Ancestry.com just released 26 million records from JewishGen and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), an international humanitarian organization. The records in today’s release will be available free on Ancestry.com.
JDC records, online for the first time, include
- Jewish Transmigration Bureau Deposit Cards (1939-1954) showing money American Jewish citizens paid to support the emigration of friends and relatives from European countries during and after WWII.
- Munich, Vienna and Barcelona Jewish Displaced Persons and Refugee Cards (1943-1959), records of Jews who received food, medical care, clothing and emigration assistance from the JDC.
In addition, the 300-plus databases previously on JewishGen will now be on Ancestry.com, including
- Worldwide Burial Registry of more than 1 million names from nearly 2,000 Jewish cemeteries around the world.
- Yizkor Book Necrologies, a list of the names of those murdered in the Holocaust (users are directed to the Yizkor Books, which memorialize town devastated in the Holocaust).
- Given Names Database, where you can learn European, Hebrew and Yiddish translations of an ancestor’s given name.
- Holocaust Database of 2 million names, including those of 1,980 inmates in Oscar Schindler‘s factories.
Under the agreement, Ancestry.com eventually will receive access to 10 million-plus records, some of which date back to the 1700s, as well as JewishGen’s user base of 250,000. Ancestry.com also will provide technical support to JewishGen’s Web site.