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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 nearly 600,000 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.

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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.

News and Articles
A Major Expansion of the JDC Archives Names Index: Transmigrant Case File Index

A Major Expansion of the JDC Archives Names Index: Transmigrant Case File Index

A Snapshot of Coming to America

A Snapshot of Coming to America

Found in the Names Index

Found in the Names Index

AJDC Paris Emigration Service Index Cards Added to Names Index

AJDC Paris Emigration Service Index Cards Added to Names Index

MyHeritage Adds JDC Emigration Service Card Records to Its Online Offerings

MyHeritage Adds JDC Emigration Service Card Records to Its Online Offerings

Index of AJDC Prague Office Emigration Case Files Now Available

Index of AJDC Prague Office Emigration Case Files Now Available

Picture It

Picture It

Exploring the Lists in the Names Index

Exploring the Lists in the Names Index

“They Gave Us Money to Live”

“They Gave Us Money to Live”

JDC Archives Enters New Partnership with International Tracing Service

JDC Archives Enters New Partnership with International Tracing Service

It Only Takes One Document

It Only Takes One Document

“A New Lens” on JDC’s Historic Films

“A New Lens” on JDC’s Historic Films

JDC Archives Director to Present at International Genealogy Conference

JDC Archives Director to Present at International Genealogy Conference

JDC Jerusalem Collection from Post-World War II Digitized

JDC Jerusalem Collection from Post-World War II Digitized

Recent Additions to the JDC Names Index

Recent Additions to the JDC Names Index

Learning More about the Children of Cyprus

Learning More about the Children of Cyprus

Do You Have a JDC Story?

Do You Have a JDC Story?

JDC Archives Establishes Collaborative Partnership with JRI-Poland

JDC Archives Establishes Collaborative Partnership with JRI-Poland

Do You Know What a Fuzzy Search Is in Our Database?

Do You Know What a Fuzzy Search Is in Our Database?

A JDC Connection Comes Full Circle

A JDC Connection Comes Full Circle

An Enduring Personal JDC Connection in Poland

An Enduring Personal JDC Connection in Poland

Rescue through Emigration in the Nazi Era

Rescue through Emigration in the Nazi Era

Genealogical Resources in the Records of JDC’s Warsaw Office, 1939-1941

Genealogical Resources in the Records of JDC’s Warsaw Office, 1939-1941

The SS Serpa Pinto Lists: A Resource for Genealogy Research

The SS Serpa Pinto Lists: A Resource for Genealogy Research

The JDC Archives Names Indexing Project: A Personal Retrospective

The JDC Archives Names Indexing Project: A Personal Retrospective

JDC Partners with Israel Genealogy Research Association

JDC Partners with Israel Genealogy Research Association

Interview with Linda Cantor, JDC Archives Volunteer and Jewish Genealogist

Interview with Linda Cantor, JDC Archives Volunteer and Jewish Genealogist

Reuven Avital’s Story

Reuven Avital’s Story