Our intention is to create a comprehensive database of records and information relating to Jewish immigration to South Africa
The thinking behind the inception of the Jewish Migration and Genealogy Project is twofold:
- to 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 (SAJM).
- To integrate the genealogical data in multi-disciplinary research initiatives under the auspices of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre at the University of Cape Town.
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, naturalization lists, community records, records of marriages, births and deaths,
family trees, etc.
The centre is under the umbrella of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Cape Town and will also have a public access section located at the South African Jewish Museum
There are number of people who have contributed their time and knowledge to the content of this site. We thank everybody who has shared
their work, their time and their love for history and culture with us for this purpose. The lists have been compiled from various sources. A number of the lists are updated on a regular basis. We are working to
improve the site and make it more useful. If you come across any errors in the data, please let us know. We hope you find the site interesting and enjoyable.
The project can be reached at 650 3062 or on E-mail at Genealogy@uct.ac.za