Wednesday, December 29, 2010

JOWBR Update

Posted by Nolan Altman

JewishGen is very proud to announce its 2010 year-end update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR database can be accessed by clicking here. If you are new to JOWBR, we recommend that you take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Screencasts.

This update is our largest to date and includes 171,000 new records and 32,700 new photos. The database is adding 360 new cemeteries along with updates or additions to an additional 213 cemeteries from 21 countries. This brings JOWBR’s holdings in excess of 1.57 million records from more than 3,050 cemeteries / cemetery sections from 47 countries!

Once again, you will see that the 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. Of particular note in this update are the following additions:

Lodz, Poland
Thanks to a dedicated team of data entry and validation volunteers, we are adding approximately 39,000 records to those that went live in June. JOWBR now includes approximately 50,000 records from the “Organization of Former Residents of Lodz in Israel” burial registers. The final set of records for surnames starting with the letters K, P, R, and S will be added in our next update. These records will also be added to the JRI-Poland database.

Melbourne, Australia
Thanks to the Melbourne Chevra Kadisha which has submitted over 29,000 records from 49 cemeteries in Melbourne and surrounding towns. We are especially grateful to the Chevra Kadisha since this is JOWBR’s first significant data collection from Australia.

Wisconsin, USA
Thanks to the Jewish Museum Milwaukee for their submission of approximately 27,000 records from 50 cemeteries throughout Wisconsin.

South Africa
Thanks to Stan Hart for his work to submit close to 17,000 records from over 135 cemeteries throughout South Africa. Stan hopes to add photos to these records in future JOWBR updates.

Virginia / Maryland, USA
Thanks to the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Inc. (DC) and a team of volunteers coordinated by Marlene Bishow, Ernie Fine and Harvey Kabaker for their submission of 5,000 records and 4,800 photos from Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,500 records from the B'nai Israel Congregation Cemetery in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Ontario, Canada
Thanks to Allen Halberstadt, lead contributor to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, Toronto’ Cemetery Project, for submitting and updating approximately 120 cemeteries with 5,000 records from Bathurst Memorial, Lambton Mills, and Mount Sinai cemeteries. In addition to the records, over 4,000 photos from Dawes Road Cemetery are included in this update thanks to the efforts of Robert Lubinski.

Georgia, USA
Thanks to Ruth Einstein, Special Projects Coordinator for The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum in Atlanta, Georgia for her submission of 4,000 new and updated records from 17 Atlanta area cemeteries.

California, USA
Thanks to Peggy Hooper at California Genealogy and History Archives for submitting 3,400 records with photos from sections of Eden Memorial Park, Temple Beth Israel, Home of Peace (LA), and Home of Peace (San Diego) cemeteries. Eden Memorial photos were taken by Dr. William A. Mann.

Czeladz – Będzin, Poland
Thanks to Jeff Cymbler for his submission of over 3,200 records with 3,100 accompanying photos from this town’s cemetery.

Florida, USA
  • Thanks to Susan Steinfeld, Cemetery Project Coordinator for the Jewish Genealogy Society of Broward County, and her team for their submission of more than 3,000 record and photos from selected sections in the Star of David Cemetery in Miami.
  • Thanks to Ina Getzoff, JOWBR Coordinator for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, for her submission of 150 new records and 450 photos from the South Florida National Cemetery.
Petach Tikvah / Segulah, Israel
Thanks to Gilda Kurtzman for her ongoing record refinement and 3,000 new photos. In total, JOWBR includes close to 60,000 records and 17,000 photos from this cemetery.

Sighetu Marmaţiei, Romania
Thanks to Vivian Kahn, H-SIG Coordinator, for her first installment of 2,950 records from the Sighetu Marmaţiei cemetery register. Additional records are being worked on for the next update.

Roman, Romania
Thanks to Claudia Greif and Rosanne Leeson for 2,100 records from the Roman cemetery register from Roman in the Moldavia region of Romania.

El Paso, Texas, USA
Thanks to Sandy Aaronson for her work to update and photograph B’nai Zion and Temple Mt. Sinai cemeteries in El Paso. Sandy has added 450 records and 2,100 photos.

Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Thanks to Stuart Farber for his submission of 2,000 records from the Beth Abraham Cemetery Association in Ferndale, Michigan.

St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Thanks to Deena Sandusky for submitting more than 1,700 records from the Adath Joseph and Shaare Sholem Roches cemeteries in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Latvia / Lithuania / Ukraine
Thanks to Christine Usdine for permitting JOWBR to include various Latvian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian cemetery records and photos from her site. Translations of those stones were provided by Sarah Mages.

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
A special thanks to Eileen Wegge, 8th grade public school teacher who during her Holocaust history curriculum coordinated a cemetery indexing project with her students at Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery in St. Paul.

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Thanks to Gene Baruch for indexing and photographing 1,000 stones at the Greensboro Hebrew Cemetery.

South Carolina Cemeteries
Thanks to Ann Hellman, president of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina for her most recent submission of 1,000 additional records from various South Carolina cemeteries.

Whether your name or records are listed above, we appreciate all your submissions! Thank you to all the donors that submitted information for this update.

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
JewishGen VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR – Coordinator
December 2010

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