Armenian Jerusalem
   

We have now reached a turning point in our efforts to preserve the

culture and history of our kaghakatsi entity.

       Our   database   currently   boasts   over   3,400   "names",   a   far   cry   from   only   300   we   had when   we   started.   The   number   is   impressive   but   not   all   inclusive.   There   are   still   some families or members of families missing from the overall mosaic.        In   order   for   our   project   to   really   forge   ahead,   we   need   to   fill   in   the   gaps. A   special expanded   form   (in   2   parts)   has   now   been   created   and   posted   online,   to   help   in refreshing   your   memory   and   to   encourage   you   to   fill   in   genealogical   details   and information    not    supplied    before.    The    first    part    can    be    accessed    directly    at keypart1.html        Fortunately,   we   are   now   in   a   position   to   validate   the   database   entries   with   the help    of    some    250    pages    of    genealogical    information    housed    in    three    domar's (registers)   at   the   Armenian   Patriarchate   of   Jerusalem.   The   Patriarchate's   Supreme Synod   has   given   its   approval   to   our   photographing   those   pages   and   this   job   is   being undertaken   by   Photo   Garo   (Nalbandian),   as   a   gift   to   us.   Unfortunately,   the   registers go   only   as   far   back   as   1840   -   at   the   moment,   we   have   no   means   of   accessing information   prior   to   that   date.   However,   we   are   trying   to   ascertain   whether   older records exist and where they are located.        The   Calouste   Gulbenkian   Foundation   in   Lisbon,   Portugal,   has   been   a   staunch supporter   of   our   project,   from   the   word   "go."   Thanks   to   their   help,   we   now   have acquired the hardware and software necessary to see the project through.        The   kaghakatsi   website   has   now   become   a   repository   not   only   for   kaghakatsi genealogical    information,    but    also    for    community's    archives    (documents    and photographs).        It   is   also   growing   into   a   semi-encyclopeadia,   with   subjects   covering   kaghakatsi customs and traditions, wisdom, cuisine and art, among others.        Recently,   the   website   was   subjected   to   a   hack   attack.   As   we   all   know,   such occurrences   do   happen   from   time   to   time   -   but   there   has   been   no   harm   and   our service   provider   has   taken   steps   to   protect   us   against   a   recurrence.   However,   we   have been   advised   to   change   the   key   used   to   access   the   main   database. This   has   been   done now.        We   still   need   help   in   closing   the   gaps   that   exist   in   the   database.   Filling   the   new form   will   go   a   long   way   towards   achieving   that   goal.   Many   kaghakatsis   have   already filled in a previous brief form - the expanded form is more comprehensive.Copyright
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
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