The approximately 4,000-5,000 tombstones are in the Jewish Cemetery of Bendery, Moldova. Most of them are now indexed and we have the lists in Russian and starting to translate into English. This is going to be done by volunteers.
The purpose of this project is to photograph all gravestones. The translated index together with gravestone photographs is going to be sending to JOWBR website, so that researchers can obtain the information free of charge on JOWBR website. http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/cemetery/
This project will allow Bessarabia family history researchers to create or fill gaps in their family trees and learn something about their families' Jewish heritage. Where vital records may no longer exist, cemetery records are often the only remaining evidence of a person's life.
The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) is a searchable database comprised of individual burial records, tombstone photographs, and descriptions of individual cemeteries. At its launch in July 2003, JOWBR featured 643 cemeteries in 25 countries, with more than 300,000 burial records, and 11,000 tombstone photographs. New cemetery records are added to JOWBR on a regular basis. This project will expand the JOWBR database by approximately 4,000-5,000 tombstones.
Jewish cemeteries throughout the world are threatened with vandalism and even extinction. It is vitally important to preserve information about existing Jewish cemeteries so future generations will have the benefit of this aspect of our cultural heritage. In addition, for many Jews, knowledge of their family history perished in the Holocaust. In the 19th and 20th century Bendery had a very vibrant and prominent Jewish community.
The person I have contacted already is going to photograph gravestones. The person's name is Serghey Daniliuk, a resident of town Kaushany, not far from Bendery, Moldova. He is a young person interested in the history of his town and the area. He was genuinely surprised to find out that many Jews lived in towns and villages before the war.
We will know exact number of gravestones later, when the indexing is going to be done, but approximate number is 4,500.
The cost for 100 photographs is $40.
Total of $1800 for 4500 photographs, plus $40-60 for money transfer.
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