YIVO's Landsmanshaftn Collection
The following list of over 1380 organizations includes all landsmanshaftn listed in A Guide to YIVO's Landsmanshaftn Archive by Rosaline Schwartz and Susan Milamed, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, 1986, and Guide to the YIVO Archives, compiled and edited by Fruma Mohrer and Marek Web, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1998. The list also includes the additional landsmanshaftn collections that YIVO has acquired since then that have been catalogued. Several synagogues and other Jewish organizations are also included if their YIVO file contains records pertaining to burials or if they have a cemetery plot in the New York metropolitan area. We have indicated on this list whether or not an organization contains a cemetery plot map, but you may also see The JGSNY Burial Society Database Project for a separate listing of burial societies in YIVO's landsmanshaftn collection that contain one or more plot maps. (Many thanks to Jerry Seligsohn for alerting us to these).
Some of the files in YIVO's landsmanshaftn collection that do not contain cemetery plot maps may contain other death-related records, such as burial permits and death certificates. Examples: Bogopoler Unt. Verein contains two books of stubs from the burial permits. The stubs include the name of the deceased and the name of the cemetery in which they were buried. The Bronx Bakers Mutual Aid Association and the Brotherhood of Israel have copies of members' death certificates (sometimes for their wives also). The Mutual Benefit Society of 1865, Inc. (Hungarian Society) has files of family members with family data on the file cover and often death certificates in the file.