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Avotaynu. Teaneck, N.J.: G. Mokotoff, 1985- . Ill.
LC call number: DS101.A87
LC control number: 91642147

Standard journal for Jewish genealogy.


Baker, Zachary M.., compiler.
Bibliography of Eastern European memorial (yizkor) books: with call numbers for six Judaica libraries in New York. Edited by Steven W. Siegel. New York, N.Y. (P.O. Box 6398, New York 10128): Jewish Genealogical Society, [1992.] 51 p.
LC call number: Z6374.H6B34 1992 LH&G
LC control number: 93159990

Lists memorial books for territories formerly in the Austro-Hungarian empire and the Russian empire. Most memorial books are in Hebrew or Yiddish, but other European languages are also represented. Also lists useful reference books of a more general nature.


Beider, Alexander.
A dictionary of Jewish surnames from the Kingdom of Poland. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1996. xxxvii, 570 p., ill., maps.
LC call number: CS3010.B419 1996 LH&G
LC control number: 96014963

Analysis of name use and derivation of names, followed by a dictionary of surnames listed alphabetically according to modern Polish spelling. Includes soundex index of all surnames mentioned in the dictionary.


Beider, Alexander.
A dictionary of Jewish surnames from the Russian Empire. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1993. xxii, 760 p., ill.
LC call number: CS3010.B43 1993 LH&G
LC control number: 92046252

Explains use of given names (as of the early 20th century) in Jewish communities that were part of the Russian empire. Includes historical overview of Jewish naming practices, list of names used and their derivations, and "secular names and their roots," specifying the original Hebrew names from which subsequent forms were derived.


Beider, Alexander.
Jewish surnames in Prague: (15th-18th centuries). Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1994. 46 p., ill.
LC call number: CS3010.B44 1994 LH&G
LC control number: 94031620

Categorizes surnames used by members of the Prague Jewish community prior to the time when use of surnames was legally required and standardized.

Cohen, Chester G.
Shtetl finder: Jewish communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the pale of settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, and with names of residents. Los Angeles: Periday, 1980. iii, 145 p., maps.
LC call number: DS135.R9C58 LH&G
LC control number: 80133571

This was for many years the only gazetteer for East European Jewish genealogy. Lists cities, towns, and villages where there were Jewish communities in the19th and early 20th centuries. Refers reader to map source for location and in some cases to Berl Kagan's Sefer Haprenumerantn (Hebrew subscription lists), in which names of some individual residents may be found. See also the entry for JewishGen ShtetlSeeker, listed under "Selected Internet Sites."


The Encyclopedia of Jewish genealogy. Edited by Arthur Kurzweil and Miriam Weiner. Northvale, N.J.: J. Aronson, 1991- . Vol. 1- . Ill.
LC call number: CS21.E53 1991 LH&G
LC control number: 90024600

Excellent reference tool with extensive sections on immigration and naturalization and descriptions of genealogical resources available in individual states and in Canada. Appendices list Jewish societies and microfilmed resources of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Guggenheimer, Heinrich W. and Eva H. Guggenheimer.
Jewish family names and their origins: an etymological dictionary. [Hoboken, N.J.]: Ktav Pub. House, 1992. xliii, 882 p.
LC call number: CS3010.G84 1992 LH&G
LC control number: 91046313

Extensive listing of Jewish names and their derivations.


Kaganoff, Benzion C.
A dictionary of Jewish names and their history. New York: Schocken Books, 1977. xii, 250 p.
LC call number: CS3010.K28 LH&G
LC control number: 96013664

Discussion of naming practices, followed by a dictionary listing of common family names. Reprint of 1977 edition.


Kranzler, David.
My Jewish roots: a practical guide to tracing and recording your genealogy and family history. New York: Sepher-Hermon Press, 1979. 88 p., ill.
LC call number: CS21.K69 LH&G
LC control number: 79088540

Brief, general guide to Jewish genealogical research.


Kronik, Aleksander and Sallyann Amdur Sack.
Some archival sources for Ukrainian-Jewish genealogy. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1997. 94 p.
LC call number: DS135.U4 K76 1997 LH&G
LC control number: 98145102

Guide focuses on present-day Ukraine but can help provide historical background and orientation for Polish genealogical research.


Kurzweil, Arthur.
From generation to generation: how to trace your Jewish genealogy and family history. New York: HarperCollins, 1994. xxiv, 388 p., ill.
LC call number: CS21.K87 1994 LH&G
LC control number: 93051262

General guide with interesting personal observations concerning author's own research.


Mokotoff, Gary and Sallyann Amdur Sack.
Where once we walked: a guide to the Jewish communities destroyed in the holocaust. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1991. xviii, 514 p., ill.
LC call number: DS135.E83M65 1991 LH&G
LC control number: 91070405

Gazetteer listing more than 21,000 towns in Central and Eastern Europe where there were Jewish settlements before World War II. Supplementary listing of towns utilizes the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System to help clarify alterations in language and boundary.


Mokotoff, Gary, compiler.
WOWW companion: a guide to the communities surrounding Central & Eastern European towns. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1995. x, 197 p.
LC call number: DJK6.M65 1995 LH&G
LC control number: 95001210

Helps readers of Where Once We Walked to identify neighboring towns for the localities in which their ancestors lived and create a rough map of the region through use of a grid.


Rhode, Harold and Sallyann Amdur Sack, compilers.
Jewish vital records, revision lists and other Jewish holdings in the Lithuanian archives. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1996. 149 p., maps.
LC call number: CS879.6 .R48 1996 LH&G
LC control number: 97108397

Includes information on communities that are part of present-day Poland.


Rottenberg, Dan.
Finding our fathers: a guidebook to Jewish genealogy. New York, 1977. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1986. xiv, 401 p., ill., 8 p. of plates.
LC call number: CS21.R58 1977 LH&G
LC control number: 85082512

Stresses institutions and resources available in U.S., with a more general survey of resources worldwide. Useful bibliography classified by surname.


Rumania! Rumania! Family finder: Jewish family names and ancestral towns in yesterday's Banat, Wallachia, Moldavia, Transylvania, Bessarabia, Dombruja, Maramures, Bukovina, and today's Romania, Moldova, southern Ukraine. Greenwich, CT (27 Hawthorne St. South, CT 06831-4201): Sam Elpern, [1996]. 31 p.
LC call number: CS1043.R86 1996
LC control number: 98197289

Lists names and localities drawn largely from Mokotoff's Where We Once Walked (see above).


Sack, Sallyann Amdur and the Israel Genealogical Society.
A guide to Jewish genealogical research in Israel. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1995. xxv, 229 p., ill.
LC call number: Z6374.B5 S23 1995 LH&G
LC control number: 98197289

Describes the rich repositories of accumulated genealogical information in Israel, many of which contain valuable data concerning East Central European families.


Sack, Sallyann Amdur and Suzan Fishl [sic] Wynne.
The Russian consular records index and catalog. New York: Garland, 1987. xix, 897 p.
LC call number: CS856.J4S23 1987 LH&G
LC control number: 86031981

Indexes documents produced by U.S. and Canadian offices of the Russian consular service, from the early 20thcentury, that contain rich genealogical data concerning Jewish immigrants from Galicia. The volume indexes individual names.


Schwartz, Rosaline and Susan Milamed.
A guide to YIVO's landsmanshaftn archive: from Alexandrovsk to Zyrardow. New York: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1986. xi, 96 p., ill., map.
LC call number: Z6373.U5S38 1986 LH&G
LC control number: 85052411

Describes more than 800 document collections of Landsmanshaftn (mutual-aid societies established by Jewish immigrants who shared a village or city of origin in Eastern Europe). Alphabetical index of names of societies and locales provides access to entries.


Weiner, Miriam in Cooperation with the Polish State Archives.
Jewish roots in Poland: pages from the past and archival inventories. Secaucus, NJ: MiriamWeiner Routes to Roots Foundation, 1997. x, 446 p., ill. (some col.).
LC call number: DS135.P6W37 1997 LH&G
LC control number: 97060973

Lists archival repositories for Jewish records in Poland. Section on "Cities and Towns in Poland" includes brief histories, bibliographies, pre- and post-Holocaust illustrations, and the sites of cemeteries and monuments.


Wynne, Suzan F.
Finding your Jewish roots in Galicia: a resource guide. Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1998. xvi, 220 p., ill., maps.
LC call number: CS878.G35W96 1998 LH&G
LC control number: 98007531

Information about former Jewish settlements in lands now part of Ukraine and Poland ("Eastern" or "Western" Galicia). Includes extensive bibliographies, data concerning archives and cemeteries, and useful Internet sites.


Zubatsky, David S. and Irwin Berent.
Sourcebook for Jewish genealogies and family histories. Teaneck, N.J.: Avotaynu, 1996. xxii, 456 p.
LC call number: Z6374.B5Z83 1996 LH&G
LC control number: 96009712

Cites books and articles by family name.

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