Memorial Plaques Indexing

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Toronto is a participant in this project. The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and JewishGen have announced a worldwide crowdsourcing challenge to photograph and transcribe Yahrzeit memorial plaques. The project, called MEMPLAQ in short, is starting now. More information.


Tracing Our Roots – Telling Our Story is our society’s Twenty-fifth Anniversary project

It is an anthology of over 45 compelling and entertaining contributions, written by members of our society.

The themes include tales of research and discovery, escape, struggle, family reunion, growing up, lives led. Some will make you laugh, some will have you reminisce and a few may even make you weep.

If you wish to purchase the book, buy it today at Aleph Bet Judaica, 3453 Bathurst Street, Toronto OR by it from our Society by downloading the order form by clicking on this link: Tracing Our Roots order form, or purchase online at Family Chronicle Book Store.

Digital Cemetery Records

We have submitted basic burial records for about 71,000 graves from each of the twelve Jewish cemeteries in the GTA to the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR)

We have completed the digital photography for both Jones Avenue and  Pape Avenue (Holy Blossom or Jews’ Cemetery) and Dawes Rd. Cemeteries. In Jan 2012, JOWBR posted about 7,800 digital photographs of these headstones.

Most other cemeteries have also been photographed.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the photograhy or preparation of photographs for submission to JOWBR, please contact our project coordinator at:

Yad Vashem Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names

Click on the Central Database Link here to retrieve information and material about the Yad Vashem Database and the 11th hour names recovery campaign.

Press Release (download a Word Document): Names Recovery Month Launched in Advance of Holocaust Remembrance Day (2007)

Future Project Ideas

If you have an idea for a project, please submit it to: