Family History Resources

Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center

The family history collection at the Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center contains many primary source materials, including:

Additional resources include: archival collections from several Baltimore-area synagogues; records of local Jewish agencies, institutions and businesses; personal papers of prominent individuals; profiles of individuals and families in A History of the Jews of Baltimore (Blum, 1910) and other locally-published books; biographical, institutional and subject files related to Baltimore and Maryland Jewry; and oral histories of Maryland Jews.  Periodicals that offer information on Maryland Jewry include the Baltimore Jewish Times (1919 to present), Jewish Comment (1895-1918), Jewish Chronicle (1875), Jewish Exponent (1887-1888), Sinai (1856-1860), Generations (1978 to present) and American Jewish Year Book (1899-1985).  We also maintain a photograph collection related to immigration, Jewish life in Maryland, and the many institutions of Baltimore Jewry.

Our library contains publications on Jewish genealogy, including Shtetl Finder, Where Once We Walked, A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From the Russian Empire, Jewish Roots in Poland, and the periodical Avotaynu.  We also maintain a collection of publications and newsletters from genealogical societies across the nation.

Baltimore Jewish Cemetery Research

The Baltimore Jewish cemetery research undertaken by JMM volunteers several years ago can be searched via the JewishGen JOWBR database:

We no longer post the original spreadsheets here, as the JOWBR database is a comprehensive collection of those files, and is easy to search. Inventories of area Jewish cemeteries can also be found on the website, which is continually updated by community volunteers.  We recommend using both resources in your research.

If you need further assistance, please contact the JMM staff at

Additional Resources

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