JOWBR Grows to Over 2 Million Records #galicia

Nolan Altman

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2014 pre-Conference 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 take a look at the
first two explanatory screencasts at

This update adds approximately 124,000 new records and 25,000 new
photos. The database is adding and/or updating 190 cemeteries. This
update brings JOWBR's holdings to 2.27 million records >from almost 4,400
cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 85 countries!

Once again, donors for this update include a mix of individuals, Jewish
genealogical societies, historical societies and museums. We appreciate
all our donors' submissions and the transliteration work done by a faithful
group of JewishGen volunteers.

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. 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 Cleveland,
Ohio and surrounding areas, Leeds, England, various German towns,
Bialystok, Poland, Chernigov, Ukraine, Shanghai, China, and an annual
update >from the US Veterans Administration. Please check our online
cemetery inventory at
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
June, 2014

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