JOWBR Grows Past 3.86 Million Records! #JewishGenUpdates
JewishGen is proud to announce its 2020 year-end update to the JOWBR (JewishGen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) database.
Please visit www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/ to access the JOWBR database. If you’re a new JOWBR user, we recommend that you visit our screencast page at www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/Screencasts/ 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:
Please see www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm 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.
JewishGen Director for Data Acquisition - JOWBR