Genealogy (from Greek: genea, "generation"; and logos, "knowledge") is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship or pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives. Some scholars differentiate between genealogy and family history, limiting genealogy to an account of kinship, while using "family history" to denote the provision of additional details about lives and historical context. Clicking on each item takes you to its description lower on this page.
2. Ask the eldest members of your extended family to help fill in the blanks. Consider video recording an interview with your family member(s).3. Ask family members for copies of all photos and documents pertaining to vital life events, immigration, naturalization, and education, military participation, deeds, wills, etc. These materials are filed at the local, state, and federal level and not divided by religion in the United States. They Include:
- All name and spelling variations: Hebrew name, maiden name, nicknames
- Every place they ever lived
- Birth: list date, places, locations. Obtain copy of birth certificate
- Marriage: list dates, place, locations. Obtain copy of marriage application and/or marriage certificate
- Death: list date, place, hospital, cause of death. Obtain copy of death certificate
- Any information about when they immigrated to America
- Obtain ship’s manifest, ship’s name, date, port of departure and port of entry. Any information about what town or country they came from.
- What was their occupation or livelihood?
- Were they a member of a landsmanshaften, Jewish fraternal organization, or organized trade group?
- What languages did they speak? Write?
- Were they literate? Educated?
- Did they have any significant medical conditions?
5. Attend a Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado (JGSCO) meeting. You can check this website for upcoming events.
A genealogical DNA test allows two individuals to find the probability that they are, or are not, related within an estimated number of generations.
The Jewish people have lived throughout the world, and as a result, not only are Jewish languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino used to record events within the Jewish community, but many local administrators recorded the lives of Jews in languages such as Russian, Polish, German, and Spanish.