Jews in Early American and the Caribbean

36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

Seattle, Washington, USA

August 11, 2016, 1:30-2:45 pm

Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Juniper

 

Genealogists researching Jewish families in North America and the Caribbean prior to 1840 face a host of unique challenges, not the least of which is that early American Jews never seemed to stay put, but rather often moved from place to place. Further complicating searches are the lack of digitized resources and the popularity of certain names in the colonies. In this session we cover the most important types of documents and objects to locate, where they can be found, how to get access to those records, and how to interpret them in order to get the most information from them as possible. The session will include a hands-on examples chosen from key early American families.

 

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Reading Sample Sources