23 July 2008

Canada: Montreal cemetery data online

Elizabeth LaPointe, in her Genealogy Canada blog, reported that among Jewish records at WorldVitalRecords are 23,000 records from Montreal Jewish cemeteries:

In Montreal, the Back River Cemetery (1876-1934), Berri Street entrance; Back River Cemetery (1901-1934), South Denis entrance; Shearit Israel - Spanish and Portuguese Jews (1825-1999); and a portion of Baron De Hirsch Cemetery on Rue de Savane have been transcribed.

The records are from Avraham Laber's Jewish Data, which has partnered with WorldVitalRecords to release more than 500,000 (previously posted on Tracing the Tribe) records of many types from the US, Canada, Germany and Israel.

Search by last name and discover first name, civil year of record, the record's location, and a photo of the gravestone.

Laber - Jewish Data's president- said:

"Our goal is to provide a home for Jewish records in order to help people study Jewish history and genealogy. Here we have thousands of hours of research already done for people, and it only takes them a few seconds to access the records. If they would search for the same records on their own, it would cost them much more money and time."

In 1989, Elizabeth - then a newspaper reporter - began writing about Canadian genealogy. She became hooked as she went through some previous family research and was putting her notes together.

According to her first posting, she's been on the Web for 14 years with various genalogical interests but, in 2004, started GenealogyCanada.com to focus on Canadian genealogy, history, heritage news and to fill that niche.

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