Year End Update - JOWBR Grows to Over 2.77 Million Records! #usa

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2015 year end update to the JOWBR
(JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR database
can be accessed at If you're
a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at and take a look at
the first two explanatory screencasts.

This update, our largest ever, adds approximately 335,000 new records
and 15,800 new photos. The database is adding and/or updating 691
cemeteries. This update brings JOWBR's holdings to 2.774 million records
from almost 6,000 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 121 countries!
(Explanatory files, maps and description files are in the process of being

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.

The most significant addition to JOWBR comes >from the Association of
Jewish Genealogy of Argentina (AJGA). Due to their efforts, we have been
able to add approximately 225,000 >from Argentina and an additional 25,000
records >from other South American countries. Thank you AJGA!

Along with the sets >from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, other
significant additions to the database include collections >from Slutsk
(Belarus), France, Germany, Moldova, Serbia and the United States. Please
check the cemetery inventory at for a complete

JOWBR continues to add thousands of records of Jewish veteran burials
in military cemeteries predominantly >from World War I in France, Italy and
Belgium and other cemeteries around the world.

This update also includes our first records >from 6 new countries, some
are for veteran burials; Chile, Iran, Macedonia, New Guinea, Nigeria, and

Visit for
a complete listing of cemeteries currently in the JOWBR database.

I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to
find and gain permission to add many of the German towns in addition to
records >from under-represented countries. Eric's group of volunteers
includes Sandra Bennett, Julie Bolton, Sharon Duckman, Aaron Goldberg, Henry
Graupner, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Harriet Mayer, Hans Nord,
Irina Roskin, Adina Schwartz, Suzanne Tarica, and Sari Tuomioja. 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

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
December, 2015

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