17 April 2008

JOWBR online burials exceed 1 million

The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry now includes more than one million records in 1,929 cemeteries worldwide.

Data, including gravestone photographs, has been donated by hundreds of individuals and groups. Translators have assisted by translating inscriptions providing that information.

In the past few months the following records were added, said JewishGen vice president Joyce Field: Belarus, 392; Canada, 15,993; Germany, 1,214; Hungary, 28; India, 104; Moldova, 3,410; Romania, 246; Ukraine, 968; and USA, 10,074. She noted that JOWBR's movers and shakers are Nolan Altman, Max Heffler, Michael Tobias and Warren Blatt.

Field adds,

As you travel this year and visit ancestral towns or towns in your
current country of residence, please consider recording data from the Jewish cemeteries and/or photographing all the tombstones in the cemetery or landsmanschaft plot for JOWBR.

The JOWBR links for information include

Search the database
Cemetery inventory
JOWBR instructions
Photograph guidelines
How to submit data
Donor agreement

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