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The JGSGP sadly announces the passing of our Vice President for Programming, Steve Schecter, suddenly on September 30, 2013. Our society will miss the enthusiasm and leadership that he so freely gave us all.
Please read below about our speaker for the October 5,
Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture.

 


WINTER 2013-14 CHRONICLES IS NOW AVAILABLE

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Read an article about our president, Fred Blum, run in the Winter 2013 edition of Inside magazine at
http://www.jewishexponent.com/a-top-genealogist-with-true-detective-talent


Pennsylvania Records News

The initial batch of Pennsylvania state death certificates is now online through Ancestry.com (as of April 18th). Remember only birth and death certificates that are open records will be online (50 years for death certificates and 105 years for birth certificates). The overall schedule is:

 • 1906-24 death certificates – April 2014
 • 1925-44 death certificates – June 2014
 • 1945-63 death certificates – November 2014
 • 1906 birth certificates – March 2015

Pennsylvania residents (and only Pennsylvania residents) have free access to this particular database as they do with other Pennsylvania State Archives records already scanned and made available online by Ancestry. Free access for Pennsylvania residents is accomplished by registering online at no cost through this link (please be sure to read the instructions carefully): www.portal.state.pa.us. Pennsylvania residents that already have a subscription to Ancestry do not need to do anything as long as they continue to have a subscription to Ancestry.

Out of state residents do need a subscription to Ancestry to access these records. However, many libraries and research centers everywhere provide free access to Ancestry. After three years the records will be moved to the Pennsylvania State Archives website and be free to all.

Thank you for your help in getting the PA state law changed that made this possible. Without your help we would still be stuck with the old extremely restricted access to Pennsylvania state birth and death certificates and wishing it were different. For more information please visit www.pahr-access.org. Good luck in your searches and keep in mind mistakes in indexing (most especially on Ancestry) and the original certificates are to be expected.


1940 census link

From Recent Meetings...

Click here for the links that David Mink mentioned in his September 10 presentation of his trip to Poland in July, 2012.
Click here for Stanley Bergman's brochure and his handout on his practical approaches to preserving and recovering many of our family treasures as discussed at the November, 2012 meeting.
Click here for Avraham Groll's presentation about JewishGen.
Click here for Joel Spector's presentation entitled "The Growth of the Russian Jewish Population From Early Historical Data through the 1897 Census".


FUTURE SOCIETY EVENTS

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS


This year, 30 minutes before each meeting starts, we will have a table with several reference books and some senior members to provide help to folks doing their research. This is designed to be helpful to all but especially helpful to beginners, so please encourage them to attend. We hope to make all our meetings into "BRING A FRIEND" EVENTS.


Save these dates for upcoming meetings:

Sunday 10/5 @ 1:30 at Keneseth Israel  -- -- Glenn Dynner, PhD “Jews and the Liquor Trade in Eastern Europe”

Professor of Religion at Sarah Lawrence College, Glenn Dynner received his BA from Brandeis University, MA from McGill University, and PhD from Brandeis University. He was also a recipient of the Fulbright Award.

Dr. Dynner Dr. Dynner is a scholar of East European Jewry with a focus on the social history of Hasidism and the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment). Author of the book Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society, which received a Koret Publication Award and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards, his additional interests include Polish-Jewish relations, Jewish economic history, and popular religion.

His latest work, Yankel’s Tavern: Jews, Liquor, and Life in the Kingdom of Poland, fills an important gap in our understanding of the social and economic development of Poland between the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815) and the ill-fated Polish uprising of 1863-4.

To read a fuller description of the book and view its table of contents, check out: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199988518.do Dr. Dynner was featured in the episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Watch a moving segment at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuPPtMbq4NY.

This lecture is being held to honor the memory of our esteemed member, Steve Schecter, who was a driving force in the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia.

Sunday 11/16 @ 1:30 at TBD -- -- Speaker: Yuri Dorn, founder and coordinator of Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus. His topic will be Researching Your Jewish Ancestry in Belarus.

Sunday 12/14 @ 1:30 at Keneseth Israel -- -- Allan Jordan, Historian and Author
and his topic will be Probate Records: Wills and Estates - Why to Search and How to Search
 
Sunday 1/11 @ 1:30 at TBD -- -- Sarah Wildman is a long time New York Times writer
and her topic will be Paper Love: the author’s search for the woman her grandfather left behind when he fled Vienna. The story traces a path from Vienna to the Czech Republic to Berlin back to Vienna, to Israel, to the United States. The talk touches on research methodology, archives (including the International Tracing Service in Arolsen, Germany), dead-ends and unexpected twists and turns.
 

Sunday 2/8 @ 1:30 at TBD -- -- Karen Franklin, Director of the Family Research Project, Leo Baeck Institute, New York will speak on the topic: New Strategies for Researching German-Jewish Ancestry: Do We Still Need Archives?

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SOCIETY NEWS

We now have a Speakers Bureau

To volunteer as a speaker or to request a speaker for your event,  click here and

please contact Stan or Shelda Sandler stanshel(at)msn.com

 

JGSGP Beginner and Intermediate Genealogy Workshops

Interested in attending or sponsoring a workshop for your Congregation or Organization? Send an email to Stan or Shelda Sandler stanshel(at)msn.com with specifics about your request.

 

Genealogy Help in New Jersey

James Gross is at the Cherry Hill Family History Center most Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 9:00.  The FHC is located at 252 E. Evesham Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.  Please call ahead to confirm BEFORE visiting at 856-795-8841.

 

Brick Walls Q&A

A new feature! JGSGP members can ask for help from fellow members with their research challenges. Have an issue? Send a message to BrickWallQuestions@jgsgp.org.  Questions will be published quarterly in Chronicles. Answers will be sent only by email.

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