A new Russian language website – www.Jekl.ru – is helping Jewish families discover their ancestors and visit their gravesites in St. Petersburg’s Preobrazhenskiy Jewish Cemetery.
The extensive site, developed by the Jewish Community of St. Petersburg and supported by local businessman Mikhail Khidekel features a searchable archive and photographs of headstones and gravesite.
Before the website became available, there was no way of finding the exact grave even if someone knew their relative was buried somewhere in the Preobrazhenskiy Cemetery. The site lets you search and verify that your relatives are there, and locate the burial site.”
The site is in Russian so you do need to have a working knowledge of that language in order to use the site effectively. Soon to be added services include gravesite restoration and regular caretaking.
The online listings for St. Petersburg’s Preobrazhenskiy Jewish Cemetery are available at http://www.Jekl.ru.
My thanks to Robert L. Landau for telling me about this valuable online resource.