A Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando Program

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

Please join us to learn about the Orlando Cemetery project and how you can volunteer to help to complete it.    Larry Morrell and Dori Cohn have been quietly leading this project in preparation to contribute to a centralized database JOWBR (Jewish Gen’s Online Worldwide Burial Registry) that has facilitated documentation of Jewish burials for archiving and genealogical research in communities throughout the world. They will bring us up to date on their efforts, share a “brick wall”, and seek volunteers for completion (data input, photography, translations etc.).  In addition, Dori will talk about the Cemetery Initiative in Europe. And how she has both learned from and contributed to that effort. 

Tombstones and cemetery records are one place to search for records of our ancestors.  Many of our members have visited cemeteries to look at records or have found useful records online in various portals (see handout for Ed Bromberg’s talk from November 2019.) But do you know how that information finds its way to online resources?  It’s through volunteers in many communities throughout the world who spend many hours working in cemeteries to document and input data on millions of burials to make that information available to the wider community searching for their families.    Just as we appreciate having that information for our ancestors who lived in lands now distant from us, so we should document our own communities for future generations who may live in communities far from here.  That is the purpose of the Orlando Cemetery project. 

Both Larry and Dori are longtime residents of Central Florida and members of JGSGO.  Each has explored cemeteries in Europe in search of the origins of their respective families.  Their combined experience is a guarantee of successful completion

REGISTRATION: Required for either in-person or online participation at

DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

TIME: 7:00 P.M.

ADMISSION: Free for members, $5 for guests, which can be applied to membership. No charge for first time attendees.

LOCATION: Roth Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751 (in the “Senior Lounge”)

SIGN UP – Go to and click on either in person or online attendance. 

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About the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is a non-profit organization founded in 1990, dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy. Anyone may join the JGSGO. Annual dues are $35 for an individual and $40 for a family. JGSGO’s monthly meetings are free to members.

For more information visit and “like” us at Questions? Email to

Questions? Email, or call 407-494-4230.

Members are encouraged to visit the MEMBER’S BLOG, which we use to publicize interesting and useful items. See the latest blog message that contains a link to the obituary of Gene Starn, who was one of the original founders of JGSGO. 

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