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 12/02/2018  November 2018

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:


  • Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in December of 2018. A number of Revision List sets were completed for town of Beltsy and Yassy/Beltsy uezd (district) see the progress.
Jewish Cemeteries. Updates:
  • We have completed photographing and indexing a Nisporeni Jewish Cemetery. We have sent to JOWBR 173 burial records with 170 images and 264 images of Unknown graves can be viewed at Bessarabia SIG website at Nisporeni Cemetery Report.

  • Kishinev Jewish Cemetery events - fall of 2018.
    October 20, 2018. Prime Minister of Republic of Moldova visited the Jewish Cemetery in Kishinev, and demanded a plan to restore the cemetery.
    November 26, 2018. The work begin on the improvement of the Jewish cemetery! See the articles about these events.
History and Geography / General. Article added:
  • Towns in Bessarabia and in neighboring regions for 200 years. It is table of 8 major towns in Bessarabia and close by area of Bukovina, Podolia, Romania with all countries these towns belong to since 1800 to 2000.
    See the table with Towns and Countries.

 11/01/2018  October 2018

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:


  • Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in December of 2018. A number of Revision List sets were completed for town of Beltsy and Yassy/Beltsy uezd (district) see the progress.
History of Jews. Article added:
Jewish Cemeteries. Updates:
  • We have upgraded the inventory of all cemeteries in Bessarabia/Moldova.
    You can see the list from the cemetery section at the website or directly here.

  • We have completed photographing and indexing a large Jewish Cemetery of Bessarabia - Vadul Rashkov. The Phase 1 was done in April of this year, and Phase 2 included more than 1,600 graves, from that we submitted to JOWBR 1,065, and 613 images of Unknown graves can be viewed at Bessarabia SIG website at Vadul Rashkov Cemetery Report.

 10/03/2018  September 2018

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

History of Jews. Article added:
  • The Myth of No Return: Jewish Return.
    Migration to Eastern Europe, 1881-1914
    written by Jonathan D. Sarna.
    Reprinted from American Jewish History, December 1, 1981, vol LXXI I, number 2.
    See the excerpt.

  • The Jewish Kishinev Guide. Compiled by Sarah Shpitalnik. Jewish Library 'Y. Manger', Kishinev, 1995.
    The guide was part of Miriam Weiner Archival Material donated to Bessarabia SIG.
    Read the guide.

 09/03/2018  August 2018

Genealogical Conferences. Addition:

  • 38 IAJGS Conference in Warsaw, Poland, 5-10 August, 2018. Please find all the slides from the Bessarabia/Moldova related presentations in Warsaw:
    --Jewish Shtetl in Moldova without Jews: How the Jewish Past can be remembered.
    --Jewish Cemeteries in Bessarabia/Moldova: Current Status and Future Projects.
    --Moldovan Archives: What information we can find in addition to Vital records and Revision Lists.
    --Bessarabia SIG Meeting.

    You can find the Warsaw conference page at Bessarabia SIG website/Research or directly at this link:
    Warsaw, 2018.

People Stories. Addition:
  • A Family Story: Shaya, A Family Tale: several episodes written by Alan Levitt, Bessarabia SIG Discussion group director. It is about his grandfather Shaya and the Russian army. This is a good example of a family story which helps to understand the environment in which people, especially Jews used to live in the Russian Empire. You can find this article at Bessarabia SIG website/People or directly at this link:
    Shaya, A Family Tale.


 07/30/2018  July 2018

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Bessarabia Revision Lists. A new set records is planning to complete and send to JewishGen in December of 2018. It includes records from Soroki, Rashkov, Ataki, Valey-lui-Vlad, Izmail, Beltsy and more.
    Here is the list.


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