Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston

Genealogical Resources


The JGSGB has many reference works which may be valuable to your genealogical research, including:


The JGSGB brings its resources to most monthly meetings, where there is time available for open research.

Between meetings, you can access copies of these materials at various local libraries: Brandeis University's Goldfarb Library in Waltham, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Boston Public Library in Boston, Harvard University Libraries in Cambridge, and Hebrew College Library in Brookline. Library call numbers for these materials at each of these libraries are noted in this bibliography. Other local libraries also have copies of these materials.

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Bibliography of Genealogical Resources

Books

 

Brochures, Binders, Pamphlets, Etc.

 

Microfiche Collection

Various indexes, databases and publications containing information of Jewish genealogical interest.  Published on microfiche by Avotaynu, and distributed by the Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (AJGS) to member societies.  There are instructions on the content and use of each series on the first few frames of the first microfiche of each set.

These microfiche are available for sale by Avotaynu, and are also available locally at: Brandeis, BPL, Harvard, Hebrew College, and NEHGS. Check their respective card catalogs under the title or author for call numbers.

 

Family History Library Catalog

Family History Library Catalog™, March, 1996. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Locality catalog microfiche covering parts of North America: U.S. (19), CT (4), DC (1), IL (10), MA (7), ME (3), NH (3), NJ (6), NY (15), OH (9), PA (15), RI (2), VT (2); Canada (2), Alberta (2), British Columbia (6), Manitoba (1), New Brunswick (1), Newfoundland (1), Northwest Territories (1), Nova Scotia (2), Ontario (9), Prince Edward Island (1), Quebec (7), Saskatchewan (1), Yukon (1).

Family History Library Catalog™, March, 1996. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Locality catalog microfiche covering selected countries (underline denotes change from 1995 fiche held): Hungary (9), Poland (15), Belarus (1), Russian Empire (6), Russian Republic (3), Slovakia (2), Slovenia (1), Moldova (1), Czechoslovakia (1), Czech Republic (2), Lithuania (1), Estonia (2), Romania (2), Bulgaria (1), Latvia (1).

Family History Library Catalog™, February, 1995. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Locality catalog microfiche covering selected countries (1 fiche each unless otherwise noted, underline denotes countries not covered in 1996 fiche held): Hungary (8), Poland (15), Belarus, Russian Empire (4), Russia Republic (2), Slovakia, Slovenia, Moldova, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Germany (69), Ukraine (2), Georgia.

Also available at Hebrew College.   NEHGS and all LDS Family History Centers (including Weston, Foxboro, Lynnfield, Worcester, Tyngsboro) have the complete set of FHLC microfiche.   The FHLC is now also available online at www.familysearch.org.

 

Microfilm Collection

City Directories:

Donated by JGSGB to National Archives, New England Region, Waltham, MA, December 1993. For use with the unindexed 1910 US Federal Census (11 microfilms, 5 cities). For details, see MassPocha III:1 (Winter 1993/94), page 8; and Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area (Boston: JGSGB, 1996), page 13.

Boston, MA 1909FHL #1,605,879
1910FHL #1,605,880
1911FHL #1,605,881
Fall River, MA 1906-09FHL #1,611,558
1910-13FHL #1,611,559
Lowell, MA 1907-09FHL #1,611,717
1910-12FHL #1,611,718
Worcester, MA 1909FHL #1,612,172
1910-11FHL #1,612,173
New York, NY 1909/10FHL #1,606,129
1910/11FHL #1,606,130

 

New York City - Birth, Marriage, and Death Indexes:

Over 100 microfilm reels, placed on indefinite loan at the LDS Family History Center in Weston, 1993-97. For details, see Mass-Pocha II:3 (Summer 1993), pages 1 and 6. For information on how to use these records, see the JewishGen InfoFile < http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/nycv-lds.html>.

 

Audio Tape Collection

Cassette Tapes of 15th Annual Summer Seminar on Jewish Genealogy, July 14-19, 1996, Boston, Massachusetts, Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. (Hobart, IN: Repeat Performances, 1996). Complete set of 63 audio cassette tapes of presentations in six albums.

 

Video Tape Collection

Five Cities: Jewish Life in Cracow, Vilna, Lwów, Bialystok, Warsaw, 1939. (National Center for Jewish Film, Waltham, MA. Restored between 1989-1991). Black and white film, Yiddish with English subtitles, short translations made by Shaul and Yitzhak Goskind about Jewish communities in Poland.

Last Updated: February 2001   WSB.

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