08 July 2009

Museum of Family History: New in July

Here's what's new at the Museum of Family History, according to founder Steve Lasky.

- Living in America

The Jewish Experience - Philadelphia: From the Museum's Education and Research Center, an article by Shalom Bronstein, reprinted with permission from Avotaynu (Spring 2006) Avotaynu, "Researching Philadelphia in Israel."

- Education and Research Center

- The historic newspaper, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, offered "Shipping News." It listed ships arriving in New York and New Jersey, including the ship's name, shipping line, dock, day and time; it also listed ship departures.

Steve found this important genealogically because he always wanted to know where immigrants disembarked after Ellis Island stopped being the main arrival location. He says he can now find the arrival point, no matter if it is somewhere in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or in New Jersey (Hoboken, Jersey City, Bayonne, etc.).

- New York City Men Summoned for Examination for the Draft

The registration of 24 million men occurred at three times during 1917-1918. On this new web page, find a large list of men summoned for a draft examination. It is too large and too fuzzy, so is just for display purposes.

Also search using the Fulton History website, and at the link above see how Steve found his grandfather's name.

Steve also indicated the usefulness of ProQuest, which had a small article about his paternal grandmother in 1929 in a Utica, NY newspaper although she was living in Brooklyn.

He also says that the Fulton History site often includes the names of students of entire graduating classes of NYC high schools and even middle schools. He found five or so classes for Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, and also found a story about the school's opening.

- Exhibitions

Steve has added two pages with film clips in mp4 format. There are also links to view those films in two alternate ways. The first has a small PowerPoint slide show or you can listen only to the audio portion.

"Nazi Concentration Camps" (59:00)

A footage compilation of Nazi concentration camps after World War II, gathered by the US Department of Defense for war crimes trials. It includes footage from Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Leipzig, Penig (subcamp of Buchenwald), Ohrdruf (subcamp of Buchenwald), Ahlen, Arnstadt, Nordhausen; Breendonck (Belgium) and Mauthausen (Austria). There are scenes from psychiatric hospital Hadamar (Germany) where mass sterilizations and mass murder of 'undesirable' members of Nazi society, specifically the physically and mentally handicapped, were conducted.

"Seeking Justice: The Nuremberg Trials" (1:15, 1945; US Army)

If you have questions or have materials to contribute, email Steve for more information.

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