Dubossary Cemetery Project
Approximately 2,000-3,000 tombstones are in the Jewish cemetery of Dubăsari [Russian: Dubossary, Yiddish: Dubasar], Moldova.
The new part of the cemetery includes about 250 graves. These graves are from after WWII, and the inscriptions are mostly written in Russian, or Russian and Hebrew. The old part of the cemetery includes about 1,500-2,500 graves. It is not clear how many of them have readable inscriptions.
The purpose of this project is to photograph all gravestones. The translated index, together with gravestone photographs, will be sent to the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), so that researchers can obtain the information free of charge on JewishGen website.
The photographs from the new part of the cemetery have already been received, and the work on indexing will start soon.
This project will allow Bessarabia/Moldavian family history researchers to create or fill gaps in their family trees and learn something about their families' Jewish heritage.
The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) is a searchable database comprised of individual burial records, tombstone photographs, and descriptions of individual cemeteries. As of June 2014, JOWBR contains more than two million burial records from 4,400 cemeteries in 85 countries. New cemetery records are added to JOWBR on a regular basis. This project will expand the JOWBR database by approximately 2,000-3000 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.
We are working with is Ozias Ukshteyn, who is a head of Jewish Community in Dubossary (the community has about 100 Jews). Ozias has already worked with the JewishGen Bessarabia SIG, sending us information about the memorial in Dubossary (see it in the Holocaust section of our website).
We will know exact number of gravestones later, when the indexing is going to be done.
The cost for 100 photographs is $45.
The total cost will be $1,000-$1,300, depending on the number of photos received, plus about $100 for money transfer.
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