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Volhynia Gubernia - 3 Districts

Project Leader:
Emily Garber
Mary-Jane Roth

Title: Records of Three Volhynia Gubernia Districts 

 [This project was formerly known as “Acquisition and Translation of Records of Seven Towns in Polonnoye, Ukraine.”]

The project goal is to provide access to 19th and early 20th century records for Jewish families from the Novohrad Volynskyy, Zaslav and Starokostyantinov districts of Volhynia Gubernia in today’s Ukraine. Previous efforts to acquire records from seven communities through the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People were not as productive as we had hoped. We have broadened our search to include records of all communities within the three districts.

Recently, some relevant record sets have become available through the efforts of Alex Krakovsky and others, and we expect additional records to be identified. Initial emphasis will be on extant revision lists. At a minimum, record sets will be indexed. Revision lists and other records will be fully translated. Funding will support translations, indices and additional digitization efforts.

Key Audience

People whose ancestors lived in these districts are the key audience for this project. There are over 1000 researchers in the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) researching communities in these districts.

Project Importance

Acquiring, translating, and making available documents and dataset relating to Jews from this district will benefit genealogical researchers and will help provide context for the lives of our ancestors.

Project Description

We will begin work on the project as soon as it is approved (we already have some funds and a translator ready to begin).

Throughout the course of the project, completed spreadsheets will be made available to donors who contribute $100 or more. At the same time, translations of records might also be posted on relevant KehilaLink webpages.

Estimated Cost

 We estimate that it will cost about $4,000 to complete the translation of one revision list for one district. There are currently nine complete revision books and eight supplemental books available for translation, as well as a variety of other record sets. Any funds still remaining at the completion of this translation project will be used to acquire additional records from archives in Ukraine.


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