Thursday, June 5, 2008

JOWBR

JOWBR is the acronym for JEWISHGEN'S ONLINE WORLWIDE 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. .Currently there are over a million records from over 1900 cemeteries and landsmanschaft plots all over the world.


JOWBR is a searchable database of burial records and photos of matzevot (tombstones). The database is searchable at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/cemetery/. The contents of the database are listed at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm. The cemetery inventory is arranged by country, then region or state, then city. The number of burials in each country is given.

Following is a list of the contents of the database.


• Country: Austria (9 cemeteries, 149327 burials)

• Country: Belarus (18 cemeteries, 4796 burials)

• Country: Belgium (3 cemeteries, 3507 burials)

• Country: Belize (1 cemetery, 4 burials)

• Country: Canada (299 cemeteries, 129745 burials)

• Country: China (2 cemeteries, 520 burials)

• Country: Croatia (1 cemetery, 30 burials)

• Country: Cuba (2 cemeteries, 1616 burials)

• Country: Czech Republic (5 cemeteries, 5693 burials)

• Country: Denmark (6 cemeteries, 1300 burials)

• Country: Egypt (6 cemeteries, 109 burials)

• Country: England (21 cemeteries, 29395 burials)

• Country: Finland (2 cemeteries, 1608 burials)

• Country: France (1 cemetery, 554 burials)

• Country: Germany (48 cemeteries, 6357 burials)

• Country: Greece (1 cemetery, 81 burials)

• Country: Hungary (20 cemeteries, 15809 burials)

• Country: India (31 cemeteries, 1499 burials)

• Country: Israel (17 cemeteries, 103242 burials)

• Country: Italy (1 cemetery, 297 burials)

• Country: Latvia (3 cemeteries, 797 burials)

• Country: Lithuania (21 cemeteries, 4041 burials)

• Country: Mauritius (1 cemetery, 127 burials)

• Country: Moldova (3 cemeteries, 4744 burials)

• Country: Mozambique (1 cemetery, 36 burials)

• Country: Netherlands (15 cemeteries, 1648 burials)

• Country: Netherlands Antilles (2 cemeteries, 1245 burials)

• Country: Poland (37 cemeteries, 27304 burials)

• Country: Portugal (1 cemetery, 39 burials)

• Country: Romania (17 cemeteries, 25992 burials)

• Country: Scotland (8 cemeteries, 1174 burials)

• Country: Serbia (1 cemetery, 7 burials)

• Country: Slovakia (58 cemeteries, 15717 burials)

• Country: South Africa (18 cemeteries, 43883 burials)

• Country: Switzerland (1 cemetery, 2699 burials)

• Country: Syria (1 cemetery, 103 burials)

• Country: Turkey (1 cemetery, 2825 burials)

• Country: USA (1239 cemeteries, 415093 burials)

• Country: Ukraine (34 cemeteries, 20802 burials)

• Country: Wales (1 cemetery, 624 burials


To search the database, input the surname you are looking for. In other boxes you can list the given name of the deceased and names of parents and a town name.

Obviously, there are all too many cemeteries which have not been indexed –in the Western Hemisphere, the United States, Canada, and Central and South America; in western, eastern and southern Europe; in Asia;, in the Middle East; and in Africa. Many of these cemeteries are in areas where there no longer a Jewish presence and thus the cemeteries are grown over or deserted, or have been victims of war and vandalism.

JewishGen's aim is to preserve our Jewish heritage, and JOWBR is an important part of that mission. But we need everyone to help, to photograph tombstones, to enter data, to get our youth groups and retired people to be part of this important effort.

Please read the JewishGen blog at http://jewishgen.blogspot.com/search/label/Joyce%20Field to see what a few people can do to preserve our history.

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