There are thousands of books relative to Jewish Genealogy. We try to include some of the more helpful. These are also listed below amongst the ‘getting started’ guides.

SEE BELOW FOR LISTS COMPILED BY JGSGO, AVOTAYNU, ANCESTRY. The library collections are listed on separate pages.

St. Louis Library Collection – Click on link

JGSGO Bibliography

Bibliographies to help you learn about Jewish Genealogy
by Tom Hirsch, VP Membership, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
Nov. 2013

1. Books Jewish genealogy books you can purchase from the Intl Assn of Jewish Genealogical Societies
Hal Bookbinder’s list of Jewish Community Books.

JGSGO Jay Schleichkorn Library Collection. A collection of books useful in Jewish genealogy. This project is the work of the late JGSGO member Jacob “Jay” Schleichkorn, who also edited the JGSGO newsletter. In 2012, the collection was donated to the Orange County Library System, because the library’s location was no longer available to us. See spreadsheet with titles, authors, and call numbers of the books in this collection.

This collection included microfiches. Details of the microfiche are found here:

2. Periodical articles

a. Beginning Jewish Research, Ancestry Magazine, March/April 2003, Volume 21, Number 2, pages 34-39.
b. Most libraries subscribe to at least some of these.
Family Tree Magazine, published 7 times a year by F+W, 10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45242
Family Tree Magazine, October-November 2014, Volume 15, Issue 6, pages 54-58.    How to organize and save family photos for future generations.
c. A genealogist’s guide to digital estate planning.   National Genealogical Society Magazine, July-September 2014, Volume 40, Number 3, pages 62-64.    Advice and resources for saving your material, including online and social media, now and after your death.

3. Jewish newspapers and magazines Jewish newspapers & magazines, all nations all nations American Jewish Press Association. Trade group for Jewish newspapers


Jewish Genealogy books available from Avotaynu
phone orders call 1-800-AVOTAYNU (286-8296)

A. Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy
by Gary Mokotoff
7″ x 10″ 96 pp. softcover $14.50
published by Avotaynu

B. Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy
edited by Sallyann Amdur Sack and Gary Mokotoff
8Ω” x 11″ 624 pp. hardcover $85.00

C. Sephardic Genealogy: Second Edition
Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World
by Jeffrey S. Malka
7″ x 10″ 472 pp. hardcover $45.00

D. Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in Israel
by Mathilde Tagger and Yitzhak Kerem
7″ x 10″ 412 pp. hardcover $45.00

E. Documents of Our Ancestors: A Selection of Reproducible Genealogy Forms And Tips for Using Them
by Michael J. Meshenberg
8Ω” x 11″ 148 pp. softcover $19.95

F. Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide
by Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman

G. Jewish Personal Names: Their Origins, Derivation and Diminutive Forms
by Rabbi Shmuel Gorr z”l; edited by Chaim Freedman
6″ x 9″ 128 pp. softcover $15.00

H. Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames: Second Edition
(Portugese title for this bilingual book: Dicion·rio Sefaradi de Sobrenomes)
by Guilherme Faiguenboim, Paulo Valadares, Anna Rosa Campagnano
8Ω” x11″ 528 pp. softcover $45.00

I. Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust
edited by Shmuel Spector
8Ω” x 11″ 1,824 pp. 3 volumes hardcover $99.00

J. Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories
by David Zubatsky and Irwin Berent
8Ω” x 11″ 400 pp. softcover $35.00

K. A Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery
by Rabbi Joshua L. Segal
5Ω” x 8Ω” 220 pp. softcover $21.00.

L. A Practical Guide to Jewish Cemeteries
by Nolan Menachemson
7″ x 10″ 256 pp. hardcover $39.00

M. The Jewish Book of Why
by Alfred J. Kolatch
7″ x 10″ 768 pp. hardcover 2 vols in slipcase $52.95


YOUR JEWISH RESEARCH LIBRARY.   From Ancestry magazine, March/April 2003,  “Beginning Jewish Research”, by Barbara Krasner-Khait, pages 34-39.  This list is on page 36.

Beider, Alexander, Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (Teaneck, N.J. Avotaynu, Inc. 1993).

Krasner-Khait, Barbara, Discovering Your Jewish Ancestors (Heritage Quest, 2001).

Mokotoff, Gary and Warren Blatt, Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy (Teaneck, N.J.: Avotaynu, Inc., 1999).

Mokotoff, Gary, Sallyann Sack and Alexander Sharon, Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Cammunities Destroyed in the Holocaust, Revised Edition (Teaneck, N.J.: Avotaynu, Inc. 2002).

Mokotoff, Gary, How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust. (Teaneck, N.J.: Avotaynu, Inc., 1995).

Weiner, Miriam, Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories (Secaucus, N.J: and New York: Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc. and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1997).

Weiner, Miriam, Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories (Secaucus, N.J. and New York: Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc. and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.