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.
SOUTH JERSEY AFFILIATE RETURNS
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THE LIFE AND AND
TIMES OF CONGREGATION KESHER ISRAEL
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
Click here for
brochure and Order Form
Exponent Obit Project Database Now Online
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.
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 email@example.com
Rosenbaum Bank Passage Order Book Database Now Online
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
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.
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.
JEWISHGEN ANNOUNCES A NEW
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
Basics of the agreement:
* JewishGen will make some of its databases available on the
* Ancestry will provide hardware and network support for the
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
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
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*
* 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
Managing Director, JewishGen
to L) David Marwell, Director of Museum of Jewish Heritage;
Warren Blatt, JewishGen Managing Director; Michael Tobias, JewishGen
announce and explain deal with Ancestry.com