The Wiener Library

For the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide

Genealogy Records and Resources

The following links are for genealogical resources, including memorial books and databases. They are sorted alphabetically by country and include an 'International' section at the end with links to International Tracing Service (ITS) records and searches available online. 

Austria

Memorial Book for the Victims of National Socialism at the University of Vienna in 1938 
The online database includes over 2,000 names of expelled students, dismissed lecturers and researchers and graduates whose academic titles were rescinded during the time of National Socialism. Search options include name, date of birth, sex and faculty.

Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW)
The centre’s ‘Victims Search’ allows users to search for victims of Nazi persecution from 1938 to 1945 by their first name and surname. People whose data was recorded by the Viennese Gestapo are also included in the database. 
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China

Polish Refugees in Shanghai Index
The ‘Ledger listing in handwriting persons registered at the Polish consulate in Shanghai in 1934 to 1941’ is based on 200 pages of documents issued by Polish authorities. The register provides the categories of personal names, date of registration, profession, religion, date of birth and address.

Czech Republic

Database of Shoah Victims in the Czech Republic
The database contains the names of Jews deported from Bohemian Lands and of the prisoners of the Terezín ghetto. The database contains no data about survivors and exact addresses are usually available for Jews from Prague.

Germany

Tracing the Past
Tracing the Past is a set of online tools including the 1939 German Minority Census which makes the names of nearly 170,000 Shoah victims from Germany searchable. Search categories include names, year and place of birth and residence.

Records of the Berlin Restitution Offices (Berlin State Archive)
The online database includes the files of property of victims of Nazi persecution that were confiscated or otherwise acquired by the Reich or the NSDAP. Search categories include the name of the claimant and defendant, the injured party, the subject and the file number.

German War Memorial Website
The online project includes inscriptions from war memorials of the German and Austrian armies, memorial books, lists of casualties and grave inscriptions from war cemeteries. The database can be searched by name and residence.

Aufbau Indexing Project (AIP)
The online database contains over 57,000 names that appeared in announcements published in the German-Jewish journal ‘Aufbau’ between 1941 and 2003. The search categories include first name and surname, origin, event notice and year of the announcement.

Database of Historic Address Books
The resource contains over 4,000,000 entries from over 400 address books and 9,000 places in Germany. The database can be searched by name, occupation and location.

Memorial Book for Victims of the Persecution of Jews under the National Socialist Tyranny in Germany 1933 – 1945 (Bundesarchiv)
The directory of name includes over 170,000 names with personal details and search options such as places of residence, internment, emigration, deportation and date of death. An introduction to the database and a foreword is available as well.

Berlin Address Books 1799-1943 (Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin)
The directory provides information about residents, businesses and public authorities of the city of Berlin from 1799 to 1943. The data is listed alphabetically by name and street.

Greece

Sephardic Studies and Culture
The list contains the 1673 names of members of the Jewish community on the Island of Rhodes who were deported to Auschwitz on 23 July 1944 after the occupation by the Germans.

Hungary

National Committee for Attending Deportees (DEGOB)
The database contains the personal stories of 5000 Hungarian Holocaust survivors in 1945-1946, including (partly Hungarian) text and images. The collection can be searched by geographical and personal names or by Hungarian and English keywords.

Italy

Jews interned in Italy during the war (site only in Italian) 
The resource contains a list from the Italian Ministry of Interior with names of Jews interned in Italy after 8 September 1943. The database can be searched by name, camp, date of birth, nationality and more advanced search criteria.

Latvia

Jews of Latvia: Names and Fates 1941-1945 (Centre of Judaic Studies, University of Latvia)
The database is the work of the Latvia Holocaust Jewish Names Project which aims to recover the identities of Latvian Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The database can be searched by family names and residence.

The Netherlands

Joods Monument
Joods Monument commemorates the more than 104,000 persons who were persecuted as Jews in the Netherlands and did not survive the Holocaust. Each victim is honoured with photos, personal stories, an address, and links to pages for family members (when applicable). 

Poland

Lodz Cemetery
The online database contains the names found on graves on the cemetery in Lodz. Users can search the database by name (including ‘starts with’ and ‘sounds like’), the side of the cemetery, the section name and quarter type.

Holocaust Records (Czestochowa-Radomsko Area Research Group)
The database contains over 300,000 records from Holocaust survivor lists and death lists from around Poland. It can be searched by surname, which includes the option ‘sounds like’ and ‘starts with’.

Warsaw Ghetto Database (Polish Center for Holocaust Research)
The database contains the names of Warsaw Ghetto inhabitants, places and events. The page for each inhabitant also features more detailed information as well as links to related events and places.

The Polish Monitor (JRI Poland)
Users can search for results in the database by surname or town to find more than 5 million Jewish birth, marriage and death records. The database also contains other records such as books of residents, army draft lists and ghetto death records.

Romania

Gura Humorului Jewish Cemetery
The resource contains an index of names on the over 2,000 gravestones of the Jewish cemetery in Gura Humorului. The index includes the location of the grave, the first name and surname, birth and death dates and father’s name.

Radautz Cemetery
The project aims to provide information about the 700 graves on the Radautz Cemetery since 1831. The name list includes the first name and surname, relatives’ names, place and date of birth and death, age of death, Hebrew names and comments as well as photographs of the graves.

The Radautz Marriages Database
This rich database contains over 3,000 properly indexed marriage records for the period 1857 - 1929. This is a helpful resource for finding maiden names - a common missing link when conducting genealogical research.  

United Kingdom

Free UK Genealogy
The project aims to make transcriptions of family history records freely available online. It includes over 350,000 indices of births, marriages and deaths (FreeBMD), historic parish registers (FreeREG) and 19th century censuses (FreeCEN). 
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United States of America

World War II Prisoners of War
The database contains records of American Prisoners of War between December 1941 and November 1946. The search categories include serial number, name, service code, state of residence, area, status, detaining power and camp.

Yizkor Books at NYPL
The New York Public Library's online collection of ~650 yizkor (memorial) books document the history of Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust. They offer a research guide that organises the books alphabetically by town/city name. Although most are in Hebrew and/or Yiddish, more English translations are being published now.

Genealogy and the Law: A Layman's Guide to Legalese
This website contains easy-to-understand definitions of terms most commonly encountered during genealogy research, including legal terms, military terms, census terms, colonial terms, terms in other languages, and abbreviations.
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History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy
This comprehensive resource by HomeAdvisor provides a basic overview of what it means to conduct genealogical resource as well as a lengthy list of resources ranging from genealogical databases to oral history interview questions and advice on preserving one's own family history. This website was kindly recommended to the Library by the children at After School Care Programs in El Paso County, Colorado as part of their family tree project. 

International

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2016
This resource developed by GenealogyInTime Magazine contains an independent ranking of the top 100 genealogy websites of 2016, based on a combination of three factors: visitors, content and time.
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JewishGen
The genealogy website provides databases, research tools and other resources for researchers searching for Jewish ancestry. The website includes databases and records from more than 16 countries as well as a guide on how to use the databases. 
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FamilySearch
The website contains a database of historical records which users can search by name, life events, birthplace, relationship and country. Users are also able to restrict records by location, type, batch number and film number. 
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Eastern European Archival Database
The database includes the archival holdings in Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland and Ukraine as well as documents from civil registration offices, museums and institutes which include army lists, records of life events, family lists, census records, tax lists, immigration documents, property records, police files, school records and hospital records.

The Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names (Yad Vashem)
The database provides an excellent resource for the research into the fate of individuals. About four and a half million Jews murdered in the Holocaust have been commemorated in the database. 
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Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database (USHMM)
The database allows users to find information about people persecuted under the Nazi regime as well as thousands of historical documents, including census records, ghetto inhabitant lists, death lists and camp lists. 
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Billion Graves
Billion Graves is the world′s largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data with a corresponding genealogy camera app. People can contribute to the resource by posting headstone images from cemeteries and by adding transcriptions of the personal information found on the images.
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ITS

International Tracing Service Inventory Search (USHMM)
The website features the  inventory of more than 21,000 separate historical collections from the material contained in the ITS Archive. The search fields include description field, source field, ITS file location field and accession date field. 
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ITS Digital Collections Online
The online collections of the ITS Archive include the alphabetical index of persons, index and map presentation of inquiries by the Allies on ‘death marches’ as well as a child search branch.