Wednesday, December 18, 2013

JewishGen Adds 114,000 Burial Records!

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2013 year-end update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR database can be accessed  by clicking here. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts by clicking here.

This update adds approximately 114,000 new records and 19,000 new photos! The database is adding 172 new cemeteries along with updates or additions to an additional 219 cemeteries. This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 2.14 million records from more than 4,200 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 83 countries! (We’ve even added two new countries, the Dominican Republic and Sri Lanka.)

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:
  • Sharon, Massachusetts.  Thanks to the administrators of the Sharon Memorial Park with assistance from Jerry Wyner and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) for their submission of 37,100 records.
  • Praha, Czech Republic.  Thanks to Randy Schoenberg and the Jewish Community of Praha for 25,200 records from the New Jewish Cemetery.
  • Pennsylvania. Thanks to Susan Melnick, archivist for the Rauh Jewish Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center for 9,100 records from the Beth Shalom Cemetery connected with Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, Pa and for the Johnstown area cemeteries (including 1,050 records from 6 cemeteries in Westmont and Geistown.
  • Germany. We are adding close to 62 new German cemeteries (7,300 records).  Significant contributions came from Dieter Peters, who submitted approximately 40 cemeteries with 5,000 records from his collection. Additional cemetery records will be added in future updates. In addition, by partnering with JewishGen’s German Special Interest Group (GER-SIG), we have added 20 cemeteries with approximately 2,150 records.
  • Zhytomyr, Ukraine.  Thanks to a team of volunteers from JewishGen’s Ukrainian Special Interest Group (UKR-SIG) for 4,100 additional records and 5,300 photos to link to the entire collection.
  • Sadgora, Ukraine.  Thanks to a project funded by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Ottawa, Canada, the submission includes 3,500 records and their linked photos.
  • Hégenheim, France. Thanks to Professor Frowald Gil Huettenmeister for the submission of 3,200 records from his book on the cemetery:  Hüttenmeister, Gil und Rogg, Lea: “Der jüdische Friedhof in Hegenheim. Le Cimetière Israélite de Hégenheim (Haut-Rhin)”.
  • Ontario, Canada.  Thanks to Allen Halberstadt, coordinator of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, Toronto’s Cemetery Project, for updating 190 cemetery sections resulting in 2,800 additional records from various cemeteries.  
  • Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Thanks to David Jovegelevicius, President of the Centro Israelita, Porto Alegre, Brazil for submitting his data set of 2,600 records.
  • Waterbury, Connecticut.  Thanks to Ruben Poupko for submitting 1,800 records and photos for 3 additional Waterbury cemeteries.  Included in this update are records and photos from Hebrew Benefit Cemetery, Melchizedek Cemetery, and the Farband Cemetery.
  • Kursk, Russia.  Thanks to Mikhail Moiseevich Kaner, Chairman of the Jewish community of the city of Kursk for submitting 1,300 records along with 1,100 photos.
  • West Springfield, Massachusetts.  Thanks to Jeff Kontoff for photographing the Kodimoh Cemetery and submitting 1,250 photos and an additional 250 records.
  • Forest Park, Illinois.  Thanks to Debra Wolraich for submitting 1,200 records from the Anshe Motele Society section in the Waldheim Cemetery.
  • Eisenstadt, Austria.  From the book “Die Grabschriften aus Alten Judenfriedhoes in Einsenstadt” by Bernhard Wachstsin, a listing of the 1,200 burials in the old cemetery that took place between 1679 until 1874.
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.

If you have not already done so, please consider making a donation to help support our important work. You can donate via Credit Card by clicking here. (Gifts of $100 or more grant Value Added Services). PayPal donations can be made here. Checks can me made payable, and sent to:
JewishGen, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

Stay tuned for more updates!

Nolan Altman
JewishGen Acting VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR – Coordinator
December 2013

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