit overwhelmed, head over to our Where To Start and Organising Your Research pages for tips, tricks, and tools to set you on the right path.

If you’re already on your way and need some information on a specific location or area of research, look at the Research Resources page for links to websites and guidance from fellow family history researchers.

If you already have lots of information and want to learn ways to share it, check out our Share Your Research page for some creative ideas.

Finally, join AJHS to find out about the workshops and courses we run throughout the year.

We encourage you to explore the information we have available on this site and look forward to assisting you in researching your Jewish family history. If you have a specific question or query you would like assistance with, contact us via email. Please be specific and supply as much information and documentation as you can.