Showing posts with label Oklahoma. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oklahoma. Show all posts

22 August 2010

Geneabloggers: 18 new geneablogs this week now includes 1,243 geneablogs, with the addition of 18 new ones discovered this week by Thomas MacEntee.

Many focus on individual family history, although the list also includes New Zealand, genealogy education, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and African-American.

Here is the name, link and type for each. Click here for Thomas' take on each one.

American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association
Individual family history, surname

Durham-Orange Genealogical Society
Genealogical society, North Carolina

Familypast Blog
Individual family history

For Your Family Story
Genealogy education (newbie-focused)

Genealogic Abounds
Genealogy education, individual family history

Genealogy Clues By The Ancestry Detector
Genealogy education

Genealogy New Zealand

New Zealand genealogy

Johnston Genes
Individual family history

MyBlood blog
Genealogy vendor

NEK Ramblings
Individual family history

Nodwell Genealogy Project
Individual family history

Quilt Stories by Sherry Ann
African-American genealogy, crafts, individual family history, Texas genealogy

Relating Our Past
Genealogy education, Tennessee genealogy

The Family Griot
African-American genealogy, individual family history

The Misadventures of a Genealogist
Individual family history

The William A. Earp Family of Lincoln Co., Oklahoma
Individual family history, Oklahoma genealogy

New Zealand genealogy

Read Thomas' complete post here.

07 August 2008

Book: Encyclopedia of American Jewish History

The Dallas News carried a story about the Encyclopedia of American Jewish History, which includes articles by 125 prominent scholars in the US, Canada, Israel and Europe, and illustrates the experiences of America's Jews and their impact on American society and culture over the centuries.

The two-volume, 775 page publication was published last fall.

Why did compiler Dr. Eunice Pollack, a lecturer in history and Jewish studies at the University of North Texas decide on this project?

Instead of alphabetized facts, the work features 192 articles in 27 thematic sections, including Zionism (the movement for Jewish statehood), civil rights, social change movements, immigration, sports, entertainment, and even rock 'n' roll. The focus is not only on religion, but also ethnicity.
"A lot of [college students] take only a survey course in American history, and even those who major in history know nothing about Jews," she says. "But I don't think you can understand American history without understanding them.

"Jews have had a profound role in shaping America, even though they've never been much more than 3 percent of its population."
Nearly all writers they asked to contribute articles did so. Sir Martin Gilbert of the UK provided the maps.

Her husband Dr. Steven Norwood, a University of Oklahoma history professor was co-editor. Pollack and her husband live in Oklahoma and she commutes to UNT.

Brandeis University professor and chief historian for the National Museum of American Jewish History Jonathan Sarna said the publication is useful, "especially in those articles where a specialist in a particular field sums up an aspect of American Jewish life in a small space, and in articles on subjects hard to find elsewhere."

Read the entire article at the link above.

20 July 2008

Oklahoma: Indian Territory's first Jewish settler

I came across a new (to me) blog called Muskogee History and Genealogy with a posting about the first Jewish settler in Oklahoma's Indian Territory, fur trader Joseph Sondheimer.

Joseph Sondheimer, Fur Trader

According to this blog post, Joseph Sondheimer was the first Jewish settler in Indian Territory. Born on September 22, 1840 in Valkerschlier, Bavaria (Germany), he arrived in the area after the Civil War to trade in animal hides.

A clerk in stores in Baltimore and Pennsylvania, he became a US Army commissary agent during the Civil War, and later began trading in hides from St. Louis.

The best source of animal hides was Indian Territory (because of war destruction). In 1867, he rode through the area, heard about the Cobb brothers store on the Arkansas River, authorized them to purchase hides for him and established agreements with other merchants between Missouri and Texas.

Sondheimer purchased hides from settlers throughout the Cherokee, Creek and northern Choctaw Nations; his home and warehouse were near the Creek Agency, close to the Arkansas River where he shipped the hides downstream and later moved both home and business to the new town of Muskogee.

Hides were among the first commodities shipped by rail from the town.
Two years later, he shipped seven railroad cars filled with cured hides; he was the area's largest hide dealer. Other commodities in which he traded were sending pecans east; hides directly to Leipzig, Germany; wool and other goods. In 1904, after 35 years in business, he was reported to have said:
During fifteen days in the winter of 1881, Sondheimer shipped the following from his large warehouse in Muskogee: 4,500 raccoon, 3,000 skunk, 2,000 opossum and 3,000 pounds of deer hides. Additional pelts shipped on this order included gray fox, beaver, wildcat, wolf, pole cat and otter. The shipment went to dealers in major cities such as Chicago and St. Louis.

"business will be very poor this year - in fact it has been getting worse and worse now for several seasons. It takes a very wild country or a fairly well settled country to make a good fur business. In the very wild country the fur trader depends upon the skins of big game, while after a country has been fairly well settled the fur trader gets more mink, fox and pelts of small animals."
There is more information; click the link above.