What do you know?

This guide was last updated in 2009

You will need an accurate place to start your research, and compiling family records is a good way to start.

Collect together photographs, letters and any information that your family has from the period. 

Talk to your family and family friends to establish collective information about your ancestors. This can be difficult, as many of the war generation dislike talking about the period, but getting first-hand information from those who knew your ancestors is incredibly valuable. 

Any survivors will be elderly and you’ll need a soft approach, but persuading them to add their voices to your research may help preserve the memory of the Holocaust for generations to come. 

Write down everything you can – house numbers, street names, siblings names, years of birth. It will all be important when you come to match records, especially since there are many similar names around at this time.

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