Proposal
Index census records and passengers lists of
Jewish immigrants in colonies in South America

Project Leader
Yoni Kupchik

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor:
Avraham Groll

Project Synopsis

The Jewish Colonization Association (JCA) was founded by Baron Maurice de Hirsch to facilitate the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe to lands in North and South America. The majority of the Jews settled in agricultural colonies in Argentina. The JCA records, held in the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem, include detailed census records from all colonies in Argentina, as well as many passenger lists of colonists. The collection includes:
Funds raised will serve to pay for making copies of all documents. Pictures of the documents will be taken (with digital cameras) by volunteers and the information will be transcribed onto spreadsheets, to be entered into a searchable database. The data will be added to a new “JewishGen Latin America Database, and possibly other JewishGen “All Country” Databases, if relevant.

Key Audiences

The key audience for this project is all descendants and relatives of Jewish colonists in Argentina, as well as from Uruguay and Brazil.

Project Importance

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People has made a great job organizing the JCA collection. However, the genealogical information in those records is inaccessible for anyone who cannot attend the archives. This project will make this valuable information accessible online. In addition, the extraordinary amount of data is of great importance for all researchers of families in Eastern Europe, as most of the Jewish immigrants to Argentina left big families behind.

Project Description

The copies will be obtained by volunteers and the information will be arranged in datasets by volunteers. The datasets will be added to a new “JewishGen Latin America Database”, and possibly other JewishGen “All Country” Databases, where relevant

Estimated Cost. $1000 - $2000


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