The focus of the commission has been the documentation of Jewish cemeteries in Hesse. Since 1981, old and historically important cemeteries have been researched, the grave stones photographed, inscriptions copied and translated, and supplemented with genealogical information from other sources including birth and death registries of the 19th century. Maps have been designed for some of the larger sites. Richly illustrated books have been published about a few of the important cemeteries.
Altogether 75 cemeteries with more than 18 000 gravestones from about 320 communities have been documented by now.
Internet-Research: In order to make the results generally available they are being integrated into an online system run by the Hessian Institute for History and Geography, LAGIS. About 60 sites with 16 000 gravestones are currently accessible via the internet. The process is ongoing.