21 August 2008

Arlington National Cemetery: Jewish Burials website

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW) has launched a new website to index Jewish burials at Arlington National Cemetery.

This new resource resulted from the gift of research conducted by the late Kenneth Poch, the self-appointed historian of Jews buried at the largest national cemetery.

The Arlington Project committee includes project manager Marlene Bishow, webmaster and database coordinator Ernie Fine, consultant Rabbi Marvin Bash and database/scanning Elias Savada.

Readers can assist the project by checking the database and ensuring that Jewish friends or relatives buried at the cemetery are named. Those not listed may be added using forms at the website (see "Contact Us") to send in names or other information, which will be verified at the cemetery.

Future content will include photos of grave markers and additional information about individuals discovered through research or provided by family and friends.

Information may include birth and death dates; rank, branch of service and medals; Hebrew name, spouse and parents; personal information, memories; and personal photos.

While Poch collected data on 2,554 individuals, the database now numbers more than 2,600, with as many more in the research file.

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