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Map of Russian Empire's Bessarabia (1910 Marx's Large world table Atlas)
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Welcome to Bessarabia Special Interest Group Research Division!

We share histories, resources, data, and research tips to help each other research Jewish Genealogy in the region of the Bessarabia gubernia of the former Russian Empire (including parts of today's Moldova and Ukraine) as well as today's Transnistria region with sections of Kherson and Podolia gubernias.

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 10/29/2023  Bessarabia website goes responsive
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 08/27/2023  August 2023
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 07/01/2023  June 2023
Bessarabian Databases. Updates ready for everybody at JewishGen. Records are available already. Below is a list of updates sent to Jew [More...]

Researching Jewish Roots in Bessarabia
History, Genealogy, Culture

See the recordings and slides for the sessions of the Bessarabia Winter Symposium.

Comments, Suggestions and feedback for the Bessarabia Winter Symposium.

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