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@MT:Contents Acknowledgments Foreword by Elie Wiesel Introduction 1 Climbing Up My Family Tree: Jewish Genealogy as a Spiritual Pilgrimage 2 Getting Started: How to Begin Your Search Introduction Getting Started Gathering Your History Collecting Stories Family Legends: Are They True? Ten Common Family Myths-or Truths! What Questions Should You Ask? Oral History Questions and Topics Tips on Interviewing Relatives Observations on Those Who Don't Appreciate Genealogy Following Leads Like a Detective Taking Notes Visiting Relatives and Others Family Photographs Writing Letters Final Tips on How to Begin 3 Are You Ready To Check The Records Prepare Yourself Phone Books Vital Records Census Records Census Records (State) Tips on Dealing with Government Agencies City Directories Synagogue Records The National Archives What If You Were Adopted? Canadian Research A Few Important Canadian Resources Cardinal Rules When Dealing with Libraries, Archives and Other Institutions Tips on Dealing with Librarians Publishing Your Family History 4 How Is Jewish Genealogy Different From All Other Genealogy? Introduction 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 SIG (Special Interest Group) Two Traditional Sources: Mohel Books and Ketubot Mohel Books Ketubot Archives, Libraries, and Organazations 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 The American Jewish Historical Society Jewish Historical Societies The Central Archives For The History of The Jewish People A Conversation With Dr. Sallyann Admur Sack Jewish Genealogical Societies Jewish Genealogical Societies Around The World The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogical Center LDS Family History Library Other Valuable Jewish Sources Toledot: The Journal of Jewish Genealogy The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia Judaica First American Jewish Families My Generations: A Jewish Genealogical Textbook Other Jewish Genealogical Publications Professional Genealogical Assistance A Conversation With Ladislau Gyemant A Conversation With Miriam Weiner Ten Commandments For Jewish Genealogists 5 Avotaynu: The Premier Publisher In The World of Jewish Genealogy Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy Index To The First Eighteen Years (1985-2002) of Avotaynu Books From Avotaynu A Conversation With Gary Mokotoff 6 JewishGen.org: Jewish Genealogy In Cyberspace Introduction A Few Basics A Guide To The Site Learn JewishGen FAQ JewishGen Info Files JewishGen Tools Research JewishGen Family Finder JewishGen Databasis The Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP) Discussion Groups JewishGen Discussion Group JewishGen Special Interest Group (SIG) Mailing Lists Projects and Activities Hosted Organazations Contributions and Fundraising 7 Don't Be Surprised If Your Ancestors Were Great Rabbis Rabbinic Descent Rabbinic Dynasties Rabbinic Sources Rabbinic Texts Hebrew Subscription Lists A Conversation With Dr. Neil Rosenstein 8 The Names In Your Family A Good Name Is Rather to Be Chosen than Great Riches From Where Do We Get Our Surnames? Patronymics Place Names Vocational Names Descriptive Names Names from Abbreviations Matronymics Some Jewish Surnames and Their Meanings Personal Names For Whom Were You Named? What If Your Name Was Changed? Names Can Help You With Dates Last Names From the Maternal Side Hebrew, Yiddish, and English Names What Does Your Name Mean? Some Additional Research Suggestions A Conversation With Alexander Beider Some Final Thoughts About Jewish Names 9 Holocaust Research: Changing Numbers Into Names Six Million Jewish People Is One Jewish Person- Six Million Times Holocaust Research: The Search for Victims and Survivors The International Tracing Service The Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center Yad Vashem Sending Information To Yad Vashem Obtaining Information From Yad Vashem An Indispensible Guidebook Memorial Books as Sources for Learning About Holocaust Victims Locating Survivors Survivor Lists JewishGen.org's Holocaust Database How Can These Lists Serve You? The Jewish Agency Search Bureau for Missing Relatives in Israel HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) 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 10 Your Immigrant Ancestors When Did Your Family Arrive In America? Immigration to The United States Immigration to Canada Aliyah Israel Who Were Your Immigrant Ancestors? Landsmannschaften Tracing the Journey How to Find the Ship that Brought Your Ancestors to America How to Find the Steamship Passenger Lists with Your Ancestors on Them A Useful Website Ellis Island Records On-line Hamburg Passenger Lists (1850-1934) Helpful Avotaynu Articles Concerning Immigration Records Canadian Immigration Records How to Obtain Photographs of Your Ancestors' Steamships Naturalization Records: An Important Genealogical Source Sending for Family History Documents Is Legitimate These Are the Generations 11 The Old Country Discovering the Old Country Where Once We Walked The JewishGen ShtetlSeeker The Central Archives For The History of the Jewish People Encyclopedia Judaica Locating Landsmannschaften Sources For Landsmannschaften Records Your Shtetl or Town During The Holocaust The Blackbook of Localaties How To Locate Your Shtetl Soundex Systems Genealogical Sources in the Old Country: How to Do Research Long Distance Visiting the Old Country How to Plan Your Trip Advice Before Traveling to Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union 12 Jewish Cemeteries The History of Your Family Is Chiseled in Stone Cemeteries as Family Bonds A Walk Through a Jewish Cemetery Visiting Jewish Cemeteries Tombstones Cemetery Plots Tombstone Transcribing How to Read a Jewish Tombstone Tombstone Rubbings Photographing Tombstones Locating Cemeteries International Jewish Cemetery Project Death Certificates Wills Obituaries European Jewish Cemeteries Other Valuable Jewish Cemetery Sources Appendix Relationship Chart: How Are We Related? 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Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Jews Genealogy Handbooks, manuals, etc, Kurzweil family, Jews Genealogy