August 4-9, 2013
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Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project
The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project includes free online access to more than 100 hundred years of Jewish newspapers published in Pittsburgh. The project was funded primarily by Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh UJF and the initial offering was completed in March 2007. The 2012 digitization of the Y-JCC series was funded by the Philip Chosky Charitable Educational Foundation.
In October 2012 PJNP made some major changes to the database. They added more years of archival material and options to search in a range of dates. They also added high lights on your key words on the page. Unfortunately the process is somewhat slower because all documents were converted to PDF files which require extra time to download.
As of May 2013 the offering includes:
You can either browse the issues by selecting ranges of years or search for specific key words on a page. The most significant family information usually occurs in the sections for births, bar/bat mitzvahs, confirmations, graduations, engagements, military, marriages, deaths. Adding section names to your search words may help you find these references easier but they can also cause you to miss a good reference if that section continues to the next page.
If you have trouble seeing the full PDF page you may need to select the word 'FIT' from the drop down menu that says: 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%, 125%, 150%, FULL, FIT. This may add another minute or so to the download process.
If you use the icons that first appear with the page you can only download the entire issue or the first page of the issue (not the current page as stated). However, you can hit the ESC key on your PC to get the Adobe PDF icons which let you save, print, zoom, etc. on the current page. Hover over the icons with your cursor to see what each icon does.
You can begin your search and get further information on the project from:
Pittsburgh Marriage Records Now Online
Familysearch.org (LDS) has added a large group of marriage records to its free online collections. Marriage records from Allegheny and surrounding counties are included in Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885 - 1950. There are additional Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania online collections that may also be of interest, however, the marriage records offer the potential to list birth towns for the bride/groom and those of their parents.
JGS Pittsburgh no longer meets on a regular basis. This website will publish Pittsburgh area research developments and announce related meetings. You can join our message group by sending an email message to:PittsburghJGSfirstname.lastname@example.org
Rauh Jewish ArchivesThe Rauh Jewish Archives has a wide variety of historic Pittsburgh and Jewish related resources:
Allegheny County Genealogy Resources
Marriage records, Wills and Estates
Carnegie Library (Oakland) Genealogy
Heinz History Center and Archives:
Original City Directories, Rauh Jewish Archives, Pittsburgh History. The Heinz Center has many high school yearbooks. Materials are available only in person at the HHC. There is no inter library lending. Many of these are the only known copies and they are not digitized. If you know of other copies from these high schools they are usually very pleased to take donations. The offerings from schools with large Jewish enrollment include:
Stefan Lorant, PITTSBURGH The Story of an American City [1964, 1975, 1988]
George H. Thurston, Pittsburgh and Allegheny in the Centennial Year. . Click here to read a short excerpt about a 21 year old major in the Virginia military who arrived at the forks of the Ohio River in 1753. 271 pps. Link to download complete book (PDF).
George Thornton Fleming History of Pittsburg and Environs: From Prehistoric Times to the American Revolution. Vol.I, 1922, (574 pages). Link to download Vol I (PDF). Link to download Vol II (464 pages) (see Chapter 22 The Ecclesiastical History, pages 436-441 on Jewish History]
Pittsburgh Area Jewish History
Jacob S. Feldman, The Jewish Experience in Western Pennsylvania A History 1755-1945, , 331pps.
Barbara S. Burstin, Steel City Jews 1840-1915, , 366 pps.
Robert Perlman, From Shtetl to Milltown: Litvaks, Hungarians, and Galizianers in Western Pennsylvania, 1875-1925. 124 pps.
Diane Ashton Jewish Life in Pennsylvania , 75 pps. [read online at Google Books]
Online Genealogy Resources
Ancestry.com has Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1537, 437 rolls) (subscription). Ancestry also holds All Pittsburgh area census records and Ship Landings from most major US ports 1800-1957 Ancestry is available for free at major libraries or by subscription.
Historic Pittsburgh City Directories - the largest known digital collection of Pittsburgh City Directories 1815-1945
Historic Pittsburgh - additional online Pittsburgh area resources
University of Pittsburgh Yearbooks - online and searchable from 1907 to 1980
Dons List (City Directories, yearbooks, etc)
Jewish GenealogyAJC Digital Archives
Cindi's List - Jewish
Museum of Family History
Pittsburgh Jewish community book (1921)
Routes to Roots
Yizkor Books (NYPL)
One Step ToolsSteve Morse Website
General GenealogyCommonwealth of Pennsylvania - Vital Records
Library of Congress
Pennsylvania US GenWeb - Allegheny County
Pennsylvania Death Records and Indexes
Pennsylvania State Archives
Public Records by state (BRB)
Ship Arrivals (Ellis Island 1892-1924)
Worldcat (search for books at libraries around the world)
Genealogy Society of
Pittsburgh. Last updated May 13, 2013
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