Jewish Genealogy Resources at Skokie Public Library

General research guides and periodicals
Encyclopedias, directories, and yearbooks
Biographical and name resources
Resources with a geographic focus
Jews in the United States: selected historical resources
Jewish communities in Chicago and Illinois

General Research Guides and Periodicals

Avotaynu. G. Mokotoff.
Magazine-Newspaper
Cutter, Charles. Judaica Reference Sources: A Selective Annotated Bibliographic Guide. Libraries Unlimited. 2004.
Reference 016.90904924 ed.3
DoroTree: The Jewish Genealogy Software. DoroTree Technologies. 2002.
CD-ROM Oversize 929.1089924 D
Freedman-Morris, Mona. Scattered Seeds: A Guide to Jewish Genealogy. RJ Press. 1998.
929.1089924 F
Kurzweil, Arthur. From Generation to Generation: How to Trace your Jewish Genealogy and Family History. Jossey-Bass. 2004.
929.1024 K rev. ed.
Meshenberg, Michael J. Documents of Our Ancestors: A Selection of Reproducible Genealogy Forms and Tips for Using Them. Avotaynu. 1996.
Reference 929.1 M
Mokotoff, Gary. How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust. Avotaynu. 1995.
Reference 940.5318072 M; Nonfiction 940.5318072 M
Mokotoff, Gary and Blatt, Warren. Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy. Avotaynu. 1999.
929.1089924 M
Morasha. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.
Magazine-Newspaper
Rottenberg, Dan. Finding Our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy. Random House. 1977.
Reference 929.1028 R; Nonfiction 929.1028 R
Schleifer, Jay. A Student’s Guide to Jewish American Genealogy. Oryx Press. 1996.
929.1089924 S
Shea, Jonathan D and Hoffman, William F. Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide. Avotaynu. 1994.
929.1072 S Oversize

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Encyclopedias, Directories, and Yearbooks

American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee. Annual.
Reference 296.05 A 1950-2003*
Encyclopaedia Judaica. Encyclopaedia Judaica. 16 vols. 1972-1982.
Reference 296.03 E; Nonfiction 296.03 E
Gutman, Israel, editor. The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. Macmillan. 4 vols. 1990.
Reference 940.5318 E
Index to the American Jewish Archives, Volumes I-XXIV. American Jewish Archives. 1979-.
Reference 016.97304924 I
The Jewish Communities of the World: A Contemporary Guide. Facts on File. 1989.
909.04924 J ed.4
The Jewish Encyclopedia: A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day. Funk and Wagnalls. 12 vols. 1925.
Reference 296.03 J; also available online
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Book Catalog of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois Research Library. The Society. 2000.
Reference 016.9291 J
Kurzweil, Arthur and Weiner, Miriam, editors. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy.
J. Aronson. 1991-.
Reference 929.1089924 E vol.1
Spector, Shmuel, editor. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust. New York University Press. 3 vols. 2001.
Reference 940.5318 E
Szucs, Loretto Dennis. Chicago and Cook County: A Guide to Research. Ancestry. 1996.
Reference 929.1 S; Nonfiction 929.1 S
The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia; an authoritative and popular presentation of Jews and Judaism since the earliest times. Ktav Pub. House. 10 vols. 1969.
Reference 296.03 U
Wigoder, Geoffrey, editor. The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia. Facts on File. 1992.
Reference 909.04924 N ed. 7
World Jewish Directory. J.E.S.L. Educational Products. 2003.
Reference 296.6025 W 2004 ed.

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Biographical and Name Resources

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland. Avotaynu. 1996.
Reference 929.42089924 B
Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire. Avotaynu. 1993.
Reference 929.4089924 B
Beider, Alexander. Jewish Surnames in Prague: 15th-18th Centuries. Avotaynu. 1994.
Reference 929.42089924 B
The Concise Dictionary of American Jewish Biography. Carlson Pub. 2 vols. 1994.
Reference 920.0092924 C
The Encyclopedia of Russian Jewry. Jason Aronson. 1998-.
(Reference 947.004924 E vol.1)
Feldblyum, Boris. Russian-Jewish Given Names. Avotaynu. 1998.
Reference 929.4089924 F
Guggenheimer, Heinrich W and Guggenheimer, Eva H. Jewish Family Names and Their Origins: An Etymological Dictionary. Ktav Pub. House. 1992.
Reference 929.4089924 G
Kolatch, Alfred J. The New Name Dictionary: Modern English and Hebrew Names. J. David Publishers. 1994.
929.4 K
Rosenbloom, Joseph R. A Biographical Dictionary of Early American Jews, Colonial Times Through 1800. University of Kentucky Press. 1960.
Reference 920 R; Nonfiction 920 R
Rosenstein, Neil. The Unbroken Chain: Biographical Sketches and the Genealogy of Illustrious Jewish Families from the 15th-20th Century. CIS Publishers. 2 vols. 1990.
Reference 929.2 R rev. ed.
Stern, Malcolm H. First American Jewish Families: 600 Genealogies, 1654-1977. American Jewish Archives. 1978.
Reference 929.20973 S Oversize
Who’s Who in American Jewry. Standard Who’s Who. 1980.
Reference 920.0092924 W 1980
Who’s Who in World Jewry. Olive Books of Israel. 1955-.
Reference 920.0092924 W 1965, 1972, 1978, 1987
Wigoder, Geoffrey. Dictionary of Jewish Biography. Simon & Schuster. 1991.
Reference 920.0092924 W
Zubatsky, David S. Sourcebook for Jewish Genealogies and Family Histories. Avotaynu. 1996.
Reference 929.1089924 Z

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Resources with a Geographic Focus

Cohen, Chester G. Shtetl Finder: Jewish Communities in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, with names of residents. Heritage Books. 1989.
Reference 947.004924 C
Ellmann-Kruger, Angelika G. Library Resources for German-Jewish Genealogy. Avotaynu. 1998.
Reference 929.1089924 E
Germanic Genealogy: A Guide to Worldwide Sources and Migration Patterns. Germanic Genealogy Society. 1997.
929.108931 G ed.2 Oversize
Gilbert, Martin. Atlas of Jewish History. Dorset Press. 1985.
Reference 912.19 G
Mokotoff, Gary and Sack, Sallyann Amdur. Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust. Avotaynu. 1991.
Reference 914.70003M
Mokotoff, Gary. WOWW Companion: A guide to the Communities Surrounding Central & Eastern European Towns. Avotaynu. 1995.
Reference 914.70003 M
Room, Adrian. Place-Name Changes 1900-1991. Scarecrow Press. 1993.
Reference 910.3 R
Rumania! Rumania!: Family Finder: Jewish Family Names and Ancestral Towns in Yesterday’s Banat, Wallachia, Moldavia, Transylvania, Bessarabia, Dobruja, Maramures, Bukovina, and today’s Romania, Moldova, Southern Ukraine. Sam Elpern. 1997.
Reference 929.3498 R
Sack, Sallyann Amdur. A Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research in Israel. Avotaynu. 1995.
Reference 929.1089924 S
Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories. Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation. 1997.
929.3438 W Oversize
Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories. Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation. 1999.
929.3477 W Oversize

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Jews in the United States: Selected Historical Resources

Blau, Joseph L. The Jews of the United States, 1790-1840, A Documentary History. Columbia University Press. 3 vols. 1963.
325.256930973 B
Gurock, Jeffrey S. American Jewish History: A Bibliographical Guide. Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. 1983.
Reference 016.97304924 G
Jewish Immigrants of the Nazi Period in the USA. K.G. Saur. 2 vols. 1982.
Reference 305.8924 J
Karkhanis, Sharad. Jewish Heritage in America: An Annotated Bibliography. Garland Pub. 1988.
Reference 016.97304924 K
Karp, Abraham J. The Jewish Experience in America. American Jewish Historical Society.
5 vols. 1969.
973.0974924 K
Marcus, Jacob Rader. American Jewry: Documents; Eighteenth Century; Primarily Hitherto Unpublished Manuscripts. Hebrew Union College Press. 1958.
325.256930973 M
Marcus, Jacob Rader. Memoirs of American Jews, 1775-1865. Ktav Pub. House. 1974.
017.306924 M vol.1-2
Marcus, Jacob Rader. United States Jewry, 1776-1985. Wayne State University Press. 2 vols. 1989-.
973.04924 M

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Jewish Communities in Chicago and Illinois

Berkow, Ira. Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. Doubleday. 1977.
977.311 B513ma
Bregstone, Philip P. Chicago and its Jews; A Cultural History. Privately Published. 1933.
Reference 977.311 B833ch
The Chicago Pinkas. College of Jewish Studies. 1952.
Reference 977.311004924 C
Cutler, Irving. The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb. University of Illinois Press. 1996.
Reference 977.311004924 C, also Nonfiction
Eastwood, Carolyn. Chicago’s Jewish Street Peddlers. Shapiro, Beatrice Michaels. Memories of Lawndale. Chicago Jewish Historical Society. 1991.
977.311004924 E
Fleishaker, Oscar. The Illinois-Iowa Jewish Community on the Banks of the Mississippi River. 1957.
977.004924 F596fl
The Guide: The Whos, Whats and Wheres of Jewish Chicago. Chicago Jewish News. Annual.
Information Services Desk 977.311004924 G
Gutstein, Morris Aaron. A Priceless Heritage: The Epic Growth of Nineteenth Century Chicago Jewry. Bloch Pub. Co. 1953.
Reference 305.8924 G984pr
The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb. Library Cable Network. 1996.
Video Nonfiction 977.311004924 J
Dr. Irving Cutler delivers a lecture based upon his book of the title.
Kraus, Bea. The Cantors: Gifted Voices Remembered. Chicago Jewish Historical Society. 1996.
781.76 K
Meites, Hyman L, editor. History of the Jews of Chicago. Chicago Jewish Historical Society and Wellington Pub. 1990.
Reference 977.311004924 H; Nonfiction 977.311004924 H Oversize
Roth, Walter. Looking Backward: True Stories from Chicago’s Jewish Past. Academy Chicago Publishers. 2002.
977.311004924 R
The Sentinel’s History of Chicago Jewry, 1911-1986. Sentinel Pub. Co. 1986.
Reference 977.311004924 S478se
Sorkin, Sidney. Bridges to an American City: A Guide to Chicago’s Landsmanshaften, 1870 to 1990. P. Lang. 1993.
369.3924 S
Springer, Morris. The Chayder, The Yeshiva, and I. Gross, Eva. Memories of the Manor. Chicago Jewish Historical Society. 1993.
977.311004924 S
Synagogues of Chicago. Chicago Jewish Historical Society. 2 vols. 1991.
Reference 296.6509773 S

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