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SA Jewish Rootsbank

SA Jewish Rootsbank

Centre for Migration and Genealogy

Founded in 2002 the Centre is building a comprehensive database of South African Jewish immigration and emigration. It will

  1. map the entire history of Jewish migration to South Africa with the aim of providing authoritative and definitive data for the Discovery Centre at the South African Jewish Museum.
  2. integrate the genealogical data in multi-disciplinary research initiatives under the auspices of the Kaplan Centre.

The primary aim of the project is to research the estimated 15,000 core families who migrated to Southern Africa between 1850-1950 from England, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus. In broad terms the research will focus on the locations where the families originated, patterns of migration to South Africa, where families first settled, communities they established, growth of families, and subsequent movements and emigration. As such we are looking at aspects such as passenger arrival lists, naturalisation lists, community records, records of marriages, births and deaths, family trees, etc. The Centre is under the umbrella of the Kaplan Centre and will also have a public access section located at the South African Jewish Museum. It plans to map the entire South African Jewish community with the aim of providing authoritative and definitive data for the Discovery Centre at the South African Jewish Museum.