04 January 2009

Colorado: Tuberculosis victims, records (link fixed!)

Tracing the Tribe readers will find an interesting new post (and photographs) over at the International Jewish Graveyard Rabbit, by new contributor Ellen Shindelman Kowitt, webmaster for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado.

She is a former IAJGS board member, past president of the JGS of Greater Washington, and also lectures and writes about Jewish genealogy.

Jews arrived in Colorado with the Gold Rush in 1859. The oldest Jewish burials in Denver were conducted by the pioneer organization, the Hebrew Burial and Prayer Society (later known as the Hebrew Cemetery Association) from 1860 to 1910 and were interred at the Denver Pioneer Cemetery “Old Jewish Section”located east of Cheesman Park on Capitol Hill.

Most Jewish remains and gravestones there were moved to the nonsectarian Riverside Cemetery and to the Jewish Fairmount, Golden Hill and Rose Hill Cemeteries in the early 1900s due to urban development.

Ellen has included photographs of the unheated cabins and gravestones, URLs for databased records and other sources for additional information.

Read her complete post here.

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