Avotaynu, Inc. is the world's leading publisher of information and products on Jewish genealogy and Jewish family history. Its principals, Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack, have been leaders or organized Jewish genealogy since its inception 20 years ago. As such, they have close personal relationships with the heads of archives and repositories of Jewish records throughout the world, including Yad Vashem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Jewish Agency's Search Bureau for Missing Relatives, the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the Leo Baeck Institute, and others.
The journal AVOTAYNU, the International Review of Jewish Genealogy, is the largest circulation publication devoted entirely to Jewish genealogy. Its international Board of Contributing Editors supplies up-to-date information about the existence and availability of Jewish family records worldwide.
In 1997, Avotaynu acquired lists of names of individuals who held unclaimed, Holocaust-era Swiss bank account, as well as names of Jews living in Vienna in 1938 whom the Nazis forced to complete detailed property declarations. To help find the legitimate heirs to these assets, a project to computerize the names was organized, with pro bono volunteer help from the Jewish genealogical community.
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