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Genealogy Research: First American Jewish Families


How to use | First American Jewish Families

To Trace the Ancestry Of An Individual:

1) Check the Index for the individual whom you seek. This is important as the individual may appear in any of four places: a. On his or her own family chart; b. On the spouse's family chart; c. In the section marked Addenda et Corrigenda, pages 309 to 314; d. In the section marked Update, pages 320 to 341.

2) After locating in the Index the individual you are seeking, look first at any references to pages 309 to 341, as these pages correct information that may appear on the genealogical charts. Note the ancestry supplied in those pages as they invariably lead upward to a forebear who is the connecting link to the genealogical charts. This is usually the first person mentioned for that specific family and the Index, will lead you to his or her page among the genealogical charts.

3) Find this forebear on the genealogical chart. Then trace him upward to parents, grandparents, etc. The male line can usually be followed upward to the first known member of the family. Whenever you reach a person marked "q.v." or "vid.," you must turn to the page so indicated to continue that line upward to earlier ancestors.

Reading the Genealogical Charts:

Sources. In the upper left corner of each genealogy will be found the list of Sources. These are the bibliographical or personal sources from which the Compiler derived the information contained on that family tree. For the explanation of abbreviations in the naming of sources see the list of Bibliography and Sources to be found on pages 315-320.

Family Names. Each page is headed by a family name. Roman numerals (I, II, III, etc.) indicate several unrelated families who bear the same name. Arabic numerals in parentheses (1), (2), (3), indicate several pages for one family. The family name heading the page is usually that of the progenitor of the family (or of its first American representative) and of his descendants in the male line. If the female line is continued on that page, her spouse will have his name underlined. All lines descending from an underlined name bear that surname. When an individual changed his name, the adopted name has a double underline, and all descendants bear the new name unless otherwise indicated.

Cross-References. Many of the families in this volume intermarried with other families in the book. Two methods are used to show cross-references to another page: 1) q. v. {quern vide, meaning "which see"). This shows that the spouse appears on the page bearing his or her surname. For example: On page 1, in the chart labelled AARONS I, HANNAH AARONS married ABRAHAM ALEXANDER, ]R. Under his name appears the cross-reference indication "q. v.(l)" This means that full data for ABRAHAM ALEXANDER, ]R. is to be found on the first page of the ALEXANDER family chart. The second form of cross-reference is indicated by the term "vid." (abbreviation of "vide" = see). This is used when the spouse so indicated appears on a page headed by a different family name. For example: On page 1, in the chart labelled AARONS II, we find AARON married to HENRIETTA LEVY, and under her name, "vid. LYONS III." This means that HENRIETTA does not appear on a LEVY page but will be found on the third of our LYONS genealogies.

Additional Information

Dedication and acknowledgements from the 3rd Edition

Foreword to the 3rd Edition by Jacob Rader Marcus

Preface to the 3rd Edition by Malcom H. Stern