JOWBR Update – April 22, 2020
by Nolan Altman

JewishGen is proud to announce its “2020 Pesach Update” to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database, (previously known as the “2019 Year-End Update”). Therefore, please keep in mind that this update only includes submissions received by November 30, 2019.  All subsequent submissions will be part of the next update. The reason for the delay is that JewishGen’s databases were being reviewed, and in many cases, code was rewritten, to make the updating process more efficient for future updates.

We hope to get back to our usual semi-annual update schedule as follows:

Data received by May 31

Update in July (pre-conference)

Data received by November 30

Update in December

To access the JOWBR database, please visit:

If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page and take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts:

This update, adds approximately 120,000 new records and 52,000 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 550 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 3.71 million records and 700,000 photos from approximately 8,670 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 133 countries!

Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish genealogical societies, historical societies, and museums.  We appreciate all our donors’ submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful group of JewishGen volunteers.

Of special note, this update includes the first installment from the Lasky Collection.  His submission will include approximately 125,000 records, the vast majority with photos.  For more information on Mr. Lasky’s current work, please see (the Museum of Family History website).

Significant additions to JOWBR by country include:

For a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR, please see:

I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many non-US records from Germany, France and under-represented countries.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, and Suzanne Tarica. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend, without whom we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.

We appreciate all the work our donors have done and encourage you to make additional submissions.  Whether you work on a cemetery / cemetery section individually or consider a group project for your local society, temple or other group, it’s your submissions that help grow the JOWBR database and make it possible for researchers and family members to find answers they otherwise might not.  Please also consider other organizations you may be affiliated with that may already have done cemetery indexing that would consider having their records included in the JOWBR database.

Nolan Altman

Director of Special Projects – JOWBR

April 2020



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