The Gross-Steinberg Family Tree presents:

Info on City Directories

by James Gross

Date:    Thu, 17 Jul 1997 16:40:53 -0500
Subject: Pre-WWII Warsaw phone (& Business) Direc

Post: pre-WWII Warsaw Telephone  (and business) directories

An answer to a recent query (and another query).....a 1930 telephone
directory for all of Poland is in the Slavic Reserve (96-7788) at the
New York Public Libraries.......several Warsaw directories from 1931,
3,5,7,9 (*zan 9542) and all Poland 1936 and 1937 telephone
directories (*zan 9541) too.

By the way......I followed the article by Jeffrey  Cymbler in the
Spring issue of Avotaynu, and went through the 14 rolls of microfilm
of business directories from 1899 through 1930) in the Slavic Reserve
96-7788.......i took the article with me and found going through it
easy as I knew where my shtetls were located (I hardly needed the
polish/english dictionary, which I found on the shelf there whenever
an occupation was mentioned that wasn't on the jewishgen occupations
info file list).  I found my great grandfather, Leib Stecher, in 1926
Zmigrod Nowy selling eggs!

But perhaps some other jewishgenner could help me.....the microfilms
began with Lvov in 1899....i could not locate the 1877 or 1891
directories which were also mentioned in the article.....has anyone
had any success with this??? ...... searching
KRAMER, WISNER from Jasienica Rosielna, Poland

Date:    Fri, 20 Feb 1998 13:28:07 EST
From:    james gross 
Subject: Re: NYC city directories

In a recent post, Susan (
inquired about NYC city directories. As this is a useful reply, I am
sharing it.

The answer is LDS. Especially if you are "out there" in MN. You should
get a hold of as much LDS reference info as you can. I would first try
your local JGS (if you have one) and go thru all the Dorot issues. The
main LDS in NY <125 Columbus Ave  NY NY 10023  212-873-1690> has a good
deal of lists (of film #'s). You may want to call/write them and ask if
they will copy and mail some to you. I'd imagine they'd charge copy &
mailing cost. I have 10 pages of LDS NYC city dir info. Most of it is
from the LDS microfiche.

James H. Gross

Date:    Tue, 24 Feb 1998 03:44:11 EST
From:    james gross 
Subject: Re: Jewish newspapers: Where are they?

Dear Lester & others,
   Lester ( just posted a very useful item
which some of you may have missed. he asked " whether there is
an English language Jewish newspaper in NYC. In Boston, we have
the Jewish Advocate; isn't there something comparable in NYC? "

   My answer is that I have been quietly working on this for the past
several months. As I am close to Phila, I have been copying tons
of pages from 2 English language papers:  Jewish Exponent and
Jewish Times. The info I have found includes post-WWII refugee lists,
religious confirmations, New Year greetings, and misc charity items.
I strongly believe that similar info exists in Jewish papers for most
major US cities.
   I have recently called the NYC public library Judaica dept in an
attempt to narrow this search for English (my only readable language)
Jewish papers. They helped me identify and narrow down a very long
list of papers. After I called them, I decided to try and find another
library closer to me that would have some of these items. I contacted
Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. 2 papers
were  recommended  to me:  American Hebrew, published up to 1953,
and the Brooklyn Examiner, published up to 1956. I intend to follow
up on this and other items as time permits.
  I strongly suggest that those of you "out there" who are near a
facility with such items, stop on by. You don't have to be a nuclear
physist to realize that this stuff is probably sitting on microfilms
WAITING for one of us to go, copy it, and get it on a computer
database. Hebrew Union College in Cincinatti,OH has a lot of films
too. Whether you are in Boston (like Lester) , near Phila like me, or
near LA, there are probably some films you can get your hands on.
Many of the strides made in this hobby have been, and continue to be,
made by people who find and collect such info for the usage of the
entire Jewish genealogy community. Lets get to work...

James H. Gross
Cherry Hill, N.J.

Date:    Fri, 30 Jan 1998 04:05:56 -0500
From:    "R. Naidia Mosher" 

I've been seeing a lot of inquiries, lately, from people trying to
trace relatives & ancestors in England. I thought it might be helpful
if I shared some resource info I have learned about from other Jewish
genealogists, wiser and more experienced than I:


Jeremy  Frankel, author of the New York State Erie Canal Guide and
S.F.Bay  Area Genealogical Society board member  (and originally from
England), and an experienced and extremely knowledgeable genealogist,
recently wrote an article in the JGS's monthly newsletter (ZichronNote,
November 1997) about the London-based Jewish Chronicle and what a superb
resource it can be for Jewish genealogists with Anglo Jewish roots or
family connections there.

Below I have either extracted or paraphrased certain passages from Jeremy's
article, with his permission.  Please note that most of the text within
parenthesize represents my personal comments (not necessarily the opinion
of the author of the article).

After 1880's, not only lifecycle events, birth, marriages, and death, were
printed on the 1st 3 pages in roughly alpha order, but in the case of death
announcements, the names and addresses, or at least the family relationships
of the decedents, were also furnished [this potentially could be very

The Jewish Chronicle  "also listed bar mitzvahs,  betrothals,  fiance,
engagements, forthcoming marriages (and marriages called off!),  silver,
diamond, and golden wedding anniversaries  [the latter]] usually listed
original marriage date, synagogue (London),  and rabbis officiating. ...

There are tombstone consecrations (useful when you don't know where someone
was buried!), in memoriams, deaths in military service," etc., etc.

To top it all, the "Chron" also listed New Year's Greetings "for many
years, mostly London-based," but there are also some entries for other parts
of the country, incl.  Birmingham (my home town!), Leeds, Liverpool,
Manchester, Glasgow, etc., even "some from abroad, principally the U.S.  and
South Africa."

>From 1915 on, during the 1st world war, the "Chron" also printed lists of
casualties, "both wounded and dead."

The first paragraph of the article mentioned that the UC Berkeley Newspaper
& Periodical Library has an almost complete set  of the "Chron's" microfilm
and that  the library is part of and on the ground floor of  the Doe (Main)
Library; also [happy news!], you don't need a library card; film is
accessible to walk-ins.

From: Mark Heckman (requested email deletion)
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 17:09:26 -0800
Subject: Re:  Jewish Communal Register


I think the post that you are referring to had something to
do with Jewish newspapers in New York.  I'm not sure if I posted
my reply to Lester Levy's original message or if I just emailed him,
but what I wrote is probably what you saw in his post:

>According to a book called "The Jewish Communal Register" from 1918,
>there were no daily Jewish newspapers written in English at that time
>(I don't know about after that, however).  There were five Yiddish
>dailies, but that's it.  There were a few weekly journals written in
>English, however, including the "American Jewish Chronicle," "The
>American Hebrew," and "The Hebrew Standard," but I don't know if they
>carried obituaries, and I don't know where, if anyplace, they are

The "The Jewish Communal Register" was a book published in New York
City in 1918 (and once more in 1917 or 1919, I think -- there were
two editions) that contained a list all the Jewish community
organizations that the authors could locate, including synagogues,
landsmanshaften, newspapers, hospitals, etc.  It is something like
1500 pages long!

I just recently borrowed the book via interlibrary loan, and have it
for a few more days.  If you have a specific question about the
English-language Jewish papers, I'd be happy to consult the book
for you.

By the way, I really enjoy looking at your web page.


From: WHirsch869 
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 1998 20:33:55 EST
Subject: Re: Post WWII refugee ads

Dear James,

You asked:

<<  I have a question: I am looking for select post WWII
NYC English language papers. I have been researching
post WWII Jewish refugee lists as published in Phila in
English Jewish papers.  >>

I'm not exactly sure of what you are looking for, but during,
and especially after, WWII there were many ads by survivors,
usually looking for other survivors, published in the New York
periodical, the Aufbau.  Although it is written in German,
you should be able to read it more easily than Yiddish.
  I believe that the paper is still being published.


Werner S. Hirsch, Curator
Jewish Historical Soc. of Gr. New Haven (CT)
Reply to:   or  
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 20:17:28 -0700
Subject: Hamelitz

I have just got copies of donor lists from three different
issues of Hamelitz from the N.Y.  Public Library (NYPL).
All I had to do was call NYPL Express at (212) 592-7201 & give
them the year & issue number I needed.  (If they ask for it,
the call # is *ZAN-*P40).  They will make copies of all the
donor pages (usually 2 or 3 pages), plus enlargements of
each page. It takes four enlargements to cover one page.
They charge $15.00 for the first 10 pages, plus .25/pg for
additional ones.  Postage is an extra $3.00.  They will take
your credit card over the phone. I did not inquire about other
forms of payment. I got my copies in three weeks. Unfortunately,
they had done the wrong year. When I brought this to their
attention they credited my account & within one week had sent
the correct copies.  They were very nice & said that I was the
first one to request copies from Hamelitz.  By the way, I tried
interlibrary loan, but they will not send the films to other
Randy Stehle
Date:    Sun, 3 May 1998 20:03:23 -0700
From:    Lenn Zonder 
Subject: Jewish newspapers

The unofficial list of Jewish Newspapers around the world can be found
The list is maintained by A. Engler Anderson, editor of Jewish Ink and
the Jewish Communications Network. I believe it was last updated in
March 1998.

Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 13:46:10 EDT
Subject: Re: Herald post

In a message dated 98-06-21 12:20:54 EDT, you write:



Thank you for your thanks!  I used my local branch of the Anchorage Public
Library to make the request, the films themselves arrived from Boise
University in Idaho. (Our library always begins with West Coast holdings
first to do interlibrary loan).  See below for a great resource on New York
State Newspapers and the libraries which have holdings.

Coincidentally I picked the Sept 1918 issue to see if I could find a death
notice for my ggrandfather but I was also curious about the WW1 draft
registration addresses (which I happen to know also appeared in the NYTimes,
a full collection of which the APL holds).

I found the information to make my request from the NY State Newspaper
Project: ( New York State Newspaper
Project)    click on this if you can, if not, the URL is

another way to access the information is through
Category:  Research library;  then NYS Newspaper Project; then Newspapers on
Microfilm at the NYS Library;  then your county of choice (NY County)

Take down all the pertinent information including the OCLC number.   It will
show you exactly which issues are held by which university or public library
and the dates they hold.

Happy Hunting!

Tracy Lewis
Anchorage, AK
Date:    Mon, 22 Jun 1998 01:48:58 EDT
From:    james gross 
Subject: Aiming at Jewish newspaper research

In a recent post, Tracy Lewis (
shared some extracts from the 1918 New York Herald (NY).
I think Tracy deserves an official "mitzvah" credit for her
unselfish donation of time and effort to the greater
genealogy community. Thanks Tracy!
With regard to genealogy content from Jewish papers,
I want to share some of my research info to date:

   I have been working on Jewish New Year greetings and
HIAS  post WWII refugee ads as published in various Jewish
English language papers. In particular, I have been researching
the Phila Jewish Exponent, Phila Jewish Times,
American Hebrew (NY), Jewish Chronicles (UK), and a few others.
Upon the completion of my research in each paper, I will advise
everyone via a post in JewishGen. Due to the sheer volume of
material, it is not practical for me to convert it to a database.
Instead, I will be making copies of this material.

     As I mentioned,  I have been investigating English language
Jewish papers. I have been doing this via the web and calls to
various libraries including Yeshiva Univ library, NYC public Library
Judaica dept. I have been curious as to why there seems to be so
much more English language ad material in Phila than NYC.
Apparently Phila was more of a reform town (than NYC) and
English language Jewish papers were prominent in Phila long
before they became prominent in NYC.  I am not interested in
arguing any theological points, only in identifying sources of
genealogically rich material that I can read as I can't read Yiddish
or Hebrew. So, Tracy's post on the Brooklyn Herald caught my eye
as I wasn't aware of it.

  I had found the American Hebrew (NY) which seems to have merged
with the Brooklyn Examiner. I just found out (NYC public lib) that the
Brooklyn Examiner was separate from the American Hebrew until
they merged. Another paper I am looking into is the Jewish Ledger.
The NYC public Library has it from 1928-1950's & possibly current.

  There comes a point in one's genealogy research when one realizes
that he/she has a bunch of material which is of general interest to
others. It is at this point that a decision has to be made regarding
sharing. JGS libraries, Jewish research libraries, Jewishgen as well
as other facilities exist partly due to donations, i.e. sharing of
    Whether an item is shared at cost,  or given outright, the point
is that there may be a few of you "out there" who are sitting on
material that no one knows about.  I modestly suggest that you take a
look at your "tiny collection" of genealogy material and decide if
anything warrants copying and submitting to a genealogy library/institution.

   Whether you are "the authority" on a small shtetl, a particular
landsmanshaft or organization, or anything involving names, I
suggest you evaluate whether anyone else will "realistically" get
their hands on it without your making a copy of it and sharing it.
There is a lot of material in specialized Judaica collections that
no one is accessing due to geographical distance and/ or lack
of knowledge regarding its existence. So, whether you adore the
spotlight or prefer to remain anonymous, sharing your genealogy
material qualifies you for an official mitzvah credit. (smile).
If you are on a budget, don't forget those 5 cent copy machines and
the one dollar 3 ring binders!

James H. Gross
From: "Satin, Allan" 
To: "''" 
Subject: Zionist Record and South African Jewish Chronicle
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 10:58:05 -0500

Dear Mr. James Gross,
Your request for information was forwarded to me by Dorothy Smith at the
American Jewish Archives.

The American Jewish Periodical Center houses the microfilm collection of the
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Library which includes
microfilm of the Zionist Record and South African Jewish Chronicle. Our
holdings include 1955 to 1993.  If you would like to borrow any of this
microfilm, please submit a request through the interlibrary loan system of
the library with which you are used to working.  There are no charges unless
your library has charges.  You can borrow up to four reels of film at a time
for a one month loan period (renewals are available).  When you are done
with the four, you may return them for another four.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Subject: Re: Location of the * Jewish Chronicle and Jewish World *
Date: 27 Feb 2000 15:28:07 GMT
X-Message-Number: 3

Just to inform fellow genealogists with Anglo-Jewish links that
* The Jewish Victorian *, a recently published 600 page reference
book, covers all births,  marriages, deaths and condolence notices,
plus obituaries and individual news item for the years 1871-80
from three Jewish newspapers, including the Jewish Chronicle.  All
the information is crossreferenced. In addition, another volume is
in progress covering the 1860s.  There are many American references
in this book.  Please E-mail the publisher for
further information.

Doreen Berger
Author of "The Jewish Victorian: Genealogical Information from
the Jewish Newspapers 1871-80".
Convenor of the Anglo-Jewish Special Interest Group, JGSGB

Subject: Location of the Jewish Chronicles and Jewish World
From: Beverly Davis (
Date: Mon 28 Feb 2000

Maurice Hoffman recently enquired about the location of [London]
Jewish Chronicles and Jewish World with particular interest in
holdings outside the UK.

We have highly detailed computerized indexes which were compiled by 
one of our members comprising personal announcements
(births, marriages, deaths, bar mitzvahs, engagements, condolences, 
in memoriams) for the years 1900 and 1901.

Mrs Beverly Davis, OAM,Honorary Archivist
Australian Jewish Historical Society, Victoria Inc.
PO Box 255
Camberwell Victoria
Australia 3124

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