26 April 2016

Israel State Archives Putting Collection Online

The Israel State Archives is in the process of putting its entire collection online.  

You can currently search the archive.  Sometimes you will get an index entry (example for Mrs. Frida Levy) and sometimes you will see an actual document (I found an example of a scanned item for Frieda Levy, maiden name Hemo).

When any page loads, I just “right clicked” my mouse and selected “Translate to English.”

Everything isn’t quite fully functional (I had issues getting to videos except in Hebrew, a language that I do not speak) and that’s why you will see “The site is still under development” in bright red letters on the main page.

I did eventually find a video, in English, about the new web site!

Do note that using the English language interface only allows you to research documents that are in English.  The project hopes to eventually catalogue the entire collection into English. Until then, you can also search using the Hebrew-language catalog (use Google Translate if needed to translate into Hebrew) and then translate into English.

If you have family who lived in Israel and/or you have an interest in the history of Israel, do check out the web site.  If you find a document listed and not yet scanned, contact them and they will work to scan the requested document.

What interesting index entry or document did you discover?

Editor’s Note: Thanks to a recent IAJGS access alert for letting me know about this new web site.

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