“The Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGS) was founded in New York in 1977, becoming the first of what are now over 80 such societies worldwide. In the years since its founding, the JGS membership has grown to more than 1,000, with members from both the New York metropolitan area as well as elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. The JGS presents innovative programming and seminars over the years, including monthly meetings with guest lecturers from a variety of disciplines; field trips to cemeteries, libraries and archives and workshops.”

“JGS provides access to exclusive databases found nowhere else on the web.  In addition, members receive special access to databases at Jewishdata.org and discounts at “Friends of Jewish Genealogical Society.” ”

Free searchable databases at the JGS include:

The Jewish Genealogical Society has a paid membership and member benefits include:

  • Free admission to monthly meetings/lectures/field trips
  • Discounts on JGS events, including tuition at all-day workshops and seminars
  • Subscription to the JGS quarterly journal, DOROT
  • Free access to Jewishdata.com, a fee site with over 500,000 records including Jewish tombstones, yearbooks, and more
  • Discounts on JGS publications and admission fees and purchases at several museums


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