Jewish Genealogy

 

About the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center

 

The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center is the only center of its kind in the world. At the Center, visitors can search a computerized database containing thousands of genealogies of Jewish families from all over the world and can also register their own family trees.

 

Throughout history, Jewish families migrated from place to place, often leaving behind family heirlooms, memorabilia, and records. Documentation of their previous lives was often lost, preserved only in their memories. Today, families can record precious information and family history at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, preserving this vital material for generations to come.

 

Almost 5 million individuals have already been recorded in the continuously expanding database. Visitors from all backgrounds can explore their ancestry, record and preserve their own family trees for future generations, thus adding their own "branch" to the family tree of the Jewish People.

 

Registering your family history at the Center has added benefits. Once your information is recorded, it may elicit connections with other registered users. In fact, you may discover unknown, exciting family ties with other people or families around the world.

 

To get started, send us a Search Order . Once you send in your order you will receive information from our database. If one of the names you are looking for does appear in our database, we will send you a list of all relevant entries for that name. There is a fee of NIS 25.00 per search, for up to four family names.

 

Searching while visiting the museum

Searching the database is available at the study area on the ground floor. Visitors can access the genealogy database, as well as all the other databases: family names, Jewish communities, photographs and films, music, personalities and lexicon.

 

Opening hours:
Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs : 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wed : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Bylaws

A. Definition of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
B. Objectives of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
C. Nature of the information contained in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
D. General policy of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
E. Legal status of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
F. Ownership of the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
G. Responsibility for the information contained in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.

H. Safeguarding the information kept in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
I. Provision of services to the visiting members of the public and to individuals who apply to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
J. Force and effect of the bylaws.
K. Conclusion.

 
 
1. The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center operates as an integral part of the Internet and Databases Department of Beit Hatfutsot and provides a service to the general public in the field of Jewish genealogy.
 
2. The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center operates a center for visitors, which is located in the Permanent Exhibition of Beit Hatfutsot and which is intended to serve visitors to the museum. In addition to the visitors center, the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center provides services via post, e-mail, telephone, fax and Website of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
 
1. The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center has as its goal the task of storing genealogical data about Jewish families from all periods and from all Jewish communities in Diaspora and Land of Israel. The collection of this data is intended to document the history and the heritage of the Jewish people and to preserve it for the benefit of future generations, in accordance with overall mission and aims of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
2. The objective of collecting the genealogical data is to highlight the history of Jewish families down the generations by reconstructing their chronicles in every place and time. Beit Hatfutsot believes that the gathering and preservation of this data significantly enriches the understanding of the past of the Jewish people in all the places to which they were scattered.
 
3. The genealogical database which exists at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center is open to the general public in Israel and the rest of the world, both for the purpose of adding to and updating the database of the center and also as a source of important information to any person interested in compiling a family tree, tracing family members or carrying out scientific research related to the institution of the Jewish family throughout history, as well as anything pertaining to the history and heritage of the Jewish people.
 
4. In order to further these objectives, the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center is taking steps towards increasing the amount of data contained in its database, while simultaneously endeavoring to meet the requirements of the visiting public and to always provide it with an excellent service, including the provision of genealogical information from the database located at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
5. As the amount of data in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center increases, this will enhance the ability of the museum to supply reliable and comprehensive information about the chronicles of many more Jewish families, and thereby contributing its share towards documenting the history and the heritage of the Jewish people.
 
 
1. The genealogical data which has been collected at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center is the result of the work and research of private persons, individuals or families, professional researchers, groups and/or research groups, associations and/or societies that deal with genealogy or with any other relevant field, who have agreed to submit the results of their researches to the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
2. In addition there is other information at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center which has been collected by the center itself or as the outcome of other activities conducted at Beit Hatfutsot, including educational programs. This information is partly contained in the database, partly on non-electronic media such as books, documents or any other publication or on microfiches owned by Beit Hatfutsot, and including photocopies of population registration documents from Jewish communities in the Diaspora.
 
 
1. The submission of genealogical information to Beit Hatfutsot is done on the basis of voluntary agreement of the party furnishing the information and on that party’s responsibility alone.
 
2. The right is reserved to the party submitting the information to demand from Beit Hatfutsot to block public access to certain parts of the family tree submitted by him, subject to the technological limitations of the database housed at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
3. The right is reserved to the person submitting the information to demand, at his discretion, from Beit Hatfutsot the removal of the family tree he has submitted, or parts thereof, from the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
4. Beit Hatfutsot reserves the right to refuse to include in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center a family tree or parts thereof, in accordance with a decision of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center. The party providing the information will have no right of appeal against such decision to any body, legal or otherwise in Israel or in any other country.
 
 
1. The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, which operates at the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv, Israel, is an integral part of the museum and all the laws and procedures which derive from the legal status of the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora govern it in accordance with the bylaws of the museum and all the remaining agreements and undertakings pursuant to which Beit Hatfutsot operates, and subject to the laws of the State of Israel.
 
2. Accordingly the laws of the State of Israel, and everything implied therein, including the Protection of Privacy Law, apply to the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center and to all the information contained therein.
 
3. This status makes it obligatory for any person who gives genealogical information to Beit Hatfutsot, whether he holds Israeli citizenship or the citizenship of another country, to consider as relevant Israeli law alone on any matter and subject which has or could have legal aspects connected with the safeguarding of the information, the rights over the information, and any dispute regarding ownership of the information, and/or the correctness of the information contained in the databank of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
4. In the case of a conflict between the legal status of the Jewish genealogy database at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center according to the laws of the State of Israel, on the one hand, and the laws and jurisprudence of any other country, on the other hand, the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center will act solely in accordance with the laws of the State of Israel.
 
 
 
1. The database at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center is exclusively owned by Beit Hatfutsot with everything that this entails according to the Protection of Privacy Law of the State of Israel, and subject to the Israeli law and the general bylaws of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
2. However, the ownership of any and every family tree that has been submitted to Beit Hatfutsot belongs to the party who submitted the family tree or to his representative. As a consequence of this, full rights are reserved to the party who submitted the family tree regarding the inclusion or non-inclusion, and the display or non-display of the family tree he submitted to Beit Hatfutsot, or of portions thereof, or of any type of information contained in the databank of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
3. A party who submits a family tree to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center is entitled to bequeath the ownership of the family tree he has submitted to any other person, according to his wishes or the wishes of his representative, whether or not such representative is a family relation, and solely at his own discretion, and Beit Hatfutsot will have no right of appeal in this regard.
 
4. The party submitting the family tree, and he alone, is responsible for the information contained in the family tree he has submitted to Beit Hatfutsot. A request by a third party for the removal of details pertaining to him from the database will oblige Beit Hatfutsot to act accordingly.
 
5. In any case of a demand for an amendment in the content matter of a family tree, the person requesting such change must refer directly to the party who submitted the family tree or to his representative. Beit Hatfutsot will make changes only after it has received the full written consent of the party who submitted the family tree, or of his representative.
 
6. In the event that the owner of the family tree or his representative refuses to make changes in the information contained in the family tree owned by him, on the request of Beit Hatfutsot, or it is not possible to make contact with the owner of the family tree or with his representative within a reasonable time, Beit Hatfutsot shall be entitled, temporarily or permanently, to cease the presentation of the family tree, or of parts thereof, in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, in its discretion and subject to these bylaws and to the general bylaws of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
7. In the event that the owner of the family tree refuses to effect changes in the family tree in accordance with a request from a third party, the third party is entitled to lodge an appeal against such objection to the Magistrates Court, subject to the laws of the State of Israel. Beit Hatfutsot undertakes to honor any decision and ruling by any court of law or legal tribunal of the State of Israel.
 
8. The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center may give information taken from the family trees that have been given to it by those who submit such family trees, in any form and via any means it deems fit, including by way of the service given through the Website of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
9. Beit Hatfutsot undertakes not to pass on to a third party any information contained in any family tree without the express written consent of the party who submitted the tree and/or his representative. This means that Beit Hatfutsot will not pass on a complete family tree without the express consent of the owner of the family tree.
 
 
1. The fact that a person is recorded in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center does not constitute any form of proof with regard to whether such person is Jewish in any sense and meaning.
 
2. The registration of a person in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center does not constitute any form of proof regarding the personal status of such person and shall not serve as proof or testimony of judicial value before a court of law or a rabbinical or other tribunal, subject to the laws of the State of Israel.
 
3. The genealogical information kept at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center does not serve as any legal proof regarding the family relationship which exists or which does not exist between certain individuals, for any purpose or objective whatsoever, including the law of persons, both from the aspect of Jewish Law (Halacha) and also insofar as the laws of the State of Israel are concerned.
 
4. The genealogical information kept at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center does not serve as any form of legal proof regarding the family relationship which exists or which does not exist between certain individuals, for any purpose or objective whatsoever, including the ownership of property and the laws of succession and guardianship.
5. Beit Hatfutsot is not responsible for the content and substance of the information, in all its classes and types, which has been furnished to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center. The responsibility for the content of the information, including the correctness of the data and the manner in which the same are presented, and regarding the inclusion or non-inclusion of any item of data or of any detail given to Beit Hatfutsot, falls exclusively on the party who submitted the information - namely, the owner of the family tree or his representative.
 
6. Beit Hatfutsot is not responsible in any manner or form for any use which may be made by any person, company, institution or organization in Israel or in any other country, of any types of information that have been given to such party or parties by the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
7. Beit Hatfutsot is not responsible for anything recorded in a family tree or in any other source of information given to it with regard to any matter likely to damage the good name, the feelings, dignity, body, property and/or standing of any person recorded in the family tree, whether such person is alive or dead. However it is agreed by a party who submits the family tree that no information will be supplied by him which is likely to damage the good name, dignity, feelings, body, property and/or standing of any person, whether such person is alive or dead. In the event that such information has been given, Beit Hatfutsot may, if this becomes known to it as a result of conducting an internal investigation and/or as a result of an application by a third party, refuse to include such information in the database owned by Beit Hatfutsot, or may demand from the owner of the specific family tree, or his representative, to amend or to delete the data recorded therein, all as the case may be. This does not oblige Beit Hatfutsot to conduct an investigation of its own concerning all or any information submitted to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
8. Beit Hatfutsot is not responsible for any medical information given to it in any family tree, and such information cannot serve as legal proof with regard to the medical condition of any person recorded in the family tree, or of his descendants, or of his remaining family relatives through all generations.
 
 
1. Any person who submits a family tree to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center thereby gives his consent that all the information contained in the family tree he has submitted shall be available to the public for purposes of carrying out genealogical searches and/or other research works, unless at the time of submission of the family tree the party who submitted it requests not to reveal to the public the family tree he has submitted, or part or parts thereof.
 
2. Every person who submits a family tree to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center agrees, at the time of submitting the family tree, that his identity, address, the telephone numbers and e-mail address which he has given may be passed on to any person requesting to make a clarification or research regarding the information contained in the family tree he submitted to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
3. Beit Hatfutsot is responsible for protecting and safeguarding the information contained in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center in accordance with the Law for Registration of Databases of the State of Israel.
 
4. The rights to the information contained in the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center belongs exclusively to Beit Hatfutsot. It is prohibited to copy, duplicate, or publish this database, or part thereof, without the express written consent of the management of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
5. Beit Hatfutsot is not responsible for infringements of copyright which may be perpetrated knowingly or unwittingly by a person who submits a family tree. Likewise Beit Hatfutsot is not responsible for obtaining the consent of all the creators of the family tree, if there are such persons, for the recording of the family tree in the structuring of which they participated in the database of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
6. In every case of publication of information taken from the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, it is the obligation of the party who publishes it to cite the source of such information, including in genealogical or other research works, in print or which are published on Internet websites.
 
7. There shall be no passing on of information taken from the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center to a third party, and no data taken from there shall be published in any form, even in partial fashion, in any publication by Beit Hatfutsot or any another party, including on the website of Beit Hatfutsot or that of any other body, without the express written consent of the owner of the family tree or of his representative.
 
 
 
1. The Jewish Genealogy Center does not constitute a separate legal entity, but forms an integral part of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
2. However, Beit Hatfutsot reserves the right to request monetary compensation in respect of all or part of the services provided by the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, in accordance with decisions of the management of Beit Hatfutsot which are likely to vary from time to time, as the case may be, in accordance with the general policy of Beit Hatfutsot at that time, and subject to the bylaws of Beit Hatfutsot.
 
3. The payments which are demanded by Beit Hatfutsot are for services only. Beit Hatfutsot does not sell the information given to it by persons who submit family trees.
 
4. A person who submits a family tree to the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, or his representative, will have no demand or claim for remuneration, financial or otherwise, from Beit Hatfutsot, for the furnishing of the family tree or in respect of the services which Beit Hatfutsot provides against payment.
 
5. A person who submits the family tree, or his representative, undertakes to answer, within a reasonable time, enquiries addressed to him by visitors, researchers or applicants to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, who are interested in obtaining more particulars with regard to the information contained in the family tree which the party submitting the family tree registered at Beit Hatfutsot.
 
 
1. The force and effect of these bylaws shall apply from the time of the publication thereof by Beit Hatfutsot.
 
2. Beit Hatfutsot undertakes to see to it that the contents of these bylaws will be brought to the knowledge of the entire public, including to persons who submitted family trees in the past and submit family trees in the future.
 
3. These bylaws will also be published in English and the force and effect of both the versions will be the same.
 
4. Owners of family trees which have been registered at Beit Hatfutsot prior to publication of these bylaws and who express in writing their disagreement to the terms and conditions of these bylaws, shall be entitled, if they so wish, to demand from Beit Hatfutsot to remove their family tree from the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
 
 
Any person who submits any information to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, or who requests any information from the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center, agrees to act in accordance with these bylaws.
 
Everything set forth above in the masculine shall also include the feminine and shall apply to all the persons with whom Beit Hatfutsot is in contact through the Jewish Genealogy Center, without any differentiation between citizens of the State of Israel or citizens of foreign countries.