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FALL 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 Winter 2014 CHRONICLES


FUTURE SOCIETY EVENTS

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Main Line Reform Temple

Speaker: Karen S Franklin
, the family history coordinator for the Leo Baeck Institute in New York City, is Co-Chair of the Board of Governors of JewishGen. A past president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums, she is currently a vice-chair of the Memorial Museums committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums). She serves on the Advisory Board of the European Shoah Legacy Institute and was awarded the 2012 ICOM-US Service Citation. The citation is the highest honor of ICOM-US. Ms. Franklin is a juror for the Obermayer German Jewish History Award.

Topic: New Strategies for Researching German-Jewish Ancestry The session begins with a glimpse into the not-yet-available collection of Jon Stedman, a long-time, passionate German-Jewish genealogist whose copious research notes and files document the nature of how family history research in Germany and the US has changed over the last 50 years (his research began in 1958). From there Karen will demonstrate how new online resources, accessible genealogies, databases and DNA-- together with aid from local historians and researchers in Germany -- create unparalleled opportunities for researchers of German Jewish family history. Karen will provide contact information for local historians of former Jewish communities, museums and other resources throughout Germany.

Monday, October 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Main Line Reform Temple
Second Annual Steve Schecter Memorial Lecture


Speaker: Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he's received both the Lifetime Achievement and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the IAJGS, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.

Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate in electrical engineering. He's held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He's best known as the architect of Intel's 8086, which sparked the PC revolution 30 years ago.

Topic: One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 200 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on eBay. This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.

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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