Jewish Genealogy

October 10, 2017 | Irena

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Getting Started

Resources relating to Jewish genealogy are located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library, including general handbooks and guides for various countries. The collection includes Canadian, British, European and Holocaust-related material, aided by a strong map and atlas collection.


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Biographical Resources


Geographical Resources

  • Great Britain. Foreign Office. Geographical Section, General Staff. Europe, Scale 1:1,000,000. 1915-1918. Covers Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Greece, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Yugoslavia and northern Italy, eastern Germany and western Russia.  MAP DRAWER: Eastern Europe
  • Poland 1:100,000 [microfiche]. This microfiche series reproduces topographic maps of Poland issued in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It covers what is now Poland and parts of Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Lithuania, Latvia and Kalingrad Oblast. 


Handbooks and Guides




Canadian Sources


Local History





  • Shem Tov (1988- ) Willowdale, Ontario. Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada; Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto. Access index online.


Other Sources


Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto Deposit Collection:

Additional resources are available through the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto deposit collection which is housed in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, 2nd floor, Toronto Reference Library.

To view the holdings of the JGS Toronto's Library Collection, visit their website:

Click: Research/JGST Library Collection

Choose: Subject File/Author File/Title

Established as a registered charitable organization, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and information through their website and newsletter, The Shem Tov, and through its collection of books at the Toronto Reference Library, regular monthly lectures, workshops and special interest groups.

External Resources:

 Ontario Jewish Archives

4600 Bathurst Street.
Telephone: 416-635-5391



For further assistance contact the library:

Answerline: 416-393-7131

Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library 416-393-7175

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