Tourist Tip #42 Mapping Your Family Tree

Discover distant family ties and explore the shared heritage of the Jewish people by browsing through the genealogy database at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People.

Yasmin Kaye
Yasmin Kaye

Since the beginning of the Diaspora, Jews have migrated from place to place, settling in different regions throughout the world. As a result, many family records were lost in the process.

If you’re curious about your family tree, or simply wish to contribute to an exciting project mapping the history of the Jewish people, you can head to Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People – on the campus of Tel Aviv University.

The museum aims to strengthen and expand individual and collective Jewish identity by collaborating with people across the globe and celebrating their shared heritage and diversity.

At the museum’s genealogy center you can register your own family tree and search a continuously expanding database of over 3 million people (NIS 25 per search). You may discover something new about yourself in the process, perhaps even stumbling upon distant relations or family ties you never knew existed.

If a visit to the museum isn’t convenient, you can also make an online search request through the museum’s website.

Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People
Details:; (03) 745-7800.

The family tree of Sigmund Christoph von Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg.Credit: Wikipedia
Home movies from the wedding of Mimi Dwinger and Barend Boers will soon available for viewing at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. Credit: Aviad Bar Nes



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