Determine the status of your ancestral cemetery
Perhaps the most basic question is whether your ancestral cemetery is in the 10% or so of Jewish cemeteries that has either an ongoing or completed restoration project. The best starting place is:
This includes all projects known to us.
If your ancestral town is listed, you will get some sort of contact information. If your town isn’t listed, we suggest doing web searches (such as Google) and also the various Jewish genealogy sites such as JRI, JewishGen, and Shtetl.org. Many cemeteries, as yet unrestored, have been documented and photographed by various individuals and organizations and you can get a preliminary idea as to condition.
If you encounter difficulty, please feel free to email us for help.
***This is provided as interim guidance until our Guidebook is released.***