Bucharest Records Project

Project Leaders

Rosanne Leeson ROM-SIG Co-Coordinator

Bob Wascou ROM-SIG Research Coordinator

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor: Avraham Groll

Project Synopsis

The objective of the Bucharest Records Project is to acquire legible images of birth, marriage, and death records of Jewish families from Bucharest in Romania. The records are in Romanian. Volunteers from JewishGen's ROM-SIG will transcribe the records, which will be then be incorporated into the “JewishGen Romania Database” at

The records are in books that are kept in the Bucharest Municipal Archives branch of the National Archives of Romania (Arhivele Naţionale ale României)

Direcţia Municipiului Bucureşti
Şef serviciu: Dr. Alina PAVELESCU
Adresa: Bucureşti, Calea Văcăreşti, nr. 470, sect. 4.
Telefon: 021/ 332 07 61, 021/332 07 71

The records will be photographed at the archives as we are able to raise the funds. It is our intention to get birth marriage and death records for at least 1865 through 1895. These records are mixed records - both Jewish and non-Jewish. It is estimated that only 10% of the birth, marriage and death records are for Jewish people. We will be getting only the Jewish records.

These records were not accessible until a few years ago, and have not been microfilmed by the LDS Family History Library.

Because of privacy laws we can only access records over 100 years old. We will access Jewish civil records created from about 1865 until 1913 if they are available.

Key Audiences

This project will allow Romania family history researchers to create or fill gaps in their family trees and learn something about their families' Jewish heritage. The material has the potential to be of broader interest to scholars and educators specializing in Jewish history and the Holocaust and specifically in the history of Bucharest, the capital of Romania.

Why Bucharest is important to people without known Bucharest roots:

Bucharest has a very interesting and compelling history that makes the city important not only to those who can trace their ancestral roots to Bucharest, but to other Romanian towns. The city is the capital of Romania, and had the largest Jewish community in the country.

Project Description & Estimated Cost

We plan on using a photographer who was recommended by the person that we are using to obtain the records in the Iasi archives. The charges will be at the rate of 30 cents per photogtaph. The images will be sent to us using Picasa in digital format.

The work will performed in phases, as the funds are raised through donations to the “JewishGen ROM-SIG Bucharest Records Project” account. We estimate that the total cost for this project to be $6500. Seed money for this project has been given to ROM-SIG by a large donation made to our General Fund.



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