I recently joined a group and was chatting to Dawn of All things Genealogical when she mentioned that she has taken photos at two Jewish Cemeteries in New Orleans. In fact over 400 photos, which you can browse through!
Namely the Hebrew Rest Cemetery and Gates of Prayer Cemetery, [just follow the links to start searching] Canal Street New Orleans. the oldest extant Jewish Cemetery in New Orleans, founded in 1846. There are tombstones from the 19th and 20th century with inscriptions in English and Hebrew.
Going through the photos from the Hebrew Rest Cemetery I saw the diverse places the people were from, Amsterdam Holland, Chatham Kent, Bordeaux France, Bohemia, Ingweiler Alsace, Sulz Germany, Landershauer Bavaria, Hungary, Russia to name a few!
Plus a brief glance through the photos taken at Gates of Prayer identified Ben A Jessel born in London England Mar 22 1831, died Dec 31 1905 New Orleans.
Of course I was immediately drawn to those from London and Chatham Kent and potential connections to families already on CemeteryScribes and yes they connect! Would I have ever thought of looking for these families in New Orleans – no, not until now.
So if you have missing branches of your Family tree I strongly recommend you take a look through these photos. I will be adding a list of names and dates to the blog as soon as possible. [Now added see Inscriptions from Hebrew Rest Cemetery New Orleans ]
If you find members of your family amongst the New Orleans tombstones then All Things Genealogical is in the heart of New Orleans and can help you research them. Please take a look at their site for more info.