Gary Mokotoff is one of the foremost lecturers and authors on Jewish and Eastern European genealogical research. He has lectured at virtually all annual Jewish genealogical conferences and at most Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society national conferences in the past ten years. He is the first person to receive the Lifetime Acheivement Award of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS). As past president of IAJGS and publisher of Avotaynu, the International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Mr. Mokotoff is in the forefront of developments in access to genealogical records in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Jewish records in general. He is the author of Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust, How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust and Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.
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Co-author, Getting Started In Jewish Genealogy (Bergenfield, New Jersey: Avotaynu, 1999). Primer on Jewish genealogical research.
Co-editor, Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy (Bergenfield, New Jersey. Avotaynu 2004)
Author, "Jewish-American Genealogy" chapter of The Source, Revised Edition; author of "Business Management of Journals and Newsletters" chapter of Professional Genealogy; author of numerous articles on Jewish and Eastern European genealogy in NGS Quarterly, FGS Forum, Ancestry Newsletter, and Avotaynu.
Teacher, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy,
Seminar co-chair, Third International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy, Salt Lake City, Utah, July, 1991.
Seminar co-chair, Fourth International Seminar of Jewish Genealogy, Jerusalem, Israel, April, 1994.
Seminar co-chair, 20th International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy, Salt Lake City, Utah, July, 2000.
Co-developer, Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex System, considered by many to be the most significant improvement to soundexing systems since the creation of the Russell soundex system in 1918. It is the standard soundex system for all computerized Jewish genealogical databases. The United States Holocaust Memorial Musuem in Washington, DC, and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) have declared it to be the standard soundex system for their databases.
Creator, JewishGen Family Finder, a registry of over 65,000 family surnames and ancestral towns being researched by some 10,000 Jewish genealogists throughout the world.
Creator, Jewish Genealogical People Finder (Family Tree of the Jewish People), a registry of family trees compiled by Jewish genealogists throughout the world.
Creator, Consolidated Jewish Surname Index, a database of more than 500,000 different Jewish surnames taken from 34 different databases.
Creator of numerous other Jewish genealogical computer databases including "Name Changes in the Palestine Gazette," "Index to Memorial to the Jews Deported from France," and others. All told, database projects under his direction have totalled more than one million entries.
Creator of the computer aspect of the National Registry of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, a registry of some 100,000 Holocaust survivors and their children. Information about survivors includes place of birth, town before war and locations during war. This database is now located at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Consultant on indexing projects of Russian Consular Records and index to the book First American Jewish Families by Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern, FASG.
Advisory Board: Ultimate Family Tree genealogy software system (1996-1998).
Advisory Board: Ancestry, Inc. (1996-present)
Special Contributor for genealogy: Prodigy (1993-1999).
Lecturer at NGS and FGS conferences, most of the 22 annual seminars of Jewish Genealogy, regional genealogical societies, Greater New York City Jewish interest groups and beginners workshops on various subjects of Jewish genealogy including Holocaust research, geography of central and eastern Europe, status of genealogical resources in central and eastern Europe, and getting started.
Member, Association of Professional Genealogists.
Member, Board of Directors (1995-2001), Jewish Book Council. Judge: Holocaust category, National Jewish Book Awards.
Member, Board of Directors (1996-present), Association of Jewish Book Publishers.