Source Information

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Ancestry.com. New York, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Remittances for Romanian Jews, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data: Early Remittance Lists. Romania Remittances 1, 1916–1918. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Manhattan, New York, USA.

About New York, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Remittances for Romanian Jews, 1917-1918

Sending money to the folks back home can be tough when there’s a war on.

Founded in 1914 to bring aid to Jews in Palestine and Europe during WWI, the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has continued its humanitarian efforts for almost a century. This database contains records of money sent through the JDC’s Transmission Bureau to individuals and businesses in Romania during World War I. Recipients were often family members, and the remittances were typically small, ranging between $5 and $100.

Records typically include the following details:

  • name of remitter (sometimes multiple remitters, including family members)
  • address of remitter
  • date of transaction
  • amount deposited
  • name of payee (sometimes multiple payees, including family members)
  • residence of payee