Hurricane Irene, Cemetery Destruction and JOWBR #general

Nolan Altman

Hi all,

Some of you may have seen the story of the Rochester, Vermont cemetery that
was destroyed by Hurricane Irene,

The destruction of cemeteries, whether by sudden forces of nature or the
passage of time, is another reason to consider indexing and submitting
photos and records to JewishGen's JOWBR (JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial
Registry - project where the
information will have a permanent home for researchers and family members to
access into the future. When you think about cemeteries in poor condition,
most of us only think about Eastern European and other foreign cemeteries.
Sadly, the same has been happening with cemeteries in the United States as
well. Due to shifting Jewish populations or burial societies that do not
have management to continue monitoring and paying for maintenance we see
cemeteries and cemetery sections fall into disrepair close to home.

If you're interested in helping index and/or photographing Jewish
cemeteries, please see the written instructions at or watch our
explanatory screencasts at
If you have any further questions, please contact me directly at

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Nolan Altman
JewishGen VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR Coordinator

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