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SUMMER 2015 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


New on the Website

Thanks to the generosity of the Ginsburg, Platsis, Pressman & Vederman families, we have a diary of a 16-year old with advertisements from the John Wanamaker department store. The diary includes references to Sunday school and Gratz. The advertisements show items of the day available at Wanamaker's and other Philadelphia businesses. There are other small articles that include items of interest, including some of special interest to Jews, such as the article on page 294 about the Shofar.

This is a large PDF file (346MB) with images of 446 pages. It will take time to download and may not be compatible with all devices.

Click on the image of the cover above to view the document.

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 Winter 2014 CHRONICLES


FUTURE SOCIETY EVENTS

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS



Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm at Keneseth Israel

Speaker: Leora Tec, Founder and Director, Bridge to Poland and Holocaust Scholar, she creates immersive intellectual and cultural travel experiences in Poland that examine the history of the Jews in Poland and how Christian Poles today are commemorating that history. Leora is the daughter of Holocaust survivor and Holocaust scholar Nechama Tec. She views her work as the second generation of her mother’s work on rescue and resistance during the Holocaust. (Nechama Tec is the author of the book Defiance, which was made into the 2007 film starring Daniel Craig). Leora holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a J.D./LL.M. from Duke University School of Law. In addition to her work for BTP she writes and speaks publicly about many topics including her own experiences with Polish and Jewish identity. She is currently working on a book about her Polish identity entitled, I’m Not Polish: My Discovery of Identity. Leora is a narrator of audio books at the Perkins School for the Blind and an improvisor. She is a polyglot and has lived and/or studied in: Spain, Israel, France, Italy and Poland.

Topic: The Persistence of Memory: What Happens When All the Survivors Are Gone?

How will we remember the Holocaust when those who lived through it are gone?…How will we hold on to a multiplicity of stories and avoid the stereotypes that can erase the nuances of individual live?…Who is tasked with remembrance and what does it look like?

Through the lens of her experience as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and scholar, and through her own experiences and connections with Polish scholars and artists who are grappling with this history, Leora teases out the many ways of answering these questions. Through the stories she tells, and a sense of the poetry of fleeting moments, she addresses both the challenges and the unexpected clarity that can come from embracing the details of a human life, and finds ways to uncover hope, even in the fragments of this shattered history.




Our annual Genealogy Fair will  be in Sunday September 11, 2016, 1:00 pm at Keneseth Israel.  Watch for more.

36th IAJGS International Conference
on Jewish Genealogy

August 7-12, 2016 Seattle, WA

Brooklyn Bridge 1905

Brooklyn Bridge 1905

Zhytomir, Ukraine

Atlantic City, 1904

New York City

New York City, 1913

The JGSGP sadly announces the passing of our Vice President for Programming, trong>Steve Schecter, suddenly on September 30, 2013. Our society will miss the enthusiasm and leadership that he so freely gave us all.

 

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.

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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