The Jeff Malka Sephardic Collection
The 1919 Directory of the Kingdom of Bulgaria / Index of Bulgarian Jews
The 1919 Directory of Bulgaria was found listed (among others) on the following website: http://www.genealogyindexer.org/directories
In today language usage it would be called "yellow pages". As such, it is alphabetically organized by locality names and for each one arranged according to the professions and occupations. this directory was published in German in Leipzig, Germany and not in Bulgaria. That is why one finds slightly different spellings of a known name. for example: maschijach for mashiah; aladschem for aladjem, etc. the Bulgarian ending 'ov' is here spelled ''off' or 'ow'.
In 1920 the Jewish population of Bulgaria counted 16,000 souls of which only 1,331 were Jews, living in 22 localities, are listed in this 1919 directory. But one has to take into account that professions such as teachers, employees of all kinds, peddlers, workers etc. are not listed in this business almanac.
The following table shows a rough division of the professions and occupations as found here.
-Academic professions include attorneys, architects, dentists, pharmacists, physicians etc.
We acknowledge the tremendous contributions and lifelong dedication of Mathilde Tagger, z"l who made this index available. For many years, and right until her untimely death, Mathilde Tagger was a very close friend and collaborator with Jeff Malka. Together they worked to promote Sephardic genealogy research and educate the public about its enormous potential.
In addition, we express our grateful appreciation to Dr. Jeff Malka for his monumental ongoing effort to collect and make accessible Sephardic genealogical information, and for his generosity in contributing his extraordinarily valuable collection to JewishGen.
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