JewishGen is proud to announce its 2012 year-end 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
This update adds approximately 94,000 new records and 40,000 new photos.
The database is adding 216 new cemeteries along with updates or additions to
an additional 129 cemeteries. This update brings JOWBR's holdings to 1.95
million records >from more than 3,800 cemeteries / cemetery sections >from 81
countries! (Cemetery Description files, maps and overview photos are being
processed and should be completed by the end of the month.)
I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find
and gain permission to add many data sets >from around the world. 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
Of particular note in this update are the following additions:
-- Hamburg, Germany. Thanks to Herr Gerold Helmts of the Jüdische
Gemeinde Hamburg (www.jfhh.org) for more than 14,500 records >from the
Hamburg cemetery. More records will be added to this collection in the
-- Berlin, Germany. Thanks to Bert de Jong who has been working on
photographing and indexing the stones at the Weissensee Cemetery in Berlin.
This update includes 7,200 records and photos. Bert also submitted records
for other smaller German and Dutch cemeteries.
-- Brody, Ukraine. Thanks to Ami Elyasaf, Project Leader, Pam
Weisberger, Gesher Galicia Project Coordinator, and their team of volunteers
for submitting 6,200 photos and records >from Brody's new cemetery. An
entire list of volunteers can be found >from the Cemetery Description field
-- Miskolc, Hungary. Thanks to John Kovacs, Project Leader, and his
team of volunteer data entry and translators for submitting 6,100 records
from the Miskolc Chevra Kadisha register. An entire list of volunteers canbe found >from the Cemetery Description field within JOWBR.
-- Ontario, Canada. Thanks to Allen Halberstadt, coordinator for the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada, Toronto's Cemetery Project, for
submitting and updating approximately 4,200 records >from various cemeteries
along with 850 photos. We also than Robert Lubinski and Kevin Hanit for
their help with Ontario cemeteries.
-- Magdeburg and Halle, Germany. Thanks to Max Privorozki head of the
Jewish community of Halle/Salle who submitted approximately 3,800 records
from 3 cemeteries in the towns of Halle and Magdeburg.-- Thessaloniki, Greece and Jamaica. Thanks to Michael Glatzer of the
Ben Zvi Institute in Jerusalem, publishers of two volumes whose records are
in this update. Isaac Samuel Emmanuel's, book "Matzevot Saloniki adding
approximately 1,900 records >from Thessaloniki and Richard D. Barnett and
Philip Wright?s book (edited by Oron Yoffe), "The Jews of Jamaica,
Tombstone inscriptions 1663 - 1880" added more than 1,450 records >from 19
cemeteries throughout the island of Jamaica.
-- Leeds, England. We wish to thank the Leeds UHC, BHH and Eitz Chaim
Synagogues for permitting us to include approximately 3,000 records and
photos >from the Gelderd Road cemetery. An entire list of volunteers can be
found >from the Cemetery Description field within JOWBR.
-- Algeria. Thanks to Bernard Haddad for submitting approximately
2,800 records >from 4 Algerian cemeteries. Mr. Haddad is the president and
founder of Mémoire Active d'Algérie (Active Memory of Algeria,) the
association to safeguard and preserve Jewish cemeteries in Algeria.
-- Bender, Moldova. Thanks to Yefim Kogan, Cemetery Project
Coordinator for the Bessarabia SIG for submitting more than 2,600 records
and photos >from the Zagorodnaya Street cemetery.
-- Passaic Cemetery, New Jersey. Thanks to Mark Pollack for adding an
additional 2,400 records >from the Passaic Junction cemetery in Saddle Brook,
-- Trebic, Czech Republic. Thanks to Lubor Herzan of the municipality
of Trebic and the Mayor of Trebic, Mr. Pavel Herman. More than 2,300
records were submitted >from information on headstones and >from the burial
register >from the town.
-- Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Thanks to Jakob Finci, President of
the Jewish Community of Sarajevo for access to more than 2,000 records from
the Sarajevo Cemetery.
-- King David Cemetery, Putnam, New York. Thanks to Gene Baumwoll CSW
for adding an additional 1,800 records and photos >from various sections of
the King David Cemetery (Beth David Cemetery) which is part of the Rose
Hills Memorial Park.
-- Mishawaka, Indiana. Thanks to Mike Kring for submitting 1,600
records and photos >from the Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery.
-- Harrisburg, PA. Thanks to Rabbi Akiva Males of Kesher Israel
Congregation in Harrisburg for submitting more than 1,500 records >from the
Kesher Israel Cemetery on 34th Street.
-- 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.
We plan on updating JewishGen's Memorial Plaque project before the summer
conference. We currently have approximately 10,000 records online with an
additional 10,000 to add. We're still actively looking for additional files
for the launch. Please contact me to find out more about this project and
how you or your JGS can help.
JewishGen VP for Data Acquisition
JOWBR - Coordinator