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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

Sample Record

Sample Divorce Record

Contents of the Database

There are approxmiately 15,000 translated marriage and divorce 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
# of Records
Belitsa -1941165 Lida Vilna
1897
1900
              24
Bobruysk -1940996 Bobruysk Minsk
1879
1882
           581
Brest-Litovsk -1941830 Brest Grodno
1897
1913
        2,114
Dashkovka -1942302 Bykhov Mogilev
0
0
                2
David Gorodok -1942306 Mozyr Minsk
1886
1891
           137
Gomel -1943559 Gomel Mogilev
1853
1918
        4,969
Koidanovo -1942832 Minsk Minsk
1896
1896
                1
Kroshin -1944966 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                1
Lakhva -1945204 Mozyr Minsk
1879
1915
           233
Lida -1945387 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
           925
Minsk -1946324 Minsk Minsk
1839
1921
        1,417
Mir -1946340 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                9
Mogilev -1945803 Mogilev Mogilev
1857
1895
        3,818
Negnevichi -1946708 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                1
Novy Dvor -1947100 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
              63
Orlya   -1947387 Lida Vilna
1897
1900
              10
Ostrina -1947565 Lida Vilna
1897
1900
              53
Ostroshitskiy Gorodok  -1947513 Minsk Minsk
1913
1913
                3
Pinsk -1947920 Pinsk Minsk
1915
1935
           390
Radun -1948600 Lida Vilna
1897
1899
              23
Rakov -1948620 Minsk Minsk
1903
1908
              10
Rozhanka -1948802 Lida Vilna
1897
1898
                9
Shchuchin -1949356 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
           160
Usvyaty -3027477 Velizh Vitebsk
1883
1889
              38
Vasilishki -1951061 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
           221
Voronovo -1951494 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
           155
Vorotinschtina A0010 Mogilev Mogilev
1872
1915
              60
Zaskevichi -1952405 Oshmiany Vilna
1857
1872
                6
Zembin -1952547 Borisov Minsk
1905
1905
                2
Zheludok -1952611 Lida Vilna
1897
1900
              23

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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