There were approximately 2,000+ tombstones in the Jewish cemetery of Lipkani, Moldova. It was a fire in that cemetery two weeks ago (March of 2014), and according to media, part of the cemetery was destroyed.
I have sent our Bessarabia SIG photographer, Serghey Daniliuk, to travel to Lipkani cemetery and photograph whatever remains there. Serghey Daniliuk is the person who has already photographed one large Bendery cemetery (about 6,000) and another one Chimishliya (400).
We still hope that most or some of the cemetery remains intact.
The images and inscriptions will be provided to JewishGen so that researchers can obtain the information free of charge on the JOWBR website.
This project will allow Bessarabian, Moldovan, Ukrainian 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.
This project will expand the JOWBR database by approximately 1,000-2000 tombstones for this major town of Lipkani, Khotin district, Republic of Moldova (Transnistria).
The photographs will be taken by Serghey Daniliuk.
Our volunteers at the JewishGen Bessarabia SIG will verify each record against the photographs, and make necessary corrections and move the records into the JOWBR template.
Finally, the records with linked photographs will be integrated into the JOWBR database.
The cost is $40 per 100 images. Cost for travel to Lipkani — $150 + cost for a hotel for 1-2 nights (probably another $80-100).
Depending on how many tombstones remain, it may cost from $700 to $1200.
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Updated 3 Apr 2014 by LA, 4 Apr 2014 by WSB