The growth of Baltimore's historic Jewish community was spurred on by a bustling port, the second largest port of immigration in the United States.
Researchers should remember to check Baltimore passenger arrivals for elusive ancestors. Not everyone came through Ellis Island in New York, and the ports of Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore should also be searched using online databases.
That said, The Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center at the Jewish Museum of Maryland offers a wide range of primary source materials:
--Records of Greater Baltimore Jewish cemeteries (with online burial listings for Rosedale, Southern Avenue and four others)
--Baltimore Jewish Times obituaries, 1919-to-present
--Jack Lewis Funeral Home records, 1924-1939, 1956-1965
--Published and unpublished genealogies, Maryland Jewish families
--Baltimore City directories, microfiche/film, 1752-1930 (some years missing)
--US manuscript census, Baltimore and other parts of Maryland, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
--Passenger index for arriving ships, Port of Baltimore, 1820-1952
--Passenger manifests of arriving ships Port of Baltimore, 1840-1920
--Memoirs of Jewish Life, Maryland and Europe
--Records of Jewish cemeteries, Greater Baltimore area
--Circumcision (1836-1870, 1940-1967), midwife (1892-1919), and marriage (1850-1944) records of individual Baltimore-area mohels, midwives and rabbis
--HIAS arrival records (1911-1914, 1938-1953)
--Historical Database, Baltimore Religious Personnel
--Yizkor (Memorial) books, East European towns
--Hebrew Orphan Asylum records, 1873-1917
--Registries of Maryland military personnel, World Wars I and II
Additional resources include several area synagogue archives; records of local Jewish institutions and businesses; personal papers; locally published books; and files of biographical, institutional and subject topics related to Baltimore and Maryland Jewry; and oral histories of Maryland Jews.
Periodicals: Baltimore Jewish Times (1919-to-present), Jewish Comment (1895-1918), Jewish Chronicle (1875), Jewish Exponent (1887-1888), Sinai (1856-1860), Generations (1978 to present) and American Jewish Year Book (1899-1985).
Photographs: A collection related to immigration, Maryland Jewish life and Baltimore Jewry's many institutions.
Library: Jewish genealogy books and journals, and a collection of publications and newsletters from genealogical societies.
I tried a database search, but there appears to be a glitch, with the search page marked "a work in progress."
I plan to check back soon as I'm interested in finding what information may be available for my great-uncle, Dr. Louis Tollin (Leib Talalay), who lived in the Sparrow Point area for decades.
A curious note: For a center focusing on genealogy, why is it spelled "geneOlogy" in the URL?