JOWBR Grows Past 3.8 Million Records! #JewishGenUpdates #announcements

Nolan Altman

     JewishGen is proud to announce its 2020 pre-“Virtual” Conference update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.


     Please visit to access the JOWBR database. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at  and take a look at the first two explanatory screencasts.


     This update, adds approximately 100,000 new records and 93,500 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 570 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 3.81 million records and 795,000 photos from approximately 8,880 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 134 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. 



     Significant additions to JOWBR by country include:


  • Argentina – approximately 1,200 new records from 17 different existing JOWBR cemeteries, the majority from Buenos Aires.
  • Canada – 800 additional records and 9,300 photos, mostly from the Baron de Hirsch - De la Savane Cemetery in Montreal.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 2,100 records and 1,500 photos from 13 new cemeteries.
  • England – 12,500 records and 10,700 photos from 20 cemeteries, the majority of which are from cemeteries in Liverpool.
  • Hungary – 7,700 records from Debrecen
  • Moldova – added 1,600 new records and photos from the Lipcani Jewish Cemetery.
  • Poland –approximately 2,900 new records from 20 new and existing cemeteries.
  • Russia – added 6,600 new records from 5 Russian cemeteries including 3,500 records from Irkutsk and 3,000 from Voronezh.
  • Ukraine – 8,500 records and photos from 9 new and updated cemeteries including 3,700 from the first installment from Mogilev-Podolsky and 3,100 from Kremenets.
  • United States - approximately 52,600 new records and 19,700 photos for 85 new and 46 updated cemeteries including 33,700 records from Har Nebo in Philadelphia and 5,600 from Mt. Sinai in Miami.
  • United States – we continue to add records and photos from the Lasky Collection.  His submission will include approximately 125,000 records, the vast majority with photos.  For more information on Mr. Lasky's current work, please see (the Museum of Family History website.)


     Please see for a complete listing of all cemeteries in JOWBR.


     I want to particularly thank Eric Feinstein who has been helping me to find and gain permission to add many non-US records from Germany, France and under-represented countries.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, Suzanne Tarica. and Valerie White. In addition, a big thank you to our volunteer transliterators, led by Gilberto Jugend and Anya Givental, without whom we would not be able to add the information from some very difficult to read photos.


     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.


     Our next update will include submissions received by November 30th for an update to be made by year-end.


Nolan Altman


JewishGen Director for Special Projects - JOWBR

July, 2020


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