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Workshop Handout

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Montreal (JGS-Montreal) offers free Sunday Morning Family Tree Workshops, during which we do live searches. For new and even regular attendees, the sources used for research can go by very quickly. This workshop handout is meant to give attendees pointers to those resources used.

  1. JGS-Montreal.org All about JGS-Montreal meetings, workshops, projects, and help on genealogical research with a focus on Jewish Montreal.
  2. JewishGen.org THE place to start Jewish genealogical research. Features include Getting started; Databases of families, towns, and burials; Special Interest Groups, Discussion Groups, and much more. Be sure to spend adequate time exploring this collection of resources, which includes a Guide to Canadian Jewish Genealogical Research. Most services require free registration, and some services require an annual donation.
  3. CJHN.ca/en The Canadian Jewish Heritage Network site brings together the databases and digitized archival material of several Montreal-area Jewish organizations. Free.
  4. JRI-Poland.org Jewish Records Indexing - Poland contains millions of vital records. Free.
  5. Search.Ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=1091 The Drouin Collection contains Jewish marriage, birth and some death records up to about 1940. Requires subscription.
  6. Bibnum2.BNQuebec.ca/bna/lovell/ Lovell's Annual Montreal Directories (1842-2010) are online and freely accessible. There is no search, but the directories are alphabetical and include street directories.
  7. Newspapers.Lib.SFU.ca/mcc-cjr-collection The Canadian Jewish Review (CJR) contains new of interest to Jewish families in Montreal and Toronto (1921-1966), including marriage and birth annouements. Many search features have had problems since 2016; avoid Advanced Search.
  8. News.Google.com/newspapers Google Newspapers has the Montreal Gazette (1878-2006), as well as 1950s issues of the CJR missing from the SFU site. Free.