JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay September Meeting #general

Sally Israel

Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay Meeting
Hamburg, The Main Embarkation Port For European Jews And Accessing Its Website On
The Internet
Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet at Gulf Coast Jewish Family
Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida on Sunday September 13, 2009
presenting Deborah Shapiro Radstrom and Rita Kirstein Shapiro speaking on Hamburg
as one of the main embarkation ports for European Jews and accessing its website on
the Internet. A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and
the featured program starts at 2:00 PM

Deborah Shapiro Radstrom and Rita Kirstein Shapiro will present the history of the
Port of Hamburg. An emigrant city adjoining the Port housed and fed the masses that
converged on Hamburg was developed by one Jewish man, Albert Ballin. This emigrant
city helped the thousands of emigrants to depart in an orderly and safe manner to
various parts of the world, although most opted for the U.S.A. Our presenters will
demonstrate how to use the Port of Hamburg website and its database to research
outbound ship’s manifests to locate passengers listed on those manifests. You will
learn how to use the tools and techniques at the website to research the Port of
Hamburg’s ships manifests.

More than five million people left their homes in Europe between 1850 and 1939 via
the Port of Hamburg to start a new life in American. >from 1891 on, Hamburg became
one of the most important ports for emigrants >from all across Europe.

The mission of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay is to assist interested
individuals in learning about Jewish genealogy and learning how to research,
document and preserve their own family histories. The Society does this by
facilitating the exchange of research information, encouraging and facilitating
research activities, educating members to help themselves and others, making
available research resources and materials, and presenting monthly programs of
interest to Jewish genealogical researchers. The Society’s library and research
resources include both printed materials and Internet access as well as guided
assistance >from experienced researchers. Special emphasis is given to helping

Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogical research is invited to
attend. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. For information
on the organization or directions to the meeting call Sally Israel at 727-343-1652.

Sally U. Israel
Phone: 727-343-1652

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