Armenian Jerusalem
    PROPOSAL THE kaghakatsi PROJECT Arthur Hagopian, Project Coordinator 12/209 Waterloo Road Marsfield, NSW 2122, Australia [ed: this address has now changed] e-mail:      Request from the Patriarchate:               Arthur   Hagopian,   the   Founder   and   Project   Coordinator   of   "The   kaghakatsi   Project", is   seeking   the   Patriarchate's   permission   to   photograph   the   genealogical   information contained   in   3   ledgers   of   the   Patriarchate:   names,   births   and   baptisms,   marriages, deaths,    funerals,    etc.    For    this    purpose,    the    Project    Coordinator    solicited    the assistance of Garo Nalbandian, who promised his professional services free of charge      (a) to photograph the ledgers (3 ledgers, 146 pages total), and                (b)   to   provide   at   no   cost   a   copy   of   the   final   product   not   only   to   the   Project Coordinator,   but   also   to   the   Patriarchate.   The   photography   will   take   place   in   the office   of   David   Kaplanian,   so   that   the   ledgers   remain   on   the   Patriarchate's   premises. Mr.   Kaplanian   has   expressed   willingness   to   assist   the   photographer   on   a   limited   basis and   as   his   time   allows.   The   Patriarchate   stipulates   that   the   photography   must   be accomplished   during   the   normal   working   hours   of   the   Patriarchate   and   convenient   to Mr. Kaplanian.                The   information   gleaned   from   the   photographed   ledgers   will   form   a   database   of information   to   be   published   on   the   Internet,   on   the   dedicated   website   located   at                The   Project   Director   has   requested   a   formal   letter   of   “blessing”   for   the   project from His Beatitude the Patriarch to post on the website.      Purpose:              The   project   aims   to   preserve   the   history,   records,   culture   and   traditions   of   the kaghakatsi   Armenians   of   the   Old   City   of   Jerusalem   through   a   dedicated   website available   to   kaghakatsi   and   other   Armenians.   The   website   would   contain   not   only   a register   of   the   family   trees   of   kaghakatsi   Armenians,   but   also   other   archival   material of    photos,    artwork,    anecdotes,    traditions,    cuisine,    etc.    Access    to    the    personal information   on   the   website   will   be   administered   under   strict   guidelines   by   the   Project Coordinator,   and   is   to   be   used   by   kaghakatsis   and   other Armenians   for   the   purpose   of tracing and verifying their family lineage.      Justification:              (1)   The   desire   to   prevent   the   fading   away   of   the   important   history   of   the kaghakatsi   Armenians   that   have,   inter   alia,   contributed   at   least   two   Patriarchs   to Jerusalem;                 (2)    To    create    a    permanent    electronic    record    not    dependent    on    very    old, handwritten   paper   records   subject   to   disintegration/destruction   through   the   passage of time.      Access:                For   reasons   of   privacy   and   security,   access   to   the   the   registry   database   will   only be     available     to     individuals/families     who     have     themselves     submitted     their genealogical   information   for   addition   to   the   registry.   To   gain   access,   the   Project Coordinator    will    provide    a    secret    ID    and    password    to    each    individual/family concerned   [different   for   each   family]   to   access   their   respective   familial   files   on   the database.      Progress to date:                The   secure   computer   database   houses   3,4200   names   (as   of   end   March   2008)   and expands continually as new information is received.      Financial aspects:                The   Project   Coordinator   approached   The   Gulbenkian   Foundation   for   financial support,   and   the   Foundation   promised   a   small   donation   (ranging   from   US$3,000- $4,000)   for   technological   assistance.   The   Coordinator   also   indicates   that   individuals have made [ed: offers of] donations in cash and in kind in support of the project.                [Editor's   note:   While   we   acknowledge   receipt   of   a   few   such   offers,   we   have   NOT accepted    any    financial    contributions    from    individuals,    keeping    this    project    on    a strictly    non-profit    basis.    The    Gulbenkian    Foundation    donation    covered    only    the purchase of the hardware/software and peripherals necessary for the project]                The   Patriarchate   has   clearly   and   definitively   indicated   to   the   Project   Coordinator that   the   Patriarchate   is   unable   to   provide   any   financial   assistance   to   this   project.   Its sole   assistance   would   be   to   grant   access   to   the   archival   information   contained   in   the ledgers mentioned above.             IF YOU   HAVE ACCESS TO   INTERNET,   KINDLY   VIEW THE   WEBSITE [now   renamed]   TO   HAVE   A   BETTER   IDEA   OF   THE   WORK THE PROJECT COORDINATOR HAS DONE ON THIS ISSUE.      June 4, 2008      Jerusalem
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