Saturday, November 10, 2012

“Orlando Public Library Receives Jewish Research Collection”

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando Donates Dr. Jacob Schleichkorn Collection

ORLANDO, FL, November 8, 2012 — Join the JGSGO as it celebrates establishing a permanent home for the Dr. Jacob Schleichkorn Jewish Research Collection. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) will host an event to introduce the collection to the public and offer free assistance to those researching their Jewish roots.

The JGSGO recently relocated their extensive Jewish Genealogical Research Library to the Orange County Library System - Main Branch in Orlando. After contacting the libraries at the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, Rollins College and the Orange County Library System - Main Branch in Orlando, it was decided that the local Orange County library would be the preferable location. The OCLS/Orlando already has an extensive genealogy department on the fourth floor. When contacted, they were very receptive of the possibility of significantly expanding their holdings in the Jewish genealogy research area. What a “schidach”!

Many of the donated books are classics in terms of Jewish genealogy research.  All of the donated books contain a bookplate designating that the books were “donated by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando in honor of and in memory of Dr. Jacob “Jay“ Schleichkorn”, a long time member of the JGSGO. The collection had been in storage for several months at the Hebrew Academy of Orlando, which also received two boxes of books appropriate for their library collection. Several volumes were similarly donated to the Holocaust Research and Education Center in Maitland.

The physical move was completed by JGSGO members Laurence Morrell and Tom Hirsch on October 16, 2012 and included nineteen boxes of nearly three hundred books, documents and publications. Some of the books donated include: Finding your Roots; From Generation to Generation; How to Trace Your Jewish Roots; Jewish Family Names and Origins; A Dictionary of Jewish Names and Their History; They Became Americans, They Came in Ships; Locating Your Immigrant Ancestors; The Jewish Experience in Western Pennsylvania; Morton-Allen Directory-Steamship Passengers; Jews Among the Indians; Cemetery Walk; Yiddish-Hebrew-English Dictionary; A Guide to the Holdings in the American Jewish Archives; Ships of Our Ancestors, Portal to America-the Lower East Side 1870-1925 plus many more.

Join us in this celebration, be introduced to the collection, and receive personal assistance with your research.

DATE: Sunday, November 18, 2012
TIME: 1:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Orlando Public Library, 4th Floor, Genealogy Department, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801.
ADMISSION: Open to the public. Free.

About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is a not for profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our blog at .