Kitty Munson Cooper, , We Salute You!
August 2016 – Kitty Munson Cooper has been responsible for implementing, converting, and maintaining the database technology underlying the IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project. Kitty has worked on the project as a volunteer since 1994 – more than 20 years – and has demonstrated remarkable dedication, generosity of time, and warmth of spirit.
The project’s mission is to document every Jewish burial site in the world. The database can be searched by locality and, where available, provides details describing the contact information for the burials or cemetery, their policies, extent of burial card information, local Jewish community information, town history, any photos available, topographical information, age, number of, and condition of gravestones, current use of the property, maintenance and care of the property, cemetery structures, and recommendations and threats. The database currently documents 25,000 burial sites worldwide. This information is a critical resource for Jewish genealogists seeking to find headstones and burial records identifying ancestors – especially for those burial sites that cannot be readily visited by the researcher.
Bill Israel, Chair IAJGS Salutes Committee
with Nolan Altman and Doris Nabel