Re: 200,000 additional gravestone records from Poland now searchable... #poland

Connie Fisher Newhan

A wonderful achievement! Kudos once again to Stanley Diamond and
JRI-Poland!! and thank you also to the FDJC!
A great way to begin the new year!

Best Regards,

Connie Fisher Newhan (#1272)
California, USA
(Obertyn, Galacia) BARSKA/BARSKY/BARSKIY(Odessa), GOLDBERG (Sokolka?),
FELDMAN (Veliuona,Kaunas), CAHN (Bendorf, German), FRIEDSAM (Bodendorf,
Germany, Pittsburgh, PA), NEWHAN/NEUHAN/NEUHAHN (Hesse Cassel,
Germany, Baltimore, MD) BOHORODCZANER (Potok Zloty, Ukraine), LEVINE,


As a result of a historic agreement between Jewish Records Indexing -
Poland and the Foundation for Documentation of (Polish) Jewish
Cemeteries (FDJC), a search of the JRI-Poland database links to the
Foundation's Database with more than 200,000 gravestones >from 81

The Foundation has developed the most extensive source for locating
Jewish Cemetery gravestones in Poland.

The aim of the JRI-Poland / FDJC agreement is to bring the work of
the FDJC to the widest audience as well as to utilize the multi-faceted
JRI-Poland search engine options to dramatically increase the potential
for finding gravestones of interest in the FDJC database. For a full
list of cemeteries now included in the database, go to:

A routine JRI-Poland search <> will now generate
search results that include entries >from the FDJC database and link
directly to both digital images and full transcriptions of the

The JRI-Poland search system provides important additional features
when accessing the FDJC database, features not previously available
in an FDJC search. Instead of just surnames, it is now possible to
search by surname, given name, and town or a combination of these.
In addition, you can search by year ranges. (IMPORTANT: The FDJC
database contains entries for cemeteries all over Poland. Therefore,
do NOT indicate a specific "geographic region" when searching for
records in the FDJC database.)

Together, these features provide an invaluable tool - both for
expanding your overview or focusing searches and solving dilemmas
associated with getting too many results when a search involves
common surnames.

The origins of the FDJC

The creation of the FDJC is another dramatic illustration of how one
individual's vision and generosity can be the start of a project
far exceeding the original intentions. Mr. Emile Karafiol of Chicago
recognized the need to have every gravestone in the Warsaw
Okopowa Street Cemetery digitally photographed and transcribed
and made available on the Internet for all to benefit. That was just
the beginning!

Under the local management and direction of Witold Wrzosinski and
Remigiusz Sosnowski, as well as The Jewish Community of Warsaw (JCW),
and under the patronage of Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of
Poland, work started on the inventorying, imaging and gravestone
mapping project.

By 2010,work on the Okopowa cemetery had been virtually completed
and with the additional financial support of Mel and Dina Fishman of
Toronto and the JCW, the cemetery in Szydlowiec was documented
in a similar fashion. Since then, another eighty cemeteries followed.

The Foundation is managed by three highly qualified and dedicated
individuals: Alicja Mroczkowska, an anthropologist and heritage
conservation specialist >from the Jewish Historical Institute,
Remigiusz Sosnowski, cemetery Halacha specialist >from the
Warsaw Jewish Community, and Witold Wrzosinski, graduate of
Jewish History, Culture and Languages Department at the
Warsaw University, philologist and a professional genealogist.

For the history of the Foundation for Documentation of Jewish
Cemeteries and full description of its activities, see:

The Board of JRI-Poland is indebted to the Foundation and its management
for their confidence in JRI-Poland and their vision and co-operation in
making this historic agreement possible and their database so widely

The agreement dramatically illustrates how good will and cooperation
between two organizations with a common interest can best serve
researchers with Jewish roots in Poland.

Stanley Diamond,
Executive Director, JRI-Poland
For the Board of Jewish Records Indexing- Poland

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