Armenian Jerusalem

The registers of the births, marriages and deaths of

members of the Armenian community of Jerusalem, have

been kindly made available to this project by the

Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The records currently

hosted on our website go as far back as 1840, and efforts

are being made to obtain data pertaining to earlier


            The   records   are   part   of   the   archives   of   the   Armenian   Patriarchate   of Jerusalem,   and   were   made   accessible   to   us   through   the   support   and encouragement   of   the   late   Archbishop   Torkom   Manougian,   the   reformist 96th   Patriarch,   a   firm   believer   in   "glasnost"   and   "perestroika"   who   will also be remembered for his reconstruction efforts.          The   records,   or   "domar"   in   Armenian,   were   photographed   by   one   of Jerusalem's   leading   photographers,   Garo   Nalbandian   -   a   labor   of   love that saw him painstakingly film the 250 pages of the three "domar".                The   registers   have   been   converted   into   Portable   Document   Format (PDF)   files   that   can   be   opened   and   read   using,   preferably,   in   Acrobat Reader, (available here ).              There   are   four   main   registers   hosted   on   the   Armenian   Jerusalem website:   births   or   baptisms,   marriages   and   deaths,   in   addition   to   an   all- in-one   family   tree   that   lists   the   various   "kaghakatsi"   clans   and   the   direct or   indirect   inter-family   connections   of   their.   This   particular   tree   depicts one   whole   homogenous   family   where   everyone   is   related   to   everyone else, either directly or indirectly.                               Please   note   the   database   file   is   read-only   and   cannot   be   edited. It   will   display   a   whole   "all-in-one"   page   view   of   the   kaghakatsi   family tree    and    can    be    zoomed    in    or    out    for    easier    viewing.    Visitors    can navigate through the tree using the family name bookmarks on the left.                        Private    family    trees,    contributed    to    the    project    by    some "kaghakatsis",   are   available   for   viewing   only   to   family   members   at   their request.             We   are   always   seeking   more   genealogical   information   about   the "kaghakatsi"    to    fill    in    the    gaps    in    the    all-in-one    tree,    and    warmly welcome   and   encourage   all   members   of   this   unique   extended   family   to help   us   in   our   efforts.   We   hope   that   the   spirit   will   move   all   those   who have   yet   to   contribute   family   information,   to   come   forth   and   help   us preserve the great heritage of our forefathers.                To   assist   you   with   your   efforts,   and   make   it   easier   for   you,   we   have created   a   special   form   which   can   be   filled   in   with   the   relevant   details, and   emailed   to   us   (by   pressing   the   SUBMIT   button).   The   form   (in   two parts) can be accessed here:                Filling   in   and   submitting   these   forms   will   entitle   you   to   a   password   which will   unlock   the   all-in-one   kaghakatsi   family   tree   in   the   database   enabling   you to access it.                         The   information   provided   is   entered   into   the   database   which   now boasts   over   3,400   names   and   documents   the   relationship   of   family   and clan   members      based   on   information   supplied   by   friends   and   relatives whose contributions are appreciated and gratefully acknowledged here.
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
               The   Kaghakatsi Armenians   of   Jerusalem   are   all   related   to   each   other, either     directly     or     indirectly.     The     20     or     so     clans     or     petty “neighboorhoods”,   boasting   such   exotic   names   as   dar   el   gazmarar (home   of   the   book-binder),   dar   el   bostaji ”   (home   of   the   postman),   dar el   hoki ”   -   short   for   hokezavag ”   (home   of   the   adopted   son),   share   a common ancestry, dialect, traditions, culture and history.                The   Kaghakatsi   family   tree   is   the   culmination   of   several   years   of research,    with    highly    appreciated    support    from    members    of    the community   who   contributed   their   personal   genealogical   information   to help   craft   the   tree.   While   there   are   no   official   Kaghakatsi   demographic figures   available,   it   is   safe   to   assume   that   they   numbered   close   to   10,000 at   their   peak,   prior   to   the   1948   Arab-Israeli   war.   We   have   been   able   to collate    details    of    some    3,500    Kaghakatsis,    culminating    in    a    striking homogenous    chart    that    vividly    displays    the    whole    gamut    of    family relations, going back to the 1840’s.     
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