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Belarus Revision Lists Database

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

The JewishGen Belarus Database contains revision lists from Belarus and towns that used to be part of Belarus.

The Reviska Skazka (Revision Lists) were conducted in territories ruled by the Russian Czar in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Revision Lists enumerated only those individuals subject to taxation. The data was also utilized for identifying men to draft into the army. There were ten major Reviska Skazka taken, beginning in 1720 and ending in 1858. Each new revision would indicate changes to the population referenced in the prior revision. Between the revisions (and after the last one in 1858) were "additional revision lists", used to fill in information missed in the prior major revision. The dates of the revisions are important because reference is made to an individual’s "Age at Last Revision.

The earliest revisions are irrelevant for Jewish genealogical research, due to their limited information, and the small number of Jews within the borders of the Russian Empire at that time. These are the dates of revisions of consequence:

  • 5th: 1795

  • 6th: 1811

  • 7th: 1816

  • 8th: 1834

  • 9th: 1850

  • 10th: 1858

For an explanation of the information found in Revision List records, see http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/html/revision.htm.  Further information on the history of Revision Lists can be found in an article by Boris Feldblyum in Avotaynu XIV:3 (Fall 1998), pp. 59-61, also available at http://www.bfcollection.net/fast/articles/ruscensus.pdf.  The following notes supplement those excellent pieces by addressing the Revision Lists for towns in Belarus, and focus on search strategies with the Belarus Revision Lists in mind.

The following types of records can be found in this database:

  • Revision Lists - Extensive records for Jewish citizens have been located for the 5th through 10th revisions for towns located in Belarus. Many records have been published on JewishGen through the LitvakSIG and JewishGen Belarus SIG.

  • Additional Revision Lists - Between the Revisions, and after the 10th (last) revision, there could be data collected to supplement the most recent full revision.

  • 1853 Alphabetical List of Males - These lists were created in 1853 and include only the males who lived in a locality. The ages refer to the 1850 Revision Lists, so any age referenced in this type of list is the age as of 1850. Many of the 1850 revision lists, on which these lists are based, are thought to no longer exist.

  • Jewish Conscripts - One such list in this database has records of 21 year-old males in the City of Grodno in 1874. Another has records for males in Kobrin Uyezd in 1879..

The language of the 1795 Revision List was in Polish for those areas "acquired" from Poland. At that time, most of the Jews did not have surnames, however, the head of household is listed with a patronymic (his father's given name), together with the residents of the household and their relationship to him. The 1806, 1811, 1816, 1834, 1850 and 1858 Revision Lists are in the Russian language.

Database Fields

The Revision Lists typically contain the following information:

  • Page # - The page number in the original document on which this record appears.

  • Registration # - The Family Registration Number for this family during this census count.

  • Surname-Family Name (hereditary surname) of this individual.

  • Given Name - The Girst Name(s) of this individual.

  • Father - The Given Name(s) of the Father of this individual.

  • Relationship to Head of Household - Describes how each individual in the household is related to the head of the household.

  • Sex- The sex of this individual. "M" for Male. "F" for Female.

  • Age - Age of the individual, given in the present census enumeration.

  • Age at Last Revision - Age of the individual, in the previous census enumeration.

  • Reason Left - explains what happened to individuals who were registered on the previous revision list, who are not in the present revision..

  • Year Left - The year in which the individual moved, died, etc.

  • Comments - All other information which doesn't fit into any other column.

  • Former Registration # - The Family Registration Number for this individual during the previous census count.

  • Day / Month / Year - The date that this revision was taken..

  • Town - Town in which this revision was taken.

  • District - The district ("Uyezd") in which the revision was taken.

  • Guberniya - The Guberniya (Russian province) in which the revision was taken.

  • Type of Record - Denotes if the record is a "Revision List", or an "Additional Revision List"; or any other type of list.

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

  • Microfilm #- The microfilm number from the Family History Library.

Sample Records

Sample Record Sample Record Sample Record Sample Record Sample Record Sample Record Sample Record
1795
1806
1811
1816
1834
1850
1858


Contents of the Database

There are more than 86,000 revision lists records in the JewishGen Belarus database.

Town Uyezd
(District)
Guberniya
(Province)
Year(s)
# of Records
Comments
Antopol Kobrin Grodno 1853
517
Babovna Slutsk Minsk 1872-1874
30
Berestovitsa Grodno Grodno 1858
1,038
Berezino Borisov Minsk 1874
4
Borisov Borisov Minsk 1834, 1870-1874
724
Branovichi Slutsk Minsk 1874
13
Brest Brest Grodno 1809
154
Budslav Vilejka Vilna 1850, 1888
200
Byten Slonim Grodno 1806, 1850, 1858
652
Chashniki Lepel Vitebsk 1894
2500
Derechin Slonim Grodno 1806, 1850, 1858, 1874
1,775
Divin Kobrin Grodno 1853
252
Dokshitsy Borisov Minsk 1834, 1874
1,048
Dolginovo Vilejka Vilna 1834, 1850, 1888, 1892
2,006
Drogichin Kobrin Grodno 1853
363
Dubrava Minsk Minsk 1858
5
Dunilovichi Vilejka Vilna 1850, 1888
423
Es'mony Borisov Minsk 1834, 1874
281
Farmland Minsk Minsk 1858
30
Galile Colony Volkovysk Grodno 1850, 1853
151
Germanishki Vilejka Vilna 1888, 1891
18
Gorodets Kobrin Grodno 1853
132
Gorodische Novogrudok Minsk 1808, 1811, 1816, 1818, 1827, 1828, 1834, 1850, 1851, 1858, 1861, 1862, 1864, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1871, 1873, 1874, 1877, 1879, 1880
3,224
Gorodok Vilejka Vilna 1850, 1888, 1891
444
Grodno Grodno Grodno 1858, 1874, 1875
9,218
Homsk Kobrin Grodno 1853
344
Iliya Vilejka Vilnius 1834, 1850
1,968
Izha Vilejka Vilnius 1888, 1891
6
Indura Grodno Grodno 1858, 1859, 1868, 1873, 1874
1,539
Israel Colony Volkovysk Grodno 1850
43
Ivenets Minsk Minsk 1811, 1858, 1871
234
Izabelin Volkovysk Grodno 1850
115
Jalowka Volkovysk Grodno 1850
173
Kamen' Minsk Minsk 1811
60
Karolin Pinsk Minsk 1816, 1818
994
Kamenetz Brest Grodno 1809
42
Kamenka Grodno Grodno 1858
376
Kholopenichi Borisov Minsk 1834, 1874
1,403
Khotenchitsy Vilejka Vilna 1888, 1891
56
Kniaginin Vilejka Vilna 1888, 1891
40
Kobrin Kobrin Grodno 1851, 1853, 1854, 1885
2,094
Koidanovo Minsk Minsk 1811
529
Koidanov Agricultural Community Minsk Minsk 1857, 1858
33
Komarovka Minsk Minsk 1811
59
Koscheinaia Village Minsk Minsk 1858
32
Kozlovshchizna Minsk Minsk 1811
2
Kraisk Vilejka Vilna 1850, 1888, 1891
206
Krasnoluki Borisov Minsk 1834, 1874
462
Krasnoselie Vilejka Vilna 1850
227
Krasnoie Selo Vilejka Vilna 1888, 1891
33
Krivichi Vilejka Vilna 1850, 1888, 1891
346
Krynki Grodno Grodno 1858
1,871
Kurenets Vilejka Vilna 1850, 1888
986
Lebedevo / Lebedzev Vilejka Vilna 1850, 1888, 1891
426
Logishin Pinsk Minsk 1816, 1818
268
Lyskovo / Leksow Volkovysk Grodno 1850
112
Lipelevka Minsk Minsk 1858
11
Logoysk Borisov Minsk 1834, 1874
544
Lopenitsky Volkovysk Grodno 1850
36
Lunna Grodno Grodno 1858, 1874
785
Lyakhovichi / Lachowicze Slutsk Minsk 1816, 1819, 1834, 1850
3582
Lyubeshov Pinsk Minsk 1816
362
Mankovichi Vileika Vilnius 1888
6
Miadel Vilejka Vilnius 1850, 1888
428
Minsk Minsk Minsk 1811, 1858
3,283
Mir Novogrudok Minsk 1795, 1816, 1817, 1834, 1858
2,550
Molodechno Vileika Vilnius 1850, 1888, 1891
285
Mosty Grodno Grodno 1858
356
Motol Kobrin Grodno 1853
107
Mstibavo Volkovysk Grodno 1850
86
Myshlevichi Village Vilejka Vilna 1850
10
Nedvighina Village Minsk Minsk 1858
235
Nestanovichi Borisov Minsk 1874
316
Nesvizh Slutsk Minsk 1834, 1850, 1851-1854, 1858, 1859, 1861-1864, 1866-1869, 1871-1875, 1877-1879
9,816
Nobel Pinsk Minsk 1816
58
Noritsy Vilejka Vilna 1888
22
Novy Dvor Volkovysk Grodno 1850
21
Novyy Sverzhen' Minsk Minsk 1811
131
Okolovo Borisov Minsk 1834, 1874
310
Ozery Grodno Grodno 1858
803
Parafianovo Vilejka Vilna 1888
10
Pavlovo Slonim Grodno 1850, 1854, 1864
421
Peski Volkovysk Grodno 1850
222
Pinsk Pinsk Minsk 1816, 1819
1,972
Pleshchenitsy Borisov Minsk 1834, 1874
302
Polost Agricultural Society Minsk Minsk 1858
3
Pogost Pinsk Minsk 1816, 1819
60
Pogost Zarechnoye Pinsk Minsk 1816
146
Poreviche Village Vilejka Vilna 1850
15
Porplishche Vilejka Vilna 1888
6
Porozovo Volkovysk Grodno 1850
158
Rabun Vilejka Vilna 1888, 1891
23
Radoshkovichi Vilejka Vilna 1834, 1850, 1888, 1891
3,262
Rakov Minsk Minsk 1811
292
Rechki Vilejka Vilna 1850
141
Romanov Slutsk Minsk 1871-1874
455
Ros Volkovysk Grodno 1850
125
Rosnensk / Rosny Brest Grodno 1809
6
Rubezhevichi Minsk Minsk 1811
97
Rushitsi Village Vilejka Vilna 1850
138
Samokhvalovichi Minsk Minsk 1811
198
Satovol Pinsk Minsk 1816
111
Shamki / Shamok Borisov Minsk 1874
22
Shibniki Minsk Minsk 1858
9
Skidel Grodno Grodno 1858
1,391
Slonim Slonim Grodno 1853
2,861
Slutsk Slutsk Minsk 1811, 1874
1,272
Smolevichi Borisov Minsk 1871, 1874
295
Stolbtsy Minsk Minsk 1811
319
Stolin Pinsk Minsk 1816, 1819
568
Sverzhen / So Minsk Minsk 1858
3
Svir Sventsyany Vilna 1858
585
Svisloch Volkovysk Grodno 1850
435
Svyataya Volya Pinsk Minsk 1816
8
Timkovichi Slutsk Minsk 1873, 1874
655
Udranka Village Vilejka Vilna 1850
12
Ulla Lepel Vitebsk 1894
1271
Vasiliev Village (Folvark) Vilejka Vilna 1850
17
Velyatichi Borisov Minsk 1874
5
Viazyn Vilejka Vilna 1888, 1891
39
Vilejka Vilejka Vilna 1834, 1850, 1888, 1891
708
Vola Grodno Grodno 1858, 1859, 1874, 1877
286
Volchin Brest Grodno 1809
15
Volkolaty Vilejka Vilna 1888
14
Volkovysk Volkovysk Grodno 1850, 1858
1,886
Volpa Grodno Grodno 1858
615
Vysokoye / Wysoko-Litowsk Brest Grodno 1809
29
Yakolevo Kobrin Grodno 1856, 1864
315
Yanov Kobrin Grodno 1853
345
Zamoshkoe Poborstvo Slutsk Minsk 1873, 1874
48
Zaslavl' Minsk Minsk 1811, 1858
185
Zayamechno Farming Colony Minsk Minsk 1858
368
Zel'va Volkovysk Grodno 1850
307
Zembin Borisov Minsk 1874
452
Zhosniany Vilejka Vilna 1888
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.


Acknowledgements

The JewishGen Belarus SIG would like to thank:

  • Hadassah Lipsius, for leading the effort to put the Mir Revision Lists into the database.
  • Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias, for giving us the ability to have this searchable database on the JewishGen server.
  • Vitaly, Josif, and Fira Charny, for the 1811 Minsk Revision List.
  • Jim Yarin, Irene Kudish and Ruth Silver for their project that collected 22,148 records for towns in Grodno and Volkovysk Uyezds (2008-2010).
  • The many people whose financial contributions have made it feasible to obtain these records.

  • Searching the Database

    This database is searchable via the JewishGen Belarus Database.


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