Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project
Pittsburgh was the first US city with a large Jewish population to digitize its Jewish newspapers back to the late 19th century. 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 over 12,000 issues. The CMU website offers free flexible search tools, browsing any issue, and downloading pdf files.
Family information can be found in birth, marriage and death notices as well as bar/bat mitzvah announcements, confirmations, engagements, military announcements, etc. There are photographs (especially engagements and brides) in every issue that could include a family member. There are special issues on the many small towns with Jewish populations. The Jewish newspapers also covered national and world events. Albert Einstein visited Pittsburgh and was often a topic of interest. The World Wars and the many very sad Jewish situations in Europe were especially well covered.
The complete offering includes 3 weekly Jewish newspapers and one newsletter that were all published in Pittsburgh:
You can begin your search and get further information on the project from:
Other Pittsburgh area Online Resources
Ancestry.com (subscription based or available at libraries) has a wide variety of Pittsburgh area records including all US census records and many Naturalization Records.Familysearch.org (free) has Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 and other important records including: Allegheny County Probate Records (1788-1974) You can find if there is a probate docket from Familysearch.org and what types of documents are included. Wills up to 1917 (as of 2015) may be available online. There is a rather complex 3 step online search involved and you may have to visit the courthouse to review original documents that were not scanned.
The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the John Heinz History Center has many Pittsburgh area collections in the reading room of the Detre Library & Archives. The collection of high school yearbooks includes:
Historic Pittsburgh City Directories - the largest known digital collection of Pittsburgh City Directories 1815-1945
Historic Pittsburgh - additional online Pittsburgh area resources
Dons List (City Directories, yearbooks, etc)
Pittsburgh Jewish community book (1921)
University of Pittsburgh Yearbooks - online and searchable from 1907 to 1980
|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.|
Jewish Genealogy Society of
Pittsburgh. Last updated October 29, 2018
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