27 May 2008

Nebraska: Jewish cemetery help request

Although JewishGen's Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) has now passed the 1 million burial record milestone, there is a major omission, according to Terry Lasky of Colorado, who has taken on this responsibility.

On examination, he has found that no Nebraska Jewish cemetery records are currently represented in JOWBR.

Terry has been trying to coordinate the documentation of cemetery burial records for JOWBR from those states with a limited number of Jewish cemeteries. He has so far completed all the Jewish cemeteries in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and is working on Oklahoma.

He would like to do the Nebraska cemeteries next.

As he is unable to travel to Nebraska and requires some help to accomplish this goal, Lasky needs individuals or volunteer groups to "adopt" each cemetery and help with two fairly easy tasks:

1) Obtain a list of the burials in the cemetery (Jewish portion only) from either the synagogue or the cemetery, and

2) Take pictures of each gravestone.

He will do any required data entry, reformatting and translating of information on the gravestones. Additionally, JewishGen has volunteers to assist in the translation of Hebrew inscriptions on the matzevot.

The following cemeteries are on his list:

Omaha, Nebraska

Beth El Cemetery
Bnai Abraham & BHH (Fisher Farm) Cemeteries
Golden Hill Cemetery, Bnai Israel Section
Mt. Sinai Cemetery (Adas Jeshurun, Bnai Jacob)
Pleasant Hill Cemetery (Temple Israel, Bnai Jacob, Bnai Shalom)

Hastings, Nebraska

Parkview Cemetery, Mt. Sinai section

Lincoln, Nebraska

Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Bnai Jehuda section)
Wyuka Cemetery (Bnai Jeshurun section)
Mt. Lebanon Cemetery (Jewish section)

Nebraska City, Nebraska

Wyuka Cemetery (Jewish Section)
Tel Shalom Cemetery

Readers can search JOWBR's 1 million burial records here on JewishGen.

Do any of Tracing the Tribe's readers know of any additional Jewish cemeteries or Jewish cemetery sections that he may have overlooked?

Can Tracing the Tribe readers in Nebraska adopt any of the listed cemeteries?

If you can help, please email Terry Lasky at talasky(AT)comcast(DOT)net

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