Successful Searching

Tips and advice on how to search successfully

Names and their history

The following is an extract from a post on Jewishgen, published here with the kind permission of Dick Plotz. Dick posted this in answer to a query about a Hebrew inscription which was hard to read. We thought this excellent…

Names based on occupations

Some suggested words, and their spellings, that may be found in the records, often as an extension of an individual’s name. Avoid words that form part of a name, such as Gold or Berg, as these will produce too many…

Names based on places

Some suggested words, and their spellings, that may be found in the records, often as an extension of an individual’s name. Avoid words that form part of a name, such as Gold or Berg, as these will produce too many…

Female names

English versions of Hebrew names vary widely: this list shows a broad range of the spellings used in this database. Abigail Adel Bathsheba Beila Bena Benka Benla Benvenida Bila, Bilah Blanca, Blanka Bloomah, Bluma, Blumah, Blume Breina Breindel, Breindela Brenlah…

Male names

English versions of Hebrew names vary widely: this list shows a broad range of the spellings used in this database. Aaron, Ahron Abner Abraham, Avrahom Aharon Akiba, Akiva Aleksander Angel Anschel, Anshel Arbilai Areal, Ariel Ari Aryeh, Ary[eh] Asher Avidgor…

Using Keyword Search

If you have not found what you are looking for using the Basic Search or Advanced Search, you should try the keyword search. This allows you to search for any words that appears in the individuals’ details. Probably best used…

Using Advanced Search

Use the advanced search to widen the search criteria and narrow the search result. Where searches based on Family Name and/ or First name produce too many records, try combinations based on Family Name\ plus event\ plus +\- 5 years,…

Basic Search

This allows you to do a simple search using the family name and/or first name that you are looking for. Please note that spellings can vary so you can search using just the first 3 letters of the name you…