The Genealogical Importance of Gravestones and the Hamilton JOWBR Initiative
For those tracing their family tree, gravestones can be an incredible source of information. They can provide the researcher with key details relating to their ancestors, including names, dates, places and references to previous generations. In this presentation, long time JGSH member Steven Brock will discuss Jewish gravestones and their importance in genealogy. He will speak to the origins of the Matzevah and how to read and interpret the information carved into the memorial. He will then address The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR); how to use it and JGSH’s contribution to this remarkable database.
Steven Brock has been researching his family roots in Poland and Russia for over 20 years and has traced his ancestors back to the late 1700’s. He has been a member of the Hamilton Jewish Genealogical Society since its inception in 2004 and served on its Board of Directors as Treasurer for 12 years
In addition to his own research, he has been involved in several projects including the Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, The Canadian Naturalization Database Indexing, and the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry.