Middle East Mediterranean Basin

IGRA’s Aim

This focus is to add to the All Israel Database (AID) Collection materials of genealogical interest for North African Jewish communities, and the Jewish communities in countries of the Middle East such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and others. The additional material will be mainly based on materials in archives in Israel such as the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP), the Central Zionist Archives (CZA), the Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities of Jerusalem (part of the Jerusalem Municipal Archives), the National Library of Israel, the Historical Archive of Rehovot, Yad Ben-Zvi, the Montefiore Endowment in London, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and and databases donated by  Jeff Malka from SephardicGen, Dov Cohen, Nagi Georges Zeidan, and Sarina Roffe.

Databases relevant to genealogy in the Sephardic and Mizrachi communities in Eretz Israel, the Middle East and around the Mediterranean Basin already in the IGRA AID collection

  • Montefiore Censuses Index 1839. 1840, 1849, 1855. 1866, 1875
  • Syria, Allepo: Britot 1868-1945, Marriages 1874-1934 , Deaths 1910-1946
  • Morocco: Alliance Students in Morocco (A portion done by Mathilde Tagger before her death).
  • Greece, Salonica: Tombstones of the Jewish Cemetery, Marriages 1900-1918
  • Turkey, Izmir: Brides and Grooms (1820-1933), Register of deaths Gürçesme cemetery (1927-1928)
  • Iraq: Nufus of Baghdad 1892 of the males paid a tax because they didn’t serve in the army – from the National Library of Israel
  • Nufus Jerusalem 1910 of the Council of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities of Jerusalem
  • Yemenites in Rehovot 1914
  • Goods – Customs agreement between Palestine (Eretz Israel) and Syria 1929
  • Immigrants to Palestine via North Africa 1945 (together with the JDC)
  • On Eagles’ Wings 1949-1950 (together with the JDC)
  • Information on people who immigrated from the countries around Palestine (Eretz Israel) through 1948

Projects for the Future

  • Alliance Students in Morocco (a work in progress).
  • Alliance Students in Tunisia
  • Calcutta Cemetery

Volunteering for Transcription

To make these documents available, IGRA needs your help! Most of the projects will be transcribed with the use of the website of Crowd Sourced Indexing. An explanation can be found here. If you are interested in transcribing please contact us.