JOWBR Grows Past 3.86 Million Records! #JewishGenUpdates

Nolan Altman

     JewishGen is proud to announce its 2020 year-end 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 50,000 new records and 50,000 new photos (not necessarily the same records/images.)  The database is adding and/or updating 651 cemeteries.  This update brings JOWBR’s holdings to 3.86 million records and 806,000 photos from approximately 9,145 cemeteries / cemetery sections representing 135 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:


  • Canada –updated cemetery sections with records from Beth Tzedec Memorial Park, Dawes Road Cemetery, Jones Avenue Cemetery, McCowan Road Cemetery, Mount Sinai Memorial Park, and Pardes Shalom Cemetery.
  • Canada –updated cemetery sections with records and photos from Baron De Hirsch Cemetery, and Eternal Gardens Memorial Park.
  • Colombia –added 1,100 records and photos from 4 cemeteries in Barranquilla and Medellin.
  • Czech Republic – approximately 1,500 records and 1,200 photos from 4 new cemeteries.
  • France – added 4,400 records from Cimetiere du Montmartre in Paris.
  • Germany – added 1,200 records from the cemetery in Baiersdorf and 350 records from Jüdischer Friedhof Battonnstraße in Frankfurt am Main
  • Moldova – added 3,800 new records and 3,700 photos from the cemetery in Balti and the Kishinev Jewish Cemetery in Chişinău.
  • Poland –approximately 1,800 new records from 11 new and existing cemeteries including Wroclaw, Mielec, and Bialystok.
  • Ukraine – added 2,400 records and photos from 4 new and updated cemeteries including Slavuta and Mogilev-Podolsky.
  • United States - approximately 32,000 new records and 33,400 photos for 172 new and 41 updated cemeteries including large updates for Connecticut and surrounding NY areas, as well as selected Texas and Massachusetts cemeteries.
  • 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.  Significant additions in this update include records and photos from Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, United Hebrew Cemetery, and Wellwood Cemetery.  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 May 31st for an update to be made prior to the summer IAJGS Conference.


Nolan Altman


JewishGen Director for Data Acquisition - JOWBR

January, 2021