JOWBR Year-End Update #germany

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is very proud to announce its 2010 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 user, we recommend that you take a look at the first
two explanatory screencasts at

This update is our largest to date and includes 170,000 new
records and 32,700 new photos. The database is adding 360 new
cemeteries along with updates or additions to an additional 213
cemeteries >from 21 countries. This brings JOWBR's holdings in
excess of 1.57 million records >from more than 3,050 cemeteries /
cemetery sections >from 47 countries!

Once again, you will see that the 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. Of particular note in this update are
the following additions:

• Lodz, Poland. Thanks to a dedicated team of data entry
and validation volunteers, we are adding approximately 39,000
records to those that went live in June. JOWBR now includes
approximately 50,000 records >from the "Organization of Former
Residents of Lodz in Israel" burial registers. The final set of
records for surnames starting with the letters K, P, R, and S will
be added in our next update. These records will also be added to
the JRI-Poland database.
• Melbourne, Australia. Thanks to the Melbourne Chevra
Kadisha which has submitted over 29,000 records >from 49 cemeteries
in Melbourne and surrounding towns. We are especially grateful to
the Chevra Kadisha since this is JOWBR's first significant data
collection >from Australia.
• Wisconsin, USA. Thanks to the Jewish Museum Milwaukee
( for their submission of
approximately 27,000 records >from 50 cemeteries throughout Wisconsin.
• South Africa. Thanks to Stan Hart for his work to submit
close to 17,000 records >from over 135 cemeteries throughout South
Africa. Stan hopes to add photos to these records in future JOWBR
• Virginia / Maryland, USA. Thanks to the Jewish Genealogy
Society of Greater Washington, Inc. (DC) and a team of volunteers
coordinated by Marlene Bishow, Ernie Fine and Harvey Kabaker for
their submission of 5,000 records and 4,800 photos >from Arlington
National Cemetery and more than 1,500 records >from the B'nai Israel
Congregation Cemetery in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
• Ontario, Canada. Thanks to Allen Halberstadt, lead
contributor to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, Toronto'
Cemetery Project, for submitting and updating approximately 120
cemeteries with 5,000 records >from Bathurst Memorial, Lambton Mills,
and Mount Sinai cemeteries. In addition to the records, over 4,000
photos >from Dawes Road Cemetery are included in this update thanks
to the efforts of Robert Lubinski.
• Georgia, USA. Thanks to Ruth Einstein, Special Projects
Coordinator for The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum in
Atlanta, Georgia for her submission of 4,000 new and updated records
from 17 Atlanta area cemeteries.
• California, USA. Thanks to Peggy Hooper at California
Genealogy and History Archives
( for
submitting 3,400 records with photos >from sections of Eden Memorial
Park, Temple Beth Israel, Home of Peace (LA), and Home of Peace (San
Diego) cemeteries. Eden Memorial photos were taken by Dr. William A.
• Czeladz - Bedzin, Poland. Thanks to Jeff Cymbler for his
submission of over 3,200 records with 3,100 accompanying photos >from
this town's cemetery.
• Florida, USA.
Thanks to Susan Steinfeld, Cemetery Project Coordinator for
the Jewish Genealogy Society of Broward County, and her team for
their submission of more than 3,000 record and photos >from selected
sections in the Star of David Cemetery in Miami.
Thanks to Ina Getzoff, JOWBR Coordinator for the Jewish
Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, for her submission of 150
new records and 450 photos >from the South Florida National Cemetery.
• Petach Tikvah / Segulah, Israel. Thanks to Gilda Kurtzman
for her ongoing record refinement and 3,000 new photos. In total,
JOWBR includes close to 60,000 records and 17,000 photos >from this
• Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania. Thanks to Vivian Kahn, H-SIG
Coordinator, for her first installment of 2,950 records >from the
Sighetu Marmatiei cemetery register. Additional records are being
worked on for the next update.
• Roman, Romania. Thanks to Claudia Greif and Rosanne Leeson
for 2,100 records >from the Roman cemetery register >from Roman in
the Moldavia region of Romania.
• El Paso, Texas, USA. Thanks to Sandy Aaronson for her work
to update and photograph B'nai Zion and Temple Mt. Sinai cemeteries
in El Paso. Sandy has added 450 records and 2,100 photos.
• Ferndale, Michigan, USA. Thanks to Stuart Farber for his
submission of 2,000 records >from the Beth Abraham Cemetery
Association in Ferndale, Michigan.
• St. Joseph, Missouri, USA. Thanks to Deena Sandusky for
submitting more than 1,700 records >from the Adath Joseph and Shaare
Sholem Roches cemeteries in St. Joseph, Missouri.
• Latvia / Lithuania / Ukraine. Thanks to Christine Usdine
for permitting JOWBR to include various Latvian, Lithuanian and
Ukrainian cemetery records and photos >from her site at
Translations of those stones were provided by Sarah Mages.
• St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. A special thanks to Eileen Wegge,
8th grade public school teacher who during her Holocaust history
curriculum coordinated a cemetery indexing project with her students
at Chesed Shel Emes Cemetery in St. Paul.
• Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Thanks to Gene Baruch for
indexing and photographing 1,000 stones at the Greensboro Hebrew
• South Carolina Cemeteries. Thanks to Ann Hellman,
president of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina
( for her most recent submission of 1,000
additional records >from various South Carolina cemeteries.
• 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 December 2010

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