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Addresses(return to top)
Department of the National Belarus Library in Minsk: email@example.com
Grodno Regional Library: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mogilev Regional Library: email@example.com
Vitebsk Regional Library: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS - Contains address and contact person for 19 Jewish communities in Belarus.
Belarussian and Russian Telephone Directory - Provides a template to transliterate surnames before searching.
Archives (return to top)
The State archive of the Gomel area (translated) - Click here for the original Russian version of this site.
Central State Historical Archive of Belarus (Minsk)
ul. Kozlova 26
Sources from the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk - Written by Vladislav Soshnikov and reproduced from RAGAS Report
Main Archival Administration
ul. Kollektomaia 10
Central State Archive of Belarus (Grodno)
ploshchad’ Lenina 2
State Archive of Grodno Oblast
ul. Akademicheskaya 7a
BREST UL. LENINA 8, 224005 BELARUS
Archives (Russian military)(return to top)
Rossiiskii Gosudarstvennyi Voenno-Istoricheskii Arkhiv (RGVIA)
107864 Moskva, 2-aia Baumanskaia, 3.
The Russian State Military History Archive (RGVIA)
Russia 107864 Moscow,
2nd Bauman Street, 3
(The RGVIA, serves as the centralized archive for military records of the Russian Empire, consolidating the holdings from various prerevolutionary Russian military archives and other repositories throughout the former Soviet Union. RGVIA retains documentation produced from the activities of highest, central, and local military administration and military agencies of the Russian Empire from the end of the seventeenth century until March of 1918).
Rossiyskiy Gosudarstvenniy Voyenniy Arkhiv
Rossiya, 125212 Moskva
Ul. Adm. Makarov, 29
Russia, 125212 Moscow
Adm. Makarov St. 29
Russian State Military Archive
(The above archive is for records from 1918-1941)
Central Naval Archive
Russia 188350 Leningradskaia oblast',
Gatchina, Ekaterinverderskii prosp., 2
Basics and FAQsreturn to top)
How To find Your Fugitive Shtetl - A JewishGen InfoFile, by Mel Comisarow
JewishGen FAQ - by Warren Blatt. This document, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), attempts to answer some of the basic questions about Jewish Genealogy.
How to Begin Your Research - Compiled by Bernard Kouchel of the JGS OF Broward County
Eastern Europe FAQ - by Warren Blatt. Frequently Asked Questions about Jewish Genealogical Research in Eastern Europe
Belarus Today(return to top)
-Press Releases from Eastern European Jewish Heritage Project - Sent to Belarus SIG by Frank Swartz, EEJHP Executive Director
Matzoh Mail - March 15, 1999
Bibliography(return to top)
Cemeteries(return to top)
Jewish Cemeteries in Belarus - AJGS Cemetery Project - narrative information about known cemeteries in Belarus
Members of the SIG are encouraged to submit additional data to update and add to the list of Belarus Cemeteries. To submit cemetery data and lists of people buried in Belarus cemeteries (or any Jewish cemeteries) please vist the IAJGS Cemetery Project page at: http://www.jewishgen.org/cemetery/instructions/.
Preliminary List of Cemeteries in Belarus - Written by Frank Swartz. Published in the Belarus SIG Newsletter Issue No. 3
Databases(return to top)
Victims of Stalin - By A.L. Bell and Vitaly Charny. This file lists some of the many Jewish people from Belarus and regions near Belarus who were executed from the 1930s to the early 1950s in Moscow, during Stalin's reign of terror. Keep in mind that this is just a small portion of a long, sad list of victims.
Slutsk School Records (Minsk gubernia) - Compiled by Oleg Perzashkevich of the Minsk Historical Genealogy Group for Harry Boonin of the Slutsk Historical Society. Donated to the Belarus SIG by Harry Boonin.
Vsia Rossiia - 1903 & 1911 Minsk Gubernia, 1911 Mogilev Gubernia - Over 6,000 Jewish businesses, from 1903 and 1911 Russian business directories.
1912 Grodno Voter List - Data compiled by members of the Grodno SIG
Minsk Surnames Database- Compiled by Vitaly Charny
The Family Tree of the Jewish People- a collective effort of Jewishgen, Inc., AJGS, Inc. and Beth Hatefutsoth
The JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) - a database of ancestral towns and surnames currently being researched by Jewish genealogists worldwide
Index to: Religious Personnel in Russia 1853-1854 - by Genrich M. Deych, on the Rochester JGS website. Data available for Minsk, Mogilev and Vitebsk.
Brest Ghetto Passport Database (Grodno gubernia) - the first phase of the Phoenix Project directed by John Garrard (Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Arizona)
Encyclopedias (return to top)
The Jewish Encyclopedia, containing the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906
Famous Jews (return to top)
Zmitrok Biadula, a leading figure in Byelorussian literature in the first half of the twentieth century
Konstantin Shapiro (1840-1900) - Court Photographer of Russian Art, by Vitaly Charny
Yehuda M. Pen and his Disciples of the Vitebsk Art School, by Vitaly Charny
Boris L. Shaposhnik (1902 - 1985), by Vitaly Charny
Holocaust (return to top)
Museum of Tolerance (Simon Wiesenthal Center).
The Holocaust in Grodno - compiled by Ellen Sadove Renck
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Website- Go to 'Library' to search their online catalog
The Einsatzgruppen- Contains information and 'situation reports'.
Investigating Nazi Crimes in Byelorussia - A research paper by Frank Buscher of Millersville University
Landsmanshaften (return to top)
Laws (return to top)
Maps (return to top)
The Baltic Republics of Russia: portions of a 1915 map by G. Peltier, contributed by Michael Steinore. Most of Belarus is in lower right quadrant.
Give or take, it covers the following gubernias: Grodno, Kovno, Lomza, Lublin (in part), Minsk (except Rechitsa uezd), Piotrkow (in part), Plock, Radom (in part), Suwalki, Svedlitz, Vilna, Vitebsk (west of city of Vitebsk), Volhynia (upper third), Warsaw. I'd estimate the map shows about 2000 towns.
1805 Lyakhovichi map, contributed by Gary Palgon
MultiMap.com- A clickable map of Belarus
The JewishGen ShtetlSeeker - Not sure where your shtetl is located? ShtetlSeeker will find your town using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system and map it using MapQuest.
Map of Belarus - From the US Dept. of Commerce, Technology Administration, National Techical Information Service, contributed by Dave Fox
Map showing Gubernii -Partial map scanned from a 1916 Atlas by Hilary Henkin.
Guberniya District Maps-from the 1899 edition of Vsia Rossiia, by Michael Steinore. Link for Mogilev Gubernia is at the bottom of this page.
A map showing Poland between 1921 and 1939 - shows where parts Belarus were during this time.
Miscellaneous(return to top)
Mishpoha Magazine #5 (1999) (translated) - Magazine Mishpoha - a Russian language internet magazine with articlesof interest to Jewish genealogists. Click here for the original Russian version of this site. NOTE: It has been reported that Netscape Navigator users have a problem when clicking on links that are on the translated page. This is a problem with Netscape and the APORT translation software, and not with the Belarus SIG. Internet Explorer users do not seem to have this problem.
Calendar Converter - This page allows you to interconvert dates in a variety of formats (Gregorian to Hebrew, etc).
Hamburg - Link to your roots - The Hamburg Emigration Lists are a data bank which includes the personal data of 5 million people who emigrated via Hamburg from 1850 to 1934
Jewish History of Belarus - by Daniel Romanowski
Beyond the Pale: The History of Jews in Russia - This is an online version of an original exhibit that has toured Russia since 1995.
Photo Dating and Identification
RAGAS Articles (return to top)
Jewish Communities of the Grodno Province - Reproduced from "RAGAS Report" with the permission of Valadislav Y. Soshnikov
1894 - Family List of Jewish Town Dwellers of Minsk - Courtesy of Vladislav Soshnikov, reproduced from the "RAGAS Report"
Belarus re-visited- Courtesy of Vladislav Soshnikov, reproduced from the "RAGAS Report"
UPDATE ON BELARUS with List of Mogilev Gubernia Records Found in National Archives of Belarus (Minsk) - Courtesy of Vladislav Soshnikov, reproduced from the "RAGAS Report"
Researchers and translators (return to top)
Hiring a Professional Genealogist - by Eileen Polakoff
|For the convenience of our SIG members, we are providing a list of researchers and translators who may be able to assist you in your research efforts. Please remember that these organizations or people work for fees. Neither the Belarus SIG or JewishGen endorse or recommend anyone. It is up to the individual who wants to pay for research or translations to check out customer satisfaction. You can write to the researchers and translators and ask them to give you a list of their customers. The Belarus SIG discussion group should not be used to discuss the merits or faults of these people.
If you are aware of other researchers and translators who should be added to this page, please contact the Belarus SIG. These should be restricted to Belarus related researchers.
|The East European Jewish Heritage Project provides genealogists with a comprehensive research service in all of Belarus' archives. We strictly adhere to all legal requirements for archival research in the Republic of Belarus so that your results are protected. The EEJHP also provide tourist services including, accommodation, guides, visa support and transport. The EEJHP works with JewishGen's Shtetleschlepper program in Belarus. We also provide photographic records of villages cemeteries and points of interest, historical and literary research and have an extensive monument and cemetery restoration program. We have over seven years of experience in Belarus. References available for all services. All profits go to support our research and humanitarian aid activities.|
||Conducts research in Washington DC archives and archives in the FSU including Belarus. Also has an extensive collection of pre-revolution photos from Belarus (and other areas of FSU) which are available for sale. See the FAST website for details of his services.|
||The Jewish Heritage Research Group dedicated to the preservation of Jewish Heritage and for the research of amazing Jewish History of Belarus. JHRG offers a detailed family history archive research as well as customized tourist services such as visa support, lodging, transportation, skilled guides, experienced interpreters as well as kosher meals (available upon request). JHRG provides a unique map of Jewish Heritage of Belarus and photographs of points of interest. JHRG is participating in restoration and preservation program of old Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust sights. References are available upon request.|
||Conducts professional services in Vilnius and Kaunas archives including full genealogy report and translation of documents from Russian/Hebrew into English. Genealogy research in Israel. Possibility to search in Minsk and Grodno archives. References from American, Canadian, British, and Israeli clients are provided upon request.|
||Conducts research in the various archives and libraries of Belarus, including the Minsk and Grodno archives.|
|Miriam Weiner has been traveling to Poland and the former Soviet Union since 1989. Her company, Routes to Roots, offers archival research, customized individual and family tours, and "town visits on your behalf" (for those unable to make the trip). Ms. Weiner travels to Belarus 2-3 times per year for client research assignments and for meetings with archivists about the on-going archive inventory of Jewish records in Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Lithuania. For more information about these services, see www.routestoroots.com (includes detailed info about research/travel services, references and more than 100 color photos).|
||Research in the libraries and archives of Belarus and Germany. Historical articles with old and modern photos of belarussian towns and shtetls. Translation between Belarussian, Russian, English, German and Polish.|
||Translations from Hebrew, Russian, French, Yiddish, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian into English. Yizkor book material, personal documents, correspondence and other genealogy-related materials. Extensive Judaic background and experience in genealogy-related issues. Certified by NY University in translation.|
||Translations from Hebrew and Russian into English. History, geneology, personal memoirs, Yizkor book and related material.|
Sources for Belarus Records(return to top)
Outline of Archival Resources in the Repositories of Belarus, by Nancy Holden
Selected Records from the Grodno Oblast Archive (mss.) [Manuscript RG-53.004M] in USHMM - This collection is on seven reels of microfilm, containing seventeen fonds (or record groups), compiled by Tilford Bartman
Jewish Records in Belarus at the LDS Family History Library - a JewishGen infofile
Timelines (return to top)
Transliteration and translation Aids (return to top)
Russian to English Transliteration (Steve Morse)
English to Russian Transliteration (Steve Morse)
Internet Translator - a web translation service that can translate single words, phrases, sentences and entire web pages between 767 language pairs.
WorldLingo- a free online translator that provides text and web page language translations in Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese and Korean.
APORT Russian Search Engine - Besides being a Russian search engine, this site will translate any web site from English-to-Russian, or from Russian-to-English.
Cyrillic Script - A page showing how to write Cyrillic script
English-Belarusan Dictionaries - site created by Ryhor Hajduk
Read Hebrew - Alphabet & Numerals - from the website of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County
Travel (return to top)
Minsk In Your Pocket®: Belarus Regional Centres - includes detailed travel information for Minsk and other cities in Belarus
Belarustourist - information about travel in Belarus, including hotels, visas and weather
Consular Information Sheet - provided by the US State Department for travelers to Belarus
Destination Belarus - Lonely Planet website with travel tips and descriptions of attractions
Jewish Communities of the World - Belarus - the state of the Jewish community in Belarus today by the World Jewish Congress
Interesting WWW Sites In and About Belarus- Links to many topics concerning present-day Belarus
Belarus: Miles Away - A variety of links about Belarus today
Belarus Chamber of Commerce
Address: ul. Sovetskaya, 23 230023, Grodno
Telephone: 375 152 44-90-70
Fax: 375 17 210-81-06
Belarus Chamber of Commerce
ul. Dzerzhinskogo 3 231900, Volkovysk
Telephone/fax: 375 1512 2-39-06
Belarus Chamber of Commerce
kvartal Stroiteley, 5,
office 19 231100, Oshmyany
Telephone: 375 1593 2-18-28
Belarus Chamber of Commerce
231300, Lida, Sovetskaya str., 43
Telephone\fax: +375 1561 2-62-32
Belarus Chamber of Commerce
ul. Krasnoarmeyskaya, 17a 231800,
Slonim Telephone\fax: +375 1562 2-14-91
Belarus Chamber of Commerce
ul. 1 May, 2 231400, Novogrudok
Telephone\fax: +375 1597 2-17-45
January 28, 2010
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