Tiraspol (Moldova) Cemetery Project

Project Leaders:

Janet Furba, Yefim Kogan

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor:

Nolan Altman

Project Synopsis

There are approximately 3,000-4,000 tombstones in the Jewish Cemetery of Tiraspol, Moldova. There are 2,469 burial records from Tiraspol already in JOWBR; this project will include 1,000 additional records, and will also include photographs of all graves, with sections, rows, places.

Volunteers in the US and Israel will identify the photographs of each record and create the index for JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR).

The images and inscriptions will be provided to JewishGen so that researchers can obtain the information free of charge on JOWBR website.

Key Audiences

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.

Project Importance

This project will expand the JOWBR database by approximately 3,500 tombstones for this major town, previously in Kherson Gubernia, and now in the Republic of Moldova (Transnistria).

Project Description

The job will be done by sectors, each includes about 500 graves. Some old inscriptions may have to be managed through JewishGen ViewMate for better translations.

The photographs will be taken by a resident of Tiraspol, Nuhim Kamenker. Nuhim will provide us with all photos and with the tables of burial records.

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 at

Estimated Cost

The cost is $40 per 100 images. Total cost for 4,000 photographs will be about $1,700.


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