Southern California Genealogical Resources
Other Mapsellers - Reproductions
Other Mapsellers - Antiques
Map Sites on the Web (reference)
Jewish Genealogical Resources
There is a wealth of Jewish genealogical information on the Internet. The sites below
are some of the most useful ones out there, but certainly don't represent an exhaustive
JewishGen should be your first stop on the Internet for Jewish genealogy. Now run
as a non-profit, JewishGen is an outgrowth of a discussion group that started on a local
bulletin board system years ago. The web site now includes numerous searchable
databases, information files, and hosted discussion groups on Jewish genealogy.
Within the site, some of the more useful locations are:
International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)
The umbrella organization for roughly 75 Jewish genealogical societies around the world
helps coordinate the activities and common interests of the different societies. You
can find links to most of the Jewish genealogical societies around the world from this
Jewish Cemetery Project
This project within the IAJGS site has descriptions of Jewish
cemeteries around the world. Note that there is no actual
information on Jewish burials; that info can be found in the JewishGen
Online Worldwide Burial
- JewishGen Family Finder
- This online database includes the surnames and ancestral towns being researched by over
15,000 Jewish genealogists worldwide.
- Family Tree of the Jewish People
- The Family Tree of the Jewish People is one of several databases that incorporates the
actual family trees that researchers have compiled over the years. You can search for
names, and get entire trees in return.
Online Worldwide Burial Registry
- This is an index to burials in Jewish cemeteries around the world.
It has been produced by volunteer indexing projects, and continues to
- Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
- The Jewish Records Indexing - Poland Project (JRI-P) is an attempt to index all Jewish
vital records from Poland. Volunteers have been at work for years indexing records
available through the Mormons' Family History Library, and the project also has made
special arrangements to index records not yet filmed by the Mormons.
- Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) by
- This info file (roughly 35 pages) is a terrific introduction to Jewish genealogy, and is
recommended reading for anyone just starting out. It is updated several times a year, and
is full of references to other resources. It's the best brief introduction to Jewish
Center for Jewish History
The Center for Jewish History is a new research facility in New York which is home to
the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Leo Baeck Institute, the
Federation , and
Yeshiva University Museum.
American Jewish Archives
On the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, this
is one of two major archives focusing on American Jewish history.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum web site includes general information on the holdings
of the museum and archives; schedules of events and exhibits; information on visiting the
museum; and a very interesting searchable index to its archival holdings.
Yad Vashem is the Holocaust memorial in Israel. Its home page provides general information about Yad Vashem,
as well as access to several databases, including The Central Database of
Shoah Victims' Names, an Online Photo Archive, and Shoah Related Lists
Database. The last database does not include names, but rather name
lists that are available at Yad Vashem. It does include links to
digitized versions of many of the lists, however, that can be browsed from
Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Simon Wiesenthal Center's site contains general information about the Center's
activities and it's Museum of Tolerance. There are no online databases available. There
is, however, a document called "36 Questions about the Holocaust," which is a
good introduction to Holocaust issues; and a "Glossary of the Holocaust." The
site also has information about current anti-Semitic activities ("Cyberwatch");
a film & radio listing of programs related to the Holocaust; and a
"bookstore" with information on Holocaust books.
Sephardic Genealogy Resources
Put together by Jewish genealogist Jeff Malka, this is one of several sites focusing on
Sephardic genealogy, with links to many other useful Sephardic sites.
Avotaynu is the premier publisher of books and other research materials on Jewish
genealogy. The company publishes a quarterly journal, Avotaynu, which is required
reading for anyone serious about Jewish genealogy. They also publish numerous books
on Jewish genealogy, most of which have become standard reference works in the field.
Government Offices & Document Requests
Los Angeles County Home Page
Orange County Home Page
Riverside County Home Page
San Bernardino County Home Page
Ventura County Home Page
National Archives -
Libraries & Library Catalogs
Other Sellers of Map
Old Maps of New England
This site offers reproductions of 19th century town plans from county atlases
for many counties in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. These maps are
from an earlier period than those previously published by Generations Press. These maps also show
substantial detail, including the names
of property owners for each parcel.
Historical Ink - Maps of New England
(Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island &
Also includes a large number of city maps from old county atlases for the
states mentioned above.
Quintin Publications - Irish
Quintin Publications specializes in genealogical resources for Canada, but they have a
large selection of resources for Irish research. They sell reproductions of detailed
Irish county maps for all counties from a 1901 atlas.
The Goldbug is another map seller specializing in historical maps of the United States
and map software.
U.S. Historical Archive
This site has a nice collection of panoramic and "birds eye" view maps
of American cities.
Antique Maps (not reproductions)
Steve Bartrick Antique Prints and Maps
(includes Great Britain county maps)
Richard Nicholson of Chester (large selection of city plans
& county maps)
These two mapsellers carry antique maps and map reproductions
of counties and shires in the British Isles at reasonable prices.
Alan Godfrey Old Ordnance Survey
This site sells current and historical British Ordnance Survey maps.
Kauai Fine Arts - Antique Maps and Prints
They may be a bit out of the way geographically, but this shop (actually two stores)
carries some great maps.
Barry Lawrence Ruderman
Barry Lawrence Ruderman is an attorney in San Diego who has a map business on the side.
He sells some terrific antique maps, though, and has a great web site. Check
The Old Map Gallery
Another antique map dealer with many old town maps, as well as other
The Red House Collection
These two websites include many reproductions of "birds-eye" view maps.
Map Sites on the World Wide Web (reference only)
Library - The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin has placed a large collection of maps on the web,
including regional maps, city and town plans, and historical maps. You can find current
city maps from their collection under the appropriate geoprahical area, or under their
links to other map sites on the web. You can find historical city and town plans
under their "Historical Maps" directory, and then under the appropriate
David Rumsey Map Collection
An enormous collection of tens of thousands of digitized historical maps
from all over the world. Many can be purchased as reproductions from
FEEFHS - The Federation of Eastern European Family History
FEEFHS is a federation of genealogical societies that have an emphasis on Eastern
European research. Their web site has a large collection of 19th century maps of Central
and Eastern Europe. Generations Press provided these scans to FEEFHS from originals in our
own collection, and copies of most of the maps may be purchased from our Regional Maps catalog. These maps are excellent for identifying
the 19th century boundaries of European countries, as well as identifying internal
boundaries within the major empires.
Maps of Austria-Hungary
and Hungarian County Maps
These two links are from the web site of the Cartography Department at Eötvös
University in Budapest. The first link includes several historical maps of regions
of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the second link is to an index of detailed maps of the
Hungarian megyes (counties) of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of these maps
are from 1910, and range in size from about 350 kb to 1.4 mb, so download times are pretty
long. The maps are very detailed, though (most are at a scale of better than
1:500,000), and useful for Hungarian research. Many of the county pages include a
section from an old gazetter, giving information about the county.
Polish Map Site - MapyWIG
(Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny 1919 - 1939)
The site of the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny (WIG) has great
country-wide survey maps of Poland at scales of 1:300,000, 1:100,000 and
1:25,000. They can usually be downloaded at at least two different
The two most popular online map sites using interactive maps. Try typing in the name of a
small town or village, and these sites can probably find it for you. You can enlarge or
reduce the level of detail from country level down to street level.
- Advanced Book Exchange
- ABE (Advanced Book Exchange) is a collective listing of books from over 12,500 used and
new book dealers around the country. If you are looking for any used or rare book,
this is the first place you should look. You can compare prices from dealers all
over the country (and some out of the country). You can also leave
"wants," or the books you are looking for, and receive notification when a book
dealer offers that book for sale.
Barnes & Noble
- These two online booksellers will carry just about every new genealogical book, often at
significant discounts. And of course, they carry just about any other type of book
you might be looking for.
- Cyndi's List - Books
- The "Books" page from the premier genealogical directory on the internet.
A much larger selection of booksellers, publishers, and related web sites than the
few selections listed here.
- Believe it or not, some of the best book deals around come from books available through
eBay auctions. Try to focus on books for which the seller has posted photos
(especially of flaws), otherwise it's hard to know what you're buying, and read the
seller's ratings carefully.
- This is the home of Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Publications, two of
the primary genealogical publishing companies. Genealogical Publishing Company
publishes mostly mainstream new genealogical titles, while Clearfield Company specializes
in reprints of out-of-print titles.
- Picton Press
- Picton Press specializes in publishing genealogical and historical manuscripts,
particularly transcripts of original church records, tax lists, court records, town vital
records, tombstone inscriptions and early military records. They specialize in
genealogical and historical research material of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries
tracing descendants of early immigrants.
- Heritage Books
- Heritage Books is one of the largest genealogical publishers, with over
3,000 genealogy books, maps and CDs.