The family history related data
that can be found on the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network is
primarily drawn from archival documents. It complements the type of
information found on traditional genealogy websites. With the
exception of the JIAS records, all the
information available about the named individuals in this database is
visible directly in the record seen online. To access this
information, click on a highlighted name, or use the [Expand All]
button at the top of the Search results pages.
As information about individuals and families can also be found
among the archival records described on this site, you can start
your research by using the Keyword Search bar
located in the blue bar at the top of every page. However, to focus
on our Family History listings, we suggest that you follow these
- To limit your search to only the selection of record sources
listed below, check the Genealogy Records box
under the heading Record Group at the bottom left
of the Advanced Search screen. You can also make this choice in the
Narrow By list that you will see to the right of
your search results.
- If you are interested in only one of the sources below, you can
indicate your choice using the Collections tab
under Narrow By on the Search Results pages.
- To get an idea of all the Names, Places, and other options
available in this database, use the Browse… tabs
at the top of the Advanced Search screen.
- For more information on how to refine and improve your family
history research, please consult our Search Help page.
The CJHN Family History offerings currently include information
- Jewish Colonization Association individual farm settler
reports from Western Canada and Quebec (1906-1951)
All of these records include a scanned form describing each
individual farming family at various points in time.
- Yiddish obituaries from the
Keneder Adler (1908-1935)
The entire text of the obituaries from this Montreal-based
daily newspaper have been translated and indexed here.
- Hebrew Sick Benefit Association of
Montreal membership listings from 1897-1945
These records contain complete transcriptions from the
membership books, translated from Yiddish.
- Canadian Jewish Casualties in the Canadian Armed
These listings include servicemen who died while
serving in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. In
addition to the date of death and place of burial, these records
often include additional details such as war stories and
- Saint John, New Brunswick Jewish
Residents, Businesses, Burials &
Compiled by the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum,
this rich resource draws on over 180 years of listings, including
burials information dating back to 1873, hundreds of full text
obituaries, detailed photographs of tombstones, and business and
residential directory details about all the known Jewish residents
of this Eastern Canadian city from 1863-1999.
- JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid
Services) client name lists from 1922-1952
The JIAS listings are the only records in this database which
do not present all the available data online. For privacy
protection reasons, access to this information is restricted to the
persons named in the file or, if deceased, their direct
descendants. The archival records associated with these listings
can contain a single index card to more than a dozen pages. Fees
for copying and delivery apply; payment can be made to the Alex
Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives (www.cjarchives.ca) via Paypal or Canadian funds
This genealogical records database was made possible thanks to
the generous support of Penny Rubinoff. The
Yiddish-English translation of the HSBA membership records was
funded by the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Montreal. The translation of the Keneder Adler
Obituary data was funded jointly by the Jewish Genealogical
Societies of Ottawa and Montreal. The addition of the
Saint John New Brunswick information was made possible by funding
from the Alexander Dworkin Foundation for Jewish