LOCAL, PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUTH JERSEY
Be sure to check the 2009 Philadelphia Area Resource Directory for additional links
FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA: Digital Collections: online Historical Photos of Philadelphia, databases for historical newspapers, etc
GREATER PHILADELPHIA GEO HISTORY NETWORK:
Offers old maps. Atlases, city directories, etc
PHILAPLACE: Maps, stories, documents, photos regarding Philadelphia neighborhoods.
PHILLY HISTORY: An extensive online collection of photographs of Philadelphia
PIER 53 PROJECT: Pier 53 was Philadelphia’s immigration pier from 1870 to 1915. The project involves collecting the names of passengers that came to America through Pier 53 and their stories.
PHILADELPHIA AREA ONLINE BURIAL RECORDS
• Montefiore Cemetery Co., 600 Church Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046
• Mt. Sinai Cemetery, 1901 Bridge Street, Phila., PA
• West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA
• Gladwyne Jewish Memorial Cemetery (Har Hasetim)
This government facility’s holdings include Federal court, civil, military records and more. Periodic genealogy workshops are held.
The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collections have been donated to the Temple University Libraries. The Jewish Archives are part of the Special Collections Research Center. You can browse the collections online. Please call before you visit. The collections are housed off-site.
Special Collections Research Center
Temple University Libraries
1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122
PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION
Birth Indices: 1906-1911 http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/Birth-Indices.aspx
Death Indices: 1906-1966 http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/Death-Indices.aspx
PENNSYLVANIA STATE ARCHIVES
ARIAS – Archives Records Information Access System: There are a variety of different records available online through this system.
ANCESTRY.COM PA The State Archives in partnership with ancestry.com has made access to family history records from the archives free to Pennsylvania residents. Please follow the instructions on the web page for free online access.
STEAMSHIP TICKET PURCHASE LEDGER BOOKS
The Blitzstein, Lipshutz/Peoples (Pennsylvania Company for Banking and Trusts) Rosenbaum and Rosenbluth ledger books have been digitalized by the Temple University Libraries. You can view the actual pages in the ledgers. The pages include the names of passengers, places of residence, names of ships, and names of ticket purchasers.
Name Indexes (Ethnic/Immigrant Passage Order Books) to the ledger books are available on JewishGen. Blitzstein index, Lipschutz/Peoples index, Rosenbaum index
HERBERT D. KATZ CENTER FOR ADVANCED JUDAIC STUDIES The center has programs for the public. Their library is open to the general public by appointment only.
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF CAMDEN: A website that includes information about the old Jewish Community of Camden, NJ
GRATZ COLLEGE: Jewish studies, Tuttleman Library and special events.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY: Special exhibitions and programs for the public
PHILADELPHIA JEWISH INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR LEADERS YEARBOOK 1942-1943 (Filadelfier Yidishe Anshtaltn) Book is written in Yiddish . Table of Contents translated to English by Mark Alsher. The book is available upon request at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Also, the book is non-circulating at the Tuttleman Library at Gratz College.
JEWISHGEN: Comprehensive site for Jewish Genealogy
RTRFOUNDATION: Lists of archives where Jewish records are found in Eastern Europe. Also includes photos and postcards
JRI-POLAND: A database of 5 million Jewish vital records (indexes and images) from over 550 Polish towns
TSAL KAPLUN FOUNDATION: Includes records from archives of the former Soviet Union and other countries. The Alex Krakovsky project has lists and images of Jewish documents from the Kiev State archive. Some records are in Russian.
YAD VASHEM: Holocaust Information including Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names
CZESTOCHOWA-RADOMSKO AREA RESEARCH GROUP: Holocaust Era records for certain towns in Poland.
LIBERTY ELLIS FOUNDATION: Passenger ship records for Ellis Island, NY
CASTLE GARDEN: Passenger ship records for Castle Garden, 1820-1892
STEVEMORSE: Features one-step tools for searching census, immigration, vital records and more
JGSNY Jewish Genealogical Society of New York
RON ARON’S LIST: Extensive list of websites