Index census records and passengers lists of
Jewish immigrants in colonies in South America
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.
- Census records between the early 1890's and late 1950's of many colonies, including Avigdor, Baron Hirsch, Bernasconi, Carmel, Clara, Cohen Oungre, Dora, La Gama, Lucienville (Basavilbaso), Mauricio, Moisesville, Narcisse Leven, Rosh Pina, San Vicente, Santa Isabel.
- Various passenger lists of groups of colonists organized by the JCA. Some lists include place of origin in Eastern Europe and relation to other colonists.
The key audience for this project is all descendants and relatives of Jewish colonists in Argentina, as well as from Uruguay and Brazil.
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.
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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