JOWBR Update!

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2017 pre-Conference update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR database can be accessed here. If you are a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts.

This update adds approximately 80,000 new records and 14,000 new photos

The database is adding and/or updating 265 cemeteries. This update brings JOWBR‘s holdings to 3.13million records from more than 535,000 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 125 countries!

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

Significant additions to the database include collections from Belarus (courtesy of our new partnership with Chesed Shel Emet), Moldova (Bessarabia SIG), additional French and German cemetery sets, and United States new and updated sets (Veterans Administration records, Home of Eternity Cemetery (Oakland, CA) United Hebrew Bretheren Cemetery (Richfield, MN), various MA cemeteries (JGSGB).

We 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 works with a team of data entry volunteers; Alla Aizenberg, Sandra Bennett, Julie Bolton, Sharon Duckman, Helen Furnell, Henry Graupner, Guy Haber, Ann Meddin Hoffmann, Maurice Kessler, Harriet Mayer, Hans Nord, Renee Payne, Amit Pinsler, Yael Polat, Irina Roskin, Rebecca Stern, Suzanne Tarica, Nicholas Trokiner, Sari Tuomioja, and Paula Zieselman. In addition, without our volunteer transliterates, led by Gilberto Jugend, 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.

Sincerely,
The JewishGen Team
& Nolan Altman, JewishGen JOWBR Coordinator

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