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Revision Lists — Bessarabia

Introduction
LDS Microfilms
Revision Lists - Database Fields
Current Database Contents
Sample Illustrations
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The Ревизские сказки — Reviskie Skazki (Revision Lists) — were conducted in territories ruled by the Russian Czar in the 18th and 19th centuries.  The Revision Lists enumerated individuals/families subject to taxation and identified men to draft into the army.

There were ten known major Reviskie Skazki taken in Russian Empire.  For the Bessarabia district and later Bessarabia Gubernia, the following Revisions may apply:

  • the seventh revision in 1815-1825,
  • the eighth revision in 1833-1835,
  • the ninth revision in 1848-1854,
  • the tenth revision in 1856-1859.

By the Treaty of Bucharest of May 28, 1812, the Ottoman Empire ceded the Bessarabia region to the Russian Empire — the land between the Dniester River on the east, the Prut River on the west, and the Danube on the south.  It is not clear if the seventh revision (1815-1825) was held in Bessarabia, because of the special status of the region.  No records for Bessarabia have yet been found from the seventh revision.  Although there are some records dated as early as 1824 from Kishinev, Ismail and Hotin, it is not yet known if there are Jewish records among them.  No records from the eighth revision (1833-1835) have yet been found, but in the ninth revision there are former registration numbers for the families listed as being in the prior (8th) revision.

The Russian military authorities of occupation during the war with the Turks in 1774 recorded 1,300 Jewish families in Moldavia.  At that time Moldavia, included not only the Bessarabia region, but also a section of current Romania, named Moldova/Moldavia, including the major city of Iaşi (Jassy).  The records from 1774 have not been found.  In this database, we have records from the ninth and tenth revisions.  There are also some additional records added to these Revisions in different years.

This project of translating/transcribing Bessarabia Revision Lists began in August of 2009, using records microfilmed by the LDS Family History Library.  As of the fifth update (July 2013), there are currently 68,682 records in the database.

LDS Microfilms

The Mormons (LDS) microfilmed Revision Lists for all districts of Bessarabia (now in Moldova Republic and Ukraine) in 2003, at the Moldova State Archives in Chişinău (Kishinev) (MoldSA).  There are a total of 292 microfilms for Bessarabia, which can be ordered and viewed at any of the LDS Family History Centers, as well as at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.  Some microfilms contain all Jewish records; others may have only several images dedicated to Jews.  Of the 292 microfilms of the Bessarabia Revision Lists, 30 definitely have Jewish records in them, and possible more.  All of the lists are in the Russian language (Cyrillic alphabet).

Below is a list of the microfilms which contain Jewish records.  There are also some small shtetls listed under the district town, such as the shtetl of Kaushany (Căuşeni), listed in LDS under Bendery, in microfilm #2,373,291, which is already complete.  Only the records from Bendery were listed as Jewish records in the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC); Akkerman, Kishinev and Alexandreny records did not have that designation.  That is why we could possibly find more Jewish records among the Revision Lists microfilms, once we look into all 292 microfilms.

Microfilm # Year(s) Town(s) Status
#2,359,501     Non-Jewish
#2,361,557 1848 Bendery, Kaushany, Chimishliya, Ismail Done
#2,361,558 1848 Kishinev  
#2,361,559 1848, 1852 Kiliya, Orgeev, Bendery, Kishinev Partly done
#2,361,560 1848, 1852 Kishinev  
#2,361,561 1848, 1851 Khotin, Ataki, Akkerman,Novoselitsa, Lipkany Partly done
#2,361,562 1848 Khotin, Lipkany, Beltsy Partly done
#2,362,942 1848 Kagul  
#2,373,291 1854, 51 Bendery, Kishinev, Alexandreny,Akkerman Done
#2,373,292 1854 Bendery, Ismail, reni, Kagul, Leovo, Kiliya Done
#2,373,294 1854 Beltsy, Kishinev  
#2,373,295 1854 Kishinev, Bendery,Orgeev Done
#2,373,296 1854-56 Faleshty, Akkerman, Rezina Partly done
#2,373,971     Non-Jewish
#2,373,972     Non-Jewish
#2,373,990 1859 Gancheshty  
#2,375,368 1859 Kishinev  
#2,375,369 1859 Kishinev  
#2,375,370 1859 Kishinev  
#2,375,393     Non-Jewish
#2,375,395 1859 Romanenko colony, Beltsy,Orgeev, Kriulyany Done
#2,375,773 1859 Orgeev In progress
#2,375,782 1859 Brichany, Khotin, Lipkany Done
#2,375,783 1859 Lipkany Done
#2,375,787 1875 Teleneshty, Kalarash, Faleshty, Soroki uezd In progress
#2,375,788     Non-Jewish
#2,376,257 1848 Beltsy  
#2,376,258 1848 Beltsy  
#2,377,234 1854 Bendery In progress
#2,377,235 1875 Bendery In progress
#2,377,238 1875 Orgeev In progress
#2,377,241 1854 Rashkov, Ataki, Mereshevka, others Partly done
#2,377,242 1854, 59 Ataki, Liublin In progress
#2,377,245 1859 Akkerman In progress
#2,377,248 1850-51, 54 Khotin  
#2,377,249 1854 Markuleshty colony  
#2,377,251 1854-56 Beltsy, Valelui-Vlad colony  
#2,380,867 1886, 1892 Orgeev In progress
#2,380,868 1891, 1892 Orgeev In progress

The table above will be updated when new Jewish records are discovered.

Revision Lists — Database Fields

The Revision Lists may contain following information:

  • Page # — Usually there is a page number of an image which contains two pages (left side for men, right side for women).
    The page # is in the right upper corner of the image.
  • Registration # — an assigned family number for a particular town's registry.
  • Surname
  • Given Name
  • Father — Father's given name (derived from the patronymic).
  • Relationship to Head of Household
  • Sex — "M" for male, "F" for female.
  • Age
  • Age at Last Revision — only present for men.
  • Reason Left
  • Year Left
  • Comments — includes the status of a family: Merchant, Middle class, Farmer, from military, etc.
    It also may specify when the family registered for the town, and occasionally information where they came from.
  • Former Registration # — Registration Number in the previous Revision.
    In some cases, there are two former registration numbers, presented as "1835 - #100, 1848 - #120".
  • Day, month, and year of registration — according to the Julian calendar.
    (The Julian calendar was used throughout the Russian Empire until 1918.  For the Gregorian (modern) calendar date, add 12 days for dates between March 1800 to February 1900).
  • Uyezd — district; one of the eight districts of Bessarabia: Akkerman, Beltsy, Bendery, Izmail, Khotin, Kishinev, Orgeev, Soroki.
  • Gubernia — "Bessarabia".
  • Type of Record — "Revision List" or "Additional Revision List".
  • Archive / Fond / Inventory / File — the archival source citation, at the Moldova State Archives in Chişinău = "MoldSA".
  • LDS Microfilm # — Microfilm number at the LDS Family History Library.

Current Database Contents

The JewishGen Bessarabia Revision List Database currently contains 68,682 records from various Revision Lists, as follows:

Town Uyezd Year Comments FHL Microfilm # # of Records # of Families Status
Akkerman Akkerman 1848 Additional #2,361,561     In progress
Akkerman Akkerman 1852-54 Additional #2,361,561     In progress
Akkerman Akkerman 1854 Merchants #2,373,291 188 13  
Akkerman Akkerman 1854 Middle Class #2,373,291 2,003 259  
Akkerman Akkerman 1867 Citizens of Moldova/ Additional #2,373,292 6 1  
Akkerman - villages Akkerman 1875 Recruit List #2,377,245     In progress
Akkerman - villages Akkerman 1875 List of men by external view #2,377,245     In progress
Akkerman Akkerman 1875 Alphabetical list of men #2,377,245     In progress
Akkerman Akkerman 1875 Jews foreigners #2,377,245     In progress
Akkerman - villages Akkerman 1875 Jews foreigners #2,377,245     In progress
Alexandreny, colony Beltsy 1854 Farmers/ colonists #2,373,291 1,748 175  
Ataki Soroki 1848   #2,361,561     In progress
Ataki Soroki 1854   #2,377,241     In progress
Ataki Soroki 1854 Additional #2,377,241     In progress
Beltsy Beltsy 1848 Merchants #2,361,562     In progress
Beltsy Beltsy 1859 Middle Class #2,375,395 2,663 430  
Beltsy Beltsy 1855-1874 Additional #2,373,292 98 32  
Beltsy Beltsy 1848 Merchants #2,361,562 212 24  
Bendery Bendery 1848 Middle Class #2,361,557 2,509 421  
Bendery Bendery 1848 Merchants #2,361,557 390 27  
Bendery Bendery 1848 Middle Class, Merchants/ Additional #2,361,557 193 46  
Bendery Bendery 1854 Merchants #2,373,291 736 56  
Bendery Bendery 1854 Middle Class #2,373,291 388 47  
Bendery Bendery 1854 Middle Class/ continue from 2373291 #2,373,292 2,353 379  
Bendery Bendery 1855-1857, 1869, 1873-75 Middle Class/ Additional #2,373,292 65 13  
Bendery Bendery 1850-1852 Additional, Military #2,361,559 133 44  
Bendery - villages Bendery 1859 From villages #2,377,235     In progress
Brichany Khotin 1859 Middle Class #2,375,782 6,165 656  
Brichany Khotin 1850 Additional #2,361,561     In progress
Brichany Khotin 1848   #2,361,561     In progress
Brichany Khotin 1849 Additional #2,361,561     In progress
Bricheva Soroki 1854   #2,377,241     In progress
Chimishlia Bendery 1853 Residents #2,373,291 41 7  
Chimishlya Bendery 1848 Middle Class/ Moved from Kaushany #2,361,557 14 1  
Chimishlya Bendery 1848 Middle Class #2,361,557 31 8  
Dombroveny Soroki 1854 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 919 87  
Dombroveny Soroki 1854 Additional #2,377,241     In progress
Faleshty Beltsy 1874 Only newborns, alphabetical list #2,375,787 1,273 1,273  
Faleshty Beltsy/Yassy 1854 Middle Class #2,373,296 3,271 627  
Gancheshty Kishinev 1848   #2,361,559     In progress
Granova, Ladynina, Teplin Podolia gubernia 1851   #2,361,557 6 3  
Ismail Ismail 1848 Merchants #2,361,557 124 9  
Ismail Ismail 1848 Middle Class/ Old Jewish Society #2,361,557 1,158 269  
Ismail Ismail 1848 Middle Class/ New Jewish Society #2,361,557 626 123  
Ismail Ismail 1848 Middle Class/ Reside in Odessa #2,361,557 263 54  
Ismail Ismail 1848 Middle Class/ Reside in Kherson #2,361,557 924 134  
Ismail Ismail 1848 Middle Class/ Reside in Mostovoy and Kantakuzovka, Kherson gub #2,361,557 852 144  
Ismail Ismail 1854 Reside in Odessa #2,373,292 242 42  
Ismail Ismail 1854 Reside in Mostovoy and Kantakuzovka, Kherson gub #2,373,292 943 126  
Ismail Ismail 1854 Reside in Kherson #2,373,292 861 113  
Ismail Ismail 1854 Middle Class #2,373,292 210 31  
Ismail Ismail 1854, 1859, 1860, 1861 Merchants, Middle Class/ Additional,turned to Moldavia Principality #2,373,292 146 21  
Ismail Ismail/Akkerman 1824 Clergy #2,377,245     In progress
Ismail Ismail/Akkerman 1824 Foreigners #2,377,245     In progress
Ismail Ismail/Akkerman 1824 Burlaki (temp workers) #2,377,245     In progress
Kagul Kagul 1854 Merchants #2,373,292 75 12  
Kalarash Orgeev   Only newborns, Special list #2,375,787 309 309  
Kapreshty Soroki 1854   #2,377,241     In progress
Kaushany Bendery 1848 Town dweller #2,361,557 638 104  
Kaushany Bendery 1854 Middle Class #2,373,295 612 94  
Kaushany Bendery 1869 Removed from farmers #2,373,292 77 6  
Kaushany Bendery 1851 Additional #2,361,559     In progress
Kiliya Ismail 1854 Merchants #2,373,292 162 14  
Kiliya Ismail 1854 Middle Class #2,373,292 675 95  
Kiliya Ismail 1854, 1860 Additional, registered in Moldavia/Romania #2,373,292 21 6  
Kiliya Ismail 1848 Middle Class #2,361,559     In progress
Kiliya Ismail 1852 Additional #2,361,559     In progress
Kiliya Ismail 1848 Merchants #2,361,559     In progress
Kiliya Ismail 1850-55 Additional #2,361,561     In progress
Kishinev Kishinev 1854 Merchants #2,373,295 263 34  
Kishinev Kishinev 1851-54 Middle Class #2,373,291 292 85  
Kishinev Kishinev 1854-1856 Middle Class/ Additional, moved from Tomsk, Irkutsk #2,373,292 582 93  
Kishinev Kishinev 1848 Additional #2,361,559 29 6  
Khotin Khotin 1848 Merchants #2,361,562 581 52  
Khotin Khotin 1848   #2,361,562     In progress
Khotin Khotin 1859 Merchants #2,375,782 1,516 126  
Khotin Khotin 1859 Middle Class #2,375,782 8,396 868  
Khotin Khotin 1850-51 Return from abroad #2,361,561     In progress
Konstantinovka Soroki 1854 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 146 16  
Krinki Grodno gubernia 1850 Additional #2,361,559     In progress
Krinki Grodno gubernia 1850 Additional #2,361,561     In progress
Kriulyany Orgeev 1854 Middle Class #2,373,295 364 56  
Ladyzhin Podolia gubernia 1850 Additional #2,361,559     In progress
Leovo Kagul 1854 Middle Class #2,373,292 362 74  
Lipkany Khotin 1859 Middle Class #2,375,782 3,174 292  
Lipkany Khotin 1859 Middle Class #2,375,783      
Lipkany Khotin 1848 Middle Class #2,361,561 1,529 194  
Lipkany Khotin 1848 Middle Class #2,361,562 1,241 162  
Lomachenets Khotin 1848   #2,361,562     In progress
Lomachenets Khotin 1849 Colonists #2,377,241 156 27  
Lomachenets Khotin 1854 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 331 35  
Lyublin Soroki 1854 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 872 73  
Markuleshty, colony Soroki 1854   #2,377,241     In progress
Mereshevka, colony Soroki 1854   #2,377,241     In progress
Mileshty Bendery 1848 Middle Class #2,361,557 1 1  
Nikolaevka Blagodat' Orgeev 1854 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 406 44  
Novoselitsa Khotin 1854 Middle Class #2,373,295 423 50  
Novoselitsa Khotin 1848   #2,361,561 637 127  
Orgeev Orgeev 1848 Merchants #2,361,559     In progress
Orgeev Orgeev 1848 Middle Class #2,361,559     In progress
Orgeev Orgeev 1854 Merchants #2,373,295 564 70  
Orgeev Orgeev 1854 Middle Class #2,373,295 2,263 355  
Orgeev Orgeev 1859   #2,375,773     In progress
Orgeev Orgeev 1875   #2,377,238     In progress
Orgeev - villages Orgeev 1875   #2,377,238     In progress
Orgeev - villages Orgeev 1892   #2,380,868     In progress
Rashkov Soroki 1854   #2,377,241 472 62  
Rezina Orgeev 1855 Middle Class/Craftsman #2,373,296 309 33  
Reni Ismail 1854 Middle Class #2,373,292 119 25  
Romanenko Bendery 1853 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 1,505 160  
Romanovka, colony Bendery 1859 Colonists-Farmers #2,375,395 1,283 157  
Shibka Orgeev 1854 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 623 55  
Skulyany Beltsy/Yassy 1848 Middle Class #2,361,562 490 70  
Soroki Soroki 1854 Merchants #2,373,295 1,000 60  
Soroki Soroki 1854 Middle Class #2,377,241 1,039 108  
Soroki Soroki 1854 Middle Class/ Continuation #2,377,242     In progress
Soroki Soroki 1854 Additional #2,377,242     In progress
Soroki - villages Soroki 1875 Only Newborns #2,375,787 190 86  
Teleneshty Orgeev 1848   #2,361,559     In progress
Teleneshty Orgeev 1854 Middle Class #2,373,295 1,823 416  
Teleneshty Orgeev 1875 Only Newborns #2,375,787 620 620  
Valya-luy-Vlad Beltsy 1855 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 240 31  
Vertyshany Soroki 1854 Colonists-Farmers #2,373,295 379 32  
Zguritsa, colony Soroki 1854         In progress

Only Bendery was listed in the LDS' Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) as that microfilm as having Jewish records, but not three other towns.  That gives us hope that we will find Jewish records in the 1830s and even the 1820s.

Sample Illustrations

Here are some sample illustrations of Revision Lists from 1848 and 1854.  Click on each image for a larger view.

1854: Akkerman, Akkerman uezd
Very clear handwriting.  It seems that for these families, this is their third revision — it has numbers from the revisions of 1848 and 1835.
1854: Alexandreny colony, Yassy uezd
Very hard to read and transcribe.  One such page could include 100 records or more.
1848: Kaushany, Bendery uezd
Very good handwriting.
1848: Kaushany, Bendery uezd
The last page.  After all the records, it includes signatures of four Jewish people from the community, signed in Russian and Yiddish.

Acknowledgements

This project was made possible by hard work and dedication of many people who translated, transcribed and validated the records.

Translators, Transcribers and Validators: Galina Antonova, Patrice Bensimon, Sasha Berkovich, Yackov Berkun, Mark Chulsky, Yuriy Daylis, Banai Lynn Feldstein, Janet Furba, Bianca Gamarnik, Mike Glazer, Igor Gory, Martha Koster, Julia Lombardo, Leonard Meleger, Misha Massov, Marina Medvedovsky, Nick Perper, Mitja & Sasha Sherman, Olga Potap, David Price, Michael Richman, Ella Romm, Elena Shturman, Maya Smundak, Claire Stuart, Alan Shuchat, Felix Tsedulko, Eugene Weinstein, Liliya, and Yefim Kogan.

Claire Stuart: I would like to dedicate my work to my grandparents, Jacob (Yankel) and Anna (Chana) Trachtenberg, and to their family members who died in the Holocaust.

Mark Chulsky dedicates his work to the blessed memory of the WWII veterans, MIA, and Holocaust martyrs Shaya, Josef, David, Yuda, Leib, Kalman, Gedaly, Boruch and Lev Chulsky, haKohanim.

Yefim Kogan: I dedicate my work to the blessed memory of my father Abram Kogan who inspired my interest in family genealogy.

Sasha Berkovich dedicates his work to the blessed memory of maternal grandparents Simkha ben Nota Polonsky and Khana bat Leib Leikin.

Please contact Yefim Kogan, the Project Coordinator, if you would like to volunteer for this Project.  In order to contribute, you need to read handwritten Russian (Cyrillic), and be able to enter information into an Excel spreadsheet.  If you have any questions about the database, please contact Yefim Kogan at yefimk@verizon.net.


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