has established a process to match the information obtained
through its research efforts against the ICHEIC claimant database.
This process links ICHEIC claims with additional supporting
documentation before they are submitted to the ICHEIC Member
companies and/or organizations with which ICHEIC has cooperative
agreements. In a similar process, ICHEIC claims are also matched
against company policyholder databases. This matching system
creates further opportunities for claimants to have their
claims investigated. It may result in the identification of
a specific policy if the claimant knows only the name of the
issuing insurance company, or in the location of policies
about which the claimant previously had been unaware.
has enlisted experts to help with matching names where the
names on the claims are not an exact match but there exists
a high probability that they are for the same person. Many
East European and Hebrew names change across records as details
are transcribed, translated or transliterated from Hebrew
or Cyrillic alphabets to the Latin. Similarly, dates of birth
may differ between the Hebrew, Gregorian and Julian calendars
or be remembered inaccurately by heirs sixty years after the
event. The matching process devised by ICHEIC allows for near
matches to be compared, using a "Soundex"
system and expanded date comparisons (comparing dates that
are close or similar), taking into account supporting details
such as place of residence or birth and occupation. The objective
is to use all supporting information to validate these matches
and send them to companies.
made to date include many instances where the claimant could
not name a specific company, or where ICHEIC has found a match
between a claimant and a company other than the company which
was identified by the claimant. These are policies that would
largely remain unknown were it not for the ICHEIC matching
matching process serves as a valuable and reliable tool both
for assisting claimants who had detailed information and lacked
documentation to support their claim, and also in identifying
companies where claimants had no specific previous knowledge
of the policy details.