Early American SIGA special interest group of JewishGen.
Marvin Weinberg (RecordsAccess@aol.com)
John Lowens (GerSig@aol.com)
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Genealogists who are researching early Jewish immigrants to the US (pre-1880) have a different set of challenges and issues from the majority of Jewish Genealogy researchers. Unlike the majority, we do not have complete immigration records, nor living relatives who might remember "the old country" or what town the family came from. We may be 150 years or more removed from European roots. Most immigrants pre-1880 were spread out among small towns and rural areas in the south and midwest and blended in with their non-Jewish neighbors rather than collecting in urban areas and keeping their culture. For these reasons, many times our research methods and resources have more in common with standard American genealogy, but with a few twists.
The purpose of this SIG is to be a resource for genealogists researching families who came to the US before the larger immigration wave of the 1880s and later. We share our knowledge and methods with each other by answering queries on the SIG mailing list as well as through links on our web pages. The web pages are organized geographically (by state) in order to give advice and information that is as specific as possible.
For questions about how to be in charge of a state, or about the mailing list, please contact the group's coordinator at the following address:
Your First Posting
There is no hard and fast rule about your first posting. However, it builds community spirit if you post a short message saying who you are researching (so that others can help you) and what sort of researching you have done in the past (so that others can get help from you).
Because email messages are archived, it is possible for new members to read, even months later, what you are interested in, and help you out. This is one of the real powers of the net.
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