Lending Library


Our organization has more than 200 books, journals, and maps  of interest to genealogical researchers.  They can be borrowed for a month at a time by our members.  The TJGS Lending Library catalog is implemented as a LibraryThing collection, which can be browsed or searched online.  You cannot check out materials via the online catalog.  To check out a book, send a message to tjgs@tjgs.org and indicate what item you want, and we will make arrangements with you to get the item.  To view the TJGS Lending Library catalog, click here.  



Other Books of Interest

We recommend the following books as well, which are available locally or by inter-library loan from public and private libraries.

For beginners

Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People by Jon Entine (Grand Central Publishing)
Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy edited by Sallyann Amdur Sack and Gary Mokotoff (Avotaynu)
A Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery by Rabbi Joshua L. Segal (Jewish Cemetery Publishing)
Finding our Fathers: A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy by Dan Rottenberg (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History by Arthur Kurzweil (Jossey-Bass)
Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy by Gary Mokotoff and Warren Blatt 
A Practical Guide to Jewish Cemeteries by Nolan Menachemson (Avotaynu)



For Sephardic and Converso researchers

Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames, 2nd edition, by Guilherme Faiguenboim, Paulo Valadares and Anna Rosa
Campagnano (in Spanish, Fraiha, available through Avotaynu)Sangre Judia by Pere Bonnin Aguilo (in Spanish, available through www.casadellibro.com)
Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews by David Gitlitz (Jewish Publication Society of America)Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and Their World by Jeffrey S. Malka (Avotaynu)
To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico by Stanley M. Hordes (Columbia University Press)



For Eastern European and Ashkenazi researchers

A Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names: Their Origins, Structure, Pronunciation, and Migrations by Alexander Beider (Avotaynu)
A Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames by Lars Menk (Avotaynu)
A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland by Alexander Beider (Avotaynu)A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire by Alexander Beider (Avotaynu)
Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia by Alexander Beider (Avotaynu)
Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust edited by Shmuel Spector and Geoffrey Wigoder (New York University Press)
Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary by Jordan Auslander (Avotaynu)
German Name-Change Gazetteer by Otto Kredel and Franz Thierfelder (Avotaynu)
History of the Jews in Russia and Poland by Simon M. Dubnow (Avotaynu)
Jewish Personal Names: Their Origins, Derivation and Diminutive Forms by Rabbi Shmuel Gorr (Avotaynu)
Jews of Lithuania: A History of a Remarkable Community 1316-1945 by Masha Greenbaum (Gefen Publishing House)
Russian-Jewish Given Names: Their Origins and Variants by Boris Feldblyum (Avotaynu)
Where Once We Walked: A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack with Alexander Sharon (Avotaynu)