Sunday, July 2, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Top 10 Genealogy-related Books That Helped You

I suspect that most of my choices for this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge will be different from those of other posters.

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along; cue the Mission:  Impossible! music!):

1.  What are the top 10 genealogy-related books that helped you the most in your family history research?

2.  Write your own blog post, leave a comment on this post, or write something on Facebook.

Here's my list.

Finding Our Fathers:  A Guide to Jewish Genealogy, Dan Rottenberg

Professional Genealogy, Elizabeth Shown Mills (editor)

Where Once We Walked (revised edition), Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack, with Alexander Sharon

A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (revised edition), Alexander Beider

Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names, Alexander Beider

Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia, Alexander Beider

Sephardic Genealogy (second edition), Jeffrey S. Malka

The Jewish Encyclopedia:  A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature, and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day (1925)

Black Roots:  A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree, Tony Burroughs

Red Book:  American State, County, and Town Sources, Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG (editor)


  1. Of course, you do Jewish research! I'm sure those books were/are very useful for you.

    1. Almost all of them still are, and I use them frequently for reference.

  2. Those look like books on your shelf that are referenced often!


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