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Handbook of Ashkenazic Given Names and Their Variants
by Alexander Beider
15,000 given names, their root name, derivation of  root name, and how given name derived from root name. Shows origin and evolution of 735 root masculine and feminine Ashkenazic given names and  a tree-like structure of all 15,000 name variants which shows how they were derived from the root name. $29.00  [Order now]
Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy
edited by Sallyann Amdur Sack and Gary Mokotoff
The definitive guide to Jewish genealogical research. Written by more than 60 authors, each an expert in their own field. Its more than 100 chapters cover all important aspects of the rich body of information available to do Jewish genealogical research. $85.00 [Order now]
Where Once We Walked: Revised Edition
by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack with Alexander Sharon
The award-winning Where Once We Walked (WOWW) identifies more than 23,500 towns where Jews lived before the Holocaust. Includes 17,500 alternate names,  soundex index and "nearby town" index.
$85.00
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Sephardic GenealogySephardic Genealogy:Second Edition
by Jeffrey S. Malka
Award-winning comprehensive guide to doing Sephardic research. The first edition, which won the “Best Judaica Reference Book” (2002) of Association of Jewish Libraries, has been completely updated and improved. Nearly 100 pages longer,
$45.00 [Order now]

Following the Paper Trail:
A Multilingual Translation Guide

by Jonathan Shea & William Hoffman
Guide to translating genealogy records of 13 European languages: Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. An indispensable reference source for anyone whose research involves European languages.
$29.00 [Order now]
Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
by Gary Mokotoff
Primer on Jewish genealogical research that explains the great resources on the Internet to get going with your Jewish family history. It alerts the reader to what types of documents of their ancestors will aid in their research— such records as birth, marriage, death, Immigration, census and naturalization records.
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Sephardic Genealogy

Beginners Guides  

Translating Documents

Sephardic Genealogy:Second Edition
by Jeffrey S. Malka
Award-winning comprehensive guide to doing Sephardic research.
$45.00
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Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
by Gary Mokotoff & Warren Blatt
Primer on Jewish genealogical research that explains the great resources on the Internet to get going with your Jewish family history.Perfect as a getting-started book. $14.50 [Order now]
  Following the Paper Trail:
A Multilingual Translation Guide

by Jonathan Shea & William Hoffman
Guide to translating genealogy records of 13 European languages.
$29.00 [Order now]
Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel
by Mathilde Tagger & Yitzhak Kerem
Resources on Sephardic history and genealogy in Israeli archives. Organized by country of origin..
$45.00 [Order now]

  In Their Words: A Genealogist's Translation Guide -- Polish
by Jonathan Shea & William Hoffman
Detailed guide to translating Polish documents.
$35.00
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DicionarioDictionary of Sephardic Surnames: Second Edition
by Guilherme Faiguenboim, et al
17,000 surnames from more than 24 countries where Sephardim lived. Softcover
$45.00
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In Their Words: A Genealogist's Translation Guide -- Russian
by Jonathan Shea & William Hoffman
Detailed guide to translating Russian documents.
$35.00
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 Dictionary of Bulgarian Jewish Surnames
 by Mathilde A. Tagger
 882 surnames showng etymology and spelling variants.  Softcover
 $20.00
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 Jewish Names

 

 Holocaust 

Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names
by Alexander Beider
Magnum opus describes origin and evolution of 15,000 given names.
$85.00
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DJSG ImageDictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia
by Alexander Beider
Latest work of Dr. Beider identifies 35,000 surnames from the region.
$85.00 
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  Chinese Exile
by Horst "Peter" Eisfelder
German Holocaust survivor recounts experiences as teenager in Shanghai/Nanking during World War II.
$25.00
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A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire: Revised Edition
by Alexander Beider
Comprehensive collection of Jewish surnames from czarist Russia.
Two vols. $118.00 [Order now]
Russian-Jewish Given Names:
Their Origins and Variants

by Boris Feldblyum
Comprehensive collection of Jewish given names from czarist Russia.
$19.95
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  German Minority Census of 1939
by Thomas Kent Edlund
Guide to the holdings of Family History Library for this record group.
$9.50
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Handbook of  Ashkenazic Given Names and Their Variants
by Alexander Beider
15,000 given names, derivation of their root name, and how given name derived.
$29.00
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Jewish Personal Names
by Shmuel Gorr
Roots of more than 1,200 Jewish given names showing Yiddish/Hebrew variants with English transliteration.
$15.00
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  Polish OfficersJews-Officers in the Polish
Armed Forces 1939-1945

by Benjamin Meirtschak
Identifies nearly 5,000 Jews who served as officers in the Polish Army during WWII.  $30.00 [Order now]
DicionarioDictionary of Sephardic Surnames: Second Edition
by Guilherme Faiguenboim, et al
17,000 surnames from more than 24 countries where Sephardim lived. Softcover
$45.00
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A Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames
by Lars Menk

More than 13,000 surnames from pre-World War I Germany.
$89.00
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 Dictionary of Bulgarian Jewish Surnames
 by Mathilde A. Tagger
 882 surnames showng etymology and spelling variants.  Softcover
 $20.00
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Lands and Towns of Our Ancestors

DubnowHistory of the Jews in Russia and Poland
by Simon Dubnow
One of the great histories of the Jews of Eastern Europe. Originally published in 1918. Republished by Avotaynu.
$39.50
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Polish Sources at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People
Annotated list of the inventory of this important archives for interwar Poland.


$25.95
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  Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary
by Jordan Auslander
Information about 12,000 towns of this vast area. $46.00 [Order now]
Until the Final Solution: The Jews of Belgrade 1521-1942
by Jennie Lebel
History of the Jewish presence in the capital of Serbia.
$39.00
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Tide & Wreck: History of the Jews of Vardar Macedonia
by Jennie Lebel
Detailed history of the Jews of Macedonia until the Final Solution
$39.00
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  History of the Jewish Community of Schneidemühl: From 1641 to the Holocaust
by Peter Cullman
History of the Jews of this town (now Piła, Poland)
$46.00
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Holocaust in Slovakia: The Story of the Jews of Medzilaborce District
by Ján Hlavinka
The Holocaust in Slovakia as is affected the Jews in the Medzilaborce district of that country. 
$29.00
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Jews of Kopcheve
by Dorothy Leivers
History of the Jews of Kapciamiestis, Lithuania,
$35.00 [Order now] 
  Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry: 1909-1914
by Lawrence Tapper
Births, bar mitzvahs, marriages, deaths and other records of Canadian Jewry.
$15.00
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Library Resources for
German-Jewish Genealogy

by Angelika Ellmann-Krueger
Concise directory of library sources in Germany and the Internet.
$20.00
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Naturalized Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 and 1835
by Edward David Luft
Identification of Jews naturalized during that period.
$34.95 
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  Encyclopedia of Jewish Life
edited by Shmuel Spector
Guide to 6,500 towns in Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust
$99.00
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Between Galicia and Hungary:
The Jews of Stropkov
by Melody Amsel
Yizkor book for this town in the Slovak Republic. Numerous pictures. Necrology. 
$39.00
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Jews of the Kaišiadorys Region of Lithuania
by Rolandas Gustaitis
History of the Jews of the region between Kaunas and Vilnius from the earliest days but primarily the 20th century. More than 200 pictures, 400 named persons. 
$45.00
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Attention Litvaks!!

 

 

Jewish Vital Records, Revision Lists....in the Lithuanian Archives
by Harold Rhode & Sallyann Sack
Inventory of Jewish records in the Lithuanian State Archives.
$35.00
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Road to Victory: Jewish Soldiers in the 16th Lithuanian Division
by Dorothy Leivers
First-person accounts of the participation of Jewish fighters during World War II.  $29.00 [Order now]
 
Jews of Lithuania
by Masha Greenbaum
First history in English of this remarkable community from the 14th century.
$29.95
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Compiled Genealogies

 

U.S.Cities

Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories
by David Zubatsky & Irwin Berent
Reference to family trees of more than 10,000 Jewish surnames.
$35.00
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The Lurie Legacy
by Neil Rosenstein
History and genealogy of the Lurie/Luria family. More than 50 family trees, 60 illustrations.
$85.00
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  Lost Synagogues of Brooklyn
by Ellen Levitt
Pictorial essay of 91 former synagogues in Brooklyn providing their history past and present.
$26.00
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The Unbroken Chain
by Neil Rosenstein
Identifies more than 25,000 descendants of Rabbi Meir Katzenelnbogen. Includes numerous famous people.
$48.00
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Eliyahu's Branches
by Chaim Freedman
More than 20,000 descendants of the Vilna Gaon with analysis of the early descendants of this great scholar.
$69.50
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  Lost Synagogues of The Bronx and Queens
by Ellen Levitt
Pictorial essay of 86 former synagogues in The Bronx and Queens providing their history past and present.
$26.00
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Diaries of Bernhard Cahn
by Arline Sachs
19th century German-Jewish life in Kastel, Hesse, Germany.
$29.00
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  Lost Synagogues of Manhattan
by Ellen Levitt
Pictorial essay of 83 former synagogues in Manhattan, Staten Island and Governors Island providing their history past and present. $26.00 [Order now]
The Plaut Family: Tracing the Legacy
by Elizabeth S. Plaut
Family trees of  various Plaut families from dozens of small villages in Germany.
$45.00
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The Old Jewish Cemeteries of Newark
by Alice Perkins Gould
History of Jewish presence in this New Jersey city through its cemeteries..
$19.00
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Jewish Reference

 

Gazetteers

Avnei Zikaron: Stones of Remembrance
by Neil Rosenstein
Pre-WWI Eastern European epitaphs from 51 communities with 21 genealogical charts. Includes a CD.
$59.95
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A Practical Guide to Jewish Cemeteries
by Nolan Menachemson
A comprehensive guide to  Jewish cemeteries and Jewish burial customs. How to read tombstones.  Also identifies famous cemeteries and burial sites of famous Jews.   $39.00  [Order now]
  Where Once We Walked: Revised Edition
by Gary Mokotoff & Sallyann Amdur Sack    with Alexander Sharon
Award-winning gazetteer of Central and Eastern Europe.
$85.00
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] Jewish Book of Why
by Alfred J. Kolatch
Answers hundred of questions about Jewish life and traditions, rituals, practices and superstitions. (2 vols. in slip case)
$52.95
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German Name-Change Gazetteer
by Otto Kredel & Franz Theirfelder
Name changes of towns after World War I formerly in Germany and Austria-Hungary. Two volumes.
$89.00 [Order now]

Other

Grin-ealogy
by George I. Sackheim
A collection of humourous tales with a genealogy twist compiled in 60 years of family history research. Delightful, quick reading
$12.00
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Taking Tamar
The experiences of a noted genealogist bringing up her adopted daughter who has Down syndrome. Described are her battles with officials and even the birth family, but more importantly the incredible accomplishments she and her daughter achieved in maximizing the girl's potential. $19.95 [Order now]
Every Family Has a Story
Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Human interest stories published in AVOTAYNU  in the past 20 years72 in allabout how genealogy affected people's lives.  $37.00  [Order now]