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1910 Census Index - New York City, Nassau and Suffolk

Data for each person in the index includes surname, given name, age, sex, race and birthplace (usually country or state only). Also included to identify where the person lives is county, locality, roll number, part and page number. Any data field can be used by the search engine. The search engine has many search features--too many to enumerate here--but does have exact match, include and exclude facilities. Multiple search parameters in an "and" relationship are allowed. Operates on IBM-compatible PCs only.

A Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry 1909-1914
by Lawrence F. Tapper

Births, bar mitzvahs, marriages and deaths, as well as information concerning communal and synagogue activities of Canadian Jewry. Taken from the pages of The Canadian Jewish Times.

A Corner of the Tapestry : A History of the Jewish Experience in Arkansas, 1820s-1990s
by Carolyn Gray LeMaster

One of the most comprehensive studies ever done on a state's Jewish community, A Corner of the Tapestry is the story - untold until now - of the Jews who helped to settle Arkansas and who stayed and flourished to become a significant part of the state's history and culture. LeMaster has spent much of the past sixteen years compiling and writing this saga. Data for the book have been collected in part from the American Jewish Archives, American Jewish Historical Society, the stones in Arkansas's Jewish cemeteries, more than fifteen hundred articles and obituaries from journals and newspapers, personal letters from hundreds of present and former Jewish Arkansans, congregational histories, census and court records, and some four hundred oral interviews in a hundred cities and towns in Arkansas. This meticulous work chronicles the lives and genealogy of not only the highly visible and successful Jews who settled in Arkansas, but also those who comprised the warp and woof of society. It is a decidedly significant contribution to Arkansas history as well as to the wider study of Jews in the nation.

A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From the Kingdom of Poland
by Alexander Beider

Brilliant onomastician, Dr. Alexander Beider, has just completed his second major work on Jewish surnames with the compilation of this book of more than 32,000 Jewish surnames with origins in that part of the Russian Empire known as the "Kingdom of Poland." The book provides information on (1) where within the Kingdom of Poland the name was prevalent at the turn of the 20th century, (2) all likely etymologies of the name, and (3) spelling variants and derivatives of the name. A soundex index makes it simpler to locate a given surname with its proper Polish spelling. The introductory portion of the book describes the origins and evolution of Polish-Jewish surnames.

A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From the Russian Empire
by Alexander Beider

This work is a compilation of 50,000 Jewish surnames from the Russian Pale of Settlement (excluding the Kingdom of Poland). Shows etymology, variants and where within the Russian Empire the name appeared. An introductory section describes the origins and evolution of Jewish surnames from this region.

A Guide to Jewish Genealogical Resources in Israel: Revised Edition
by Sallyann Amdur Sack and the Israel Genealogical Society

A definitive work on the resources for Jewish genealogy located in the libraries and archives of Israel a book that goes well beyond the syllabus of the 1994 International Seminar held in Jerusalem or its predecessor which was published in 1987. This 256-page hard cover book describes it all. It contains information about more than 25 repositories in Israel with in-depth descriptions of their holdings and how to reach them by mail or phone. There are 18 appendices that provide details of key collections at Yad Vashem, Central Archives for the History of the Jewish, Jewish National and University Library People and others.

Ancient Ashkenazic Surnames: Jewish Surnames from Prague (15th 18th Centuries)
by Alexander Beider

This short work identifies 700 surnames from the ancient city of Prague from the 15th to 18th centuries. In the style that has made this author famous for his work, A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire, Beider provides the etymology of each name.

500 Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems

This collection of 500 brickwall solutions shows how genealogists and family historians have found ways around their research problems, using the latest technology or tried and true research techniques, combined with logic and perseverance, to overcome their genealogy brickwalls.

Celebrating the Family: Steps to Planning a Family Reunion
by Vandella Brown

Families everywhere are coming together to celebrate their common heritage, and proper planning is the key to a successful family reunion. Now there is a source to help you.

Through a series of vivid yet practical steps, Van Brown leads the reader step-by-step through the procedures of creating an unforgettable family celebration. In handy workbook form, this book contains all the necessary information, including forms, checklists, and sample letters.

Cite Your Sources
by Richard S. Lackey

Fourth printing. This landmark book provides genealogists with an uncomplicated, academically acceptable, method of recording citations. The author gives many examples of citing special sources unique to genealogical research.

Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names
by Alfred J. Kolatch

Included among the more than 11,000 main entries are a large number of Biblical names plus practically every Hebrew first name used in Israel today. These biblical and modern Hebrew names have been transliterated into English; Hebrew script is provided with the description.

Computer Genealogy: A Guide to Research through High Technology
Edited by Richard A. Pence

Published 1991 - The use of computers in genealogical research.

Discovering Your Jewish Ancestors
by Barbara Krasner-Khait

A comprehensive beginners guide rich with illustrations and examples taken from the author's personal experience. The author starts the reader with an overview of Jewish history and other background factors that are required to understand how to do Jewish genealogical research. Then it is on to understanding how to find records of your ancestors. Special topics such as rabbinic and Sephardic genealogy, colonial research, and the Holocaust are covered. Getting help through organized Jewish genealogy and the Internet are described in depth.

Do People Grow on Family Trees: Genealogy for Kids And Other Beginners
by Ira Wolfman

The official Ellis Island handbook. This delightfully written book is crammed full of photos, cartoons, and charts to explain the basis of genealogical research. Immigration, naturalization, Ellis Island, surnames, calendars and much more are presented.

Documents of Our Ancestors: A Selection of Reproducible Genealogy Forms And Tips for Using Them
by Michael J. Meshenberg

Are you searching for information about post-1880 American immigrant ancestors? Are you trying to locate records of family members caught up in the Holocaust? This reference book can save you countless hours of searching for the documents you need. It includes the actual forms needed to request documents from various archives and organizations and record the results. Among the dozens of search and record forms are U.S. government census records, passenger records (18831920), World War I draft registrations, naturalization petitions and declarations of intention (190641), alien registrations, requests for veteran's records and Social Security forms. For New York State, forms to request and record census and vital records; for New York City, vital record request and recording forms are provided for pre-1900 through the present. The final chapter covers forms for the International Red Cross, International Tracing Service, Hamburg Emigration Lists, Polish Vital Records, the Family History Library, Pages of Testimony from Yad Vashem's Hall of Names, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and the Jewish Agency's Search Bureau for Missing Relatives.

Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900
by Severa, Joan L.; Rexford, Nancy; Kidwell, Claudia Brush

From Book News, Inc.
Arranged by decades, the 272 photographs presented here show the clothing and hair-style details introduced during the last half of the 19th century for men, women, and children. The commentary by clothing historian Severa explores these details and also examines the material culture, expectations, and socioeconomic conditions that affected the clothing choices depicted. An amazingly detailed and thorough reference. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Eliyahu's Branches: The Descendants of the Vilna Gaon and His Family
by Chaim Freedman

In commemoration of the 200th yahrzeit of Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalmen, the Gaon of Vilna, Avotaynu has published a book documenting some 20,000 descendants of this great rabbi and scholar. Authored by the noted Israeli genealogist, Chaim Freedman, it solves many of the mysteries as to how various families are descended from the Gaon and his siblings. The author does not merely identify individuals but provides documentation and analyses to the links between them. Each descendant is assigned a unique code which exactly identifies the relationship between the individual and the Vilna Gaon.

Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy Volume 1: Sources in the United States and Canada
by Arthur Kurzweil and Miriam Weiner

Describes the vast amount of Jewish-oriented material available to the researcher in the United States and Canada and how to access it. Specific sections focus on resources in states with large Jewish populations and detail the exceptionally useful documents at the LDS (Mormon) Family History Library.

Evidence: Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian
By Elizabeth Shown Mills

No family history is complete without proper source citations and sound analysis of evidence. Written by one of the leading American genealogists, this critically acclaimed book provides the guidelines and explicit models for proper genealogical documentation.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Jewish Genealogy
by Warren Blatt

This book provides you with the basic "how" and "where" information of Jewish genealogy. The book is divided into 20 sections and is indexed. Filling its 48 pages are: Lists: Nearly 50 books of use in Jewish genealogy are described. There is information on vendors that sell books and genealogy supplies, and a list of Jewish genealogical societies and Special Interest Groups. Addresses where to write: U.S. National Archives and its branches, Immigration & Naturalization Service, Jewish archives, Yad Vashem, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and much, much more. Topics: Census, naturalization, vital records (birth, marriage, deaths), passenger lists, finding your ancestral town, LDS (Mormon) Family History Library and its branches, Holocaust research, Jewish surnames and given names, seminars, JewishGen, computers and genealogy. Databases: All about JewishGen Family Finder, Jewish Genealogical People Finder, Social Security Death Index.

Family Tree Guide Book to Europe: Your Passport to Tracing Your Genealogy Across Europe
by Erin Nevius (Editor)

Finding ancestors is inextricably bound up with questions of place: Where did they live, and where did they go? Where are those records? But when researchers are ready to "jump the pond" and start tracing their roots in "the old country," the unfamiliarity of foreign places can make answers elusive.

This book shows genealogists how to get the information they need using the Internet, through correspondence and, when remote options are exhausted, going to the source in person. It combines the beginner-friendly how-to instruction that's made Family Tree Magazine the nation's #1 genealogy title with information-intensive directory listings, genealogy basics and travel guide savvy.

Finding Our Fathers
by Dan Rottenberg

Published first in 1977, this was the first book on Jewish genealogical research. Still contains sections of use today including some 8,000 family names. Gives origins of the names, sources of information and names of related families.

Finding Your Jewish Roots in Galicia: A Resource Guide
By Suzan F. Wynne

The definitive work on Galician-Jewish genealogical research. This book organizes what is known about Galician Jewish record searching and other resources to assist genealogists in tracing their Jewish Galician roots.

First American Jewish Families
by Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern, FASG

The definitive work on the Jewish families that arrived during the Colonial/Federal period (1654-1838), tracing many families to the present. Illustrated in family tree format. Gives birth, marriage and death information, dates of arrival in U.S. and other data.

Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide
by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman

A guide to translating vital statistic records in 13 languages: Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Each section shows the alphabet of the language, sample vital statistic records and their translation, and a list of words commonly encountered. An indispensable reference source for anyone whose research involves European languages.

From a Ruined Garden
Edited and translated by Jack Kugelmass and Jonathan Boyarin

Some 77 selections from yizkor books that describe the daily life in the shtetl as well as everyday life during the Holocaust and the experiences of returning survivors. Includes additional excerpts from yizkor books.

From Generation to Generation
by Arthur Kurzweil

This pioneer work, originally published 14 years ago has been completely revised and updated. The ideal gift to "turn on" a friend or relative to Jewish genealogy. Both inspirational and informative, it provides step-by-step advice on gathering information from family members and family papers, Holocaust research, immigration and naturalization records, cemetery research and more. Both those who have never encountered this guidebook as well as those who are familiar with the previous edition will discover this updated version valuable in advancing research into their family's history.

Genealogical Resources in the Atlanta Area
by Gary Palgon

Sources for research in all of the counties comprising and surrounding Atlanta, Georgia. Includes Federal, state, and local sources.

Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area
Edited by Estelle M. Guzik

Definitive resource book for those with ancestors who lived in the New York City area. More than 100 facilities identified. It has one of the most complete annotated lists of yizkor books.

Genealogist's Address Book (New Third Edition)
by Elizabeth Petty Bentley

This book puts you in touch with all the key sources of information, providing thousands of names, addresses, phone numbers, contact persons and business hours of government agencies, societies, libraries, archives, professional bodies, periodicals, newspaper columns, publishers, booksellers, services, databases, bulletin boards, and much, much more.


Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns
by Edward R. Brandt, Kent Cutkomp, Mary Bellingham, Kermit E. Frye, Patricia Lowe

Your most complete and up-to-date resource for beginning and advanced genealogists doing research of Germanic / German ancestry throughout the world. Includes: -- Country by country guide to the sources -- Useful addresses of archives and societies -- Current German postal codes -- Worldwide Germanic migration patterns -- Jewish, Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite history and sources -- Germanic history and geography -- Historical and modern maps, including boundary changes -- Annotated list of gazetteers -- German word lists and language helps -- German naming patterns and place names -- Extensive annotated bibliography Tells how to: -- Get started on your research -- Find your ancestor's place of origin -- Use church and civil records -- Get the most from passenger departure and arrival lists -- Read German script -- Correspond abroad -- Use the resources of the Family History Library and its Centers and how to find resources they haven't filmed yet Well-indexed, comprehensive, easy-to-use.

The Guggenheim/Wormser Family
By Elizabeth S. Plaut

A Genealogical 300-Year Memour from 1550-present

Rabbi Jonathan Plaut, 30208 Kingsway Dr. Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States
by Christina K. Schaefer

Naturalization information for all Federal, State, and local courts.

Guide to the Yivo Archives

Guide to the massive YIVO collections of some 22 million original documents on Jewish life around the world.

This is the first repository-level finding aid to the archives (over 1,400 collections) of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York. It includes a brief history of the institute and archives, descriptive entries on each collection, a detailed index of key words and subject headings, and information on the archive's basic services.

How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust
by Gary Mokotoff

A How-To Book on Holocaust Research. It identifies the principal sources of information about Holocaust victims and survivors, identifies the major repositories in the world that have this information and tells how to contact them. This book takes you step-by-step through the process for locating informa- tion about the fate of people caught up in the Holocaust. Towns with published yizkor books are identified. There is a list of more than 4,000 towns for which there is documentation at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the principal repository of Holocaust information.

How to Tape Instant Oral Biographies
by Bill Zimmerman

This book tells you how to interview people and use a tape or video recorder to create a living record. It suggests questions to ask and describes how to use pictures and documents.

In Search of Your European Roots
by Angus Baxter

Guidebook for doing genealogy in 44 European countries, it is crammed with many important addresses, useful suggestions, and colorful anecdotes.

In Their Words: A Genealogists Translation Guide -- Polish
by Jonathan Shea and William F. Hoffman

Written by the authors of Avotaynu's Following the Paper Trail, this provides an in-depth discussion of translating Polish documents only. More than 60 Polish language document are discussed, analyzed and translated. There are also sections on Polish grammar, phonetics, and spelling. Especially important is a 60-page vocabulary list of terms most likely to be found in records.

International Vital Records Handbook (New Third Edition)
by Thomas J. Kemp

No need to write for application forms for birth, marriage and death records. This book has copies of the application forms used by each of the 50 states plus the provinces of Canada and many British Commonwealth countries. The addresses where to send the forms are given, too. Limited information provided for European countries.

Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings
By Tomasz Wisniewski

The first book designed exclusively for travel to Bialystok and Tykocin and surrounding towns in Eastern Poland. Includes historical photographs and maps of Jewish sites and cemeteries in: Bielsk Podlaski, Bocki, Bransk, Choroszcz, Dabrowa Bialostocka, Drohiczyn, Grabarka, Grodek, Jalowka, Janow Podlaski, Jasionowka, Kleyzczele, Knyszyn, Krynki, Kuznicka, Lapy, Michalowo, Mielnik, Milejczy\ce, Narew, Narewka, Orla, Siemiatycze, Sokolka, Suchowola, Suprasl, Suraz, Wasilkow, and Zabludow.

Jewish Documentary Sources in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus: a Preliminary List
Edited by Dorit Sallis and Marek Web

NY Jewish Theological Seminary of America 1996 $15 Order from Rebecca Schwartz Office of the Provost Jewish Theological Seminary 3080 Broadway New York, NY 10027

Jewish Genealogy on the Information Super Highway
by Bruce Kahn

This resource guide contains more details about resources discussed in this article, and offers more examples.

Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to East-Central Europe
by Ruth Ellen Gruber

Provides detailed information for the Jewish traveler on Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. A guide to the many remaining traces of Jewish culture and civilization. There is a brief historical survey of Jewish life of each country-area, as well as addresses of Jewish communities, museums, restaurants, cemeteries, and other vestiges of a once-thriving community.

Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories
by Miriam Weiner

This unprecedented publication contains the first officially-sanctioned lists of Jewish-related documents within Polish archives at both the state and town (local) levels, and within archives in the formerly Polish areas of Ukraine and Belarus. It provides updated information on the holdings of Warsaw’s famous Jewish Historical Institute and the concentration camp archives at Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Additionally, it offers succinct entries on more than two dozen Polish cities where major Jewish communities once thrived, and features several specific chapters contributed by foremost experts.

Jewish Vital Records, Revision Lists And Other Jewish Holdings In the Lithuanian Archives
by Harold Rhode and Sallyann Amdur Sack

This important compilation is an index to all Jewish vital records in the Lithuanian archives, some as early as 1808, and all revision lists (censuses), some as early as 1795. There are 12,000 entries for more than 220 towns. Each entry includes the exact fond/file/ opus where the records are located making it easy to order searches through the Lithuanian Archives or independent search services.

The Jews of Lithuania: A History of a Remarkable Community 1316-1945
by Masha Greenbaum

The first history in English of a remarkable community, from its beginnings in the early part of the 14th century until its virtual destruction during the Holocaust. The books deals with the various movements and personalities that played a role in the formation of this community, whose influence and importance far exceeded its numbers.

Kaminits Podolsk and Its Environs
Translated by Bonnie Schooler Sohn

This remarkable work about life in Kamenets Podolskij and neighboring towns from the beginning of this century until the Holocaust. There are stories about Balin, Dunivits, Frampol, Kamenets Podolskij, Kupin, Kitaygorod, Minkovitz, Smotrich, Zamekhov and Zhvanets. Through first-person accounts, it describes life in this major western Ukrainian city in the early part of this century. It is a story of one Jewish town, but could be the story of any Eastern European Jewish town of the period. Articles describe its religious and secular life; the good relations with Christians and the pogroms; Zionism and Hasidism; the rich and the beggars; self-defense organizations and fire brigades.

Latter Day Leaders Sages and Scholars
by Neil Rosenstein

A bibliographic index of more than 5,500 rabbis from the 18th to early 20th centuries compiled from such noted books as Ohalei Shem, Eleh Ezkerah, etc. Numerous indexes include given name, surname and town. Each entry cites its source which can then be utilized to glean detailed information about the individual.

Library Resources for German-Jewish Genealogy
by Angelika G. Ellmann-Kruger

The monograph is a concise directory of library sources that are valuable additions to archival resources and how these sources can be used efficiently. It describes information found in monographs, periodical articles or collective works, such as family histories, genealogies, autobiographies and biographies.

Managing a Genealogy Project
by William Dollarhide

This work guides you from the initial note-gathering phase of genealogical research through the presentation of your efforts in a book or family history.

Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals
by Morton Allan

No genealogical researcher's library is complete without this book. Lists steamship arrivals for the years 1890 to 1930 for the Port of New York and 1904 to 1926 for New York and Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore.

Netting Your Ancestors
by Howells, Cyndi

Netting Your Ancestors is designed not only to show you how to use the Internet in genealogical research but how to take maximum advantage of this extraordinary research tool. Written by genealogist and computer whiz Cyndi Howells, creator of the award-winning web site Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, it is a guide to the most powerful research tool since the advent of the personal computer.

The Organized Family Historian : How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms
by Fleming, Ann Carter

It can take hours to research family history and it is easy to become inundated with stuff paper records, recordings, photographs, notes, artifacts, and more information than one would imagine could ever exist. The usefulness of the collection is in the organization using computers, archival boxes, files, and forms to help you put your hands on what you need when you need it. Also included, in this book, are instructions on the best ways to store and preserve one-of-a-kind family relics.

Planting Your Family Tree Online : How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site
by Howells, Cyndi

Planting Your Family Tree Online is designed to take you step-by-step through the process of creating a genealogy Web site.

When people begin their genealogical adventure, they usually interview elderly members of the family and contact other family members. The next step is usually one of organization of the information collected. The third step is usually to share this information with other family members, traditionally by publishing research in a book. However, a family Web site has numerous advantages:

Producing a Quality Family History
by Patricia Law Hatcher, CG

This book focuses on the steps and considerations required in the process of assembling and printing a family history book. The author provides all the information you need for book production decisions such as selecting type styles, grammar and punctuation, bibliography format, organization, and incorporating photos and illustrations.

Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area
by Warren Blatt

Sources for research in the Boston area. Includes Federal, state, and local sources.

Russian-Jewish Given Names: Their Origins and Variants
by Boris Feldblyum

Based on a book published in Russia in 1911, this publication presents to the English-speaking reader a comprehensive collection of Jewish given names used in Russia at the turn of the 20th century - more than 6,000 names in all. 144pp

by Eva Hoffman

Polish history and town of Bransk, Poland

Shtetl Finder
by Chester G. Cohen

A favorite among Jewish genealogists, this book lists some 1,200 towns in Central and Eastern Europe identifying famous persons from the town and/or pre-publication subscribers to turn-of-the-century books.

Some Archival Sources for Ukrainian-Jewish Genealogy
by Aleksander Kronik and Sallyann Amdur Sack

A published inventory of archival holdings of Jewish records in the various repositories in Ukraine and Poland. Four of the leading record search firms that regularly do research for clients in Ukraine have provided an inventory of Jewish records. Some 400 towns are represented from all over Ukraine. Many record types are described including vital records, census (reviskii skazki), school records, community listings, and much more. Each entry for a specific town shows the records type, years covered, record group number and in which archive the records are located. Names and addresses of the archives as well as the record search firms are given.

Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories
by David Zubatsky and Irwin Berent

Did you know that there are Jewish genealogies and family histories, both published and unpublished, for over 10,000 family names? Compiled from books, newspaper and journal articles, Jewish encyclopedia entries, family papers, and family trees, this bibliography attempts to include all Jewish collections in the United States and other countries, such as Australia, Netherlands, England, Germany, and Israel. Now genealogists and historians can determine primary sources of information on Jewish families in a variety of times, places, and backgrounds. Included are the contents of Volumes 1 and 2 of the highly acclaimed Jewish Genealogy: A Sourcebook for Family Histories and Genealogies plus thousands of additional entries compiled by David Zubatsky--three books in one. More than 22,000 sources are identified. All surnames are indexed using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System to facilitate locating spelling variants.

State Census Records
by Ann S. Lainhart

State census records are one of the most under-utilized resource in American genealogy, because too few people realize they exist. State by state, year by year, often county by county and district by district, this book shows the researcher what is available, where it is available and what one might expect to find in the way of data.

The German Minority Census of 1939: An Introduction and Register
by Thomas Kent Edlund

A valuable finding aid for persons who want to use the LDS (Mormon) Family History Library microfilm collection of this important Holocaust-era census. It identifies the microfilm numbers for each of the German towns in the collection. Organized by census district, the book includes an index of town names. Information in the actual census records includes name, birth date, place of birth, which of the person's four grandparents were Jewish, as well as whether the person completed higher education.

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy
by Val D. Greenwood

Considered by many to be the best book ever written on American genealogy. It is the text of choice in colleges and universities and has been adopted by the National Genealogical Society as its basic text in home study courses. It is both a text book and an all-purpose reference book.

The Unbroken Chain
by Neil Rosenstein

One of the best-known published Jewish genealogies. It traces the descendants of Rabbi Meir Katzenelnbogen of Padua through 16 generations to the present. More than 25,000 people are identified as descendants. "This is truly a compilation of the elite of Ashkenazic Jewry, and it is no surprise that one finds among their offspring some of this century's most important Jews in Europe, Israel, and America. A very high proportion of genealogies are those of the leading Hassidic dynasties: Levi Isaac of Berdichev, Halberstam, Rabinowitz, Horowitz, Rokeach, Shapiro, Spira, Teitelbaum, Twersky, etc."--Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern.

There Once was a World: A 900-year Chronicle of the Shtetl Eishyshok

Eliach was the creator of the impressive photo exhibition on Eishyshok at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The book is a kind of yizkor book but more professional than the traditional genre.

Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe Yesterday and Today
by Ruth Ellen Gruber

A trip through the abandoned synagogues, cemeteries and ghetto buildings of a once-vibrant Jewish presence. The author journeyed to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary to seek out and explore places where Jews once lived from shtetl to metropolis, townhouse to death camp. This book is an account of what Jewish life was like in East Central Europe and what remains today.

Vilniaus Getas (Vilnius Ghetto): Lists of Prisoners
by Jewish State Museum of Lithuania

Two-volume work. Volume 1 contains 15,300 names of Jews living in the Vilniuus Ghetto in 1942, listed by street address, together with interesting articles and information written in English. Volume 2 lists the names an information about the Jews living in the various work camps in the vicinity of Vilnius. Important explanations about the work camps themselves are also included. Volume 2 contains an index of all of the names from both volumes, listed alphabetically, including the volume and page number for easy reference.

Where Once We Walked
by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack

Named "Outstanding Reference Book of the Year" (1991) by the Association of Jewish Librarians. Documents more than 21,000 towns in Central and Eastern Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust. Includes 15,000 alternate names. Gives latitude/longitude, Jewish population before the Holocaust and cites as many as 40 books that reference each town.

WOWW Companion: A Guide to Communities Surrounding Central & Eastern European Towns
by Gary Mokotoff

With easy-to-use tables, this book will identify towns in the vicinity of any town listed in Where Once We Walked. Finding the names of places located 10, 20, 30 or more miles from a given town now has become a simple process.

Your Guide to the Family History Library: How to Access the World's Largest Genealogy Resource
by Paula Stuart Warren and James W. Warren

The Family History Library is the largest collection of genealogy and family history materials in the world. This guide will help you use the library's resources effectively, both on-site and online. Professional genealogists Paula and Jim Warren provide the information you need, including: Tips for making the most of your limited research time; Guidelines for accessing the library collection, including FamilySearch online and more than 3,400 Family History Centers worldwide; Overviews of Family History Library records, including major U.S. and world collections; Guidelines for handling foreign records, including tips for getting one-on-one translation assistance and using FHL resources to do your own translations Research tips to help you locate resources, and organize your workday and materials; A traveler's guide to Salt Lake City, including information on directions, weather, handicapped access, transportation services, accommodations, restaurants, attractions, and other area research repositories; Additional research options that you can use without going to Salt Lake City, including publications, societies, classes, online sources, conferences, and seminars; Advice for using what you've learned once your trip is complete.

Ancestry Reference Library

Five of the major works published by Ancestry. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy; The Library: A Guide to the LDS Family History Library; The Archives: A Guide to The National Archives Field Branches; The Library of Congress; Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources all on one CD-ROM with full word indexing! If you purchased the books separately, they would cost $250.00. Locate the information of interest to you and print out the selected pages on your computer. Functions under Windows or Macintosh. If your computer has a CD-ROM, this will provide you with the most comprehensive collection of material about American genealogy for an incredible price.


During the past 15 years, Avotaynu, the International review of Jewish Genealogy, has developed a reputation for being a must-read publication for persons doing Jewish genealogical research. The 57 issues published between 1985 and 1999 include more than 2,500 articles--2 million words. Now, you can have all back issues on CD-ROM. Using a search engine that has full-word indexing, every word of every back issue of Avotaynu is accessible. If in all the articles there is only one mention of a town or a surname, the search engine will find it. By specifying combinations of key words, the CD-ROM version will locate any article that includes all the words.

Victims of the Holocaust

Database of nearly 250,000 Jewish Holocaust victims. Removed from Mormon IGI file, but originally taken from the Gedenkbuchs.

How to Trace Your Jewish Roots: A Journey with Arthur Kurzweil
by Arthur Kurzweil

Using his own experience in tracing his family history, Kurzweil takes you to some of the major repositories which have records of your ancestors. He guides you step by step through the process of researching, acquiring and examining relevant records and historical documents.

Routes to Roots: Rediscovering Jewish Poland and Ukraine
by Miriam Weiner

Noted genealogist Miriam Weiner led a group of Holocaust survivors and genealogists searching for their roots on a tour of Galicia, to cities that are today part of Poland and Ukraine. The film shows a number of archives where the participants were granted access to records, as well as visits to the ancestral towns where the participants or their ancestors once lived.