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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. Since these were alphabetical lists, the registration numbers are not in sequence. In order to group households correctly we have moved the registration numbers into the "comments" field.

  • Jewish Conscripts - list of male members of a household for conscription purposes. There are many of these lists for the year 1874. Since these lists often include the registration numbers from previous revision lists the revision list template has been used.
  • Family lists- lists of entire households. Many of these records have been found in the period 1885-1894 and relate to families that moved to/from smaller villages from/to larger towns. These were not revision lists but since the data is very similar to the data contained in revision lists we have used the revision list template for these data sets.

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 300,000 revision list/census/family list records 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
Antopol -1940921 Kobrin Grodno 1853 1853            517
Bakshty -1941013 Oshmiany Vilna 1888 1888            213
Baranovichi -1941035 Slutsk Minsk 1864 1874               13
Belitsa -1941165 Lida Vilna 1784 1905         4,208
Berestovitsa -1941478 Grodno Grodno 1858 1858         1,037
Berezino -1941267 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            877
Berezino -1941268 Borisov Minsk 1874 1874                 2
Bobovnya -1941392 Slutsk Minsk 1872 1874               29
Bobruysk -1940996 Bobruysk Minsk 1850 1871         9,460
Bogino -1941439 Disna Vilna 1888 1888            295
Borisov -1941088 Borisov Minsk 1834 1874            511
Borovino -1941727 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858               37
Brest Litovsk -1941830 Brest Grodno 1809 1809            154
Budslav -1941930 Vilejka Vilna 1784 1888            271
Byten' -1942035 Slonim Grodno 1850 1873            435
Chashniki -1942065 Lepel Vitebsk 1894 1894         2,500
Cheres -1942109 Disna Vilna 1888 1888            124
Danyushevo -1942289 Sventsyany Vilna 1837 1837               20
Delyatichi -1942336 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858            295
Derechin -1942370 Slonim Grodno 1850 1874         1,313
Derevnaya -1942374 Oshmiany Vilna 1816 1885            937
Disna -1942410 Disna Vilna 1818 1875         5,959
Disna district -1942410D Disna Vilna 1851 1888            747
Divin -1942411 Kobrin Grodno 1853 1853            252
Dokshitsy -1942464 Borisov Minsk 1834 1874            772
Dolginovo -1942476 Vilejka Vilna 1834 1891         1,214
Domanovo -1942505 Bobruysk Minsk 1874 1876               68
Drissa / Vyerkhnyadzvinsk -1951218 Drissa Vitebsk 1852 1852               14
Drogichin -1942582 Kobrin Grodno 1853 1853            363
Druya -1942595 Disna Vilna 1784 1888         7,728
Dubotovka -1942605 Sventsyany Vilna 1888 1888            133
Dukora -1942739 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            165
Dunilovichi -1942754 Vilejka Vilna 1834 1888            827
Dvorets -1942774 Slonim Grodno 1806 1858            648
Dyatlovo -1942808 Slonim Grodno 1853 1873            947
Es'mony -1942837 Borisov Minsk 1834 1874            222
Germanovichi -1942992 Disna Vilna 1818 1855            437
Glubokoye -1943558 Disna Vilna 1784 1888         8,136
Glusk -1943079 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1876            455
Gol'shany -1943149 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1895         2,268
Golubichi -1943152 Disna Vilna 1818 1856            451
Golynka -1943171 Slonim Grodno 1853 1873            182
Gorki -1943236 Bobruysk Minsk 1874 1874                 5
Gorodets -1943267 Kobrin Grodno 1853 1853            132
Gorodishche -1943291 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1879         3,232
Gorodok -1943310 Vilejka Vilna 1850 1891            452
Grauzhishki -1943376 Oshmiany Vilna 1888 1888            316
Grodno -1943562 Grodno Grodno 1858 1858         8,766
Igumen / Chervyen -1942192 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            926
Il'ya -1943589 Vilejka Vilna 1834 1852         2,047
Indura -2915671 Grodno Grodno 1858 1859         1,475
Iody -1943611 Disna Vilna 1875 1888            868
Ivanovo -1943656 Kobrin Grodno 1853 1853            345
Ivenets -1943669 Minsk Minsk 1811 1858            233
Ivye -1943674 Lida Vilna 1784 1907         3,656
Izabelin -1943675 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850            115
Izha -1943680 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1891                 6
Kamen' -1943750 Minsk Minsk 1811 1811               60
Kamenets -1943756 Brest Grodno 1809 1809               42
Kamenka -1943775 Grodno Grodno 1858 1858            376
Karlin-Pinsk A0011 Pinsk Minsk 1816 1818            994
Kemelishki -1943745 Sventsyany Vilna 1888 1888            147
Kholopenichi -1944043 Borisov Minsk 1834 1874         1,144
Kholuy / Lipen -1945410 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            204
Khomsk -1944058 Kobrin Grodno 1853 1853            344
Khotenchitsy -1944081 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1891               56
Klichev -1944262 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            206
Knyaginino -1944305 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1891               40
Kobrin -1944322 Kobrin Grodno 1851 1891         3,401
Kobylnik / Narach -1946657 Sventsyany Vilna 1811 1908            953
Koidanovo / Dzyarzhynsk -1942832 Minsk Minsk 1811 1858            562
Komai -1944419 Sventsyany Vilna 1834 1908         1,056
Korelichi -1944528 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858         1,298
Kossovo -1944638 Slonim Grodno 1853 1858            878
Kovchitsy Vtoryye -1944700 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1871                 1
Kozlovshchina -1944758 Disna Vilna 1854 1854               20
Kozlovshchizna -1944743 Minsk Minsk 1811 1811                 2
Krasnoluki -1944840 Borisov Minsk 1834 1874            355
Krasnoye -1944857 Vilejka Vilna 1816 1891            645
Kraysk -1944908 Vilejka Vilna 1850 1891            216
Krevo -1944919 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1905         2,096
Krivichi -1944944 Vilejka Vilna 1850 1891            357
Kroshin -1944966 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1874            486
Kurenets -1945123 Vilejka Vilna 1837 1888         1,012
Kutsevichi -1945159 Oshmiany Vilna 1888 1888            171
Lapichi -1945221 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            242
Lebedevo -1945268 Vilejka Vilna 1784 1891            724
Leonpol' -1945321 Disna Vilna 1818 1888            778
Liatsk -1945684 Lida Vilna 1888 1888            166
Lida -1945387 Lida Vilna 1784 1908      26,740
Lida district -1945387D Lida Vilna 1888 1888         3,614
Lipnishki -1945427 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1906         1,406
Logishin -1945201 Pinsk Minsk 1816 1819            268
Logoysk -1945496 Borisov Minsk 1834 1874            416
Lopenitsa -1945870 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850               36
Losha -1945527 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            273
Luchnoye -1945602 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858               73
Lugomovichi -1945613 Oshmiany Vilna 1888 1888            404
Lunna / Volya -1945652 Grodno Grodno 1858 1859         1,008
Luzhki -1945674 Disna Vilna 1818 1888         1,162
Lyakhovichi -1945696 Slutsk Minsk 1784 1890         9,449
Lychniki -1945723 Oshmiany Vilna 1837 1837                 6
Lyntupy -1945731 Sventsyany Vilna 1784 1888         1,019
Lyskovo -1945742 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850            112
Lyuban' -1945747 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1871                 1
Lyubcha -1945756 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1884         4,629
Lyubonichi -1945766 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1871               23
Mankoviche -1946049 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1888                 6
Medvedichi -1946156 Slutsk Minsk 1850 1850               72
Mikhalishki -1946252 Vilna Vilna 1888 1888            166
Minsk -1946324 Minsk Minsk 1811 1858         3,283
Minsk district -1946324D Minsk Minsk 1858 1858               30
Mir -1946340 Novogrudok Minsk 1795 1883         9,731
Mogilev -1945803 Mogilev Mogilev 1858 1858         7,239
Mogil'no -1946405 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            138
Molchad -1946437 Slonim Grodno 1853 1858            205
Molodechno -1945843 Vilejka Vilna 1850 1891            285
Mosty -1946101 Grodno Grodno 1858 1858            356
Motol' -1946560 Kobrin Grodno 1853 1853            107
Mstibovo -1946576 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850               86
Myadel -1946607 Vilejka Vilna 1850 1888            812
Mysh Nova -1946897 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858         1,183
Naliboki -1946652 Oshmiany Vilna 1816 1906            488
Negnevichi -1946708 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858            481
Nestanishki -1946760 Sventsyany Vilna 1837 1888            119
Nestanovichi -1941553 Borisov Minsk 1874 1874            243
Nesvizh -1946768 Slutsk Minsk 1816 1879      11,075
Nikolayevo -1946801 Disna Vilna 1888 1888            369
Novogrudok -1946683 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1880         8,466
Novy Dvor -1947099 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850               21
Novyy Dvor -1947100 Lida Vilna 1784 1906         1,870
Novyy Pogost -1947160 Disna Vilna 1888 1888            322
Novyy Sverzhen' -1947171 Minsk Minsk 1811 1811            131
Okolovo -1947255 Borisov Minsk 1834 1874            224
Orli -1947387 Lida Vilna 1784 1908         2,169
Oshmiany district -1940949D Oshmiany Vilna 1882 1882            600
Oshmyany -1940949 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1908         7,581
Osovets -1947472 Bobruysk Minsk 1873 1873                 3
Ostrino -1947565 Lida Vilna 1784 1907         4,003
Ostroshitskiy Gorodok -1947513 Minsk Minsk 1858 1858            407
Ozarichi -1947589 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1871                 6
Ozernitsa -1947606 Slonim Grodno 1853 1858            162
Ozëry -1947619 Grodno Grodno 1858 1858            803
Paraf'yanovo -1947678 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1888               10
Parichi -1947681 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1873               35
Pavlovo A0005 Slonim Grodno 1850 1864            442
Perebrodye -1050081 Disna Vilna 1888 1888            184
Peski -1947863 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850            222
Pinsk -1947920 Pinsk Minsk 1816 1819         1,972
Pleshchenitsy -1947957 Borisov Minsk 1834 1874            222
Plisa area -1947980A Disna Vilna 1888 1888            198
Plissa -1947980 Disna Vilna 1818 1855         1,474
Pobolovo -1948005 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1873               19
Pogost -1948136 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            584
Polonechka -1948174 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1816            188
Polonka -1948178 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858            352
Polyany -1948210 Oshmiany Vilna 1888 1888            481
Porozovo -1948277 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850            158
Porplishche -1948278 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1888                 6
Postavy -1947709 Disna Vilna 1818 1888         2,510
Protasevichi -1948420 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858               13
Prozoroki -1948427 Disna Vilna 1888 1888            376
Pukhovichi -1948498 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            541
Rabun -1948568 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1891               23
Radoshkovichi -1948592 Vilejka Vilna 1834 1891         3,380
Radun -1948600 Lida Vilna 1784 1906         6,566
Rakov -1948620 Minsk Minsk 1811 1858         1,328
Rechki -1948673 Vilejka Vilna 1784 1850            152
Romanovo / Lenino -1945292 Slutsk Minsk 1871 1874            455
Ros' -1948769 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850            125
Rozhanka -1948802 Lida Vilna 1784 1904         2,187
Rubezhevichi -1948829 Minsk Minsk 1811 1811               97
Rushitsi -1948836 Vilejka Vilna 1850 1850            138
Ruzhany -1948969 Slonim Grodno 1853 1875         1,139
Samokhvalovichi -1949049 Minsk Minsk 1811 1858            581
Sedlisski -1949114 Oshmiany Vilna 1888 1888            403
Seliba -1949141 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            175
Shamki -1949271 Borisov Minsk 1874 1874               12
Sharkovshchina -1949290 Disna Vilna 1784 1855         1,342
Shatsk -1949311 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            193
Shchuchin -1949356 Lida Vilna 1784 1905         3,766
Shemetovo -1949371 Sventsyany Vilna 1888 1888               63
Skidel -2329927 Grodno Grodno 1858 1858         1,391
Slonim -1949716 Slonim Grodno 1850 1875         2,882
Slutsk -1949730 Slutsk Minsk 1811 1874         1,272
Smilovichi -1949739 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            864
Smolevichi -1949743 Borisov Minsk 1871 1874            229
Smorgon -1949759 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1908         7,293
Snov -1949772 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858            551
Soly -1949831 Oshmiany Vilna 1816 1895         1,729
Stefanpolye -1950163 Disna Vilna 1888 1888            139
Stolbtsy -1950207 Minsk Minsk 1811 1811            319
Stolin -1950196 Pinsk Minsk 1816 1819            568
Stolovichi -1950199 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858            992
Subbotniki -1950290 Oshmiany Vilna 1888 1888            164
Sverzhen' -1950126 Minsk Minsk 1858 1858                 3
Svir' -1950415 Sventsyany Vilna 1784 1902         2,558
Svisloch -1950425 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850            435
Svisloch -1950426 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1871                 4
Svyataya Volya -1950446 Pinsk Minsk 1816 1816                 8
Timkovichi -1950604 Slutsk Minsk 1873 1874            655
Traby -1950666 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1908         1,890
Tsirin -1950743 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858            602
Turets -1950781 Novogrudok Minsk 1795 1874         1,801
Udranka -1950844 Vilejka Vilna 1850 1850               12
Ulla -1950894 Lepel Vitebsk 1894 1894         1,271
Urech'ye -1950915 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1873               15
Uzda -1950990 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            878
Uzlyany -1951007 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858            378
Vasilishki -1951061 Lida Vilna 1784 1903         9,422
Velyatichi -1951163 Borisov Minsk 1874 1874                 3
Viazyn -1951595 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1891               39
Vilejka -1951292 Vilejka Vilna 1834 1891            711
Vilejka district -1951292D Vilejka Vilna 1891 1891               33
Vishnevo -1951326 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1895         2,297
Vishnevo -1951327 Sventsyany Vilna 1888 1888            206
Volchin -1951368 Brest Grodno 1809 1809               15
Volkolaty -1951391 Vilejka Vilna 1888 1888               14
Volkovysk -1951082 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1858         1,896
Volozhin -1951028 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1908         2,762
Volpa -1951456 Grodno Grodno 1858 1858            615
Voronovo -1951494 Lida Vilna 1784 1900         2,453
Voystom -1951534 Sventsyany Vilna 1837 1888            260
Vselyub -1951555 Novogrudok Minsk 1806 1858            756
Vysokaya Starina -1951646 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858               61
Vysokoye -1951655 Brest Grodno 1809 1809               29
Yakovlevo A0009 Kobrin Grodno 1864 1864            315
Yasevichi -1951794 Disna Vilna 1855 1855                 8
Yazno -1951828 Disna Vilna 1888 1888            166
Yeremichi -1951881 Novogrudok Minsk 1795 1858            493
Yuratishki -1951935 Oshmiany Vilna 1888 1888            303
Zabolotye -1952020 Sventsyany Vilna 1888 1888            253
Zakalnoye 11336148 Bobruysk Minsk 1871 1871               42
Zalesie / Bervyaki -1941323 Disna Vilna 1855 1888            229
Zanaroch -1952275 Sventsyany Vilna 1888 1888            139
Zaskevichi -1952405 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1906         1,415
Zaslavl' -1952408 Minsk Minsk 1811 1858            185
Zel'va -1952542 Volkovysk Grodno 1850 1850            307
Zembin -1952547 Borisov Minsk 1874 1874            332
Zhalin A0006 Igumen Minsk 1858 1858               37
Zheludok -1952611 Lida Vilna 1811 1907         3,231
Zhodiski -1952675 Sventsyany Vilna 1834 1875            918
Zhuprany -1952716 Oshmiany Vilna 1784 1895         1,082

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

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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

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Acknowledgements

The JewishGen Belarus SIG would like to thank:

  • The many translators who helped us with these records: Igor Apelsinov, Mikhail Bakhrakh, Boris Bayevsky, Arkady Brazin, Vitaly Charny, Rimma Dechter, Tatyana Factorovich, Maria Farber, Val Ginzburg, Zhanna Glazenburg, Vladimir Golynya, Baruch Gorkin, Natasha Grinberg, Ronnie Harpaz, Joshua Kaufman, Misha Korman, Greg Mirsky, Gary Palgon, Frank Proschan, Alexander Rubtsov, Zeev Sharon, Victor Shifrin, Jane Sverzhinsky, Svetlana Tokareva, Lara Tsinman, Dena Whitman, Irina Zabelyshinsky, Ludmila Zapletnyuk and Elena Zborovskaya
  • Gary Palgon for the donation of the Lyakhovichi records
  • 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.

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