Obtaining Israeli death certificates
- From: apollo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (apollo)
- Date: 7 Feb 2012 09:32:28 -0800
Clive CALLMAN asks how to go about obtaining a death certificate or other information about his grandmother, who died in Israel around 1940 and was buried at the Mount of Olives cemetery. The answer may be relevant to other JewishGenners, so I'm posting publicly.
Firstly, there is an online guide to the Mount of Olives cemetery at:
Secondly, anyone can order a death certificate (or birth certificate or certain other certificates) from the Population Registry section of the Israeli Ministry of the Interior online at:
Please note that the website is in Hebrew so if you can't read the language you'll need the help of someone who can. If you can manage that, it's quite straightforward.
Because Clive's grandmother died before Israeli statehood (1948), his request would likely be referred to the State Archives. I received a death certificate in this way for a relative who died in Tel Aviv in 1930 without any problems, but unfortunately the certificate didn't contain the information I'd been hoping for, namely the names of his parents.
If anyone is interested in ordering documents for a person from after 1948, you will most likely need their Israeli ID number to succeed. If you know where the person is buried you can obtain this from the Chevra Kadisha attached to that cemetery. Some of the bigger Chevrot Kadisha have online databases (I have previously posted a list of them in this discussion group); for the smaller ones you will have to Google them and find an address\phone no. and then write to them or call them. However you can still try your luck even without an ID number.
Hope all the above helps,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Researching: BULWAR (Lodz, Krakow); FRENKIEL, FELIPITER (Belz, Krakow); KALUSZYNER, KUSMIERSKI, (Kaluszyn, Lodz); KUZKA, ASZKIET, RZETELNY, WROBEL (Kaluszyn); KRYSKA, LICHTENSZTAJN (Sieradz, Lodz); WAKS, BEKER, ENGEL (Nowe Miasto nad Pilica).
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