Tuesday, May 28, 2013

American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Places WWI Remittance Lists Online

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen



The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) placed their World War I remittance lists online.  Remittance lists are collections of names of people in Eastern Europe and Palestine who received funds (or remittances) from relatives in the West. These are pdf versions of the original typed lists of who sent funds (the remitter – primarily—not exclusively from the US,) and who received funds. The Transmission Department of the JDC was established in 1915 to deliver personal remittances to those areas in Europe and Palestine where normal transmission agencies were incapable of functioning due to war conditions. The information on the remitter includes name, address and the amount remitted. The payee lists the name, the location of the payee and how many children were in the household. Most-not all of the people sending funds were from the New York  area and those receiving the funds were predominately from Poland, Romania, Russia or Palestine.  Access to the database is free.  To access the list go to:
http://archives.jdc.org/researchers/searchable-lists.html .  If you scroll down on the title page you will find other digitized records of interest in the 1914-1921 period and more.


Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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