Research Library: Books and Maps

JGSGB LibraryThe Society maintains an extensive research library of books and maps at Temple Emanuel  in Newton that is available for use during JGSGB programs held at Temple Emanuel. See schedule of programs.

The Society also has a small collection of basic reference books at the Jewish Heritage Center, located at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) at 99-101 Newbury Street, 5th floor, in Boston, where advance appointments are recommended.  Contact the staff at or 617-226-1245.

JGSGB LibraryThe reference books and maps cannot be borrowed at either location, though many of the titles are also available at local academic and public libraries.

Here is the current listing of materials in the two research collections maintained by the Society. The books labeled (TE) are at Temple Emanuel in Newton and those labeled (JHC) are at the Jewish Heritage Center in Boston.

Beginning Research and Specialized Guides
Cemetery Research
Dictionaries of Name Origins and Meanings
Family Histories, Correspondence, and Genealogies
Genetics and Genealogy
Holocaust Research
Identifying Cities, Towns, and Shtetls
Immigration, Naturalization, and Passenger Lists
Memorial (Yizkor) Books
Photographic Research
Photograph Collections
Translation Guides
Writing, Citation, and Copyright Guides

Research by Country and City:
Argentina – Czech Republic
Eastern Europe – Germany
Hungary – Moldova
Poland – Russia
South Africa – United Kingdom
United States

Map Collection

In addition to the JGSGB map collection, there is an extensive digitized map library on the FEEFHS (Foundation for East European Family History Studies) website.
FEEFHS Map Library