Tracing your roots is a rewarding hobby, but it can sometimes be overwhelming.
Here are some steps to help get you started:
Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy: 2010 Version by Gary Mokotoff.
Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy by Sallyann Sack and Gary Mokotoff.
Ask for family names, ancestral towns, dates of arrival, port sailed from, port of arrival. If possible, tape record or film your interviews.
Ask for copies of photographs and documents such as naturalization certificates, birth, marriage, death certificates, etc.
Depending on when your family arrived in the United States, look for them in the Federal Census, beginning with 1930 and working backwards.
CONSULT RECORDS AT THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY
For records that are not available online, a trip to the local Family History Center may be necessary. Microfilms can be viewed which contain such information as U. S. census records, passenger arrivals, naturalization records, city directories, and vital records as well as records from Poland, Hungary, Germany, England, France and other foreign countries.
Founded in 1982, the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society meets monthly at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. Meetings are planned to meet the needs of the novice as well as the more experienced genealogist. Members share materials, research methods and ideas, and successes or failures in research.
Guest speakers talk on subjects of interest.
MEMBERSHIP in the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society includes:
SDJGS is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the California Genealogical Alliance.
SDJGS is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization.