Is there a JewishGen equivalent for Italian Americans #usa #general


finejeffy@...
 

I’m doing some research for an Italian American relative. I’m wondering what Facebook groups or websites might be helpful to pursue research about relatives in Paterson, NJ?

Thanks,
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Jeff Fine
Montclair, NJ, USA
finejeffy@...
Family names/towns
Sekuran, Bessarabia (Shecter, Eisenberg)
Igumen, Minsk, Belarus (Ekelchik, Sussman)
Minsk(?) (Fine, Z(w)erlin)
Ulanow, Poland (Hassenfeld, Laufer, Reich, Ölbaum)


Raina Accardi
 

Here are a few specific to Italian research. Any site with records in the USA will turn up info about Paterson, NJ residents.

Italy Genealogy Resources & Vital Records

ItalianGen.org

Antenati


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Raina Accardi 
Saugerties, NY
RAgenealogy@...
Poland: GEVIRTZMAN in Kobylin; JESINOWITZ/YESNOWITZ in Mszczonów; FELSENSTEIN in Parysów.
Belarus: GUTTWOCH/GOODMAN and ZISSERMAN in Volchin; BUSHMITZ in Vysokaye.
Ukraine: TRAUB and JANOVSKY in Kolki, Sofievka, Radomysl, and Zhytomyr; WEISMAN or ROSENBERG.


Sarah L Meyer
 

There is an Italiangen.org  I know that it specializes in New York City records but it may have other records and you may be able to ask questions there.

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Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
ANK(I)ER, BIGOS, KARMELEK, PERLSTADT, STOKFISZ, SZPIL(T)BAUM, Poland
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania
https://www.sarahsgenies.com


erikagottfried53@...
 

Three suggestions for your research—both to garner specific information about individual family members and context for their lives in Paterson: 

1) Most of the immigrants who lived in or close by to Paterson were industrial workers, so finding out in which industries family members worked, their employer names, and location of their workplaces would garner you some important information (WWI draft cards would be a good source for this information).  The central industry in Paterson was silk (hence Paterson’s moniker “Silk City”) at least into the1920s, so if the family was living in Paterson up to then it’s a good bet that some of its members worked in the silk mills.  If the family lived in Paterson before 1913 they may have been involved in the famous silk strike of 1913 about which there's a great deal of information 
2) Directly across the city line from Paterson is the town of Haledon.  Many who worked in the mills and other industries in Paterson lived in Haledon (and a lot of the rallies during the 1913 silk strike took place there,too), particularly Italian immigrants—many of them skilled..  There’s a truly excellent book on Haledon and its immigrants that has a lot of information about Italian immigrants to the area (not all came from Southern Italy) that’s part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series:  Around Haledon: Immigration and Labor.   A blurb for the book describes it this way:
 
By 1908, when Haledon became independent from Manchester Township, thousands of southern and eastern European immigrants settled in the borough and its surrounding area. Immigrants found work in textile mills, machine shops, and other industries located in proximity to the city of Paterson and the Passaic River and its mighty Great Falls. Land promoters spurred home building in Haledon, a streetcar suburb. In 1913, nearly 25,000 workers went on strike, demanding an eight-hour workday. During the six-month strike, Haledon became the workers' haven for free speech and assembly as they demanded safer workplaces, a living wage, and an end to child labor. Archival photographs, documents, and postcards from 1890 to 1930 share the story of workers and immigrants who fought for the workplace benefits widely enjoyed by Americans today.
3) One of the book’s authors, Angelica Santomauro, is the current director of the American Labor Museum, so you might want to contact her to ask about local and national sources and Italian-American genealogical organizations. (https://labormuseum.net/?p=staff-listing&team_id=67) 
 
Happy hunting,

Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey


Kenneth Ryesky
 

The Italiangen.org people have long cooperated with the New York City area Jewish genealogy groups.  I myself helped them to transcribe some New York City vital record indices back in the day.

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Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

Researching:
RAISKY/REISKY, ARONOV, SHKOLNIK(OV), AEROV; Gomel, Belarus
GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
BRODSKY, VASILESKY; Odessa, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)