"There is no single list of victims and survivors of Nazi persecution. Instead, researching and individuals’ story during the Holocaust is a process of following trails and piecing together bits of information." - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Pictured: "Zelig Katz, his wife Alla, and their daughter Yokheved-Devorah". Sefer Telz (1984).
Not sure how to get started with your Holocaust genealogy research?
The following guides have practical tips and links for new researchers.
Image at left: Leon Kimkhi (center) with his students. From ʻIr u-shemah Monasṭir (1972)
Comprehensive guide to beginning your genealogy research.
Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy at New York Public Library (Online class recording)
Online course taught by NYPL librarians on conducting Jewish genealogy research.
Getting Started with Holocaust Genealogy Research (New York Public Library)
Learn about resources for Holocaust genealogy research at NYPL and beyond.
How can I learn what happened to individuals during the Holocaust? (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Learn more about conducting research at the USHMM
Holocaust Research Genealogy Guide (Family Tree Magazine)
Where to begin Holocaust genealogy records in online and physical archives
Holocaust Research Guide (Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute)
Guide to archival and published materials at the Center for Jewish History
Reference and genealogical resources for the Center’s comprehensive collections.
Vital records database with 200+ Holocaust-related collections. Ancestry Library Edition is accessible with a Library card; the Holocaust-related collections and many others are also freely available at Ancestry.com
Online archive and international inquiry center for victims of Nazi persecution.
Information on researching individuals in the German Federal Archives.
Research institute for Polish Jewry, specializing in genealogy.
Free search engine for Central and Eastern European directories and yizkor books.
Jewish genealogy site, with Holocaust database, yizkor book database and translations.
Extensive archival collections including documents and media, partially searchable by database.
interactive database with street maps of the persecuted in Europe 1933–1945.
Links to information the vast quantity of records in the collection.
Comprehensive listing of archival materials, and a selection of published books in the collection.
Comprehensive site for Sephardic genealogy, including databases by country.
Links to genealogical resources, sorted alphabetically by country, including an International section.
Names and biographical details for Jews murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices.
Guide and links to 700 yizkor (Holocaust memorial) books digitized by The New York Public Library and the Yiddish Book Center.