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Genealogy and Family History

People line up in a JDC transmission office to send funds to family and friends abroad. JDC created a special Transmission Bureau in 1915 as a vehicle through which families in America could transfer funds to their relatives trapped in the war-torn countries.

New York, c.1917.

The text collections of the JDC Archives include lists, remittances, transmigrant files, and registration cards that provide a wealth of valuable information for genealogists and family historians. Many of these documents have been indexed in a Names Database of over 500,000 persons who have been assisted by JDC, not only financially but also as recipients of material relief, rescue, and emigration assistance. The lists cover all periods and regions of JDC’s work: World War I-era remittances and postwar assistance; Holocaust and post-Holocaust rescue, relief, and emigration; aliyah to Israel; and aid to refugees and transmigrants in the 1950s-1970s.

In Depth

Lists in the Names Database

Exhibit

Everything Possible: JDC and the Children of the DP Camps

Following World War II, JDC provided critical services to European Jews in the displaced persons (DP) camps established by the Allied Armed Forces. JDC placed special attention on the unique needs of the growing population of children in the camps.