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The Unbroken Chain, by Dr. Neil Rosenstein

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Biographical Sketches and Genealogy of Illustrious Jewish Families from the 15th - 20th Century. Dr. Neil Rosenstein's magnum opus The Unbroken Chain was first published as a single volume in 1976. An expanded two-volume second edition of "The Unbroken Chain" was published in 1990.

The author announced in December 2012 that he was in the process of earnestly editing and preparing his manuscript, updated, corrected and significantly enlarged for a third edition. The projected date for publication was end 2014, beginning 2015. The plan was for 3 volumes, the last having a full name / surname index.

View a sample page of current edition in project under "Photos & Documents" link.

Entry points for each of the book's chapters in the two-volume second edition are listed below, along with links to specific notable people, and these should be the only profiles added to this project:

Volume One:

Volume Two:


A surgeon, author, lecturer, Dr. Neil Rosenstein has accumulated as a result of five decades of investigative study of rare books and manuscripts, trips to libraries and cemeteries, travel and correspondence a vast matrix of material on Jewish genealogy, especially in the field of rabbinical dynasties for which he has become world famous.


Ha Magid CD-ROM

Besides his many books (see website above), he has produced a CD-ROM with the indexed obituaries of the first-ever Hebrew weekly, HaMagid, which was in print from 1856 to 1903.