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Belarus Marriages and Divorces 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 marriage and divorce 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 Marriage and Divorce 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 marriage or divorce was registered.

  • Year Recorded - The year that the marriage or divorce was registered.

  • Record # - The record number of the marriage or divorce in the original books .

  • Date of Marriage or Divorce - Day, month, and year of the marriage or divorce, according to the Julian calendar.

  • Date of Death (Hebrew Calendar) - Day and month of the marriage or divorce, according to the Jewish calendar .

  • Husband's Place - The town where the husband resided or was registered

  • Husband's Surname - The surname (last name, family name) of the husband

  • Husband's Given Name - The first name(s) of the husband.

  • Husband's Father - The husband's father's first name(s).

  • Husband's Mother - The husband's mother's given name(s)

  • Husband's Mother's Maiden Surname - The husband's mother's maiden name (not always given).

  • Husband's Age - Age of the husband.

  • Wife's Place - The town where the wife resided or was registered

  • Wife's Surname - The surname (last name, family name) of the wife

  • Wife's Given Name - The first name(s) of the wife.

  • Wife's Father - The wife's father's first name(s).

  • Wife's Mother - The wife's mother's first name(s)

  • Wife's Mother's Maiden Surname - The wife's mother's maiden name (not always given).

  • Wife's Age - Age of the wife.

  • Town of Marriage or Divorce - Place where marriage or divorce was registered.

  • District - The "uyezd"- the district name - of the town of the marriage or divorce.

  • Guberniya - The Guberniya (Russian province) of the town of the marriage or divorce.

  • Rabbi - The name of the official who presided over the marriage or divorce.

  • Witnesses- The name of the people who witnessed the marriage or divorce.

  • Comments - All other information which doesn't fit into any other column.  This may include:
    • Profession of the husband or wife
    • Whether the husband or wife was widowed or divorced

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

Sample Records

Sample Record

Sample Marriage Record

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Sample Divorce Record

Contents of the Database

There are more than 13,000 marriage records in the JewishGen Belarus database.

Place Recorded Uyezd
(District)
Guberniya
(Province)
Year(s) # of Records Comments
Bobruysk Bobruysk Minsk 1879-1882
581
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Brest Brest Grodno 1897, 1900, 1901, 1904, 1906, 1908-1910, 1913
2,114
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David Gorodok Mozyr Minsk 1886-1888, 1891
131
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Gomel Gomel Mogilev 1853-1860, 1888-1918
4,969
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Lida Lida Vilna 1897-1914
925
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Minsk Minsk Minsk 1839,1857, 1912
1,286
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Mogilev Mogilev Mogilev 1857, 1863, 1866, 1870, 1872-1879, 1880-1891
2,935
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Ostroshitskiy Gorodok Minsk Minsk 1913
3
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Pinsk Pinsk Minsk 1915-1935
385
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Rakov Minsk Minsk 1908
9
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Usvyaty Velizh Vitebsk 1883-1889
38
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Vorotinschtina? Mogilev Mogilev 1887-1916
60
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Zembin Borisov Minsk 1905
2
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There are more 140 divorce records in the JewishGen Belarus database.

Town Uyezd
(District)
Guberniya
(Province)
Year(s) # of Records Comments
David Gorodok Mozyr Minsk 1888, 1891
6
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Koidanovo Minsk Minsk
1896
1
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Minsk Minsk Minsk 1840, 1912
131
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Pinsk Pinsk Minsk 1932-1935
5
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Rakov Minsk Minsk
1903
1
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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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