What is it

Nechama's List is an update of the original database compiled by Nancy Hilton and entitled Jewish Records in the Family History Library Catalog http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/fhlc. It describes 635 titles of filmed Jewish records which are in the Family History Library Catalog. If printed, it would occupy over 420 pages of text.

The CD version of Nechama's List has been given to all the members of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) located throughout the world.


Each entry in the list includes a description of the record:
  • Title (many records list the dates of the entries)
  • Summary in English
  • Language in which the original record was written
  • Subjects (this describes how the record is cataloged in the FHL and the city or location it covers)
  • Microfilm, Fiche or Book FHL Catalog number
It is written in English but shows the title in the original language as set forth in the Family History Library (FHL) Catalog.

The records themselves, some of which are huge documents containing tens of thousands of names, are not included in Nechama's List. The list only contains a description of the records.

Using the list

The films and fiche listed (unless restricted by the original source) can be ordered and read through your local Family History Center. The Family History Library has over 4000 branches which are called Family History Centers and are located in 88 countries. You can find the one nearest to you at: https://familysearch.org/locations/ These centers are open to the public.

However: Published paper copies of the books listed can only be viewed at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Note: Nechama's List does not include ALL records in the Family History Library Catalog that are useful for Jewish genealogical research. Many other sources include Jewish people along with the rest of the general population. These include such sources as census, vital records, naturalization, civil registration, court records, and passenger's lists.