Shargorod: Document Acquisition and Translation
Shargorod is a town that was founded in 1579. The synagogue, built in 1589, is still
standing; it has been used for other purposes, but is now vacant. The Jewish cemetery is not
photographed or indexed. There are many records of genealogical interest extant for Shargorod.
The Town Leader has met with the town’s mayor, Igor Myhaylovich Vynokur, who is Jewish, and is
supportive of our proposed projects.
The Shargorod Ukraine town leader has learned of many surviving documents related to the Jewish
Community of Shargorod including:
- Shargorod metrical records for the years 1885-1900 have been acquired and we have a
translator ready to work on the birth records: 460 pages of data, including 2,363 births,
estimated to cost $1,950 for translation.
Additional Metrical Records – birth, marriage and death records for various years between 1811
and 1917– consisting of thousands of pages of data with an estimate of $15,000 to acquire and
- Census Records: Census records exist for eight separate years between 1834 and 1888; some
or all of these must be obtained and translated.
- Yizkor Book: A book of 503 pages, entitled “The Jews of My Longing” by Mordechai Kuper was
donated to the Town Leader. It is entirely about the author’s memories and history of
Shargorod. There is no other Yizkor Book known for Shargorod. Written in Yiddish, the book has
been digitized and is online through the Yiddish Book Center. The Town Leader has had the table of contents translated; we hope to have the balance of the book translated and posted on
JewishGen at a cost of $2,500 for translation.
- Shargorod Cemetery Records: There is a very rough, handwritten list kept by an attendant at
the cemetery. This list includes only stones from the second half of the twentieth century to
date. We hope to obtain this list and enter the information into a spreadsheet, which will be
submitted to JOWBR. In addition, we are aware that an individual not currently connected with
JewishGen plans to photograph and index the cemetery. We expect to cooperate with that project,
so that the information gained can be contributed to JOWBR.
Funds raised for this project will be used to acquire copies of documents and to translate the
records, to prepare the datasets for posting to the JewishGen Ukraine Database. The data will be
entered into JewishGen spreadsheet template and will be available to contributors well before
posting on the JewishGen Ukraine Database.
Other records for Shargorod (and other Ukraine towns) are regularly being scanned and uploaded
on the internet by Alex Krakovsky. Although these records are free there will be more records
available to be translated.
The key audience for this project is people whose ancestors lived in or near Shargorod
Ukraine. There are currently 99 researchers researching about 135 connected surnames in the
JewishGen Family Finder.
Acquiring, translating, and making available documents and datasets relating to Jews from
this town will benefit genealogical researchers and will help provide context for the lives of
our ancestors. Many of the records for this area were destroyed in a fire in the Kamenets-
Podolsky Archives in 2003, so it is particularly important to document what remains and what may have been restored following that fire.
The project will fund acquisition and translation of the above-mentioned documents. The new
datasets will be integrated into the JewishGen Ukraine Database, and appropriate KehilaLinks
We estimate the main project will cost $25,000 to complete this first stage. Additional
monies may be requested for the other records as documents become available.
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Last Update: September 20, 2018 by Anne Vaccari