Brichany (Moldova) Cemetery Project

Project Leader:

Yefim Kogan

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor:

Nolan Altman


Project Synopsis

There are approximately 4,000+ tombstones in the Jewish cemetery of Briceni [Russian: Brichany, Yiddish: Britshan], Moldova.

The Brichany Jewish cemetery is not far from Lipkani, and the same photographer Serghey Daniliuk will travel one more time to Liplkni to finish last 400 graves, and will then start working on Brichany cemetery. It may take another one or two trips to finish Brichany project.

The images and inscriptions will be provided to the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), so that researchers can obtain the information free of charge on JewishGen website.


Key Audiences

This project will allow Bessarabian, Moldovan, and 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.


Project Importance

This project will expand the JOWBR database by approximately 4,000+ tombstones for this major town of Brichany – formerly in Khotin district, Bessarabia gubernias of the Russian Empire – and now in Republic of Moldova.

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.


Project Description

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 transcribe the records into the JOWBR template.

Finally, the records with linked photographs will be integrated into the JOWBR database at


Estimated Cost

The cost is $40 per 100 images. Cost for travel to Lipkani/Brichany is $150, plus a hotel for 1-2 nights (probably another $80-100). The travel cost will be shared with the Lipkani project.

Depending on how many tombstones remain, it may cost up to $2,000.



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