JDC ("The Joint") Emigration Service Index Cards added to JRI-Poland database #belarus

Stanley Diamond

Jewish Records Indexing Poland and the American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee (JDC) are pleased to announce a
collaborative agreement to enable searches of the JRI-Poland
database to display links to selected holdings in the JDC
Archives Names Database.

The JDC Archives is the institutional repository of the American
Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a humanitarian relief
agency established in 1914.

The Archives website (http://archives.jdc.org) includes
exhibitions, photo galleries, finding aids, and topic guides as
well as a searchable database of its digitized collections of
almost 3 million pages of documents, 71,000 photographs, and a
Names Index of half a million names of individuals and families
assisted by JDC.

The aim of the JRI-Poland/JDC agreement is to bring the
remarkable historical records of the JDC Archives to the widest
audience as well as to utilize the multi-faceted JRI-Poland
search engine options to dramatically increase the potential for
finding cards of interest to researchers.

The initial collection - now searchable on the JRI-Poland
database includes 8200 name entries in the "JDC
Emigration Service Index Cards: Warsaw Office, 1945-1949."

While only a relatively small percentage of entries list place
of birth, they include towns currently in Poland, Belarus, Latvia,
Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Germany, Moldova, Czech Republic,
Slovakia, France, Italy and Austria.

About half the cards include "destination" (listing more than
fifty countries).

Researchers are encouraged to search the JRI-Poland database for
possible family members. Use the default "All Regions" in the
"Geographical Region" in the search field.

The board of JRI-Poland expresses its profound appreciation to
the JDC for enabling us to share this important information with
the research community.

Stanley Diamond
Executive Director
For the Board of JRI-Poland

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