JEWISH GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IS A VERY SPECIAL AREA OF GENEALOGY. 800,000 ISRAELITES LIVED IN ROMANIA BEFORE THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
But most of their birth certificates were destroyed during persecution during the war. In addition to the registers, we can discover the history of your families from various documents and censuses.
The registration of the Israelite people began relatively late in the middle of the 19th century, but most of them were destroyed during and after World War II (during the persecution of the Jews), thus, we can identify ancestors, family members from Holocaust databases, cemeteries and various census records.
Before the First World War, Transylvania was part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The state registration was based on the Hungarian standard, which was introduced in Hungarian language on October 1, 1895. Church records were written in Hungarian, German and Hebrew. Church records were kept in two copies. The first copy remained in the custody of the rabbi (usually they were destroyed during the persecution), while the duplicate was added to the county archives along with other registers of the denominations. Jewish censuses (e.g., Bihor, Satu Mare, Maramures County, etc.) were deposited in Hungary while, others are in Ukraine (Kárpátalja) or in Vojvodina, Serbia. We can also search in the case of tree branches in these countries.
In Romania, state registration dates back much earlier, in the late 1860s. So, if ecclesiastical registers were destroyed, we can also search in the state records. In many cases it was separately marked if someone was Jewish.
We also search in various archive materials to find information about your family.
We trace back your ancestors, family members, and search for living relatives.