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Einstein Family Genealogy Collection

Identifier: AR 25622

Scope and Content Note

The Einstein Family Genealogy Collection contains the research of John H. Bergmann into the family's history. It consists of his research, including photocopies of German records from several German locations as well as notes, family trees, and correspondence with Einstein family members regarding his research.

Series I holds the research gathered by John H. Bergmann from German sources, his notes, and family trees of various branches of the Einstein family. Most prominent are the materials on Buchau, Buttenwiesen, Laupheim, Ichenhausen, and Ulm, although many other areas are also documented, including many locations in Baden-Württemberg. The research includes copies of German birth, marriage, and death registers, as well as notes and articles on German-Jewish communities.

The smaller Series II contains John H. Bergmann's research correspondence. It consists of his exchanges of letters with many Einstein family members, including discussions of the genealogy of various branches of the family, both in Germany and the United States, and family trees.


  • 1760-1997


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, and a very small amount of Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Historical Note

During the 1970s John H. Bergmann was conducting research on the history of the Jews of Swabia. In order to follow the movement of Jewish people he focused on the history of one family, the Einsteins, originally looking to prove his early hypothesis that Einstein family members from Buchau, Laupheim, and Fellheim had common roots. A German-Jewish immigrant from Laupheim, he also wrote a book The Bergmanns from Laupheim, compiled a list of all Holocaust victims from Laupheim, and collected funds for a memorial park in Laupheim for Holocaust victims and for the restoration of old graves in the Laupheim cemetery.


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The Einstein Family Genealogy Collection consists of genealogical research on the family. It includes photocopies of German historical records pertaining to numerous family members, many family trees, genealogical research correspondence, and notes on the resided.

Related Material

Related is the collection of the genealogist John H. Bergmann, also located at the LBI Archives (AR 4861).

Processing Information

The collection was initially processed in 2014, at which time an inventory of the collection was created. In June 2017 the collection was rearranged to form series. The original binders of the collection were removed, with their information used to name the folders of the collection.

Guide to the Papers of the Einstein Family Genealogy Collection 1760-1997 AR 25622
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and Arthur Rath
© 2017
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from Einstein_Family_Genealogy.xml

Revision Statements

  • November 28, 2017 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States