13 August 2009

Jews of the Gold Rush

The blogosphere has a new entry called Jews of the Gold Rush.

Currently, there are only four entries (the blog went live in July), and the entries are only photographs (no text) of gravestones, homes and plaques.

There seems to be nothing about the Sacramento-based author, other than the name Toldot (generations, in Hebrew), but the topic is certainly interesting.

[NOTE: Bob Wascou of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento emailed Tracing the Tribe on August 13, informing us know that Toldot is Victoria Fisch. She is working on a project documenting Northern California resources for a future Avotaynu book.]

Many Jews caught gold fever and tried their luck in Northern California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, British Columbia and Australia, as discoveries were announced. Abandoned cemeteries with obviously Jewish gravestones can be found in many of these areas, indicating that Members of the Tribe were among the pioneers.

Tracing the Tribe has previously blogged about these pioneers, so for more information, view these posts:

Resources: Gold Rush Jews

Seattle: Schwabacher & Co. (Klondike Gold Rush)

British Columbia: Pioneer Jewish History (BC's Gold Rush)

19th Century Jewish Businesswomen

Washington: Bellingham's Jewish History

Brown University's rare maps (California Gold Rush maps, among others)

Australia: Virtual Jewish Tour

There are others that mention Gold Rush Jews; Use Tracing the Tribe's Google search box for "gold rush" and see what else is there.

Welcome to Jews of the Gold Rush!

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