This accession consists of one scanned document (the birth certificate of Jacob Offstein) and four digital images of family photographs taken during the 1940s.
The photographs and certificate were scanned by the donor and were sent to us on a DVD.
Jacob Offstein (b. 1871) was born in Minsk, Russia. He married Gussie meyer in 1898. He came to Canada around 1904 and settled in St. Catharines, Ontario. He sent for his wife and three kids in 1908. They had several more children after that time. Their offspring included: David (b. 1899), Edward (b. 1900), Harry (Bunny) (b. 1902), Bertha (b. 1908), Hattie (b. 1910), Norman (b. 1914), Michael and Samuel (b. 1917). Unfortunately, their youngest died in 1918, due to what was described in the death certificate as a result of "scalding". The family resided at 11 Queenston Street during the early years where Jacob worked as a junk dealer. The family later moved to 24 Queenston Street where Jacob toiled as a grocer and junk dealer. On 31 August, 1921, Jacob was hit by a street car and perished at the age of 47.
Many of the children remained in Ontario. David married Ida. Harry married Eve. Edward married Edna and they had two daughters: Honey and Dena. Norman and his wife Belle relocated to California after the Second World War. They had two children: Gerald (b. 1941) and Gary (b. 1945). Gerald married Elaine Katz and Gary married Louis Nathanson. Gerald had one son, Norman (b. 1969), whom he named after his father, who passed away in July of 1965 in Los Angeles.