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New on the Website

Wanamaker's Diary

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.




For more information about future programs, please contact Bernie Cedar






The Story of the Synagogue at 4th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia and its surrounding neighborhood


A Book by

Harry D. Boonin

JGSGP Founding President

South Street's "Old Curb Market'" ca. 1930


Book is 190 pages with 80 new black & white photos in soft cover


Price is $29.95 plus tax and shipping


Book now available


Order Now


Click here for brochure and Order Form





Jewish Exponent Obit Project Database Now Online

Dear Members:
The very hard work of project coordinators Len Duboff (through 2006) and James Gross (current) and the following volunteers has created a database of over 34,000 indices of obituaries and death notices from the Jewish Exponent. Mazel Tov on a job well done. This database is now online at the JewishGen website. Please go to http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/USA/PhilaObits.htm to read about the database and also to search the database. 
Steve Bouloff
David Brill
Bernard Cedar
Al First
Joan Gross
Helen Gusoff
Martin Gusoff
Ruth Kurschner
Michael Levin
David Mink
Tracey Rich
Joan Rosen
Steve Schecter
Harold Waitsman  
The project continues and still needs more volunteers to continue to add to this database. If you have an interest, please contact James Gross at larklane@juno.com or 856-428-4182.
Fred Blum


The Rosenbaum Bank Passage Order Book Database Now Online

Dear Members:

The Rosenbaum Bank Passenger Order Records Database can be found at: http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/USA/PhilaRosenbaum.htm.

In the port cities on the east coast of the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century, there were "ethnic" or "immigrant" banks - commercial enterprises where recent immigrants could save money and arrange to purchase steamship tickets to bring their families to the U.S.

Today, the record books of three of these banks are housed at the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (PJAC).  In addition to information about the immigrant, these records usually contain the name and address of the person who paid for the tickets, the port of entry (usually, but not always, Philadelphia), and intended final destination (again, not necessarily Philadelphia).

Through the collaboration of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, and JewishGen, the records of the Rosenbaum Bank have been indexed. This database contains information on 82,979 passengers for whom tickets were purchased between 1890 and 1934.

Thanks to JGSGP members and volunteers Selma Neubauer (the Project Leader), Eileen Bobman, Al First, Joan Gross, Harriet Kasow, David Mink, Joan Rosen, and Steve Schecter.

Fred Blum






JewishGen - The Blog

JewishGen is very pleased to announce that JewishGen.org, the premier resource for Jewish genealogy, and Ancestry.com, the largest online resource for family history information, have entered into a cooperative agreement.

Basics of the agreement:
  * JewishGen will make some of its databases available on the Ancestry website.
  * Ancestry will provide hardware and network support for the JewishGen website.

Benefits of the agreement:
 * JewishGen will be able to provide more robust and functional resources to genealogists throughout the world.
 * Specific and immediate improvements will be seen in the speed of the JewishGen website, along with greater accessibility when searching databases.
 * More people will be exposed to Jewish genealogy and have access to a greater range of resources to assist in researching family history.
 * JewishGen’s comprehensive records and information, contributed by volunteers from around the world, will continue to remain freely available on JewishGen.org.

Details of the agreement:
 * JewishGen remains an independent non-profit organization, affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
 * There will be no change to the JewishGen management team, structure or affiliation with the museum.
 * This new agreement, combined with the generosity of our donors throughout the world, will allow us to continue offering all of JewishGen’s extensive resources for no charge.
 * All of the JewishGen data licensed to Ancestry will be freely available on the Ancestry.com website without charge.
 * Privacy of personal information for JewishGen users is of key importance to us.  Information about JewishGen registrants will *not* be shared.
 * Personal information stored on JewishGen, such as data in the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) and the Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP), will *not* be shared with Ancestry.
 * JewishGen will continue to independently administer the JewishGen website, mailing lists and affiliates.
 * There will be no changes to the content of the JewishGen website, or any of JewishGen's programs or mailing lists. JewishGen remains an independent non-profit organization.

Further information, including Ancestry's press release, is available at the JewishGen blog.

A FactSheet about the agreement is being prepared. We welcome your questions and concerns.  *All* questions will be answered on the JewishGen blog.

Warren Blatt
Managing Director, JewishGen

(R to L) David Marwell, Director of Museum of Jewish Heritage;

Warren Blatt, JewishGen Managing Director; Michael Tobias, JewishGen V.P.

announce and explain deal with Ancestry.com





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