Jewish History Resources
Historical Resources In Government and Private Repositories
Once genealogists become familiar with the information tools available to them, they will begin to scour primary sources for details of their family history. Despite the enormous quantity of data available on the Internet, genealogists must eventually visit historical repositories to benefit from the rich details of history preserved by government and private repositories. Federal, State and local government records document the details of individuals' interaction with government. Vital records, census records, military and institutional records all contain valuable details of life's milestones. While none of these records were created to meet the needs of family historians, they are the primary source of data for all genealogists. In addition, genealogists can find further evidence of their ancestors' individual lives and community interactions in the papers maintained by private repositories. Synagogues, historical associations, university archives and special libraries all maintain records documenting the history of Jewish individuals and communities. The following sections introduce genealogists to the variety of material preserved and made accessible by government and private repositories.