JOWBR Update

Posted By Nolan Altman

JewishGen is pleased to announce its 2009 pre-Conference update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.  The JOWBR database can be accessed here
This update includes more than 94,000 new records and approximately 12,000 new photos from 16 countries.  This brings JOWBR’s holdings in excess of 1.2 million records from more than 2,400 cemeteries / cemetery section from 46 countries!  
Of particular note in this update are the following additions:
  • U.S. National Cemetery Records.  We are very proud to add more than 23,000 records from 150 national cemeteries located in 46 states and Puerto Rico.  These records represent veterans whose markers have a Star of David on it.
  • Iasi, Romania.  Thanks to Reuven Singer and his team for more than 17,500 additional burial records translated from the Hebrew burial register from 1888 – 1894 and women’s records from 1915 – 1943.
  • Bathurst, Ontario.  Thanks to Kevin Hanit and Allen Halberstadt representing the JGS of Canada (Toronto) for more than 9,000 records from 60 sections of this Canadian cemetery.
  • Krakow, Poland.  Thanks to Lili Haber and the Association of Cracowians in Israel for their submission of more than 6,300 records from the Miodowa Street Cemetery in Krakow.
  • Vitsyebsk, Belarus.  Thanks to Esther Herschman Rechtschafner for submitting more than 5,600 cemetery records and creating a ShtetLink site for Vitebsk (located here).
  • Bayside, NY. Thanks to Maurice Kessler and his team for an additional 5,600 records from the Bayside / Ozone Queens cemetery complex whose original records were documented by Florence Marmor and David Gevertzman.
  • Chernivtsi, Ukraine.  Thanks to the JGS of Ottawa, Canada’s Hymie Reichstein and Bruce Reisch for an additional installment  of more than 4,300 records and photos for this cemetery
  • 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 1,500 additional photos.
  • Maryland Records.  Thanks to the Jewish Museum of Maryland ( for an additional 3,900 records from various Baltimore area cemeteries.
  • Uzhhorod, Ukraine (Ungvár, Hungary).  Special thanks to a team of volunteers who helped to transcribe more than 3,900 burial records from the Hebrew burial register predominantly from pre-World War I Ungvár, Hungary.  Transcription volunteers Al Silberman, Batya Gottlieb, Shaul Sharoni, Solomon Schlussel, Vivian Kahn, and Zygomnt Boxer have been working on this for almost a year.  Joseph Zajonc, Shula Laby, Yossi Gal, and Richard Nemes have been working from a handwritten Yiddish register.
  • Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  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 3,500 new records and more than 3,900 photographs.
  • Argentina.  Thanks to Yehuda Mathov for coordinating and submitting more than 900 additional records from various Argentinean cemeteries.
  • Wisconsin, Belarus & Lithuania.  Thanks to Joel Alpert for adding close to 900 burial records from his ShtetLink pages for the unlikely trio of Sheboygan Wisconsin, Lyepyel Belarus and Jurbarkas Lithuania.  Special thanks to Rabbi Edward Boraz of the Dartmouth Hillel Project Preservation program whose student members restore cemeteries in Eastern Europe for translation and use of the Jurbarkas stones.
  • Foreign Language Volunteers.  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.
We anticipate that the next update will be between late fall and the end of the calendar year. 
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.

Nolan Altman
VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR – Coordinator

1 comment:

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