Friday, January 7, 2011

Ancestry.com Adds 4 New Databases to its Jewish Heritage Collection

Ancestry.com has announced four new collections from the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) that recently were added to their Jewish records collection. www.ancestry.com . These additions are part of the Ancestry premium or subscription required collection for viewing the records. You can do a name search without a subscription. To see all of the Jewish Collection on Ancestry.com- both free and premium see:
http://landing.ancestry.com/jewishfamilyhistory/us/default.aspx

The new collections include two sets of war records: WWI Serviceman Questionnaires, Jews and Non-Jews, 1918-1921, and Undated,
(http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1765) and
WWII Jewish Serviceman Cards, 1942-1947
(http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2125)

Please note, that as the database is of questionnaires, not all servicemen may have filled one out or some may be more complete than others.

On the serviceman cards while there were 550,000 Jewish Americans that served in WWII, The Bureau of War Records complied records on 106,000 soldiers that make up part of the Bureau of War Records, 1942-1947, collection, with supporting documentation from War Department records, newspapers, Anti-Defamation League manuscripts, correspondence by BWR volunteers, POW lists, and other sources.

Another collection added is:
Jews in Colonial America, Brazil, and Surinam (Oppenheim Collection), 1650-1850, (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2146)

This data collection consists of research notes taken by Samuel Oppenheim from primary sources on Colonial American and Brazilian Jewry. Information found in this collection includes names, date and place of residence, as well as spouse information.

Ancestry.com indexed the New York Hebrew Orphan Asylum Records, 1860-1934
(http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1611)
to make them more accessible.

I have no affiliation with Ancestry.com and this is being posted for the
interest of those researching Jewish records.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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