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We can help! The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute has many valuable tools for the new genealogist, including tips on how to plan your family history project, interview relatives, and use online resources to conduct and organize your research. In addition, our experienced staff can answer your questions via telephone, email, online chat or in-person at our beautiful new facility.

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Click on a country or region on the map to discover resources about your ancestral town. For guides to additional countries (including the U.S.) and topics, please click here.


Visit Us

The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute provides access to a wealth of genealogical resources through the Center for Jewish History’s partner collections and the Institute’s extensive reference collection, online databases, and a variety of research guides for the beginner and the seasoned researcher. Please visit us at our newly renovated space at the Center for Jewish History.


The New Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute

In spring 2014, the Center for Jewish History unveiled a state-of-the-art Reference Services space, which encompasses the Lillian Goldman Reading Room and the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute. This updated and renovated space allows researchers access to the very latest digital resources as well as the vast print and manuscript collections held by the Center’s five partners. Come visit us and begin your family history journey.

Image: Detail, The Written World (Diane Samuels, 2014)
Commissioned by The Center for Jewish History for the Lillian Goldman Reading Room

Did you know?

The collections of the Center’s five partner organizations—The American Jewish Historical Society, The American Sephardi Federation, The Leo Baeck Institute, The Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research—as well as the collection of the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and the Center’s digital collections can all be accessed through one central online catalog? Go to http://search.cjh.org to begin exploring the breadth of modern Jewish experience as documented in our collections.

Image: Unidentified Family, 19th century
Photograph black-and-white postcard
From the Leo Baeck Institute LBI Photograph Collection
Courtesy of the Leo Baeck Institute
PID: 891299
Call Number: F 1966F

Family History Collections

The American Jewish Historical Society located at the Center for Jewish History has indexed a number of their genealogy-related collections. Search for your family name in these collections here.

Image: Fischer Family, 1870
Black-and-white photograph
From the Johanna Fischer Family Collection (AR 4289)
Courtesy of the Leo Baeck Institute
PID: 854990
Call Number: F 17066