Dear JewishGen Community,

We are proud to announce the addition of 116,000 new records and 29,800 new photos to JOWBR (our online burial registry)! This means that JOWBR has now surpassed 3.45 million records!

In total, we now have information from more than 8,000 cemeteries/sections representing 128 countries! Significant additions in this update include:

  • Argentina – approximately 11,300 records from new and existing cemeteries.
  • Brazil – approximately 7,800 records from 3 Rio de Janeiro cemeteries
  • Canada – updated records and 4,250 new and/or improved photos from Montreal area cemeteries
  • Chechia (Formerly Czech Republic) – approximately 1,500 new records from 6 cemeteries
  • England – 1,850 records from 6 cemeteries
  • France – 3,000 new records covering 68 new or existing cemeteries
  • Germany –8,650 new records covering 33 new or existing cemeteries
  • Hungary – 1,750 records from 3 new cemetery listings
  • Moldova – added 1,250 new records from 2 Bessarabia cemeteries
  • Netherlands – 2,900 records from 49 new and existing cemeteries
  • Poland –approximately 4,000 new records from 14 new and existing cemeteries
  • Ukraine –approximately 2,600 new records from 10 new and existing cemeteries
  • United States – approximately 66,400 new records and 16,300 photos for 76 new and 45 updated cemeteries

Please click here to search the database, and to view a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR.


I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been finding and gaining permission to add many non-US records from Germany, France and under-represented countries.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennet, Lyn Bos, Malka Chosnek, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellmann, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Marilyn Shalks, Deborah Ross, Molly Mark Strauss, 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.

Thanks in advance and stay tuned for more updates! Happy Passover!

The JewishGen Team
& Nolan Altman, JewishGen JOWBR Coordinator

PS. Please note, this update only includes submissions that were made through last November 30th.  Anything that was submitted after that will be in the June pre-Conference update. If you have new material to submit, please do so by May 31st to be included in the next update.

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