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The following works are helpful for anyone doing general research on Eastern Europe:
Alexander Beider, A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire , Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu Press, 1993
Alexander Beider, A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Kingdom of Poland , 1996 Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1996
Jonathan D. Shea and William F. Hoffman, Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide , Teaneck, NJ: Avotaynu, 1991, 1994. (Genealogical translation aid for 13 languages, including Romanian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Hungarian and Lithuanian.)
A. Kurzweil, From Generation To Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Personal History , HarperCollins: NY., Rev. Ed., 1994
C. Cohen, Shtetl Finder: Gazetteer , Periday: Woodland Hills, CA.
G. Mokotoff and S. Amdur Sack, Where Once We Walked, A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust (Gazetteer) , Avotaynu, Inc., 155 N. Washington Ave., Bergenfield NJ07621-1742. Rev. Ed., 2002. (A gazetteer of over 21,000 Central and Eastern European localities, arranged alphabetically and phonetically, with references for each locality.)
W. Blatt, The JewishGen FAQ (Frequently asked questions), a primer on Jewish genealogy. Online www.jewishgen.org Published annually by Avotaynu Inc.
A. Beare, Jewish Ancestors? A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Latvia and Estonia , London: Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, 2001
T. Skyte and R. Schoenberg, A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Germany and Austria , London: Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, 2001
D. Rottenberg, Finding our Past. A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy , Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986.
M. Weiner, Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldavia. Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories , New York and Seacaucus: YIVO and Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation, 1999
M. Weiner, Jewish Roots in Poland. Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories , New York and Seacaucus: YIVO and Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation, 1999
Pinkas haKehilot (Encyclopedia of the Jewish Communities). Various editors. Published by Vad Vashem, Jerusalem, 1969 to date. More volumes planned. (Chapters on nearly all Jewish communities with a population over 100. Countries defined by pre-Second World War borders). In Hebrew.
Romania: (2 volumes: 1969, 1980)
Germany: (I: Bavaria, 1972; II: Wuerttemberg, Hohenzollern and Baden, 1986; III: Hesse, Hesse-Nassau, Frankfort, 1992)
Poland (I: Lodz region, 1976; II: Eastern Galicia, 1980; III: Western Galicia and Silesia, 1984; IV: Warsaw region, 1989; V: Volhynia and Polesie, 1990; VI: Poznan, Pomerania and Danzig, 1999; VII: Kielce and Lublin, 1999)
Latvia and Estonia (1988)
P. K. Grimsted, Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the USSR , Princeton University Press. (Comprehensive description of the Soviet archival system. Academically, not genealogically oriented. Somewhat out of date.)
Moscow and Leningrad (436 pages, 1972).
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belorussia (929 pages, 1981).
Ukraine and Moldavia (1107 pages, 1988).
A. Baxter, In Search of Your European Roots , by Angus Baxter, 3rd Edit., Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985, 1994, 2001. (Cursory guide to European research. Includes some information on East European and Jewish records.)
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