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Sperber Community Library

The Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles at American Jewish was dedicated by the Sperber Family in memory of noted philanthropist and landscape developer Burton Sperber. 

The library welcomes the entire Los Angeles Jewish Community to enjoy its state-of-the art facility and participate in a variety of programs for adults, children and families, including Grandparent & Me, book and film clubs, genealogy research and literary events with noted authors. Join our community of book lovers and learners.

  • Why Did My Father Know His Grandfather Had An Uncle Selig?

    Why Did My Father Know His Grandfather Had An Uncle Selig?

    More than twenty years before Israel Pickholtz began doing serious genealogy, his father senthim a postcard with three bits of family information. One of those was that Israel's great-grandfatherHersch Pikholz had an uncle Zelig. That information was very important in Israel'sresearch over the last two decades, research that was helped along by traditional sources andmore recently by genetic genealogy. But even as he was progressing in his research, Israel could not shake the question "Why did my father know this?" Israel says "My father was eight years old when his grandfather Hersch Pikholz died and they never had any real conversation. None of the cousins knew about Uncle Zelig, even the older one who lived in the same house as my great-grandfather. My father himself did not recall why he knew this." And did it even matter? Israel tells the story of his great-great-great-uncle, what he learned about this family and why now he thinks he knows how his father knew. And yes, it matters. Read More

  • Finding Vital Records Online - Beyond Ancestry.com and FamilySearch

    Finding Vital Records Online - Beyond Ancestry.com and FamilySearch

    While many genealogists will stop their search for online vital records after reviewing the commercial site Ancestry.com and the Mormons' FamilySearch website, there is a multitude of other places on the internet where one might find birth, marriage, and death information. This lecture reviews and illustrates the breadth of other vital records sources available, including other online genealogy sites; local, county, and state level public agencies; and from public, university and college libraries, and historical and genealogical societies. Read More