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Cultural Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

American Loyalists in New York[edit | edit source]

Chinese[edit | edit source]

French[edit | edit source]

Germans[edit | edit source]

Indigenous Peoples[edit | edit source]

Italian[edit | edit source]

Jewish Records[edit | edit source]

Most synagogue records have not been centralized, so you must write to the local congregation. Addresses are listed in Sidney Lightman, editor, The Jewish Travel Guide (London, England: Jewish Chronicle Publications, 1990; and is available in the FHL book 910.202 J556 For a copy nearest you, search At various libraries (WorldCat)

The Center for Jewish History offers a free online up-to-date guide (2012) on how to locate New York City synagogue records.

The Museum of Family History has compiled lists of synagogues for the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan (1869-1933), Queens and Richmond (Staten Island) boroughs in New York City.[1]

American Jewish Historical Society Library
2 Thornton Road
Waltham, MA 02154
Telephone: (617) 891-8110
Fax: (617) 899-9208

Philadelphia Jewish Archives Centre at the Balch Institute
18 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1423
Telephone: (215) 925-8090

This archives has the Philadelphia Hebrew Immigrant Society records, which include ship passenger lists, passage order books, and Lipschutz Steamship record books. These are on microfilm in the FHL Collection.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
200 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 967-4100

New York Public Library
Jewish Division

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Telephone: (212) 930-0601
Fax: (212) 642-0141

More New York Jewish records, sources, and archives are described in Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area, mentioned in New York Archives and Libraries.

Norwegians[edit | edit source]

See New York: Norwegian Settlements

Russian[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

See also United States Cultural Groups for additional resources.

Other records and histories of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in New York are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


You will also find records in the Subject Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Former Synagogues of NYC," UpFront with NGS: Blog of the National Genealogical Society,, accessed 12 January 2012.