The AJGS Library

Books, Journals and maps

The AJGS Library contains a wealth of resources for members to use to advance their research. The majority of the library is held at the Rev Katz Library at North Shore Synagogue and can be accessed during our monthly workshops. A small selection of critical genealogical resources are also available through Waverley Library and can be accessed during library hours. A small holding of major guides and resources are also held for the society in Waverley Library's reference section and can be accessed during library opening hours.

AVOTAYNU GUIDES AND DICTIONARIES

Avotaynu, Inc. is a leading publisher of  products of interest to those researching Jewish genealogy, Jewish family trees or Jewish roots. Their books can assist you in your research—from beginner guides to books about Jewish surnames. The AJGS Library holds several of these excellent reference books in both the Lindfield and Bondi Junction repository.

AVOTAYNU GUIDE TO JEWISH GENEALOGY

by Sallyanne Amdur Sack & Gary Mokotoff

Guide154The definitive guide to Jewish genealogical research. Written by more than 60 authors, each an expert in their own field. Its more than 100 chapters cover all important aspects of the rich body of information available to do Jewish genealogical research. 

WHERE WE ONCE WALKED

by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Sack with Alexander Sharon

WOWW2154The award-winning Where Once We Walked (WOWW) identifies more than 23,500 towns where Jews lived before the Holocaust. Includes 17,500 alternate names, soundex index and "nearby town" index.

FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

by Arthur Kurzweil

gentogen154Using his own family research as a guide Kurzweil introduces you to the tools, techniques, and step-by-step process of Jewish genealogical research – including the most current information on using the Internet and the newly accessible archives of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. 

SEPHARDIC GENEALOGY

by Jeffrey S Malka

Sephardic2Cover154A comprehensive guide to doing Sephardic research

SURNAME DICTIONARIES

A DICTIONARY OF GERMAN JEWISH SURNAMES By Lars Menk: More than 13,000 surnames from pre-World War I Germany.

A DICTIONARY OF JEWISH SURNAMES FROM GALICIA By Alexander Beider: Information about some 25,000 different surnames used by Jews in Galicia. For each name, the author describes the districts within Galicia where the surname appeared, the origin of the meaning of the name (etymology), and the variants found.

A DICTIONARY OF JEWISH SURNAMES FROM THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE By Alexander Beider: Comprehensive collection of Jewish surnames from czarist Russia.

THESE ARE THE NAMES by John S Levi: A painstakingly researched compendium bringing together the fragments of information on 1500 Jewish pioneers and convicts who came to Australia between 1788 and 1850.

SPECIALIST LISTS

Below is just a small sample of the specialist lists available from the AJGS Library. Very little of this material is available online.

RECORDS OF BEVIS MARKS SYNAGOGUE

Published by the Board of Elders of the congregations and compiled by Lionel D Barnett (Editor & archivist), Miriam Rodrigues-Perier (Archvist) and Chloe Loewe, PhD, with the assistance of Alan Rose, I D Duque, W M Schwab, G H Whitehall, Raphael Loewe and David Nunez Vaz.

  • PART I: The early history of the congregation from the beginning until 1800
  • PART II: Abstracts of the Ketubot or marriage contracts of the congregation from the earliest times until 1837 with index.
  • PART III: Abstracts of the Ketubot or marriage contracts and of the civil marriage registers of the Spanish and Portuguese congregation for the period 1837-1901
  • PART IV: Circumcision register of Isaac and Abraham de Paiba (1715-1775) together with a supplement including a record of circumcisions 1679-99, marriages 1679-89 and some female births 1679-99.
  • PART V: The birth register (1767-1881) of the Spanish and Portuguese congregation London; together with the circumcision registers of Elias Lindo (1767-1785) David Abarbanel Lindo (1803-1820) Solomon Almosnino (1815-1827) David Bueno de Mesquita (1855-1869); and including  The Jewish Births (1707-1763) in the 18th century register books of The College of Arms.
  • PART VI: The burial register (1733-1918) of the Novo (new) cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' congregation London.

RECORDS OF THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE OF LONDON by Harold and Miriam Lewin.

  • Marriage records 1791-1885
  • Birth records of the New Synagogue and Marriage records of the New & Hambro Synagogues.
  • Burial records of the Great and Hambro Synagogues 1791-1837
  • Birth Records of the Great & Hambro Synagogues.

GUIDES TO JEWISH GENEALOGY by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britian

  • Germany & Austria
  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia & Estonia
  • United Kingdom

And so much more!