Avotaynu is asked from time to time to assist organizations who want to start
a genealogy library. Below is our recommendation for purchasing
books shown in priority order. Select the items from top
to bottom to the extent of your budget. All are available
through Avotaynu. If you would prefer discussing your selection,
phone us at 1-800-AVOTAYNU (286-8296). Outside the U.S. call
on a title for additional/ordering information
- Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.
Primer for Jewish genealogy. $14.50
- Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy
The most comprehensive book on Jewish genealogical research.
- Avotaynu on CD-ROM (1985-2005).
Every article that appeared in AVOTAYNU for the first 21
years. More than 2 million words, 2,300 articles accessible
with a full-word search engine. Requires an IBM CD-ROM
subscription to Avotaynu.
Magazine of Jewish genealogy keeps you current on latest
Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed
in the Holocaust (WOWW) .
Gazetteer of 23,500 towns in Central and Eastern Europe
where Jews lived before the Holocaust. $85.00
for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories.
Jewish genealogies and family histories, both published
and unpublished, for more than 10,000 family names. $45.00
Comprehensive guide to Sephardic research. $45.00
- Practical Guide to Jewish Cemeteries, Comprehensive guide to Jewish cemetery practices including chapter on how to read
Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From the Russian Empire.
Landmark work on 50,000 Jewish surnames from the Russian
Empire showing etymology, districts of the Empire where
they appeared and variations of the names. (Currently
out of print. A revised edition if planned for late 2008.)
Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland.
More than 32,000 Jewish surnames from the Kingdom of
Poland showing etymology, districts of the Kingdom where
they appeared and variations of the names. $69.50
Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia.
More than 25,000 Jewish surnames from Galicia showing
etymology, districts of Galicia where they appeared and
variations of the names. $85.00
the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide.
Helps translate vital records (and other documents) for
13 European languages. $29.00
Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names.
Comprehensive history and dictionary of names. $85.00
of Our Ancestors: A Selection of Reproducible Genealogy
Forms and Tips for Using Them.
Actual forms needed to request documents from various
archives and organizations and to record the results.
- Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames. 13,000
German-Jewish surnames from the area that was pre-World War
I Germany. $89.00
Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary. Information
about more than 12,000 towns within the 19th century
borders of the Kingdom of Hungary. $46.00.
of Sephardic Surnames. A
compilation of 17,000 surnames presented under 12,000 entries.
Given Names: Their Origins and Variants.
More than 6,000 variants of Russian-Jewish given names
of the 19th and early 20th centuries. $35.00
Day Leaders, Sages and Scholars.
Bibliographic index of more than 5,500 rabbis primarily
from Eastern Europe. $19.95
Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names.
Identifies more than 11,000 Jewish given names showing
etymology and variants. $29.95
1,200 Jewish given names showing Hebrew/Yiddish variants.
- They Came in Ships:
A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Arrival
Record. Assists you in understanding the value of passenger arrival
records in genealogical research. $12.95.
Their Words: A Genealogists Translation Guide - Russian.
Detailed translation guide to Russian documents. $35.00
Resources in New York.
Comprehensive guide to this important city of Jewish-American
Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary. Information about
12,000 towns in 19th century Kingdom of Hungary.. $46.00
a Quality Family History.
Step by step guide to assembling and printing a family
of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust.
Comprehensive encyclopedia of the Jewish presence in
more than 1,000 towns in central and eastern Europe.
Encyclopedia of Judaism. Award-winning one-volume
encyclopedia of Jewish history. $89.95 $60.00
are published family trees, in the cases below, listing tens
of thousands of persons, from the earliest ancestor to living
- Vilna Gaon: Eliyahu's
Branches: The Descendants of the Vilna Gaon and His
descendants of this great rabbi and scholar. $69.50
- Katzenellenbogen: The
Unbroken Chain 25,000
descendants of the founder of the Katzenellenbogen family.
- Luria/Lurie: The
History and genealogy of the Lurie/Luria family. $85.00
- Chicago: Chicago
and Cook County:
A Guide to Research.
- Germany: Library
Resources for German-Jewish Genealogy $20.00
- Germany: Diaries
of Bernhard Cahn: A Man of His Time.
$29.00 Life in Germany in the 19th century.
- Germany/Poland: History
of the Jews of Schneidemühl: 1641 to the Holocaust.
- Lithuania: Jewish
Vital Records, Revision Lists and Other Jewish Records
in the Lithuanian Archives Complete
inventory of holdings. $35.00
- Lithuania: Jews
History of Lithuanian Jewry. $29.95
- Lithuania: Jews
of Kopcheve. $35.00
- Philadelphia: Jewish
Quarter of Philadelphia.
- Poland: Polish
Sources in the Central Archives for the History of the
Annotated inventory. $25.95
- Poland. Jews-Officers
in the Polish Armed Forces 1939-1945.
- Poland: History
of the Jews in Russia and Poland.
One of the great histories of the Jews of that area.
- Poland: Jewish
Bialystok and Surroundings.
History of the Jews of the region. $12.95
- Poland: Naturalized
Jews of the Grand Duchy of Posen in 1834 and 1835.
List of 5,173 Jews. $34.95
- Sephardic: Guidebook
for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel.
Galicia to Hungary: The Jews of Stropkov.
Yizkor book for this town. $35.00
Ortsnamenverzeichnis. Name-change gazetteer
of pre-World War I German and Austro-Hungarian
Once We Walked should satisfy most needs.
German Minority Census of 1939: An Introduction and
aid for persons who want to use the LDS (Mormon)
Family History Library microfilm collection of this
important Holocaust-era census. $9.50
Experience of one Jewish family in Shanghai during
the Holocaust period. $25.00
The Saga of a German-Jewish Family Over Time and Circumstance.
Stones of Remembrance. Pre-WWI Eastern European epitaphs
from 51 communities. $59.95