South Africa SIG #SouthAfrica JOWBR Pre-Conference Update #southafrica


Nolan Altman
 

JOWBR Grows to Over 2.4 Million Records!

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2015 pre-Conference update to the JOWBR
(JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database. The JOWBR database
can be accessed at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/ If you're
a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you take a look at the first two
explanatory screencasts at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Screencasts/

This update adds approximately 70,000 new records and 21,000 new photos.
The database is adding and/or updating 570 cemeteries. This update brings
JOWBR's holdings to 2.4 million records >from more than 5,400 cemeteries /
cemetery sections representing 115 countries!

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.

I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been instrumental in the
growth of foreign veteran and foreign country burials. Eric works with a
team of data entry volunteers; Alla Aizenberg, Sandra Bennett, Julie Bolton,
Sharon Duckman, Helen Furnell, Henry Graupner, Guy Haber, Ann Meddin
Hoffmann, Maurice Kessler, Harriet Mayer, Hans Nord, Renee Payne, Amit
Pinsler, Yael Polat, Irina Roskin, Rebecca Stern, Suzanne Tarica, Nicholas
Trokiner, Sari Tuomioja, and Paula Zieselman. 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 photos.

Significant additions to the database include collections >from Austria, the
Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Ukraine and the
United States. Please check our online cemetery inventory at
http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm for a complete
listing.

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
JOWBR Coordinator
nta@pipeline.com

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