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Foreword (Elie Wiesel).
CHAPTER ONE: Climbing Up My Family Tree: Jewish Genealogy as a Spiritual Pilgrimage.
CHAPTER TWO: Getting Started: How to Begin Your Research.
Gathering Your History: Collecting Stories.
Family Legends: Are They True?
Ten Common Family Myths—or Truths!
What Questions Should You Ask?
Tips on Interviewing Relatives.
Observations on People Who Don’t Appreciate Genealogy.
Following Leads like a Detective.
Visiting Relatives and Others.
Final Tips on How to Begin.
CHAPTER THREE: Are You Ready to Check the Records?
Federal Census Records.
State Census Records.
Tips on Dealing with Government Agencies.
The National Archives.
What if You Were Adopted?
A Few Important Canadian Resources.
Cardinal Rules When Dealing with Libraries, Archives, and Other Institutions.
Tips on Dealing with Librarians.
Publishing Your Family History.
CHAPTER FOUR: How Is Jewish Genealogy Different from All Other Genealogy?
Memorial Books (Yizkor Books).
Are There Memorial Books for Your Towns?
The Yizkor Book Project.
Other Places to Look for Yizkor Books.
How to Obtain Copies for Yourself.
The Yizkor Book Special Interest Group (SIG).
Two Traditional Sources: Mohel Books and Ketubot.
Archives, Libraries, and Organizations.
American Jewish Archives.
The Center for Jewish History.
A Conversation with Robert Friedman.
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
A Conversation with Zachary Baker.
The Leo Baeck Institute.
American Jewish Historical Society.
Jewish Historical Societies Around the World.
The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People.
A Conversation with Sallyann Amdur Sack.
Jewish Genealogical Societies Around the World.
The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center.
LDS Family History Library.
Other Valuable Jewish Sources.
Toledot: The Journal of Jewish Genealogy.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy.
First American Jewish Families.
My Generations: A Jewish Genealogical Textbook.
Other Jewish Genealogical Publications.
Professional Genealogical Assistance.
A Conversation with Ladislau Gyémánt.
A Conversation with Miriam Weiner.
Ten Commandments for Jewish Genealogists.
CHAPTER FIVE: Avotaynu: The Premier Publisher in the World of Jewish Genealogy.
Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy.
What Will You Find in Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy?
Avotaynu Back Issues on CD-ROM (1985–2002).
Books from Avotaynu.
A Conversation with Gary Mokotoff.
CHAPTER SIX: JewishGen.org: Jewish Genealogy in Cyberspace.
A Few Basics.
A Guide to the Site.
Projects and Activities.
Contributions and Fundraising.
A Conversation with Warren Blatt.
CHAPTER SEVEN: Were Your Ancestors Great Rabbis?
Hebrew Subscription Lists.
A Conversation with Neil Rosenstein.
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Names in Your Family.
A Brief History of Jewish Surnames.
The Origins of Modern Surnames.
Names from Abbreviations.
Some Jewish Surnames and Their Meanings.
For Whom Were You Named?
What if Your Name Was Changed?
Names as Clues to Dates.
Last Names from the Maternal Side.
Hebrew, Yiddish, and English Names.
Sources for Determining the Meanings of Names.
Some Additional Research Suggestions.
Back Issues of Avotaynu.
The Consolidated Jewish Surname Index (CJSI).
Project for the Study of Jewish Names.
Information on Jewish Names from JewishGen.org.
Some Final Thoughts About Jewish Names.
A Conversation with Alexander Beider.
CHAPTER NINE: Holocaust Research: Changing Numbers into Names.
Holocaust Research: The Search for Victims and Survivors.
The International Tracing Service.
The Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center.
An Indispensable Guidebook.
Memorial Books as Sources for Learning About Holocaust Victims.
JewishGen.org’s Holocaust Database.
How Can These Lists Serve You?
The Jewish Agency Search Bureau for Missing Relatives in Israel.
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Location Services.
The Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
Deportations from France During the Holocaust.
Mauthausen Death Books.
Other Death Books.
Pre-Holocaust European Phone Books.
CHAPTER TEN: Your Immigrant Ancestors.
Immigration to the United States.
1945 to the Present.
Immigration to Canada.
Aliyah to Israel.
Your Immigrant Ancestors: Who Were They?
Tracing the Journey.
How to Find the Ship That Brought Your Ancestors to America.
How to Find Steamship Passenger Lists with Your Ancestors on Them.
Passenger Lists Online.
Avotaynu Articles Concerning Immigration Records.
Canadian Immigration Records.
How to Obtain Photographs of Your Ancestors’ Steamships.
Naturalization Records: An Important Genealogical Source.
The Legitimacy of Sending for Family History Documents.
“These Are the Generations”.
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Discovering the Old Country.
Where Once We Walked.
Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People.
Sources for Landsmanshaft Records.
Your Shtetl or Town During the Holocaust.
How to Locate Your Shtetl.
Genealogical Sources in the Old Country: How to Do Long-Distance Research.
Visiting the Old Country.
How to Plan Your Trip.
Advice Before Traveling to Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.
CHAPTER TWELVE: Jewish Cemeteries: Your History Chiseled in Stone.
Cemeteries as Family Bonds.
A Walk Through a Jewish Cemetery.
Visiting Jewish Cemeteries.
How to Read a Jewish Tombstone.
European Jewish Cemeteries.
Other Valuable Jewish Cemetery Sources.
APPENDIX: Relationship Chart: How Are We Related?