21 July 2009

Philly 2009: Jewish worldwide burial registry updated

The annual pre-conference update to JOWBR - JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry database - includes more than 94,000 new records and some 12,000 new photos from 16 countries.

Currently, the database offers more than 1.2 million records from more than 2,400 cemeteries and sections in 46 countries.

Access the database here.

Major highlights:

- US National Cemetery Records: more than 23,000 records from 150 national cemeteries in 46 states and Puerto Records represent veterans with Stars of David on their markers.

- Iasi, Romania. Reuven Singer and his team have added more than 17,500 burial records translated from the Hebrew burial register (1888-1894) and women’s records (1915–1943).

- Bathurst, Ontario. Kevin Hanit and Allen Halberstadt (JGS of Canada-Toronto) have added more than 9,000 records from 60 sections of the cemetery.

- Krakow, Poland. Lili Haber and the Association of Cracowians in Israel have submitted more than 6,300 records from Krakow's Miodowa Street Cemetery.

- Vitsyebsk/Vitebsk, Belarus. Esther Herschman Rechtschafner has submitted more than 5,600 cemetery records created by the Jewish Museum of Maryland www.jewishmuseummd.org added 3,900 records from Baltimore area cemeteries.

- Uzhhorod, Ukraine (Ungvár, Hungary). Volunteers helped transcribe more than 3,900 burial records from the Hebrew burial register predominantly from pre-World War I Ungvár, Hungary. Al Silberman, Batya Gottlieb, Shaul Sharoni, Solomon Schlussel, Vivian Kahn, and Zygomnt Boxer have been working for almost a year, while Joseph Zajonc, Shula Laby, Yossi Gal and Richard Nemes have been working on a handwritten Yiddish register.

- Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Terry Lasky has submitted 3,500 new records and more than 3,900 photos. He has either these records or coordinated with other volunteers.

- Argentina. Yehuda Mathov coordinated and submitted more than 900 additional records from various Argentinean cemeteries.

- Wisconsin, Belarus and Lithuania. Joel Alpert added nearly 900 burial records from his ShtetLink pages for Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Lepel, Belarus; and Jurbarkas, Lithuania.

- Foreign Language Volunteers. The team of Hebrew and foreign language translators include David Rosen, Ernest Kallman, Gilberto Jugend, Nathen Gabriel, Osnat Hazan, Reuben Gross, Shay Meyer and Zygmont Boxer.

The next update will be made between late fall and end of December.

JewishGen vice president for Data Acquisition Nolan Altman (and JOWBR coordinator) writes:

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.
Access the database at the link above.

See Tracing the Tribe's next post on the three-year effort to document 5,600 Jewish graves in Indianapolis, Indiana, now in JOWBR.

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