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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, all experts in their own field. The list of authors is a veritable "Who's Who in Jewish Genealogy." Its more than 100 chapters cover all important aspects of the rich body of information available to do Jewish genealogical research. Each chapter in "Researching by Country of Ancestry" typically has (1) history of the Jewish presence in the country, (2) what records are available, (3) how to access records, (4) address of repositories and other institutions, (5) bibliography, and (6) Internet addresses. This book is of immense value to both the novice and the experienced researcher.

"...a beginning and advanced guide for anyone seriously researching Jewish family heritage"--Reviewer for the American Library Association

8½" x 11" 624 pp. hardcover $85.00 
 
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword: Genealogy as a Spiritual Pilgrimage . . . . . . . . . . . .Arthur Kurzweil
A Guide to Using This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sallyann Amdur Sack

Part I The Essentials of Jewish Genealogical Research
1. Methodology: How to Be a Genealogist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eileen Polakoff
2. The Art of the Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill Gladstone
3. Shtetl Geography: The Changing Face of Europe. . . . . . . . . . . .Gary Mokotoff
4. Holisitic Geography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Randy Daitch
5. Jewish Naming Practices
Family names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sallyann Amdur Sack
Given names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warren Blatt
6. The Importance of Jewish Religion, Culture and History . . . . . . . Harold Rhode
7. Organized Jewish Genealogy
Avotaynu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gary Mokotoff
JewishGen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warren Blatt and Gary Mokotoff
Jewish Genealogical Societies and Special Interest Groups. . .Sallyann Amdur Sack

Part II - Topical Section
8. Holocaust Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gary Mokotoff
9. Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gary Mokotoff
10. Modern Jewish Migrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sallyann Amdur Sack
11. Rabbinical Genealogy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chaim Freedman
12. Additional Sources
Cemetery Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arline Sachs and Warren Blatt
Compiled Family Histories and Genealogies . . . . . . . . . . . .Peggy Pearlstein
Wills and Probate Records in the U.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles Bernstein
Directories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Friedlander
WWI Draft Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Eileen Polakoff
Newspapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Friedlander
Passport Applications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eileen Polakoff
Social Security Death Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eileen Polakoff
Communal and Synagogue Histories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Peggy Pearlstein


Part III U.S. Research
13. Vital Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Auslander
14. Passenger Arrival and Immigration . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Levin Arbeiter
15. Naturalization Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Levin Arbeiter
16. Census Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Auslander
17. Archives and Repositories
American Jewish Archives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christine Crandall
American Jewish Historical Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Feldberg
LDS (Mormon) Family History Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Mokotoff
Leo Baeck Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Franklin
Library of Congress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sharlene Kranz
National Archives and Records Administration. . . . . . . . . . Sharlene Kranz
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sharlene Kranz
YIVO Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Fruma Mohrer
18. Jewish Museums and Historical Societies . . . . . . . . . Dianne Weiner Feldman
19. New York City Research. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eileen Polakoff

Part IV -- Researching Country of Ancestry
20. Austro-Hungarian Empire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Suzan F. Wynne
21. Russian Empire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vladislav Soshnikov
22. Ottoman Empire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sallyann Amdur Sack
23. Spain and Portugal (Inquisition Records) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeffrey Malka
24. Specific Countries
Algeria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philip Abensur
Argentina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Paul Armony
Australia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sophie Caplan
Austria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Wellisch
Belarus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vladislav Soshnikov
Belgium . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marcel Apsel, Daniel Dratwa and Bob Drilsma
Brazil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frieda Wolff
Bulgaria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mathilde Tagger
Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lawrence Tapper
Caribbean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Irene Saunders Goldstein
China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Nash
Czech Republic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nora Freund
Denmark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Elsebeth Paikin
Egypt/Sudan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeffrey Malka
Estonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Len Yodaiken
France (including Alsace, Lorraine and Comtat Venaissin)). . . . .Basil Ginger
Germany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Peter Lande
Greece. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yitzhak Kerem
The Netherlands (Holland) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Odette Vlessing
Hungary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Louis Schonfeld
India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sallyann Amdur Sack
Iraq. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sallyann Amdur Sack
Iran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ephraim Dardashti
Ireland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Len Yodaiken
Israel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shalom Bronstein
Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . John Colletta, Ruth Ellen Gruber, Marco R. Soria
Latvia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Getz
Libya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vivienne Roumani-Denn
Lithuania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harold Rhode
Mexico. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alejandro Rubinstein
Moldova . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vladislav Soshnikov
Morocco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philip Abensur
New Zealand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Claire Bruell
Norway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carl Henrik Carlsson
Poland: Prussian Poland Including East Prussia. . . . . . . .Edward David Luft
Poland: Russian Poland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fay Bussgang
Poland: Austrian Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sallyann Amdur Sack
Portugal See "Spain and Portugal (Inquisition Records)"
Romania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ladislau Gyemant
Scotland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Harvey Kaplan
Slovak Republic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Edward David Luft
South Africa Including Countries of Central and Southern Africa . Saul Issroff
Spain See "Spain and Portugal (Inquisition Records)"
Sweden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carl Henrik Carlsson
Switzerland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rene Loeb
Syria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Daniel Wagner
Tunisia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sallyann Amdur Sack
Turkey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stella Kent
Ukraine: Historical Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sallyann Amdur Sack
Ukraine: Genealogical Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Miriam Weiner
United Kingdom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony Joseph
Venezuela . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ignacio Sternberg
Yugoslavia (former) . . . . . . . Harriet Freidenreich and Sallyann Amdur Sack


Part V - APPENDIXES
Appendix A: Alphabets (Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Old German). . . . . . . . . . . .
Appendix B: Hiring a Professional Genealogist . . .Eileen Polakoff and Gary Mokotoff
Appendix C: Engaging Your Children in Family History Research . . . . . .Ira Wolfman
Appendix D: Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gary Mokotoff
Appendix E: Relationship (Cousins) Chart
Appendix F: List of Contributors
Appendix G: List of Advanced Subscribers

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