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Jewish Genealogy
Jewish Chicago
General Genealogy including Chicago

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Jewish Genealogy

Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy edited by Sallyann Amdur Sack and Gary Mokotoff. (Bergenfield, NJ: Avotayna, 2005)

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames in Prague (15th-18th centuries). (Teaneck, NJ: Avotayna, 1994)

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire.

David, Rabbi Jo. How to Trace Your Jewish Roots. (Citadel Press, 2000)

Frazin, Judith R. A Translation Guide to 19th Century Polish-Language Civil Registration Documents (Birth, Marriage and Death Records). (Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois)

How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust. (Avotaynu, 1996)

Krasner-Khait, Barbara. Discovering Your Jewish Ancestors. (North Salt Lake, UT: Heritage Quest, 2001) 

Kurzweil, Arthur. From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History. (John Wiley & Son Inc, 2004) ISBN: 0787970514.

Malka, Jeff. Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World.

Mokotoff, Gary, and Warren Blatt. Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy. (Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2000) 

Mokotoff, Gary, and Sally Amdur Sack. Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communites Destroyed in the Holocaust. (Avotaynu, 1991)

Rottenberg, Dan. Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy. (New York: Random House, 1977)

Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Poland. (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research)

Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova. (YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1999)

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Jewish Chicago

Online Materials for Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland

    Encyclopedia of Chicago written by Irving Cutler



     History of Jews of Chicago by Meites 1924  

Berkow, Ira. Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. (Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1977)

Cutler, Irving.  Jewish Chicago: A Pictorial History. (Arcadia Publishing, 2000)

Cutler, Irving. The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb. (University of Illinois Press, 1996)

Eastwood, Carolyn. Chicago's Jewish Street Peddler. Shapiro, Beatrice Michaels. Memories of Lawndale. (Published together by Chicago Jewish Historical Society, 1991)

Eastwood, Carolyn. Near West Side Stories: Struggles for Community in Chicago's Maxwell Street Neighborhood. (Lake Claremont Press, 2002) ISBN: 1-893121-09-7.

Grove, Lori & Kamedulski, Laura.  Chicago's Maxwell Street. (Arcadia Publishing, 2002)
ISBN: 0-7385-2029-2.

Kraus, Bea. A Time to Remember: A History of the Jewish Community in South Haven. (The Priscilla Press, 1999)

Kraus, Bea and Schwartz, Norman D. A Walk To Shul: Chicago Synagogues of Lawndale and stops on the Way. (The Priscilla Press, 2003)

Meites, H.L. History of the Jews of Chicago. (Reprinted 1990, originally published in 1924 by Jewish Historical Society of Illinois)

Paden, Ann, I Bought It at Polk Brothers. (Bonus Books, Inc.. 1996)

Sorkin, Sidney. Bridges to an American City:  A Guide to Chicago Landsmanshaften, 1870 to 1990.  (Peter Lang, 1993)

The Sentinel History of Chicago Jewry 1911-1986. (Sentinel Publishing Co., 1986) 

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General Genealogy including Chicago

DuMelle, Grace, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. (Lake Claremont Press, Chicago)

Samors, Neal & Doyle, Mary Jo & Lewin, Martin & Williams, Michael. Chicago's Far North Side: An Illustrated History of Rogers Park and West Ridge. (Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 2000)

Szucs, Loretto Dennis, Chicago & Cook County: A Guide to Research. (Ancestry, 1996)

Your House Has a History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Your Property. (Chicago: Chicago Department of Planning and Development, 1998). Ask at the 2nd floor reference desk for this item.



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