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Town Leader: Prentiss Smith

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1900s Name: Ostrog
1900s District: Ostrog
1900s Province: Volhynia
1900s Country: Russian Empire

Modern: Ostroh, Ukraine
Modern Ukrainian: Острог  listen town name in ukrainian
Modern Russian: Острог  listen town name in russian

1930s: Ostrog, Zdołbunów, Wołyń, Poland
1950s: Ostrog, Soviet Union

Other names: Ostroh [Ukr], Ostrog [Rus, Yid], Ostrog [Pol], Ostra, Ostraha, Ostre

50°20'N 26°31'E Mapquest Google Maps


Book translation: 'Mazkeret li-gedole Ostrah'', OstrogPrentiss SmithIn progress
Translate the book Mazkeret li-gedole Ostrah by Menahem Mendel Biber. The book is a history of Ostrog and its people.
Fundraising Project, OstrogMel WerbachOngoing
Initial fundraising for 1795 Ostrog Census is complete. Fundraising for other projects is ongoing.
Fundraising Project, Ostroh (Ostrog) Document Acquisition and Translation ProjectsMel WerbachIn progress
A trilingual translator will extract data from the original records, translate them into English, and enter the data into a spreadsheet template provided by JewishGen.  Once those tasks are complete, JewishGen will integrate the new data into the JewishGen Ukraine Database
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Document and Dataset Collections

NameTime frameView
Mazkeret li-gedole Ostrah', Ostrog1907
This book, by Menahem Mendel Biber, is a seminal text on the history and people of Ostrog. It was published by Bi-defus shel H.Y. Sheptil in Berdichev and is
Written in Hebrew. The Library Of Congress Catalog No. is DS135 R93 O7. It is available by free download from many online websites, including Open Library and Internet Library. Do a Google search on the title to find more download sites.
Revision Lists, Ostrog town, Kremenets District 1816, Translations1816
This dataset is a translation of the Jewish records in the revision lists for towns in the District of Kremenets. The census books of the Central State Archives in Ternopil Oblast were microfilmed by the LDS and are available in the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Kremenets District Research Group is translating the revision lists.

Translated census entries have been indexed by surname, town, and source. Until the revision list translations are fully funded and all translations are completed, the translation spreadsheet is available only to those who have contributed in some way to the work of the Kremenets District Research Group. After the project is completed, the translation spreadsheet will be freely available to all. In the meantime, the master index (the Kremenets Concordance) is searchable, using Steve Morse"s One-Step search engine, on the
Kremenets KehilaLinks website. Be sure to read the document that describes the Concordance. The Concordance contains more than 2,500 revision list entries for the town of Ostrog.

For more information about how to obtain the full translation spreadsheet, or how to contribute to the translation project, contact 
Sheree Roth or 
Ron Doctor.
Revision Lists, Ostrog Town, Ostrog District 1795, Translations1795
This dataset contains 2,021 entries for the town of Ostrog. 

It is a translation of the 1795 Census of Jews in towns of Ostrog District. The census books are in Ostrog, Ukraine at the local regional museum, the State Historical and Cultural Trust. Its official title is “OSTROG Head Tax Record for 1795”. It is found in book 4437. The census has a total of 2,951 names.

The census was conducted by the Russian government only two years after Ostroh was transferred from Poland to Russia; therefore it is not surprising that the left side of each page is in Russian, while the right side presents essentially the same data in Polish. Since each listing was provided in two languages, it was possible to translate all of the pages that were photographed. However, at least 3 pages of listings are missing in both languages, all of which belong to the “Ostrog/Old Town” section (located between photos #570 and #572, #631 and 633, and #736 and 737).

 With three exceptions, no surnames are listed in the census. Moreover, although Jews frequently had more than one given name, Jewish entries are typically limited to a single given name along with the patronymic (the father’s given name). The head of each household is listed first, followed by family members. Ages and occupations are included, together with useful notes for a fair number of entries.

Still, it is difficult to identify an ancestor without the help of a surname. A useful aid in identification would ordinarily be to combine the information provided in the 1795 census with information gathered from subsequent censuses, by which time surnames were routinely used in official records. The Kremenets District Research Group has translated an 1816 Census for the Kremenets District that contains 2,526 records for Ostrog. A searchable index to these records is available on the Kremenets KehilaLinks website. In addition, the Ostrog museum has the 1850 and 1858 census records. Both of these collections will be helpful in tracing ancestors into the 1795 Census.

The translator worked from digital photographs of the original pages. These photographs were generously donated by Allan Dolgow who arranged for them to be taken at the Ostrog State Historical and Cultural Trust. Dr. Mel Werbach initiated the Ukraine SIG Fundraising Project and served as Translation Project Leader. In addition, your generous financial contributors made it possible for us to engage a professional translator who could work with three languages, Russian, Polish, and English.

The translation spreadsheet has been posted in the JewishGen Ukraine Database. Be sure to read the document that describes the Census. The document and the spreadsheet are available on the Ostrog KehilaLinks website. Scroll to the bottom of the Census webpage for a link to the spreadsheet. Or, you can download the spreadsheet by clicking on this link.
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Related Links

Ostroh Virtual Shtetl, MHPJLife in Ukraine
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