World Archives Project: USHMM - Romania, Family Questionnaires for Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Victims, 1945

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This content is provided as part of the World Memory Project in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


The World Memory Project will create extensive indexes for each collection. The completed indexes will be made available for free on all ancestry.com websites. Once the indexes are completed individuals may contact the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum directly to request a free printed copy of a specific document at resource-center@ushmm.org .


About this project This collection consists of multi-page family questionnaires taken by the World Jewish Congress in 1945 for many areas of Romania. The questionnaires record information such as family members' names, birth dates, birthplaces, occupations, and residence locations. Other information recorded includes details about persecution, victims, expropriated property and deportations. Victim groups included in this collection: Jews.


Contents

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The first page of each questionnaire packet contains most of the information about the head of household or other primary person. These are then followed by the remaining pages of the questionnaire packet. There are three types of questionnaires:

  • Family File (Dosar Tip A)
  • Family Member File (Dosar Tip B)
  • Family Questionnaire (Chestionar)

We will be keying from these pages as well from a few other pages within the packet that provide details on the family members. All other pages from the questionnaire should be classified as "Cover page, Section header, etc."

Many names and locations will contain diacritics. Key those as seen using the "Insert international characters" button located directly above the keying grid and directly below the image. For Romanian language helps, click here.

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Family File (Dosar Tip A)
Family Member File (Dosar Tip B)
Family Questionnaire (Chestionar)
Other Family File Pages

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Family File (Dosar Tip A)


This form contains the following heading: "Dosarul Capului de Familie." It's also called "Dosar Tip A."

Packet Number

The packet number is a handwritten number above and to the left of the primary information. Key the packet number as seen.
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City

Key the city from the field labeled "Localitatea." Use the drop-down list for assistance. If a location is not found in the dictionary then key the location as seen.
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County

Key the county from the field labeled "Judetul." Use the drop-down list for assistance. If a county is not found in the dictionary then key the county as seen.
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Surname

Key the surname of the person. The surname can be found in the field labeled "Numele de familie", or in the column labeled "Numele si Pronumele." In this column the surname will usually be written first followed by the given name. Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a surname does not appear in the list, key the name as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the person. The given name can be found in the field labeled "Pronumele", or in the column labeled "Numele si Pronumele." In this column the surname will usually be written first followed by the given name. Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a name does not appear in the list, key the name as seen.
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Birth Year

Key the birth year found in the field or column labeled "Anul nasterii." Key the year as seen, whether two or four digits.
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Birth Month

Key the birth month found in the field labeled "luna" that appears on the same line as "Anul nasterii." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. Key the name of the month in full, even if abbreviated, written numerically, or in Roman numerals on the document. Key the name of the month in the language of the document. For a list of months in Romanian, see below.

Romanian months:

  • January - ianuarie
  • February - februarie
  • March - martie
  • April - aprilie
  • May - mai
  • June - iunie
  • July - iulie
  • August - august
  • September - septembrie
  • October - octombrie
  • November - noiembrie
  • December - decembrie

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Birth Day

Key the birth day found in the field labeled "ziua" that appears on the same line as "Anul nasterii."
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Birth Place

Key the birth location found in the field labeled "Locul nasterii" using the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a location is not found in the list, key the location as seen.
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Gender

Key the gender found in the field or column labeled "Sexul." Key as seen.
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Marital Status

Key the marital status found in the field labeled "Starea civila." Key as seen.
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Relationship

Key the person's relationship to the head of household. Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a relationship is not found in the list, key the relationship as seen.

The primary person whose information appears below "Dosar Tip A" and above "Persoanele in viata care..." is the head of household. Key the word "Head" for this person even though it is not written on the image. For all other individuals listed under the "Persoanele in viata care..." section, key the relationship as listed in the column labeled "Gradul de rudenie."
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Occupation

Key the occupation from the field labeled "Profesiunea principala actuala" or column labeled "Profesiunea," using the provided drop-down list for assistance. If an occupation is not on the list, key as seen.
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Total Number in Family

Key the total number of family members from the field labeled "Totalul persoanelor care alcatuesc familia."
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Family Member File (Dosar Tip B)


This form contains the following heading: "Dosarul Membrului de Familie." It's also called "Dosar Tip B."

Packet Number

The packet number is a handwritten number above and to the left of the primary information. Key the packet number as seen.
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City

Key the city from the field labeled "Localitatea." Use the drop-down list for assistance. If a location is not found in the dictionary then key the location as seen.
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County

Key the county from the field labeled "Judetul." Use the drop-down list for assistance. If a county is not found in the dictionary then key the county as seen.
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Surname

Key the surname of the person. The surname can be found in the field labeled "Numele de familie", or in the field labeled "Numele de familie si pronumele capului de familie." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a surname does not appear in the list, key the name as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the person. The given name can be found in the field labeled "Pronumele", or in the field labeled "Numele de familie si pronumele capului de familie." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a name does not appear in the list, key the name as seen.
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Birth Year

Key the birth year found in the field or column labeled "Anul nasterii." Key the year as seen, whether two or four digits.
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Birth Month

Key the birth month found in the field labeled "luna" that appears on the same line as "Anul nasterii." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. Key the name of the month in full, even if abbreviated, written numerically, or in Roman numerals on the document. Key the name of the month in the language of the document. For a list of months in Romanian, see below.

Romanian months:

  • January - ianuarie
  • February - februarie
  • March - martie
  • April - aprilie
  • May - mai
  • June - iunie
  • July - iulie
  • August - august
  • September - septembrie
  • October - octombrie
  • November - noiembrie
  • December - decembrie

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Birth Day

Key the birth day found in the field labeled "ziua" that appears on the same line as "Anul nasterii."
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Birth Place

Key the birth location found in the field labeled "Locul nasterii" using the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a location is not found in the list, key the location as seen.
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Gender

Key the gender found in the field or column labeled "Sexul." Key as seen.
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Marital Status

Key the marital status found in the field labeled "Starea civila." Key as seen.
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Occupation

Key the occupation from the field labeled "Profesiunea principala actuala" or column labeled "Profesiunea," using the provided drop-down list for assistance. If an occupation is not on the list, key as seen.
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Relationship

Key the person's relationship to the head of household. Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a relationship is not found in the list, key the relationship as seen.

The primary person whose information appears below "Dosar Tip B" is NOT the head of household. For this person key the relationship that appears on the field labeled "Gradul de rudenie cu capul de familie..." under the "Indicatiuni pentru identificarea familiei" section.

Key the word "Head" for the person listed on the field labeled "Numele de familie  si pronumele capului de familie" under the "Indicatiuni pentru identificarea familiei" section.
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Family Questionnaire (Chestionar)


This form has the words "Chestionar pentru Ardealul de Nord" in the top section of the page.

This form is in two languages, Romanian and Hungarian. From time to time responses will be in Hungarian. In particular the gender field will be in Hungarian. Be sure to key as seen.

Packet Number

The packet number is a handwritten number above and to the left of the primary information. Key the packet number as seen.
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City

Key the city from the field labeled "Localitatea." Use the drop-down list for assistance. If a location is not found in the dictionary then key the location as seen.
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County

Key the county from the field labeled "Judetul." Use the drop-down list for assistance. If a county is not found in the dictionary then key the county as seen.
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Surname

Key the surname as found on the field labeled "Numele de familie." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a surname does not appear in the list, key the name as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the person as found in the field labeled "Pronumele." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a name does not appear in the list, key the name as seen.
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Birth Year

Key the birth year found in the field or column labeled "Anul nasterii." Key the year as seen, whether two or four digits.
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Birth Month

Key the birth month found in the field labeled "luna" that appears on the same line as "Anul nasterii." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. Key the name of the month in full, even if abbreviated, written numerically, or in Roman numerals on the document. Key the name of the month in the language of the document. For a list of months in Romanian, see below.

Romanian months:

  • January - ianuarie
  • February - februarie
  • March - martie
  • April - aprilie
  • May - mai
  • June - iunie
  • July - iulie
  • August - august
  • September - septembrie
  • October - octombrie
  • November - noiembrie
  • December - decembrie


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Birth Day

Key the birth day found in the field labeled "ziua" that appears on the same line as "Anul nasterii."
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Birth Place

Key the birth location found in the field labeled "Locul nasterii" using the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a location is not found in the list, key the location as seen.
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Gender

Key the gender found in the field or column labeled "Sexul." Key as seen.
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Marital Status

Key the marital status found in the field labeled "Starea civila." Key as seen.
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Occupation

Key the occupation from the field labeled "Profesiunea principala actuala" or column labeled "Profesiunea," using the provided drop-down list for assistance. If an occupation is not on the list, key as seen.
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Relationship

Key the person's relationship to the head of household. On this form type, the person listed on this page is the head. Key the word "Head" into this field, even though it is not specifically written on the image.
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Other Family File Pages


This form type should be used for two types of images.

1. Second page of a questionnaire packet. The left-side image is turned sideways and contains information on family members, both living and deceased (victims).

2. Last page of a questionnaire packet and contains the heading "Victimele Din Familia Declarantului." This page lists information on the victim family members.

Not all fields are available to key on both types of images. If a piece of information is not available on the record, just skip that field or mark it blank if it is a required field.

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Surname

Key the surname of the person. The surname can be found in the column labeled "Numele si Pronumele." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a surname does not appear in the list, key the name as seen.
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Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the person. The given name can be found in the column labeled "Numele si Pronumele." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a name does not appear in the list, key the name as seen.
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Gender

Key the gender found in the field or column labeled "Sexul." Key as seen.
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Relationship

Key the person's relationship to the head of household as found in the column labeled "Gradul de rudenie." Use the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a relationship is not found in the list, key the relationship as seen.
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Birth Year

Key the birth year found in the field or column labeled "Anul nasterii." Key the year as seen, whether two or four digits.
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Age at Death

Key the person's age from the column labeled "Sexul si anul nasterii sau varsta." This heading means "Sex and year of birth or age." If a birth year is given, then the age will likely not be given. In this case, just leave this field blank. Otherwise, key the age according to the following rules:

  • If an age includes years, months, and/or days then key only the years. For example, if an age appears as 10 years, 7 months then key the age as 10.
  • If an age appears in months only, such as 10 months, then key the age as a fraction of twelfths – 10/12.
  • If an age includes a fraction, such as 3 3/8, key only the whole number – 3.

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Birth Place

Key the birth location found in the field labeled "Locul nasterii" using the provided drop-down list for assistance. If a location is not found in the list, key the location as seen.
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Marital Status

Key the marital status found in the field labeled "Starea civila." Key as seen.
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Last Residence

Key the last residence from the column labeled "Ultima resedinta obisnulta." Key as seen.
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Occupation

Key the occupation from the field labeled "Profesiunea principala actuala" or column labeled "Profesiunea," using the provided drop-down list for assistance. If an occupation is not on the list, key as seen.
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Death Year

Key the death year from the column labeled "Locul si data decesului." Key the year as seen, whether two or four digits.
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Is Victim

From the provided drop-down list select "Yes" if the person was a victim or "No" if the person was not. A person can be identified as a victim by the heading that appears above the list of names. If the word "victimele" is included in the heading, then the person was a victim. If other words such as "persoanele in viata" are present instead, then the person was not a victim.
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