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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

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Contents of the Database

There are approximately 200,000 revision list/censusrecords for towns in Belarus in the JewishGen Belarus database and All Lithuania database. Below is a listing of the towns.

Town
USBGN#
Uyezd
(District)
Guberniya
(Province)
Earliest year
Latest year
# of Records
Link to detailed inventory
Antopol Kobrin Grodno
1853
1853
           517 detailed inventory
Bakshty area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           213 detailed inventory
Baranovichi Slutsk Minsk
1864
1874
              13 detailed inventory
Belitsa Lida Vilna
1784
1905
        2,463 detailed inventory
Berestovitsa Grodno Grodno
1858
1858
        1,038 detailed inventory
Bobovnya Slutsk Minsk
1872
1874
              29 detailed inventory
Bobruysk Bobruysk Minsk
1858
1858
        5,333 detailed inventory
Borisov Borisov Minsk
1834
1874
           724 detailed inventory
Brest-Litovsk Brest Grodno
1809
1809
           154 detailed inventory
Budslav Vilejka Vilna
1850
1888
           214 detailed inventory
Byten Slonim Grodno
1806
1858
           652 detailed inventory
Chashniki Lepel Vitebsk
1894
1894
        2,500 detailed inventory
Cheres area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           124 detailed inventory
Danyushevo area Sventsyany Vilna
1837
1837
              20 detailed inventory
Delyatichi Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           168 detailed inventory
Derechin Slonim Grodno
1806
1874
        1,775 detailed inventory
Derevno Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1885
           754 detailed inventory
Disna Disna Vilna
1818
1875
        3,133 detailed inventory
Disna district Disna Vilna
1875
1875
              58 detailed inventory
Divin Kobrin Grodno
1853
1853
           252 detailed inventory
Dokshitsy Borisov Minsk
1834
1874
        1,048 detailed inventory
Dolginovo Vilejka Vilna
1834
1891
        1,206 detailed inventory
Drogichin Kobrin Grodno
1853
1853
           363 detailed inventory
Druya Disna Vilna
1818
1875
        6,308 detailed inventory
Druya area  Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           146 detailed inventory
Dunilovichi Vilejka Vilna
1850
1888
           423 detailed inventory
Esmony Borisov Minsk
1834
1874
           281 detailed inventory
Germanovichi Disna Vilna
1818
1855
           415 detailed inventory
Glubokoye Disna Vilna
1818
1875
        6,891 detailed inventory
Glubokoye area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           261 detailed inventory
Golshany Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1895
        1,207 detailed inventory
Golshany area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           237 detailed inventory
Golubichi Disna Vilna
1818
1856
           447 detailed inventory
Gorodets Kobrin Grodno
1853
1853
           132 detailed inventory
Gorodishche Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1879
        3,224 detailed inventory
Gorodok Vilejka Vilna
1850
1891
           444 detailed inventory
Grauzhishki area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           316 detailed inventory
Grodno Grodno Grodno
1858
1875
        9,218 detailed inventory
Ilya Vilejka Vilna
1834
1850
        1,968 detailed inventory
Indura Grodno Grodno
1858
1874
        1,539 detailed inventory
Iody area Disna Vilna
1875
1888
           868 detailed inventory
Ivanovo Kobrin Grodno
1853
1853
           345 detailed inventory
Ivenets Minsk Minsk
1811
1858
           233 detailed inventory
Ivye Lida Vilna
1834
1907
        2,344 detailed inventory
Izabelin Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
           115 detailed inventory
Izha Vilejka Vilna
1888
1891
                6 detailed inventory
Kamen Minsk Minsk
1811
1811
              60 detailed inventory
Kamenets-Litovsk Brest Grodno
1809
1809
              42 detailed inventory
Kamenka Grodno Grodno
1858
1858
           376 detailed inventory
Kholopenichi Borisov Minsk
1834
1874
        1,403 detailed inventory
Khomsk Kobrin Grodno
1853
1853
           344 detailed inventory
Khotenchitsy Vilejka Vilna
1888
1891
              56 detailed inventory
Kniaginin Vilejka Vilna
1888
1891
              40 detailed inventory
Kobrin Kobrin Grodno
1851
1885
        2,094 detailed inventory
Kobylnik Sventsyany Vilna
1811
1908
           399 detailed inventory
Kobylniki area Sventsyany Vilna
1888
1888
           157 detailed inventory
Koidanovo Minsk Minsk
1811
1858
           562 detailed inventory
Komai Sventsyany Vilna
1858
1908
           351 detailed inventory
Komai area Sventsyany Vilna
1888
1888
           130 detailed inventory
Korelichi Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           797 detailed inventory
Kozlovshchina  Disna Vilna
1854
1854
              20 detailed inventory
Kraisk Vilejka Vilna
1850
1891
           216 detailed inventory
Krasnoluki Borisov Minsk
1834
1874
           462 detailed inventory
Krasnoye Vilejka Vilna
1811
1834
           443 detailed inventory
Krevo Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1905
        1,205 detailed inventory
Krivichi Vilejka Vilna
1850
1891
           346 detailed inventory
Kroshin Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           224 detailed inventory
Kurenets Vilejka Vilna
1850
1888
           986 detailed inventory
Kutsevichi area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           171 detailed inventory
Lebedevo Vilejka Vilna
1850
1891
           426 detailed inventory
Lebedevo area Vilejka Vilna
1874
1874
           150 detailed inventory
Leonpol Disna Vilna
1818
1857
           629 detailed inventory
Leonpol area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           106 detailed inventory
Liatsk area Lida Vilna
1888
1888
           166 detailed inventory
Lida Lida Vilna
1784
1908
     10,637 detailed inventory
Lida district Lida Vilna
1888
1888
        3,677 detailed inventory
Lipnishki Oshmiany Vilna
1846
1906
           686 detailed inventory
Lipnishki area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           110 detailed inventory
Logishin Pinsk Minsk
1816
1819
           268 detailed inventory
Logoysk Borisov Minsk
1834
1874
           544 detailed inventory
Lopenitsa Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
              36 detailed inventory
Lugomovichi area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           404 detailed inventory
Lunna Grodno Grodno
1858
1874
           785 detailed inventory
Luzhki Disna Vilna
1818
1855
           517 detailed inventory
Luzhki area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           144 detailed inventory
Lyakhovichi Slutsk Minsk
1816
1850
        2,766 detailed inventory
Lychniki Oshmiany Oshmiany
1837
1837
                6 detailed inventory
Lyntupy Sventsyany Vilna
1811
1875
           400 detailed inventory
Lyntupy area Sventsyany Vilna
1888
1888
              89 detailed inventory
Lyskovo Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
           112 detailed inventory
Lyubashev Pinsk Minsk
1816
1816
           362 detailed inventory
Lyubcha Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
        1,041 detailed inventory
Minsk Minsk Minsk
1811
1858
        3,283 detailed inventory
Minsk district Minsk Minsk
1858
1858
              30 detailed inventory
Mir Novogrudok Minsk
1795
1883
     10,893 detailed inventory
Molodechno Vilejka Vilna
1850
1891
           285 detailed inventory
Mosty Grodno Grodno
1858
1858
           356 detailed inventory
Motol Kobrin Grodno
1853
1853
           107 detailed inventory
Mstibovo Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
              86 detailed inventory
Myadel Vilejka Vilna
1850
1888
           428 detailed inventory
Mysh Novaya Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           660 detailed inventory
Naliboki Oshmiany Vilna
1858
1906
           234 detailed inventory
Naliboki area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           151 detailed inventory
Negnevichi Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           328 detailed inventory
Nestanishki area Sventsyany Vilna
1837
1888
           119 detailed inventory
Nesvizh Nesvizh Minsk
1834
1879
        9,816 detailed inventory
Nobel Pinsk Minsk
1816
1816
              58 detailed inventory
Novogrudok Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
        3,562 detailed inventory
Novy Dvor Lida Vilna
1784
1906
        1,112 detailed inventory
Novy Dvor Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
              21 detailed inventory
Novy Pogost area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           322 detailed inventory
Novyy Sverzhen' Minsk Minsk
1811
1811
           131 detailed inventory
Okolovo Borisov Minsk
1834
1874
           310 detailed inventory
Orlya   Lida Vilna
1784
1908
           963 detailed inventory
Orlya area Lida Vilna
1888
1888
           549 detailed inventory
Oshmiany Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1908
        5,429 detailed inventory
Oshmiany district Oshmiany Vilna
1837
1882
           609 detailed inventory
Ostrino Lida Vilna
1834
1907
       3,231 detailed inventory
Ostrino area Lida Vilna
1888
1888
              82 detailed inventory
Ozery Grodno Grodno
1858
1858
           803 detailed inventory
Parafianovo Vilejka Vilna
1888
1888
              10 detailed inventory
Pavlovo Slonim Grodno
1850
1864
           443 detailed inventory
Perebrodye area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           184 detailed inventory
Peski Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
           222 detailed inventory
Pinsk Pinsk Minsk
1816
1819
        1,972 detailed inventory
Pleshchenitsy Borisov Minsk
1834
1874
           302 detailed inventory
Plisa Disna Vilna
1818
1855
        1,317 detailed inventory
Plisa area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           198 detailed inventory
Polonechka Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           188 detailed inventory
Polonka Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           171 detailed inventory
Porozovo Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
           158 detailed inventory
Porplishche Vilejka Vilna
1888
1888
                6 detailed inventory
Postavy Disna Vilna
1818
1875
        1,841 detailed inventory
Postavy area Disna Vilna
1875
1888
           610 detailed inventory
Prozoroki area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           376 detailed inventory
Rabun Vilejka Vilna
1888
1891
              23 detailed inventory
Radoshkovichi Vilejka Vilna
1834
1891
        3,262 detailed inventory
Radun Lida Vilna
1834
1906
        2,279 detailed inventory
Radun area Lida Vilna
1888
1888
           120 detailed inventory
Rakov Minsk Minsk
1811
1811
           292 detailed inventory
Rechki Vilejka Vilna
1850
1850
           141 detailed inventory
Romanovo Slutsk Minsk
1871
1874
           455 detailed inventory
Ros Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
           125 detailed inventory
Rozhanka Lida Vilna
1834
1904
        1,515 detailed inventory
Rozhanka area Lida Vilna
1888
1888
           179 detailed inventory
Rubezhevichi Minsk Minsk
1811
1811
              97 detailed inventory
Samokhvalovichi Minsk Minsk
1811
1811
           198 detailed inventory
Shamki Borisov Minsk
1874
1874
              22 detailed inventory
Sharkovshchizna Disna Vilna
1818
1855
        1,212 detailed inventory
Shchuchin Lida Vilna
1784
1905
        1,646 detailed inventory
Shchuchin area Lida Vilna
1874
1888
           603 detailed inventory
Shemetovo area Sventsyany Vilna
1888
1888
              63 detailed inventory
Skidel Grodno Grodno
1858
1858
        1,391 detailed inventory
Slonim Slonim Grodno
1853
1853
        2,861 detailed inventory
Slutsk Slutsk Minsk
1811
1874
        1,272 detailed inventory
Smolevichi Borisov Minsk
1871
1874
           295 detailed inventory
Smorgon Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1908
        4,519 detailed inventory
Snov Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           426 detailed inventory
Soly Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1895
        1,161 detailed inventory
Soly area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           255 detailed inventory
Stary Sverzhen Minsk Minsk
1858
1858
                3 detailed inventory
Stolbtsy Minsk Minsk
1811
1811
           319 detailed inventory
Stolin Pinsk Minsk
1816
1819
           568 detailed inventory
Stolovichi Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           659 detailed inventory
Subbotniki area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           164 detailed inventory
Svir Sventsyany Vilna
1811
1902
        1,037 detailed inventory
Svir area Sventsyany Vilna
1888
1888
           114 detailed inventory
Svisloch Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
           435 detailed inventory
Svyataya Volya Pinsk Minsk
1816
1816
                8 detailed inventory
Timkovichi Slutsk Minsk
1873
1874
           655 detailed inventory
Traby Oshmiany Vilna
1784
1908
        1,529 detailed inventory
Traby area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           161 detailed inventory
Tsirin Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           433 detailed inventory
Turets Novogrudok Minsk
1795
1816
           819 detailed inventory
Udranka (Village) Vilejka Vilna
1850
1850
              12 detailed inventory
Ulla Lepel Vitebsk
1894
1894
        1,271 detailed inventory
Vasilishki Lida Vilna
1784
1903
        4,809 detailed inventory
Velyatichi Borisov Minsk
1874
1874
                5 detailed inventory
Viazyn Vilejka Vilna
1888
1891
              39 detailed inventory
Vilejka Vilejka Vilna
1834
1891
           677 detailed inventory
Vilejka district Vilejka Vilna
1891
1891
              33 detailed inventory
Vishnevo Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1895
        1,514 detailed inventory
Vishnevo area Sventsyany Vilna
1837
1888
           229 detailed inventory
Voistom area Sventsyany Vilna
1837
1837
              17 detailed inventory
Volchin Brest Grodno
1809
1809
              15 detailed inventory
Volkolaty Vilejka Vilna
1888
1888
              14 detailed inventory
Volkovysk Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1858
        1,886 detailed inventory
Volozhin   Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1908
        2,165 detailed inventory
Volozhin area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           318 detailed inventory
Volpa Grodno Grodno
1858
1858
           615 detailed inventory
Voronovo Lida Vilna
1784
1900
        2,015 detailed inventory
Vselyub Novogrudok Minsk
1806
1816
           491 detailed inventory
Vysokoye Brest Grodno
1809
1809
              29 detailed inventory
Yakovlevo Kobrin Grodno
1864
1864
           315 detailed inventory
Yasevichi Disna Vilna
1855
1855
                8 detailed inventory
Yazno area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           166 detailed inventory
Yeremichi Novogrudok Minsk
1795
1816
           388 detailed inventory
Yuratishki area Oshmiany Vilna
1888
1888
           303 detailed inventory
Zalesie Disna Vilna
1855
1855
              33 detailed inventory
Zalesie area Disna Vilna
1888
1888
           196 detailed inventory
Zanaroch area Sventsyany Vilna
1888
1888
           139 detailed inventory
Zaskevichi Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1906
           897 detailed inventory
Zaslavl Minsk Minsk
1811
1858
           185 detailed inventory
Zelva Volkovysk Grodno
1850
1850
           307 detailed inventory
Zembin Borisov Minsk
1874
1874
           452 detailed inventory
Zheludok Lida Vilna
1834
1907
        2,503 detailed inventory
Zheludok area Lida Vilna
1888
1888
           105 detailed inventory
Zhodiski Sventsyany Vilna
1852
1852
           141 detailed inventory
Zhodiski area Sventsyany Vilna
1837
1837
              58 detailed inventory
Zhuprany Oshmiany Vilna
1834
1895
           737 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.

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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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