JewishGen-erosity Project:

Balta, Ukraine – Vital Records Indexes

Project Leader

Yoni Kupchik

JewishGen Ukraine SIG Coordinator

Janette Silverman

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor

Avraham Groll

Project Synopsis

Balta was one of the main towns in Podolia Gubernia during the 19th century, with a significant Jewish population. Most of the vital records of Podolia Gubernia were stored in the Kamenets-Podolsky Archives, and were lost during a fire in 2003. Fortunately, the Jewish vital records for Balta – birth, death, marriage, and divorce records for 1862-1918 – are stored in the State Archives of Odessa, and are mostly unharmed. However, the information in these records remains unreachable for many, as it is not available online.

In this project we will obtain digital photographs of the name indexes of all the available Jewish vital records for the town of Balta, and then translate and transcribe the information, to make it searchable through JewishGen. Funds raised will serve to pay a researcher for taking photographs of all index pages.

Key Audience

The key audience for this project is everyone with interest in the Jewish history of Balta, Podolia Gubernia, and Ukraine in general.

Project Importance

Podolia Gubernia was home for many Jews during the late 19th century. Unfortunately, due to a fire in the main archives of this region, vital records for Podolia are scarce. This project will be a significant help in preserving what's left of Podolia's Jewish vital records and making it accessible for everyone.

Project Description

Photocopies of the index pages will be obtained by a researcher who will be hired to go to the State Archives of Odessa, where the indexes are kept. The information will be translated and transcribed by volunteers. The datasets will then be added to the JewishGen Ukraine Database.

There are 63 books, with 47 indexes. Each contains from 50 to 100 double-sided pages.  For the city of Balta, there are vital records for 1862 thru 1918: Birth records: 1862-1879, 1882-1888, 1890-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1917; Marriage records: 1879, 1881-1882, 1884-1895, 1897, 1899, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1916; Death records: 1880, 1882-1884, 1886-1888, 1890-1894, 1913, 1915-1918.

There is also one book for the Jewish agricultural colony of Abazovka: Birth records: 1879, 1880, 1882, 1883, 1889, 1891, 1892, 1899-1918; and three books for Peschanoe: Birth records: 1890, 1900-1918; Marriage records: 1890-1899, 1902, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1910-1918; Death records: 1900-1918

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