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A New Tool for Jewish Genealogical Research

2 Jul 2021 11:31 AM | Anonymous

The following is an announcement from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS):

Looking for a brick wall breakthrough? Wondering what records you should search for? The IAJGS invites the entire genealogical community familiar with researching Jewish ancestry to preview the draft DoJR Record Type Taxonomy for Jewish Genealogy and provide comments from Monday 5 July through Sunday 18 July at

A comprehensive checklist of types of records that can provide information to discover your ancestors is an invaluable tool for successful research. “Such a tool has existed for the general genealogy community, but not for the Jewish genealogy community — until now,” observed Marlis Humphrey, chairman of the executive committee of the DoJR (a project of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) Documentation of Jewish Records Worldwide) and IAJGS past president.

Long overdue, the Taxonomy helps beginners learn what sources exist, while experienced researchers can use it as a comprehensive checklist for defining their research needs and plans. DoJR created the new research tool as a by-product of its construction of JCat, an online, first-ever master catalog of all record collections holding Jewish genealogically relevant data.

After the close of the public comment period, comments will be incorporated into the draft Taxonomy. The resultant baseline V1.0 DoJR Record Type Taxonomy for Jewish Genealogy will be published at the 41st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy ( on 5 August 2021 and posted to

About IAJGS and DoJR

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is an independent non-profit umbrella organization coordinating the activities and annual conference of 95 national and local Jewish Genealogical Societies (JGS) around the world. Contact your local JGS for more information:

The Documentation of Jewish Records Worldwide (DoJR) project is creating the first ever online catalog of all surviving records of our Jewish ancestors wherever they led their lives worldwide. The catalog, JCat, will enable every individual curious about their family history to discover their Jewish ancestors and connect to living relatives. The catalog will be a global reference for all the records that document individuals, inform their life stories, and enable the building of family and community histories, preserving Jewish history and heritage. DoJR is a project of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. For more information contact

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