The purpose of the Belarus SIG is to combine our time, expertise and money to aid Jewish researchers with an interest in Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev and Vitebsk.
The Belarus SIG District Records Projects are the most dynamic aspect of the Belarus SIG today. Since January 2015, the JewishGen Belarus SIG has uploaded over 25,000 records to the JewishGen Belarus Database: approximately 12,000 birth records from Brest and Gomel regions and 13,000 revision list records from Bobruysk and Novogrudok regions. In addition, the SIG has translated approximately 30,000 records from Bobruysk, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev, Nesvizh, Novogrudok and Slonim regions that are currently being reviewed and formatted.
About the Record Sources toolbar of secondary research tools:
We encourage you to read about SIG Projects—District Groups—which describes all aspects of our Belarus District Record Groups and related Belarus Records Inventory. Make sure there is a project and a coordinator for your District. Contact your town coordinator to find out what records are being worked. Join a Project and help Volunteer and/or Donate to support research.
Belarus Record Inventory (The B•R•I)
To find out more about the Belarus SIG Inventory we have provided a search engine to search the B•R•I inventory.
Acquisition of records depends upon agreements with archives which benefit both the researchers and the archives. The BSIG volunteers continue to translate LDS microfilms, Yizkor books, business directories and revision lists which are then added as new data to the searchable All Belarus Database.
We fund current projects through your contributions. You may view the status of projects and donations on the menu bar under Donate. The list is alphabetical by town name. You can re-alphabetize it by any column simply by clicking on the column heading. Most projects are managed by SIG members from these towns. This list is a “work-in-progress” as we are currently adding new projects to the list.
Join our projects
An organization like JewishGen and its SIGs cannot operate only with volunteers. The organization needs funding to acquire documents, pay professional translators who supplement our volunteers, and improve computer systems. That’s where “JewishGenerosity” comes in. If you are unable to serve as a volunteer, you can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the SIG and its projects. You can designate your donation for general use or for use by a specific SIG. You also can make a donation for any specific town or project.
If you need help or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Help Desk.