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The JGSGP library collection occupies a dedicated area in the Tuttleman Jewish Public Library of Gratz College on the second floor of the Newman Building. It is available during normal Tuttleman Library hours.

The library of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia is a reference library, meaning books may be used only in the library. There are two exceptions, the collection of tapes and certain books. Through donations to the library and special purchases, we now have duplicates of some of our books. The library committee decided to allow the duplicate books to circulate. The following guidelines have been established:

  • Books and Tapes -- a maximum of two tapes may be borrowed 
  • A deposit of $20.00 is required for each book and $5 for each tape.
  • They must be returned at the next monthly meeting at which time the deposit will be returned.
  • The borrower is responsible for replacing the book if it is not returned.
  • Please contact Society Librarian, Al First, for more information

The following books are currently available to be circulated:

  1. Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy
  2. Bar Mitzvah Gala, May 17, 1989, exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History
  3. Finding Our Fathers: a Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy, Dan Rottenberg, 1977
  4. From Generation to Generation: How to trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Personal History, by Arthur Kurzweil, 1980
  5. Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area, 2003
  6. Growing up in America, May 23, 1990, exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History
  7. A Guide to Jewish Genealogical Research in Israel (2 copies), by Sallyann Amdur Sack, 1987
  8. Image Before My Eyes: a Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1934-1939, by Lucjan Dobroszycki and Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimbel, 1974
  9. In Their Words, A Genealogist's Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin, and Russian Documents by Jonathan D. Shea, 2002
  10. Jewish Farming Communities of Northeastern New York, 1998
  11. Jewish Life in Philadelphia, 1830-1940, by Murray Friedman
  12. The Jews of St. Petersburg: Excursions Through a Noble Past, by Mikhail Beizer, 1989
  13. Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals, 1987
  14. Shores of Refuge: A Hundred Years of Jewish Emigration, by Ronald Sanders, 1988
  15. To Dwell in Safety: the Story of Jewish Migration Since 1800, by Mark Wischnitzer, 1949
  16. Vienna and Its Jews: the Tragedy of Success, 1880s-1980s, by George E. Berkley, 1988

To borrow a book or tape, please see Al First or Joan Rosen prior to the monthly meeting.

Donations of books are gratefully accepted. Please contact the Society Librarian or the Membership Co-ordinator for all contributions.

Our JGSGP Library catalog is online in a fully-searchable, standard library catalog form maintained by the Gratz Library staff.

To use it, do the following:

  1. Go to www.gratz.edu, the Gratz web site.
  2. Click on Tuttleman Library.
  3. Click on Tuttleman Library Online Catalog Search.
  4. A new Window will appear with heading "Gratz College Mandarin System." This is the Search page.
  5. If the new Window does not appear, please turn off your Pop-Up Blocker, which can be done using the "Tools" menu of your Browser.

You can search the library for anything it has, but if you want to specify the JGSGP collection, click on Enhanced Search, select the Anywhere choice in the first drop down box, and type "JGSGP" in the first blank box. Go down one level and change the OR to AND. Then type in below that what you want to find. Try this with "Harry Boonin" and see what you come up with. The search engine looks everywhere in the record, so books that were donated by Harry appear in the list along with any he wrote, or co-wrote, or edited.

Recent Acquisitions


  • 26TH IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Syllabus: New York 2006, August 13-18, 2006  CS21.I597 2006
  • 26TH IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy, audios of all sessions on MP3 CD-ROM, CS21.I597a 2006
  • 24TH IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Syllabus and Yearbook: Jerusalem, Israel 2004, July 4-9, 2004  CS21.I595 2004
  • 27TH IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 15-10, 2007, audios of all session on 3 CDs  CS21.I589a 2007

        All CDs are on a shelf in the Gratz Library work room. You must ask for them.



  • _____, JGSGP 25th Anniversary Album, October 10, 2004
  • _____, The Levy Family and Monticello: a Commemorative Ceremony, E332.74 L4  1985
  • _____, Zur Geschichte und Kultur der Juden im Rhineland, DS135.G33 R5 1985
  • Aaron, Sam, A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Lithuania, CS879 .A2 2005
  • Auslander, John, Genealogical Gazetteer for the Kingdom of Hungary, DB904 .G387 2004
  • Beare, Arlene, A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Latvia and Estonia, DS135.L3B43 2006
  • Bishow, Marlene Katz, editor, JGS of Greater Washington, Capital Collections: Resources for Jewish Genealogical Research in Washington, DC Area, Z6374.B5 B6  2007
  • David, Abraham, ed., A Hebrew Chronicle from Prague, c.1615, DS135.C96P73713  1993
  • Ellman-Krieger, Angelika, Bibliography on German-Jewish Family Research and Recent Regional and Local History of the Jews (in German and English), DS134.23.M55 2006 (CD-ROM)
  • Faigenbaum, Guilherme, Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames, CS3010 .F35 2003
  • Gould, Alice Perkins, The Old Jewish Cemeteries of Newark, F144 .N69 J538 2004
  • Greenberg, Helaine Shoag, Voices from Vilna, DS135.L5 G7 2006
  • Hochman, Anndee, Rodeph Shalom: Two Centuries of Seeking Peace, BM225.P5 R63 1995
  • Iljine, Nicholas V., Odessa Memories, DK508.95.O33 O327 2004
  • Kieval, Hillel J., Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands, DS 135 .C95 K54 2000
  • Kirschner, Isdore L., Memories (of the Kirschner Family), CS71.K66 1984 (donated by Fred Blum)
  • Krajewska, Monika, A Tribe of Stones: Jewish Cemeteries in Poland, BM337.K73  1993
  • Kreder, Otto, German-Foreign (Foreign-German) Index of Place Names, G103 .K77 2005 v. 1 & v. 2. This is a book in German which lists the names changes made pre-WW I to places throughout Europe and the Balkans. Each volume covers different countries.)
  • Leivers, Dorothy, Jews of Kopcheve, DS135.I52K375  2006
  • Mann, Louis L. and Levi, Gerson B., Glimpses of the Jewish Exhibit: in the Hall of Religion, DS113.M278  1933
  • Maslin, Simeon J., One God, Sixteen Houses: with an Introduction to the Churches and Synagogues of Old York Road, NA5207.M7 M8  1990
  • McCagg, William O., Jr., A History of Habsburg Jews, 1670-1918, DS135.A9M34 1989
  • Menk, Lars, A Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames, CS3010.Z9 G476 2005
  • Meyers, Allen, Oxford Circle, F158.9.J5 M489  2004
  • Mills, Elizabeth Shown, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, D5.M55  2007
  • Morais, Henry Samuel, The Jews of Philadelphia: Their History from the Earliest Settlements to the Present Time, F158.9.J5 M8  1894
  • National Museum of American Jewish History, A People in Print: Jewish Journalism in America, June 14-December 31, 1987 (exhibit dates), E184.J5 P4 1987
  • Neagles, James C., U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources, Z1249.M5 N43 1994
  • Newhouse, Alana, editor, A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forward, F128.9J5 L58  2007
  • Rechter, David, The Jews of Vienna and the First World War, DS135.A92V554 2001
  • Rosin, Josef, Preserving Our Litvak Heritage, DS135.L5 R6 2005
  • Sack, Sallyann Amdur, Guide to Genealogical Research in Israel (rev.ed.), Z6374.B5 S23  1995
  • Sack, Sallyann Amdur & Mokotoff, Gary (Editors), Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy, CS21.G85  2003
  • Segal, Joshua L., A Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery: A Spiritual Journey to the Past, Present and Future, BM712.S44  2005
  • Shulkin, Mark Weiss, ed., The Golden Washboards, E184.J5 S49 2007
  • Skyte, Thea, et. al., eds., A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Germany and Austria, DS135.G3G85 2001
  • Smolenyak, Megan S., Trace Your Roots with DNA, Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree, CS21 .S58 2004
  • Stein, R. Conrad, Ellis Island, JV6484.S74  1992
  • Szucs, L.D, and Luebking, S.H., eds., The Source (3rd Edition), CS49.S65 2006
  • Szucs, L.D. and Wright, Matthew, Finding Answers in the U.S. Census Records, CS49.S984 2002
  • Taylor, R. William, The Isen Family History and Genealogy, CS71.I8 T3  2005
  • Wenzerul, Rosemary, Genealogical Resources Within the Jewish Home and Family, CS21.W46 2002
  • Wenzerul, Rosemary, A Guide to Reading Hebrew Inscriptions and Documents, CS21.W4637 2005
  • Wunder, Meir, et.al., Grandeur and Glory: Remnants of Jewish Art in Galicia (v.1: Eastern Galicia), DS135.P62 G336  2005


  • Megillon, Jewish Family Research Association Israel, CS1500 .I8 .M32
  • Atsmi Uvsari, Utah JGS, F824 .U8 A9
  • Venturing into Our Past, JGS of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County, F868 .C6 V3
  • Montreal Forum, JGS Montreal, F1054.5 .M7
  • Dor to Door, JGS of Greater Houston, F395.J5 D6
  • Heritage Morasha, JGS of Illinois, CS1.M67
  • LBI News, Leo Baeck Institute, DS135.G3 L12


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