Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech JOWBR Update Announcement #austria-czech

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is pleased to announce its 2009 year-end update to the
JOWBR (JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR
database can be accessed at

This update includes approximately 104,500 new records and 20,700
new photos. The database is adding 118 new cemeteries along with updates or
additions to an additional 99 cemeteries >from 15 countries. This brings
JOWBR's holdings in excess of 1.3 million records >from more than 2,500
cemeteries / cemetery sections >from 45 countries!

JewishGen is also pleased to announce two new partnerships, both
starting in the fourth quarter of 2009:
1. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA)
in Cincinnati, Ohio. JewishGen volunteers will help to create searchable
databases >from paper holdings at the archives for inclusion in JOWBR. We
thank the administration at the Archives and Jennie Cole for help
facilitating the arrangement. Thanks also to JewishGen volunteer Marian
Brown for help on premises.
2. The Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project, led by Harley Felstein,
assists in restoring abandoned Jewish cemeteries around the United States.
The Project will be adding burial records >from these abandoned cemeteries to
the JOWBR database. If you are aware of such sites, please contact Harley at

Of particular note in this update are the following additions:
. Bayside, NY. Thanks to Maurice Kessler and his team for an
additional 23,000 records >from the Bayside / Ozone Queens cemetery complex
whose original records were documented by Florence Marmor and David
. Weil Funeral Home Records - Cincinnati, OH. Thanks to the
management of the Weil Funeral Home ( and
the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
( for the first installment of 10,800
funeral records.
. Washington State. Thanks to the Jewish Genealogical Society of
Washington State, led by coordinator Nancy Adelson, for over 9,100 records
from 11 cemetery locations within the state. Photographs and additional
records are still to come.
. Mount of Olives, Israel. Thanks to the Israel Genealogical Society
through a project coordinated by Mathilde A. Tagger and facilitated by Rose
Feldman, to add portions of approximately 7,600 records >from their detailed
Mount of Olives records to JOWBR. Full records can be found on their site
at (
. Maryland Records. Thanks to the Jewish Museum of Maryland
( and Deb Weiner for an additional 6,600 records from
four Baltimore area cemeteries.
. Radauti, Romania. Thanks to Yossi Yagur for adding over 5,300
records to the existing Radauti records.
. Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park and Pardes Shalom Cemetery, Ontario.
Thanks to Kevin Hanit and Allen Halberstadt representing the JGS of Canada
(Toronto) for more than 4,900 records >from 70 sections of these two Canadian
. Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, the Dakotas and Kansas. Thanks to
Terry Lasky who has submitted records and photographs that he has personally
created or coordinated with other volunteers in these states. This update
includes more than 4,300 new records and approximately 3,600 photographs.
. Petach Tikvah, Israel. Thanks to Gilda Kurtzman for her ongoing
work at the Segulah Cemetery in Petach Tikvah, with approximately 4,300
additional records and 2,300 additional photos
. Home of Peace Cemetery & Emanu-El Mausoleum, Colma, CA. Thanks to
Pierre Hahn and Rosanne Leeson >from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) , for adding close to 4,200 records >from the first book of burial
records for this San Francisco area cemetery.
. New York City Metropolitan Cemeteries. JOWBR has added
approximately 3,200 records along with their corresponding photos through
the Jewish Genealogy Society of New York's Cemetery Project >from various
landsmanschaft plots in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey
. Shara Tfilo, West Roxbury, MA. Thanks to Marjorie Duby for adding
to JOWBR's existing records with an additional 2,400 burial records and
3,800 photos.
. Khotyn, Ukraine. Thanks to Hymie Reichstein for coordinating the
submission of approximately 2,700 burial records and photos >from the
cemetery in Khotyn.
. Weibstadt, Germany. Thanks to Allan T. Hirsh for adding
approximately 2,700 records >from the old and new cemeteries in Weibstadt.
. South Carolina Cemeteries. Thanks to Ann Hellman, president of the
Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina ( for
their submission of close to 2,100 burial records and 900 photos >from seven
South Carolina cemeteries.
. Lodz Ghetto Victims. Thanks to Avigdor Ben-Dov for coordinating
submissions of close to 1,400 records >from burials marked by the IDF working
with the Yad LeZehava Holocaust Research Institute (YZI) Witnesses in
Uniform project at three sections of the cemetery in Lodz.
. Slovakian Cemeteries and Foreign Language Volunteers. Thanks to
Bobby Furst for submitting photos >from around Slovakia and a special thanks
to our team of Hebrew and foreign language translators for their patience
working with often very hard-to-read headstones; David Rosen, Ernest
Kallman, Gilberto Jugend, Nathen Gabriel, Osnat Hazan, Reuben Gross, Shay
Meyer and Zygmont Boxer.
. Anchorage, Alaska. Last but not least, thanks to Brock Shamberg for
submitting records and photos >from Anchorage Alaska cemeteries. probably our
northernmost burial records.
. 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
January 2010

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