JOWBR Database Volunteer Corps, We Salute You!
May 2017 – JewishGen’s JOWBR Project (http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/) recently passed the 3 million record mark. The popular database includes records from more than 125 countries word wide. The success of the database could only have been achieved with the time and effort of a dedicated group of volunteers.
Eric Feinstein, the lead volunteer helps to find material from websites, discussion list postings, newspaper articles, word of mouth and any other leads. He also coordinates many of the volunteers.
A key group of devoted data entry volunteers, Ann Meddin Hellman, George Jiri Goldschmied, Hans Nord, Harriet Mayer, and Maurice Kessler, take material in various forms and then create the standard JOWBR Excel templates.
When we receive photos of headstones that need transliterating from Hebrew to English, Gilberto Jugend does the transliteration and prepares the template.
And last but not least, Max Heffler html’s all the non-headstone photos and descriptive material that accentuates the cemetery descriptions.
On behalf of all the genealogists and researchers that have made use of JewishGen’s JOWBR database and found key burial information for their family history, the IAJGS salutes you!
Nominated by Nolan Altman
Bill Israel, Chair IAJGS Salutes Committee
with Nolan Altman and Doris Nabel