Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is responsible for the JBAT website and project?

A. JBAT – Guide to the Archives of Jewish Bukovina And Transylvania – is an initiative of the Leo Baeck Institute New York/Berlin, with the support of the Yerusha Project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe.

Q. I found a catalogue entry which looks interesting but I can’t find the document itself. Where is it?

A. The JBAT project aims to provide an online catalogue of archival sources available for study in Romania. With very few exceptions (documents from Medias, some civil records from Sibiu), the project is NOT a digitization project and therefore the documents listed in the catalogue are not available to be viewed online. In order to view them one will need to consult the archival repository listed in the entry under “Rights Holder.”

Q. My family is from Transylvania/Bukovina/Romania, but their names don’t come up when I search for them in the search browser – how do I find records about them?

A. The JBAT catalogue does not contain a name index – there are thousands and thousands of names in the documents which we have surveyed and it would take years to index all of them. If you know the town that your family is from, you can search for documents specifically within that town (go to TOWN -> Browse All) and see whether there are civil records from the period when your family members were born/married/died. In order to view the document itself, you will need to either visit the archive listed in the entry under “Rights Holder” or contact the archive to see whether they can send you extracts from the register.

Q. How long will the JBAT project last?

A. Currently, the JBAT archival survey is scheduled to conclude at the end of 2016.

Q. I am interested in a town in Transylvania that isn’t listed on the JBAT website – will you be adding other towns/localities in the future?

A. Yes! The JBAT project is an ongoing endeavor and we will be adding localities and catalogue entries in 2015 and 2016. Counties that still remain to be surveyed are the counties of Mureș, Cluj, Alba, and Timiș. These counties include the cities of Târgu Mureș, Reghin, Târnăveni, Sângeorgiu de Pădure, Sighișoara, Cluj, Turda, Dej, Gherla, Alba Iulia, Timișoara, and Lugoj. In addition archival repositories in Bucharest which contain material about Transylvania and Bukovina will be surveyed. However, at this time, there are NO plans to survey repositories in northern, northwest and eastern Transylvania. Thus, at this time, the counties of Arad, Harghita, Hunedoara, Covasna, Bistrița-Năsăud, Maramureș, Sălaj, Satu Mure, and Bihor will NOT be included in the JBAT survey.

Q. I am interested in the region of northern Bukovina, today in Ukraine, but there isn’t much information about those towns. Why?

A. The JBAT survey covers only southern Bukovina, the part of Bukovina in Romania today. The catalogue contains several entries of collections or material about northern Bukovina (in Ukraine) because this material is held by archival repositories in Romania (Suceava or Bucharest). There are currently no plans to survey the material held by archival repositories in Chernivtsi (Czernowitz, Cernăuți).

Q. I am a researcher and know of relevant collections and material in Romania which is not included in this catalogue. How can I share this information?

A. Wonderful! Please contact the JBAT project director at jdawson@lbi.cjh.org with the information and we will work to incorporate the data into the database.

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