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Professional researcher, author and publisher of Jewish and Eastern European genealogical research. Gary Mokotoff has been recognized by three major genealogical groups for his achievements. He is the first person to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS); recipient of the Grahame T. Smallwood Award of the Association of Professional Genealogists; and the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is the author of a number of books including the award-winning Where Once We Walked, a gazetteer that provides information about 23, 500 towns in Central and Eastern Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust, How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust, and Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy. Mokotoff is also known for his application of computers to genealogy.
Among his accomplishments is co-authorship of the Daitch-Mokotoff soundex system; the JewishGen Family Finder, a database of ancestral towns and surnames being researched by some 50, 000 Jewish genealogists throughout the world and the Consolidated Jewish Surname Index. He has been on a number of Boards of Directors including the Federation of Genealogical Societies, JewishGen, Association of Professional Genealogists, Association of Jewish Book Publishers and Jewish Book Council.
Holocaust research, consulting on Jewish genealogical research
- Author or editor of Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy, Where Once We Walked, Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy, Every Family Has a Story, How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust