Advanced Searches of the JDC (Joint Distribution Committee) Names Database
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. With records of activity in over 90 countries dating back to 1914, the JDC Archives is an extraordinary global record of 20th century Jewish life, and gives insight into the organization’s historic overseas rescue, relief and rehabilitation work.
The JDC Names Database is drawn from client lists from operations as far and wide as Barcelona, Shanghai, France, Vilna, Australia, and South America, among others. Comprised of more than 600,000 names of individuals who have received assistance from “the Joint” from 1915-1973, the database contains primary source documents as well as an index. The database is comprised of both World War I and World War II era documents such as remittance files, parcel lists, lists of clients emigrating, lists of children seeking aid and refugee case cards. Of key genealogical interest are files containing information such as former addresses, birth years, occupations, dates, locations, and nationalities.
The forthcoming JDC Archives website will contain a comprehensive overview of the historic lists that have been entered into the database.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to navigate the database; perform simple and advanced searches; use Boolean logic and wildcard search terms; and view sample indexed lists. We will explore the two optimal search settings, literal and fuzzy, and search by three criteria: name, location, and ship name.
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