Wednesday, June 18, 2008

JOWBR Update: Orhei, Moldova

The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) is a database of names and other identifying information from cemeteries and burial records worldwide, from the earliest records to the present. Its latest project will be to photograph every one of the 3000 (approx) gravestones in the Orhei, Moldova Jewish cemetery. The pictures - including a translation of each gravestone - will be added to JOWBR and accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

There are an estimated 3000 or more gravestones in the Orhei cemetery. The stones usually contain name of the deceased, father’s name, date of death, and sometimes date of birth. The information on the gravestones is primarily in Hebrew and Russian. There is currently no access to the information on these gravestones for most researchers without actually traveling to Orhei.

This project will enable individual researchers who have ancestors from Orhei, Moldova fill in gaps in their family history. The information from the gravestones will help researchers determine when their ancestors died and also who their parents and possibly siblings might have been.

The Jewish community of Orhei has agreed to take the gravestone pictures for the price of 25 cents per gravestone. It is estimated that there are about 3000 readable stones in the cemetery. At 25 cents per stone, the total cost is estimated at $750. The camera and memory chips (or CDs) will be supplied by the Jewish community of Orhei so there will be no additional cost. The translation of the gravestones and the generation of the data for incorporation into JOWBR will be done by the Project Leader, so there will be no additional cost. The cost to send the money by Western Union to Orhei is estimated at $75. Total project cost is estimated to be $825.

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Learn more about Orhei, Moldova on ShtetLinks click here
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1 comment:

  1. This is a great project - Thanks JewishGen!

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