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Leonard Markowitz, past president of the JGSGP, passed away on September 29, 2014. Len was instrumental in leading our genealogy society early on when we were very small. He was very knowledgeable and was an effective people-person when he served as President of our genealogy society. He was the husband of the late Sonya, father of Larry Markowitz and Lynn (Alan) Pechinski. (see Philadelphia Inquirer's obituary)

 


SPRING 2014 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 Joel Spector's presentation entitled "The Growth of the Russian Jewish Population From Early Historical Data through the 1897 Census".
Click here for Alan Jordan's notes on probate, records, and wills from his talk in November, 2014.

Links From Recent Chronicles...

Click here for ZACHOR – Memories of the Jews of Bialystok by Mark Halpern from Fall 2014 CHRONICLES


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 1/11 @ 1:30 at Main Line Reform Temple -- --Yuri Dorn, founder and coordinator of Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus. His topic will be Researching Your Jewish Ancestry in Belarus.


Sunday 2/22 @ 1:30 at Main Line Reform Temple -- -- 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?


Sunday 3/22 @ 1:30 at Main Line Reform Temple (Tentative) -- -- Jay Sage served as co-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) and is currently co-editor of the Society’s journal, Mass-Pocha. Professionally, he worked as a research physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will speak on the topic: DNA and Genealogy. The talk covers how the testing is done, how much it costs, and how to interpret the reported results.


Old Folks
Zhytomir, Ukraine

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.

 

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 may be published in our quarterly journal Chronicles. Answers will be sent to the question originator only by email.

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