Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh South Hills Genealogy Day & Pancake Festival
Sunday, April 3, 2016
|Tree of Life Synagogue on Craft Ave near Hamlet St, 1923 (green circle)- On the full page map you can zoom in on nearby Elsinore Square (blue circle)and see the owner's surname for each house. Some of these were synagogue members.|
The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper project (PJNP) offers free searchable access to over 100 years of Pittsburgh area Jewish community information.
You can begin your search and get further information on the project from:
The project began around 2003 with collaboration between Rodef Shalom Congregation and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The effort included six years of scanning and digitizing 8,700 issues with 230,000 pages from 1895 to 2010. In 2014 The Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History center added about 3,500 additional missing images and CMU provided new web optimization tools with smaller PDF files that download more quickly. The complete offering includes 3 weekly Jewish newspapers and one newsletter that were all published in Pittsburgh:
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Pittsburgh ResourcesAllegheny County Genealogy Resources
Marriage records, Wills and Estates
Carnegie Library (Oakland) Genealogy
Heinz History Center and Archives The Heinz Center has many resources available in person at the HHC. There is no inter library lending. The collection of high school yearbooks is especially large. 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
Jewish GenealogyAJC Digital Archives
Cindi's List - Jewish
Museum of Family History
Routes to Roots
One Step ToolsSteve Morse Website
General GenealogyFamilySearch.org (LDS)
Library of Congress
Ship Arrivals (Ellis Island 1892-1924)
Worldcat (search for books at libraries around the world)
Jewish Genealogy Society of
Pittsburgh. Last updated March 10, 2016
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