Minsk Surnames Database
Index of Surnames appearing in the Jewish Vital Records
of the city of Minsk, microfilmed by
the LDS Family History Library
The Jewish vital records for the city of Minsk, currently stored in
the Minsk Archives in Belarus, are just a small part of the records that
were originally created.
During the 20th century, Minsk suffered from wars and revolutions.
During WWII, the city was almost totally destroyed by bombardment and fire.
The limited Jewish vital records that did survive the devastation were
microfilmed by the Mormons (LDS) and are available at the
LDS Family History Library
in Salt Lake City, and via all
LDS Family History Centers.
They can be found on the following LDS microfilms:
Town Record Types Years Microfilm #
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Minsk B 1840, 1847 #1,920,793
Minsk B 1852/1869 #1,920,794
Minsk B 1882, 1895 #1,920,795
Minsk B Doc 1899-1907 #1,920,793
Minsk BMD 1836/1839 #1,920,792
Minsk D 1840, 1846 #1,920,793
Minsk D 1861 #1,920,793
Minsk D 1861 #1,920,794
Minsk M 1857 #1,920,794
Minsk School 1906-1916 #1,920,793
Minsk V 1840 #1,920,793
B = Births, D = Deaths, M = Marriages, V = Divorces.
The birth records of 1836-1838 appeared as one set with visible division;
however, only part of the 1836 records is included. Death records
of 1861 appear as two copies on two different microfilms.
The records of 1900-1917 are just small sets of birth certificates and
school report cards.
For more information see the
InfoFile on Belarus microfilms
and David Fox's article Existing
Records for Shtetls in Belarus, which appeared in
Issue 1 - November 1998
of the Belarus SIG Online Newsletter.
What I have attempted to do is identify all the surnames that appear
in the microfilmed Minsk vital records, and to show which record set(s)
they appear. During my research of the origin and evolution of Jewish
surnames from Minsk and Minsk gubernia, I marked an "X" if
records for a particular surname appear in the record set I reviewed.
If I found more than one record for the surname in a set of records,
I marked it as "XX". Some surnames from Minsk appear so
often that I marked them by an "XXX" and by "XXXX"
when the surname appeared in more than 10 records in a particular set.
However, I would like to warn you that some mistakes are possible in
this database. Records were written by hand (sometimes with very
poor handwriting) in the Old Russian alphabet.
Some of the original pages were of poor quality (fading, worm-eaten, etc.)
and the microfilming made the legibility even more difficult.
Several records could not be read at all.
Some of the names have spelling errors from the people who originally
recorded the record.
This is my first attempt to so this type of work and I am certain that
my ability to do this will gradually improve.
The vital records on the above microfilms also have their information
recorded in Hebrew and well as Russian, on the opposite page.
While this is usually a repetition of the names and dates, there are
sometime differences in what is written in the two languages.
I hope that this database will serve you as a starting point and simple
guide to genealogical research of the Minsk Jewish vital records.
If you find your surname in this database and you know you had family
from Minsk city, there is a good likelihood that you will find family
records on the microfilms. Once you determine which set (year and
type record) your surname appears, you can then identify the microfilm
number where that set is located. Assuming you can read old Russian
or Hebrew, you should go to your local FHC and order the microfilm to view
The data in this index is not perfect and I welcome your suggestions
for improvements and corrections as well as how the members of the
JewishGen Belarus SIG can work together for the
creation of similar and better databases.
My deepest appreciation to David Fox, JewishGen Belarus SIG coordinator
as well as good friend, adviser and editor; and to Michael Tobias the great
computer specialist and member of the JewishGen Belarus SIG who put this
database online and made it searchable.
Last Update: 30 May 2003 MT