Research Resources

September 17, 2017

Robarts Library University of Toronto

A wonderful repository of books for those studying Jewish history is the Robarts Library. The library is a source of hundreds of Yizkor Books.
September 17, 2017

Canadian Jewish Archives

Another source for researchers looking for their Canadian roots are the Jewish Archives in Montreal. The Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives collects and preserves documentation on all aspects of the Jewish presence in Quebec and Canada. Most of the catalogue descriptions of our holdings can be consulted online, through the […]
September 13, 2017

Ontario Jewish Archives

Housed in the Lipa Green Centre of the Jewish Federation of Ontario, the Jewish Archives is a vast repository of vital information. One can find landsmanshaften publications and records, shul memberships, Society magazines, histories of Mount Sinai, Brunswick St., Baycrest Hospitals, newspaper and magazine articles that related to well-known Jewish […]
September 13, 2017

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Many immigrants came to Canada through the Port of Halifax. Pier 21 was the entrepôt after 1921. The Pier 21 Museum in Halifax is a very interesting visit for researchers. They have a website that offers valuable information re ship schedules and arrivals. Ship’s manifests can also be accessed. For […]
September 13, 2017

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada is vitally important to genealogists who are researching their family members who came to Canada. The Jewish Genealogy Society of Montreal was instrumental in the indexing of Naturalization records in the early part of the 20th century. For a nominal fee, a family member can apply […]
September 13, 2017

Ontario Archives

If your family member came through the Province of Ontario a primary source for researchers is the Ontario Archives. Toronto was the preferred destination for many immigrants, therefore searching the City of Toronto Archives is a key resource.
September 12, 2017

Search Bureau for Missing Relatives

This is an article from an early issue of Shem Tov that may be helpful for members researching relatives that went missing in the Holocaust. Researchers, here is the link to the Search Bureau.
September 4, 2017

The Genealogical Value of Cemetery Records

IGRA celebrates International Jewish Genealogy Month! The first lecture in our series was on the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) by Nolan Altman. This webinar explores the importance of patronymics and how headstones are one of the best sources for this information. You’ll have a chance to get to […]
September 3, 2017

How to Read a Jewish Tombstone

Headstones are important primary sources of information for family researchers. Unfortunately, not enough of us are able to interpret the Hebrew text. Here are some basics on how to decipher a tombstone or matzeyva מַצֵבָה.
September 3, 2017

6 Ways to Stay Current With Your Genealogical Research

Here is a video produced by the IAJGS Award Winning Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island. JGSLI produces very informative and instructive videos that all of performing family research can make use of.