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trace your Jewish heritage

A guide by KansasKate "KansasKate" (Little Town on the Prairie)

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Genealogy has a special place in Jewish culture. The brutal pruning of the Jewish family tree 70 years ago caused generations to grow up without grandparents or aunts & uncles or even parents. By doing genealogical research, you not only discover your ancestors but you remember the dead and in doing so, you honor them. Each family tree becomes a sort of yizkor for a family.

By sharing your genealogical research, you contribute to the body of knowledge about Jewish history. And on a more practical note, researching your ancestors might also lead you to discover other descendants -- you may have cousins you didn't even know about!

While most of Jewish genealogical research involves the same skills as any other genealogical research, there are a few things that make Jewish genealogy unique. Learn what these unique issues are and how best to make the most of the time and effort you put into your research. Two great places to begin sharing the information you have and searching for the information you don't have are JewishGen.com and Ancestry.com .

In my research on the Jewish families of southeast Kansas during the 1800s, I've created dozens of family trees with hundreds of members, tracing both ancestors and descendants. This guide includes books, other resources, and even software and hardware. They are all things I use or have used in my research.

Apple MacBook Pro MC374LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
Let's begin here, with a computer, a necessary tool for doing genealogy research. A small laptop with a wireless (WiFI) card is must. This 13.3" MacBook is small and light, yet powerful. (In a second, you'll see why it should be a Mac.)

Reunion 9
REUNION 9 is by far the best genealogy software and it runs only on a Mac.

And in case you don't have or don't want a Mac...
Family Tree Maker 2010 Platinum [OLD VERSION]
This is most popular genealogy software for PCs.

Trust me, you'll want this:
Canon CanoScan 3297B002 LiDE 700F Color Image Scanner
This scanner is a little bigger than a large 17" laptop and not as heavy, so it will fit in many of the larger laptop cases. This is the perfect "to-go" scanner because it can run off a USB cable hooked up to your laptop as well as off a regular power cord plugged in an outlet. And the lid opens 180° so you scan thick or orver-sized items. (And needless to say, it work with Macs.)

A rolling sample case or catalog case is a good way to transport you laptop, scanner, paper files, magnifying glass, and whatever other materials you may want to take to a genealogy library or a relative's house. Check the measurements to make sure the scammer will fit.
Universal Rolling Computer/Catalog Case
(This is the one I use.)

Advice from the experts:
Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy
Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History
Finding Our Fathers A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy
How to Trace Your Jewish Roots: Discovering Your Unique History

If you're going to search for or visit Jewish graves, these 2 books will be helpful:
A Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery
Practical Guide to Jewish Cemeteries

One book and one DVD. Not genealogy how-to's, but works that will move you, entertain you, and keep you inspired:
The Lost
Everything Is Illuminated

Good luck with your research.

Shalom.

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KansasKate "KansasKate" (Little Town on the Prairie)
Qualifications: Curated OUR JEWISH PAST exhibit on local Jewish history
Last updated: 5/6/10
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