Wednesday, January 20, 2010

JOWBR Update

Posted by Nolan Altman

JewishGen is pleased to announce its 2009 year-end update to its Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR). The JOWBR database can be accessed by clicking here.

This update includes approximately 104,500 new records and 20,700 new photos. The database is adding 118 new cemeteries along with updates or additions to an additional 99 cemeteries from 15 countries. This brings JOWBR’s holdings in excess of 1.3 million records from more than 2,500 cemeteries / cemetery sections from 45 countries!

In addition, JewishGen is also pleased to announce two new partnerships, both starting in the fourth quarter of 2009:

  1. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) in Cincinnati, Ohio. JewishGen volunteers will help to create searchable databases from paper holdings at the archives for inclusion in JOWBR. We thank the administration at the Archives and Jennie Cole for help facilitating the arrangement. Thanks also to JewishGen volunteer Marian Brown for help on premises.
  2. The Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project, led by Harley Felstein, assists in restoring abandoned Jewish cemeteries around the United States. The Project will be adding burial records from these abandoned cemeteries to the JOWBR database. If you are aware of such sites, please contact Harley here
Highlights from the JOWBR Update:
  • Bayside, NY. Thanks to Maurice Kessler and his team for an additional 23,000 records from the Bayside / Ozone Queens cemetery complex whose original records were documented by Florence Marmor and David Gevertzman.
  • Weil Funeral Home Records - Cincinnati, OH. Thanks to the management of the Weil Funeral Home and the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives for the first installment of 10,800 funeral records.
  • Washington State. Thanks to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, led by coordinator Nancy Adelson, for over 9,100 records from 11 cemetery locations within the state. Photographs and additional records are still to come.
  • Mount of Olives, Israel. Thanks to the Israel Genealogical Society through a project coordinated by Mathilde A. Tagger and facilitated by Rose Feldman, to add portions of approximately 7,600 records from their detailed Mount of Olives records to JOWBR. Full records can be found on their site at here.
  • Maryland Records. Thanks to the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Deb Weiner for an additional 6,600 records from four Baltimore area cemeteries.
  • Radauti, Romania. Thanks to Yossi Yagur for adding over 5,300 records to the existing Radauti records.
  • Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park and Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Ontario. Thanks to Kevin Hanit and Allen Halberstadt representing the JGS of Canada (Toronto) for more than 4,900 records from 70 sections of these two Canadian cemeteries.
  • Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, the Dakotas and Kansas. 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 more than 4,300 new records and approximately 3,600 photographs.
  • Petach Tikvah, Israel. Thanks to Gilda Kurtzman for her ongoing work at the Segulah Cemetery in Petach Tikvah, with approximately 4,300 additional records and 2,300 additional photos
  • Home of Peace Cemetery & Emanu-El Mausoleum, Colma, CA. Thanks to Pierre Hahn and Rosanne Leeson from the San Francisco Bay area Jewish Genealogical Society, for adding close to 4,200 records from the first book of burial records for this San Francisco area cemetery.
  • New York City Metropolitan Cemeteries. JOWBR has added approximately 3,200 records along with their corresponding photos through the Jewish Genealogy Society of New York’s Cemetery Project from various landsmanschaft plots in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey cemeteries.
  • Shara Tfilo, West Roxbury, MA. Thanks to Marjorie Duby for adding to JOWBR’s existing records with an additional 2,400 burial records and 3,800 photos.
  • Khotyn, Ukraine. Thanks to Hymie Reichstein for coordinating the submission of approximately 2,700 burial records and photos from the cemetery in Khotyn.
  • Weibstadt, Germany. Thanks to Allan T. Hirsh for adding approximately 2,700 records from the old and new cemeteries in Weibstadt.
  • South Carolina Cemeteries. Thanks to Ann Hellman, president of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina for their submission of close to 2,100 burial records and 900 photos from seven South Carolina cemeteries.
  • Lodz Ghetto Victims. Thanks to Avigdor Ben–Dov for coordinating submissions of close to 1,400 records from burials marked by the IDF working with the Yad LeZehava Holocaust Research Institute (YZI) Witnesses in Uniform project at three sections of the cemetery in Lodz.
  • Slovakian Cemeteries and Foreign Language Volunteers. Thanks to Bobby Furst for submitting photos from around Slovakia and a special thanks to our team of Hebrew and foreign language translators for their patience working with often very hard-to-read headstones; David Rosen, Ernest Kallman, Gilberto Jugend, Nathen Gabriel, Osnat Hazan, Reuben Gross, Shay Meyer and Zygmont Boxer.
  • Anchorage, Alaska. Last but not least, thanks to Brock Shamberg for submitting records and photos from Anchorage Alaska cemeteries… probably our northernmost burial records.
Whether your name or records are listed above, we appreciate all your submissions! Thank you to all the donors that submitted information for this update.

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 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 included in the JOWBR database.

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