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Belarus Births Database

· Introduction
· Database Fields
· Sample Record
· Contents of the Database
· Translations/Transliterations methods
· Recommendations for Searching
· Obtaining copies of original records
· Search the Database

The JewishGen Belarus Database contains Jewish birth records from towns in Belarus

These records were originally created by the Jewish Congregations of the various towns where the records were recorded.  The text is both in Russian (Cyrillic alphabet) and Hebrew script, although some records are in Russian only

Database Fields

The Register of Births records typically contain the following information:

  • Microfilm # - The microfilm number from LDS Family History Library (if these records were microfilmed).

  • Microfilm Item # - The microfilm item number on the microfilm.

  • Image # - Image number on microfilm, if available, or the page number located at the top right on the record itself (this will enable you to locate the record on the film).

  • Place Recorded - The place that the birth was registered.

  • Year Recorded - The year that the birth was registered.

  • Record # - The record number of the birth in the original books  (numbers are preceded by "F" for female or "M" for male) .

  • Child's Surname - The surname (last name, family name) of the child.

  • Child's Given Name - The first name(s) of the newborn child.

  • Father's Given Name - The child's father's first name(s).

  • Father's Patronymic - Paternal grandfather's first name(s).

  • Mother's Given Name - The child's mother's first name(s).

  • Mother's Patronymic - Maternal grandfather's first name(s).

  • Mother's Maiden Surname - Maternal grandfather's surname (usually only given if mother is not married).

  • Date of Birth - Day, month, and year of birth, according to the Julian calendar.

  • Date of Birth (Hebrew Calendar) - Day and month of birth, according to the Jewish calendar .

  • Town of Birth - Place of birth.

  • District - The "uyezd" - the district name - of the town of birth.

  • Guberniya - The Guberniya (Russian province) of the town of birth.

  • Comments - All other information which doesn't fit into any other column.  This may include:
    • Town of the father
    • Profession of the father
    • Name of the rabbi or mohel who performed the circumcision

  • Archive/Fond - The archive where this record is now located and the particular Fond / List / Item number in that archive.

Sample Record

Sample Record

Sample Birth Record

Contents of the Database

There are approximately 55,000 translated birth records from towns in Belarus. Below is a listing of those towns. To search these records use the JewishGen Belarus database search engine. Not all of the known surviving records have been translated. For an inventory of both translated and untranslated records go to www.jewishgen.org/belarus/inventorylink.html

Place Recorded USBGN# Uyezd
(District)
Guberniya
(Province)
Earliest Year
Latest Year
# translated records
Bobruysk -1940996 Bobruysk Minsk
1877
1888
                              1,192
Brest-Litovsk -1941830 Brest Grodno
1895
1914
                            11,874
Dashkovka -1942302 Bykhov Mogilev
1854
1873
                                    31
David Gorodok -1942306 Mozyr Minsk
1886
1892
                                  614
Gomel -1943559 Gomel Mogilev
1854
1894
                              4,127
Kamen -1943750 Minsk Minsk
1891
1911
                                    30
Knyazhitsy -1944313 Mogilev Mogilev
1874
1883
                                    34
Kobrin -1944322 Kobrin Grodno
1840
1844
                                  498
Kroshin -1944966 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                                    17
Lida -1945387 Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                              3,426
Minsk -1946324 Minsk Minsk
1836
1917
                            13,917
Mir -1946340 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                                    35
Mogilev -1945803 Mogilev Mogilev
1837
1917
                            12,891
Negnevichi -1946708 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                                      3
Novy Dvor -1947100 Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  329
Orlya   -1947387 Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  202
Oshmiany -1940949 Oshmiany Vilna
1854
1861
                                  283
Ostroshitskiy Gorodok  -1947513 Minsk Minsk
1905
1905
                                    11
Pinsk -1947920 Pinsk Minsk
1882
1935
                              1,040
Radun -1948600 Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  329
Rakov -1948620 Minsk Minsk
1869
1917
                                  604
Rubezhevichi -1948829 Minsk Minsk
1904
1912
                                  106
Samokhvalovichi -1949049 Minsk Minsk
1865
1865
                                      6
Senno -1949211 Senno Mogilev
1861
1864
                                  168
Shchuchin -1949356 Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  649
Stolbtsy -1950207 Minsk Minsk
1860
1860
                                    62
Stolin -1950196 Pinsk Minsk
1911
1911
                                  189
Usvyaty -3027477 Velizh Vitebsk
1883
1889
                                  191
Vasilishki -1951061 Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  870
Vetka -1951259 Gomel Mogilev
1912
1918
                                  517
Voronovo -1951494 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
                                  511
Yeremichi -1951881 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                                      3
Zaskevichi -1952405 Oshmiany Vilna
1855
1872
                                    75

Translation/Transliteration Methods

Translators are instructed to follow JewishGen transcription rules.  Unless otherwise noted, transliterations follow the BGN/PCGN Romanization of Russian and the YIVO Romanization Standard for Yiddish/Hebrew. 

Records have been formatted according to JewishGen transcription templates.

If the Hebrew/Yiddish name differs from the Russian name, both names are listed separated by a forward slash (/)

Recommendations for Searching

Search the records using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex as well as the exact name, due to variations in spelling and because some records were transliterated from Russian only and not Hebrew.

Search all town records even if you believe you know the town your relatives came from.  Families moved around quite a lot, so the records that you are searching for could be in any database. 

Obtaining Copies of Original Records

If a record has been microfilmed by the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS), then one can order the microfilm from any Family History Center.  You will need to know the Family History Library microfilm number (FHL #), item number, image number and record number.

If a record was not microfilmed by the LDS then contact the project leader for information on obtaining copies of an original record.

Searching the Database

This database is searchable via the JewishGen Belarus Database.


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