JOWBR Update: April 2009

Posted by Nolan Altman

JewishGen is pleased to announce the first 2009 update to the JOWBR database.  This update includes over 55,000 new records and close to 25,000 new photos from 17 countries.  This brings JOWBR’s holdings to over 1.125 million records from over 2,100 cemeteries / cemetery section from 45 countries!

Although the burial records are now “live” additional description files, maps and overview photos for these new cemeteries will be made available shortly. 

Of particular note in this update is the following:
  • Maryland records.  We are very proud to include over 31,000 records from cemeteries in the Baltimore area courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
  • Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska records and photos.  Thanks to Terry Lasky who has submitted records and photographs that he has personally created or coordinated with other volunteers in these states. This update includes approximately 2,800 new records and over 15,000 photographs.
  • Indiana records and photos.  Thanks to Gloria Green and her team for the penultimate installment of approximately 2,700 records and 2,700 photos for the Kelly Street cemetery complex in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Bayside, NY records. Thanks to Maurice Kessler and his team for an additional 1,400 records from the Bayside / Ozone Queens cemetery complex whose original records were documented by Florence Marmor and David Gevertzman.
  • Pennsylvania records.  Thanks to continuing submissions of various Pennsylvania cemeteries by Susan Melnick on behalf of the Rauh Jewish Archives at the John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.
  • Chernivtsi, Ukraine.  Thanks to the JGS of Ottawa, Canada’s Hymie Reichstein and Bruce Reisch for the second installment  of approximately 3,800 records and photos for this cemetery.
  • Vilnius, Lithuania.   Thanks to Howard Margol for his submission of approximately 6,300 post World War II period burials in the Saltonishkiu Cemetery in Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Iasi, Romania.  Thanks to Reuven Singer and his team for an additional 1,000 burial records translated from the 1887 Hebrew burial registers.
We anticipate that the next update will be prior to the summer conference.

We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to make additional submissions.  Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery section individually or consider it a group project for your local Society, temple or other group, it’s your submissions that help grow the JOWBR database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find answers they otherwise might not.  Please also consider other organizations you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that would consider having their records include in the JOWBR database.

Nolan Altman
JOWBR - Coordinator

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thank you Nolan for making this information available.


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