JSTOR Expands Free Access During Pandemic #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen



JSTOR, the digital library for genealogists and others has expanded its free online reading program until the end of 2020.

JSTOR has access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.


You can read 100 free articles online every month without institutional affiliation. You need to create a JSTOR account.  To register you only need to provide your email address and password


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Alberto Guido Chester

Dear Jewishgenners
Yesterday Jan Meisels Allen posted the announcement of free access for JSTOR.
For those not used to looking in books or academic sources for the CONTEXT of our genealogical searches, may I strongly recommend to take advantage of these databases that are free during these harsh quarantine times.
In my personal case, understanding the context of time and place where my ancestors lived has been as important as gathering their names and dates of vital records.
JSTOR is one of the most complete repositories of academic work and looking for key words like hasidism or feudal Poland or Polish magnates or even shtetls might open a new window in your research.
Of course, there are other very good sources like Y.S: Agnon, Israel Singer and Isaac Bashevis SInger´s books for the ambience and life in shtetls or the recent book the Golden AGe Shtetl: A new history of Jewish Life in East Europe (which deals with a previous time before the great wave of migration to the West began). Some chapters of the latter are available also in JSTOR.
As a historian and hobbyist genealogist, please forgive myself for giving this insistent advice.


Alberto Guido Chester

Buenos Aires, Argentina
PS: I have no personal interest in any of the sources mentioned.

Adrian Koifman

soy Adrian koifman y vivo en Buenos Aires. 

Este acceso libre es sobre genealogía en Polonia?
espero sus comentarios 

Jan Meisels Allen

Adrian Koifman from Buenos Aires asks if the free time on JSTOR also includes Polish genealogy.  I do not represent JSTOR. I would go to their website and scroll down to the contact us and ask them.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

Lee Hover

From my experience with Jstor, it is a database composed of academic articles and doesn't deal with genealogy directly.

Moderator Note: Please review the site again. There are journals of genealogy research available


Thank you so much to Jan and Alberto for this information.

I wondered, for those of us who have not used JSTOR before, do you have any tips, hints, or resources for effectively using this database?

All the best,