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Belarus Deaths 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 death 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 Death 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 death was registered.

  • Year Recorded - The year that the death was registered.

  • Record # - The record number of the death in the original books  (numbers are preceded by "F" for female or "M" for male) .

  • Surname - The surname (last name, family name) of the deceased.

  • Given Name - The first name(s) of the deceased.

  • Father - The deceased's father's given name.

  • Mother - The deceased's mother's name(s)

  • Mother's Maiden Surname - The deceased's mother's maiden name (not always given).

  • Spouse - The deceased's spouse's first name(s).

  • Spouse Surname - The surname (last name, family name) of the deceased's spouse.

  • Cause of Death - Cause of the death and any comments about the death.

  • Age - Age of the deceased.

  • Date of Death - Day, month, and year of death, according to the Julian calendar.

  • Date of Death (Hebrew Calendar) - Day and month of death, according to the Jewish calendar .

  • Town of Death - Place of death.

  • District - The "uyezd"- the district name - of the town of death.

  • Guberniya - The Guberniya (Russian province) of the town of death.

  • Comments - All other information which doesn't fit into any other column.  This may include:
    • Town of the father
    • Profession
    • Location of the death

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

Sample Record

Sample Death Record

Contents of the Database

There are approxmiately 29,000 translated death 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
1899
              39
Bobruysk -1940996 Bobruysk Minsk
1894
1900
        2,140
Brest-Litovsk -1941830 Brest Grodno
1895
1906
        5,698
David Gorodok -1942306 Mozyr Minsk
1886
1891
           283
Gomel -1943559 Gomel Mogilev
1907
1918
        5,110
Kamen -1943750 Minsk Minsk
1860
1860
                2
Koidanovo -1942832 Minsk Minsk
1867
1867
              43
Kroshin -1944966 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
              12
Lakhva -1945204 Mozyr Minsk
1860
1860
                7
Lida -1945387 Lida Vilna
1898
1914
        1,846
Minsk -1946324 Minsk Minsk
1839
1889
        3,520
Mir -1946340 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
              24
Mogilev -1945803 Mogilev Mogilev
1872
1917
        8,500
Negnevichi -1946708 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                3
Novy Dvor -1947100 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
           135
Orlya   -1947387 Lida Vilna
1897
1900
              27
Ostrina -1947565 Lida Vilna
1897
1900
              80
Ostroshitskiy Gorodok  -1947513 Minsk Minsk
1860
1917
              95
Radun -1948600 Lida Vilna
1897
1900
              63
Rakov -1948620 Minsk Minsk
1860
1864
              13
Rozhanka -1948802 Lida Vilna
1897
1900
              33
Rubezhevichi -1948829 Minsk Minsk
1861
1864
              21
Samokhvalovichi -1949049 Minsk Minsk
1860
1875
              20
Shchuchin -1949356 Lida Vilna
1897
1902
           153
Stolbtsy -1950207 Minsk Minsk
1860
1864
           137
Usvyaty -3027477 Velizh Vitebsk
1883
1889
              79
Vasilishki -1951061 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
           508
Voronovo -1951494 Lida Vilna
1897
1914
           313
Yeremichi -1951881 Novogrudok Minsk
1849
1849
                1
Zaskevichi -1952405 Oshmiany Vilna
1861
1871
              25
Zaslavl -1952408 Minsk Minsk
1856
1856
                5
Zheludok -1952611 Lida Vilna
1897
1899
              37

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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