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Belarus Births Database

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· 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 Record

Sample Birth Record

Contents of the Database

There are more than 33,000 birth records in the JewishGen Belarus database.

Place Recorded Uyezd
Year(s) # of Records Comments
Bobruysk Bobruysk Minsk 1877, 1886-1888
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Dashkovka Bykhov Mogilev 1854, 1855, 1873
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David Gorodok Mozyr Minsk 1886-1889, 1891, 1892
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Kamen' Minsk Minsk 1891, 1900-1902, 1906, 1911
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Karolin Pinsk Minsk 1860-1872
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Knyazhitsy Mogilev Mogilev 1874, 1875, 1883, 1884
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Kobrin Kobrin Grodno 1840-1844
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Lida Lida Vilna 1896-1914
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Minsk Minsk Minsk 1836-1840, 1847, 1852, 1861, 1866, 1869,
1880, 1882, 1891, 1894-1910, 1906, 1913, 1917
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Mogilev Mogilev Mogilev 1837, 1838, 1855, 1864, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1872-1880, 1883-1917
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Ostroshitskiy Gorodok Minsk Minsk 1905
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Pinsk Pinsk Minsk 1927-1935
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Rakov Minsk Minsk 1869, 1877, 1880, 1882, 1884-1886, 1889,
1897, 1909, 1914, 1917
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Rubezhevichi Minsk Minsk 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912
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Senno Senno Mogilev 1861-1864
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Stolin Pinsk Minsk 1911
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Usvyaty Velizh Vitebsk 1883-1889
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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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