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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 Birth Record

Contents of the Database

There are approximately 54,000 birth records for towns in Belarus in the JewishGen Belarus database and All Lithuania database. Below is a listing of the towns.

Place Recorded
USBGN#
Uyezd
(District)
Guberniya
(Province)
Earliest Year
Latest Year
# translated records
Link to detailed inventory
Bobruysk Bobruysk Minsk
1877
1888
                              1,192 detailed inventory
Brest-Litovsk Brest Grodno
1895
1914
                            11,874 detailed inventory
Dashkovka Bykhov Mogilev
1854
1873
                                    31 detailed inventory
David Gorodok Mozyr Minsk
1886
1892
                                  614 detailed inventory
Gomel Gomel Mogilev
1854
1894
                              4,127 detailed inventory
Kamen Minsk Minsk
1891
1911
                                    30 detailed inventory
Karlin Pinsk Minsk
1860
1872
                              1,288 detailed inventory
Knyazhitsy Mogilev Mogilev
1874
1883
                                    34 detailed inventory
Kobrin Kobrin Grodno
1840
1844
                                  498 detailed inventory
Lida Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                              3,426 detailed inventory
Minsk Minsk Minsk
1836
1917
                            13,917 detailed inventory
Mogilev Mogilev Mogilev
1837
1889
                            10,546 detailed inventory
Novy Dvor Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  329 detailed inventory
Orlya   Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  202 detailed inventory
Oshmiany Oshmiany Vilna
1854
1861
                                  283 detailed inventory
Ostrino Lida Vilna
1897
1914
                                  623 detailed inventory
Ostroshitskiy Gorodok  Minsk Minsk
1905
1905
                                    11 detailed inventory
Pinsk Pinsk Minsk
1882
1935
                              1,040 detailed inventory
Radun Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  329 detailed inventory
Rakov Minsk Minsk
1869
1917
                                  604 detailed inventory
Rubezhevichi Minsk Minsk
1904
1912
                                  106 detailed inventory
Senno Senno Mogilev
1861
1864
                                  168 detailed inventory
Shchuchin Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  649 detailed inventory
Stolin Pinsk Minsk
1911
1911
                                  189 detailed inventory
Usvyaty Velizh Vitebsk
1883
1889
                                  191 detailed inventory
Vasilishki Lida Vilna
1896
1914
                                  870 detailed inventory
Voronovo Lida Vilna
1897
1914
                                  511 detailed inventory
Vorotinschtina Mogilev Mogilev
1872
1917
                                  398 detailed inventory
Zaskevichi Oshmiany Vilna
1855
1872
                                    75 detailed inventory

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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