JewishGen's JOWBR Project receives IAJGS Outstanding Resource Award #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

Earlier today, we were honored to learn that JewishGen’s JOWBR project (which stands for the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry) was the recipient of the IAJGS “Outstanding Resource” Award. JOWBR is a project with a long name, but one that has tremendous impact.

Under the tireless and devoted leadership of Nolan Altman, JOWBR (this very week) has now surpassed 4.1 million records in total. A truly remarkable accomplishment which is a testament to Nolan and his entire team of volunteers who have devoted so much of themselves toward this important project.

JOWBR is not an Ashkenazic database, nor is it a Sephardic database - it is a Jewish database. Our goal is to create one centralized location whereby people can search Jewish burial records from around the world. And to date, we have collected information from more than 9,000 cemeteries in more than 135 countries. 

So what can you do? 

First, use the database! Visit and search through our collection. A complete listing of all cemeteries included in the database can be accessed here: 

Second, share this information with family, friends and leadership of Jewish institutions and schools and synagogues. Let them know that JOWBR is a treasure trove available to them at no cost (as with everything at JewishGen).

And finally, get involved!  Either as an individual or as a member of your Jewish genealogical society, YOU can make an impact. You can join our team of volunteers who are spread around the world, and who are contributing towards this project. To learn more about volunteering, and what’s involved with submitting cemetery information, please visit:

We thank IAJGS for this award, and wish a Mazal Tov to Nolan Altman and his team upon this wonderful recognition of their work.

Avraham Groll

Executive Director

Baltimore cemeteries, John Myerson #usa

Jeffrey Knisbacher

Tried to reply directly to Adam Turner, but even after logging in, could not find a Reply button (from my Thunderbird email system). In any case, John Myerson's death certificate indicates he was buried by the now defunct Lewis Funeral Home. Some of those records are  held by the Jewish Museum of Maryland (formerly the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland). Adam might try contacting Joanna Church of the Museum (cc-ed above) to see if Myerson's record (Dec. 30, 1917) is there. If it is, it might contain the data that he would otherwise get from the tombstone. 

Jeff Knisbacher, Bradenton, FL (formerly Baltimore)

Mazal Tov to Nolan Altman upon receiving the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award! #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

Earlier today, we were thrilled to learn that our colleague and friend, Nolan Altman, has been named the recipient of the 2021 IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Assuming leadership from Joyce Field upon her retirement, Nolan has worked tirelessly to build up JOWBR (the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry), the Holocaust Database, and the Memorial Plaques Database. Because of his efforts, along with many volunteers that he has recruited, overseen, and engaged, JOWBR has now surpassed the 4.1 million mark, the Holocaust Database has now surpassed the 3.6 million mark, and the (newer) Memorial Plaques Database has surpassed 205k records.

Alongside his "usual” JewishGen responsibilities, Nolan has also played a significant role in crafting strategic goals and initiatives, and constantly volunteers his time and effort towards promoting JewishGen to the broader community. And in that context, it should also be noted that Nolan has held significant leadership roles on both the IAJGS and local society levels, including his own JGS of Long Island.

Nolan represents the values of JewishGen so well, and we are proud that he joins many of his current/past JewishGen colleagues as a recipient of this award.

On behalf of the entire JewishGen team, please join me in wishing him a warm Mazal Tov!

Avraham Groll

Executive Director

IAJGS Hungarian Division Presentations #hungary #slovakia #JewishGenUpdates

Vivian Kahn

Please contact me off-list if you'd like handouts from my sessions.

Vivian Kahn
JewishGen Hungary Research Division Director

53,000 New #Subcarpathia Records on JewishGen #subcarpathia

Lara Diamond

JewishGen is pleased to announce that over 53,000 records have been
added to our Sub-Carpathia Vital Records collection, which can be
searched via JewishGen's Hungary and Ukraine databases, as well as
through the Unified Search, for a total of over 100,000 records! The
new records include:

34209 births
5023 marriages
13984 deaths

You can access JewishGen’s Hungary Database by clicking here:

The addition of these records was made possible by the hard work of
many volunteers who translated, transcribed, and validated the
records. We greatly appreciate their dedication.

We can use your financial help, which will go towards paying local
researchers for their time in photographing additional records. You
can donate to our project here:
and selecting the Sub-Carpathia SIG General Fund. Your donation is
tax deductible, if you are a US citizen. Donations of $180 or more
also get you access to indexed records at they are completed, before
they are available on JewishGen.

We also could use the help of those who are fluent in Hungarian and
Czech, to help add additional information to the indexed records.

Answers to some questions that come up after I send these sorts of
Q: Do you have records for my specific town? When do you expect to
get those records?
A: Unfortunately I cannot address each specific town/village. We plan
to get records for all towns in Subcarpathia. Even during the best of
times, it's difficult to predict what towns' records I'll be getting
when. Currently, Ukraine's archives have sporadic closures due to
COVID-19, so I definitely can't predict anything. However, you can
assist in indexing records we already have images for. And even if we
don't have records for your specific town just yet, you likely had
relatives who lived in towns across the region. I personally have
indexed records from towns for which I had no known family connection,
only to be surprised (and delighted) to find cousins.

Q: Can you send me digital images for a record that I found indexed on
A: Stay tuned. How to do that will be announced in the next couple of months.

Lara Diamond
Director of Subcarpathia Research

Shelley Mitchell

I tried the site and to my surprise, I found 2 women who looked like my mother. Shelley Mitchell, NYC

ViewMate translation request - Polish #translation

Martin Winstone

I would be very grateful for a translation and/or transcription of the Polish text on a postcard at the following address:
Please respond using the online ViewMate form.
Many thanks in advance for any help.
Best wishes,
Martin Winstone

ViewMate translation request - Russian #translation

Ricki Hollander

I've posted 2 death records in Russian about which I have specific questions (because I cannot read them). The page and questions are viewable on ViewMate at the following address
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.
I would really appreciate any help I can get on this in helping me break through a brick wall.

All the best,

Ricki Hollander

Re: Baltimore Cemeteries #usa

Adam Turner

Thanks to those who responded with suggestions - much appreciated!

As an FYI to other researchers: I spoke to someone today at United Hebrew Cemetery's office who was very friendly and helpful, and who promptly emailed me a cemetery map. It appears that she is actually an employee of the monument company W.S. Tegeler, so my assumption is that W.S. Tegeler also manages the cemetery. 

John Myerson is indeed buried in the same section of the cemetery as his wife Pauline (Aitz Chaim/Old Eden), but (I would guess probably because of the fairly early burial date) their database did not have more specific row/plot information for him.

Adam Turner

Re: Prusiner Charitable & Benevolent Association #usa #general

Sherri Bobish


The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan has the following records:
"New York (County) Hall of Records selected incorporation papers

Scope and Content Note This collection consists of microfilm, and bound photocopies of incorporation papers for all Jewish or Jewish-related organizations incorporated in New York City, 1848-1920. The types of organizations included are fraternal societies, political clubs, professional associations, synagogues, landsmanshaften, benevolent organizations, and social clubs. The entire collection has been indexed by name of the organization and, in some cases, by the European town from which the incorporators came, or by general type of organizations.

Each certificate of incorporation includes the name of the organization, the purposes or objects for which it was formed, the principal office or territory of principal operation, the names and addresses of the initial directors or trustees or officers, and the names of the incoporators."

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish

Invitation to JGSSN Zoom meeting: "History and Geography – Tools for Eastern European Research” with Amy Wachs. #events

Ben Kempner

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada (JGSSN) invites you to a Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Sunday, August 15: "History and Geography – Tools for Eastern European Research” with Amy Wachs.

 To request a Zoom link, please complete this short form: which can also be found on our Meetings webpage:

 Members of JGSSN can attend for free.  Non-members can either pay $5.00 on the Donate page at   Or you can pay $20 for a subscription to the 2021 series of outstanding speakers (see below).  More details can be found at  To become a member and sign up for the 2021 series, go to the Membership page at

Session Description:

Researching our Eastern European ancestry remains challenging in many countries, where missing records may lead to frustrating “brick walls”. This presentation will offer guidance for using the region’s historical events and geography to help fill in gaps and move past brick walls to determine place of ancestry, trace migration, and identify ancestors.

About Amy Wachs:

Amy Wachs has been involved in Jewish genealogy for over 30 years.   She is Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland and served on the Board of LitvakSIG, Inc. from 2014 through 2020.  Amy is a retired attorney and university instructor.  She taught law in Latvia as a Fulbright Scholar and in Moldova as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.   Amy often speaks about Eastern Europe and Jewish genealogy topics at conferences and to local audiences.

JGSSN 2021 Lecture Series:

Become a member for $20 and attend any or all of the upcoming lectures -

Ben Kempner

Vice President, JGSSN

Re: Manhatten Hospital #records #usa

Sherri Bobish

Hi Jeff,

FamilySearch has NYC death certs transcribed (not all info from cert) but enough to help you identify if it is the correct person.
I found three men named George Lawrence who passed on in Manhattan during the 1930 through 1940 timeframe.  I did not search all five boro's, but you should do that.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Voter Registration Records from Brooklyn #records #usa

Sherri Bobish


This Reclaim The Records site should be helpful:
The page includes detailed instructions as to obtaining a voter record (not just 1924 records which are discussed at this site.)

Note the instructions for the boro's of Brooklyn & The Bronx are different from the instructions for the other three boro's.

This page has two excellent JewishGen posts by Allan Jordan regarding NYC voter records and finding the AD/ED:

I suggest asking for a voter record from a presidential election year, as voter turnout is always higher those years.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish

Re: Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 205,000 Records. Please help us grow! #JewishGenUpdates

To whom it may concern,

My temple may be closing its doors Oct. 2022. As any temple we have memorial plaques. Before they permanently close, I would assume that they need to be removed. How would it be done & who would like the plaques?

Thank you.
Harriet Ader <fishflash@...>
167 Fifty acre road south 
Smithtown, ny 11787

Re: Latvia & Estonia Research Division IAJGS conference meeting August 5, #announcements #latvia #courland #JewishGenUpdates

Marion Werle

The SIG and BOF sessions will be recorded and kept for 30 days, I'm told. I fully understand not wanting to stream a meeting in the wee hours of the morning!

Marion Werle
Co-Director, JewishGen Latvia Research Division
Marion Werle

Re: Manhattan Hospital #records #usa

Gary Gershfield

Manhattan State Hospital was always located on Wards Island in Manhattan.

I used to work there. It was later changed to Manhattan Psychiatric Center.

Gary Gershfield

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Jessica Skippon <main@...> wrote:

Despite its name, Manhattan State Hospital was in Islip, Suffolk County. A quick Google search doesn't turn up a history of it, but there are photos and it was there in the 1960s when I visited my sister. It was a scary hospital, feared by patients with kinder therapies.
Jessica Skippon, London, England
researching Schanzer,, Borger, Birn and Jachzel in Andrychow, Wadowice, Bielsko Biala and Berlin.

Memorial Plaques Database Grows to More Than 205,000 Records. Please help us grow! #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2021 Summer update for the Memorial Plaques Database (MPD). The MPD database can be accessed at   The MPD database includes the data from plaques and Yizkor lists from synagogue and other organizations.  Many of these sources include patronymic information.
This update added approximately 3,500 records and 2,100 photos from 9 organizations. This update brings the Memorial Plaques holdings to 205,700 records and 145,600 photos from 386 synagogues, institutions and memorials representing 38 countries.  
Additions during this period came from Corrientes, Argentina, Sofia, Bulgaria and 6 states in the US; Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
We believe that the MPD is a good example of how users of JewishGen’s databases can “give back”.  If you are a member of a synagogue or other organization with memorial plaques or Yizkor lists, please consider helping us to grow this database.  You can find more information on submitting data at If you have additional questions, please contact me directly. 
For a complete listing of the institutions currently in the database, please see 
Nolan Altman
JewishGen Director for Special Projects – Memorial Plaques
August, 2021

JOWBR Breaks Through the 4 Million Record Mark! #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2021 Summer 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 250,000 new records and 57,000 new photos.  The database is adding and/or updating 644 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 4.11 million records and 863,000 photos from approximately 9,500 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 138 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 – the AGJA submitted approximately 2,900 new records and 5,300 photos from 14 different existing and new JOWBR cemeteries, the majority from Buenos Aires.
  • Belarus – approximately 7,700 records, mostly from Chesed Shel Emet, the largest set from Vitebsk.
  • Canada – 7,600 records and 11,200 photos from new and existing cemeteries submitted primarily from the JGS of Montreal and the JGS of Toronto.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 2,000 records and 1,600 photos from 8 new and updated cemeteries, the largest set from Bzenec.
  • England – 2,800 records and 2,300 photos from 16 new and updated cemeteries, the majority of which are from Hazelrigg and London from the JCR-UK.
  • Lebanon – 3,200 records from Ras El Nabba Cemetery in Beirut from the Jeff Malka Collection.
  • Netherlands – added 105,800 mostly new records and burial permits from Amsterdam and Mulderberg submitted by Akevoth.
  • Romania –approximately 2,200 new records from 37 mostly new cemeteries.
  • Russia – added 7,400 records from 30 new and 5 updated Russian cemeteries, the largest sets from Perm and Saratov. 
  • Ukraine – 71,400 records from 19 new and 4 updated cemeteries, submitted largely by Chesed Shel Emet, the largest sets from Odessa, Dontetsk, and Belaya Tserkov.
  • United States - approximately 27,600 new records and 33,300 photos for 97 new and 63 updated cemeteries. Significant additions came from the Lasky Collection, JGS of Georgia, JGS of Greater Boston, and a number of dedicated individual volunteers and representatives of synagogues and historical societies.
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 US and non-US records, especially worldwide veteran burials.  Eric’s group of volunteers includes Sandra Bennett, Lineke Bos, Malka Chosnek, George Goldschmied, Ann Meddin Hellman, Maurice Kessler, Hans Nord, Deborah Ross, Marylin Shalks, and Suzanne Tarica. 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
August, 2021

JewishGen's Holocaust Database Adds 660,000 Records #JewishGenUpdates

Avraham Groll

Dear JewishGen Community,

JewishGen is proud to announce its 2021 annual update to the Holocaust Database. The Holocaust Database (HDB) can be accessed at   The database includes data from a variety of sources including museums, websites, historical organizations, individual researchers, and archives.  
This update added approximately 660,000 records in 30 data sets. This update brings the Holocaust Database holdings to 3.69 million records and with more than 380 component data sets.  
The following new data sets have been added to the HDB since last year’s conference:
Western Europe
  • French Deportees
  • German Towns (Peter W. Landé, Allison Zhang and Liliya Meyerovich / US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
  • Italian DP Camps (Mina Mauerstein-Bail)
  • LaManche Shoah Victims
  • Norwegian Deportees (Kristian Ottosen)
  • Traunstein, Germany Displaced Persons (DP) Camp Records (Peter W. Landé, Allison Zhang and Liliya Meyerovich / US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
  • Ubès Camp Forced Labor
Eastern Europe
  • Auschwitz Medical Test Victims (Jessica Skippon)
  • Bucharest Pogrom Victims - January 22-23, 1941
  • Romanian Returning Survivors (Sandy Malek / Maramures Records Indexing Project of JewishGen’s Hungarian Research Division)
  • Rovno, Poland Community Fee Contributions - 1939
  • Târgu Mureș (Marosvásárhely), Romania Students and Teachers Deported to Auschwitz 1944 (Professor John Hoenig and Andrei Grunfeld)
  • The Lados List - Jews Saved by Aleksander Ładoś, Polish Envoy in Bern (The Pilecki Institute)

Jeff Malka Collection (Dr. Jeff Malka and Mathilde Tagger)

  • 1941 Egyptian Directory
  • Bulgarian Partisans
  • Crete, Florinam and Volos Victims
  • Deported to Bergen-Belsen
  • French Deportees and Victims
  • Monastir Jews in Treblinka
  • Prominent Egyptian Jews
  • Tunisian Camp Victims

  • Ioannina, Greece Holocaust Victims (Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulous / Museum Director -Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum)
  • Jewish Children Attending the Umberto School in Thessaloniki, Greece Between the Wars
  • Rhodes and Cos Deportees (Aron Hasson of the Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation)
  • Salonika Victims (Heinz D. S. Kounto & Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulous / Museum Director -Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum)

  • USC Shoah Foundation – Holocaust Survivor Testimonies (USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive®)
  • Haitian Jews Nationalized in Absentia (“Haiti’s Jewish History” by Joseph Bernard, Jr.)
  • Mirer Yeshiva Students
  • Palestine Certificates (Professor John Hoenig)
  • The Breman Oral Histories (Peggy Mosinger Freedman & Jeremy Katz / William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum)
We wish to thank all of the individuals and organizations that graciously permitted us to add their data to our databases.  
We also want to thank all of the JewishGen volunteers that have worked on creating, formatting, writing introductions, and html-ing in order for us to make this data ands information available to you.  They include; Alicia Goldstein, Carol Oliver, Eric Feinstein, Mike Kalt, Sara Laufer, and Sara Susskind.
Nolan Altman
JewishGen Director for Special Projects – Holocaust Database
August, 2021

Stanislaus, now Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine #ukraine

Hannah Sperber

Is there data available on birth and marriage certificates. looking for marriage of Philip Sperber and Halina Horowicz marriage approx 1931
Looking for birth of Hernryk Sperber 1932 or 33
irka Sperber 1934 or 35
Nathan Sperber 1937

Hannah Sperber, Denver, Colorado