Term applied to the adherents of a religion (Judaism), the descendants of certain ethnic groups (Sephardim and Ashkenazim), or followers of cultural traditions associated with them.

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Did any of the descendants of Rabbi Ascher ben Jechiel take “Rosch” as a surname?

I have been trying to trace my roots and the earliest appearance of "Rosch" as a (sur)name seems to be Rabbi Ascher ben Jechiel (1250 or 1259 – 1327). However, I cannot find which, if any, of his sons ...
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Is surname Judah/Juddah Jewish?

My 4th great grandfather had the surname Judah. Before coming to the U.S in the early 1800's it was spelled Juddah. I'm trying to understand if this is a true Jewish last name and if someone could ...
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What Polish village is named in this document?

This draft registration card lists a birth location of what looks like Soodlikof, Poland, but I cannot find any record of such a place. This relative was a Jew born in 1888, so the location is likely ...
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Is there a list of interned in 2-4 Rosenstrasse?

My Great Uncle Siegfried was a German Jew married to a German (Vera). They lived in Berlin and survived World War 2. On February 27 1943, the SS instigated the Final Roundup of Jews in Berlin. ...
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How to find Guide in Romania for Jewish Ancestry Search?

Planning on going to Romania in June, 2015. Need a guide/translator/driver to take me to Ramnicu Sarat to try to find any information on my family. How do I go about finding someone?
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What happened to Nathan Stein and Sarah Goldberg Stein who were living in London 1897?

On 28 Feb 1897 Nathan/ Nissen Stein, a bootmaker, lived at 27 Winterton Street in London. He had at least two children: a daughter Ada/Ida born about 1877 in; and a daughter born about 1893. ...
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Find Austrian vital records?

My grandfather was born 1931 in Deutchkreutz Austria. Are there any websites I could find any records of his (especially birth record)? I tried to look up his name in Ancestry with no luck. Are there ...
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Place of birth listed on immigration docs but where in Russia is Kosnitza/Kosnitze?

My Jewish family who came to Canada in 1924, from Bucharest on the SS Madonna, list their nationality as Russian, 4 family members put their place of birth as Kosnitza, and Kosnitze. Does anyone ...
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Slovakia, Bratislava, Reca - Jewish records

I would like to know if someone has any hints about finding Jewish records dated circa 1810 for the small village of Reca, Slovakia. My grandfather was born there in 1812 and moved to Vienna, but I ...
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Cantonist Records

Two of my ancestors were forcibly drafted into the Russian Army as part of the Cantonist decree. Where can I find the records of those draftees?
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Ancestors in Lemberg (Lviv) and Czyczkow/y

My great-grandfather was born in Lemberg, Galicia (now Lviv, Ukraine). However, I am unsure how to proceed to further back in the family tree. I have written to the archives in Lviv which hold the ...
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Linking two brothers via gravestones

I am doing research about my great-grandfather who was Jewish and had a brother who survived the Holocaust in Ukraine. I've found a gravestone image via a website which documents Jewish genealogy ...
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Are there Naturalization records specific to displaced ethnic Jews?

From WW1-WW2, are there a set of records for Jews seperate from other naturalization records in the U.S., if so, where can they be accessed?
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How to trace Romanian ancestry?

Both of my grandparents on my father's side were Romanian. Both Jewish. My grandmother was born in Bucharest, but there's some discussion about my grandfather (the most he'd say about his birth town ...
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Where to find records of arrest in pre WW II Germany?

A German Jew I am researching was arrested in Germany some time around 1935. He was released some time thereafter, and emigrated to the United states in 1936. I am wondering where to look for such ...
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Finding half-sister who may still be living?

My father (1919-1984) married a woman (born in 1922) in 1943 and had a daughter on 6/18/44 whose name is unknown, prior to getting divorced and marrying my mother. They were married for only a few ...
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“Resolution” of DNA testing

What is the spatial/cultural "resolution" of DNA testing for genealogical purposes? How finely can it be used to estimate where a particular person's ancestors were from? I am interested in testing ...
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German jewish census records from the 19th century

I have been told that some censuses of the Jewish population of German towns were conducted in the first half of the 19th century. I am wondering if there is any systematic record of these censuses (...
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Determining ethnicity according to ancestry?

My sister, cousins, and other relatives speculate that my mom's grandmother was Jewish (for various reasons). I've heard people say at times things like, for example, "I'm 50% German" or "I'm 25% ...
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How can I trace my ancestry in India?

I'm a Christian from Kundamkulam, Trissur, Kerala, India. It is said (there are no written evidences) that we once were Brahmins, got converted to Christianity in the 1st century AD (there are records ...
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What is the Russian town in this census listing?

I'm trying to determine my (step-)grandparents' birth place from the 1916 Canadian Census. The relevant portion is this: For context, here is the entire record. The people in question are listed as ...
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Tracing Jewish ancestors in Germany before 1800

I have been able to trace my wife's ancestors to people born in the 1790s in the Pfalz region of Germany and in Alsace using civil records of births and deaths. Those records books were started in the ...
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Where can I find Jewish Historical Information Pre WWII in Europe?

I am looking for a site/records for information on Jewish History in Europe of pre WWII era. Mainly of birth and marriage records from Poland.