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

This update includes more than 94,000 new
records and approximately 12,000 new photos >from
16 countries. This brings JOWBR's holdings in
excess of 1.2 million records >from more than
2,400 cemeteries / cemetery section >from 46

Of particular note in this update are the following additions:

U.S. National Cemetery Records. We are
very proud to add more than 23,000 records >from
150 national cemeteries located in 46 states and
Puerto Rico. These records represent veterans
whose markers have a Star of David on it.
Iasi, Romania. Thanks to Reuven Singer
and his team for more than 17,500 additional
burial records translated >from the Hebrew burial
register >from 1888 - 1894 and women's records
from 1915 - 1943.
Bathurst, Ontario. Thanks to Kevin Hanit
and Allen Halberstadt representing the JGS of
Canada (Toronto) for more than 9,000 records >from
60 sections of this Canadian cemetery.
Krakow, Poland. Thanks to Lili Haber and
the Association of Cracowians in Israel for their
submission of more than 6,300 records >from the
Miodowa Street Cemetery in Krakow.
Vitsyebsk, Belarus. Thanks to Esther
Herschman Rechtschafner for submitting more than
5,600 cemetery records and creating a ShtetLink
site for Vitebsk at
Bayside, NY. Thanks to Maurice Kessler
and his team for an additional 5,600 records >from
the Bayside / Ozone Queens cemetery complex whose
original records were documented by Florence
Marmor and David Gevertzman.
Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Thanks to the JGS
of Ottawa, Canada's Hymie Reichstein and Bruce
Reisch for an additional installment of more
than 4,300 records and photos for this cemetery
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 1,500 additional
Maryland Records. Thanks to the Jewish
Museum of Maryland ( for
an additional 3,900 records >from various
Baltimore area cemeteries.
Uzhhorod, Ukraine (Ungvár, Hungary).
Special thanks to a team of volunteers who helped
to transcribe more than 3,900 burial records >from
the Hebrew burial register predominantly >from
pre-World War I Ungvár, Hungary. Transcription
volunteers Al Silberman, Batya Gottlieb, Shaul
Sharoni, Solomon Schlussel, Vivian Kahn, and
Zygomnt Boxer have been working on this for
almost a year. Joseph Zajonc, Shula Laby, Yossi
Gal, and Richard Nemes have been working >from a
handwritten Yiddish register.
Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma. 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 approximately 3,500
new records and more than 3,900 photographs.
Argentina. Thanks to Yehuda Mathov for
coordinating and submitting more than 900
additional records >from various Argentinean
Wisconsin, Belarus & Lithuania. Thanks
to Joel Alpert for adding close to 900 burial
records >from his ShtetLink pages for the unlikely
trio of Sheboygan Wisconsin, Lyepyel Belarus and
Jurbarkas Lithuania. Special thanks to Rabbi
Edward Boraz of the Dartmouth Hillel Project
Preservation program whose student members
restore cemeteries in Eastern Europe for
translation and use of the Jurbarkas stones.
Foreign Language Volunteers. 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.

We anticipate that the next update will be
between late fall and the end of the calendar

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
VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR - Coordinator
Jul 2009

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