Friday, July 26, 2013

JOWBR Breaks Through the 2 Million Record Mark!

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2013 pre-Conference update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR database can be accessed at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/  If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Screencasts/ 

This update adds approximately 75,000 new records and 21,000 new photos.  The database is adding 220 new cemeteries along with updates or additions to an additional 330 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 2.03 million records from almost 4,050 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 81 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. 

I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many of the records from under-represented countries.  In addition, without our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend, we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.

Of particular note in this update are the following additions:
  • Germany. We are adding close to 140 new German cemeteries (20,000 records).  Significant contributions came from:
    • Dieter Peters submitted approximately 130 cemeteries with 11,000 records from his collection. Additional cemetery records will be added in future updates.
    • Gerold Helmts of the Jüdische Gemeinde, Hamburg, submitted 2 Hamburg cemeteries with 4,300 records.
    • Gil Hüttenmeister submitted 4 cemeteries comprising 2,750 records.
    • Professor Dr. Manfred Brusten submitted 3 Wuppertal cemeteries of 1,600 records.
  • Israel.  Thanks to Gilda Kurtzman for her ongoing submissions From Netanya, Petach Tikvah and Savyon.  This update includes 12,700 records and close to 1,000 photos.
  • New Haven, Connecticut.  Thanks to Rabbi Eliezer Greer, Research Director of The New Haven Jewish Cemetery Association, for supplementing and adjusting records we originally had from Rabbi Ed Cohen.  Rabbi Eliezer’s group is responsible for an additional 4,200 records. 
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth, Virginia. Our appreciation to Donna Bluemink for coordinating the submission of approximately 3,600 records from 3 cemeteries in Norfolk and for 3 cemeteries in Portsmouth, Virginia originally compiled by Samuel Werth.
  • Bender, Moldova. Thanks to Yefim Kogan for adding 3,300 additional records and photos for this cemetery in the Bessarabian region of Moldova.
  • Czech Republic.  We are adding close to 3,100 records from 11 different cemeteries thanks to Achab Haidler from the Chewra organization in the Czech Republic. 
  • Bahia Blanca, Argentina.  Thanks to Claudia Nasberg Director (Gerente) of the Asociación Israelita de Bahía Blanca for submitting source documents that include 2,250 records.
  • Slovakia.  We are adding 6 cemeteries, 1,900 records and 300 photos thanks to submission by Shaul Berger and Ludmila Pártošová.
  • Israeli Kibbutzim.  Our thanks to the Israel Genealogy Research Group for submitting 1,700 records from 6 Kibbutzim.
  • South Carolina Cemeteries.  Thanks to Ann Meddin Hellman for coordinating the submission of 1,700 photos from 4 South Carolinian cemeteries.
  • Waterbury, Connecticut.  Thanks to Ruben Poupko for submitting 1,650 records and photos for 8 Waterbury cemeteries.  Some additional sections will be added in future updates.
  • Bern-Wankdorf, Switzerland. Thanks to Rubina Lerch of the Sekretariat of the Jüdische Gemeinde Bern (JGB) for submitting 1,650 records from this Swiss cemetery.
  • Passaic Junction Cemetery, Saddle Brook, NJ.  Thanks to Mark Pollack who has completed indexing this cemetery with the final 1,500 records.
  • US Veteran Burials.  We are adding 1,500 records that update our collection of veteran burials in Federal and State veteran cemeteries around the country.
  • Guanabacoa, Cuba.  Our thanks to Daniel Kazez for submitting 1,400 records from this Cuban cemetery.
  • Ontario, Canada.  Thanks to Allen Halberstadt, coordinator of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, Toronto’s Cemetery Project, for updating 240 cemetery sections resulting in 1,400 additional records from various cemeteries. 
  • Slubice, Poland.  Thanks to Katja Wolgast for submitting 1,200 records from Słubice, formerly known in German as Dammvorstadt, which was the historic site of the Jewish Cemetery of Frankfurt (Oder).
  • Randolph, Massachusetts.  Thanks to Deborah Hatch for submitting 1,000 records and photos for 4 sections of the Lindwood Memorial Park in Randolph.
  • Peabody, Massachusetts.  Thanks to Mitch Hollander an Alan Gordon for submitting 1,000 records and 900 photos from the Temple Beth El Cemetery.
  • Soroca, Moldova. Thanks to Brock Bierman for submitting 900 records and photos from the old cemetery in Moldova.
  • Woburn, Massachusetts.  Thanks to Marjorie Duby for submitting 800 photos from the Beth Joseph 3 Cemetery section in Woburn, Mass.
  • 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 Acting VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR – Coordinator

July 2013

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