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 09/16/2012  Ostrog 1795 Census is available online

A translation of the 1795 Census of Jews in the District of Ostrog now is available on the Ostrog KehilaLinks website and in the JewishGen Ukraine Database. The original census books are in Ostrog, Ukraine at the local regional museum, the State Historical and Cultural Trust. Its official title is “OSTROG Head Tax Record for 1795”. It is found in book 4437. The census has a total of 2,951 names.

The census was conducted by the Russian government only two years after Ostroh was transferred from Poland to Russia; therefore it is not surprising that the left side of each page is in Russian, while the right side presents essentially the same data in Polish. Since each listing was provided in two languages, it was possible to translate all of the pages that were photographed. However, at least 3 pages of listings are missing in both languages, all of which belong to the “Ostrog/Old Town” section (located between photos #570 and #572, #631 and 633, and #736 and 737).

With three exceptions, no surnames are listed in the census. Moreover, although Jews frequently had more than one given name, Jewish entries are typically limited to a single given name along with the patronymic (the father’s given name). The head of each household is listed first, followed by family members. Ages and occupations are included, together with useful notes for a fair number of entries.

It is difficult, of course, to identify an ancestor without the help of a surname. A useful aid in identification would ordinarily be to combine the information provided in the 1795 census with information gathered from subsequent censuses, by which time surnames were routinely used in official records. The Kremenets District Research Group has translated an 1816 Census for the Kremenets District that contains 2,526 records for Ostrog. A searchable index to these records is available on the Kremenets KehilaLinks website. In addition, the Ostrog museum has the 1850 and 1858 census records. Both of these collections will be helpful in tracing ancestors into the 1795 Census.

The translator worked from digital photographs of the original pages. These photographs were generously donated by Allan Dolgow who arranged for them to be taken at the Ostrog State Historical and Cultural Trust. Dr. Mel Werbach initiated the Ukraine SIG Fundraising Project and served as Translation Project Leader. In addition, your generous financial contributors made it possible for us to engage a professional translator who could work with three languages, Russian, Polish, and English.

The translation spreadsheet has been posted in the JewishGen Ukraine Database. Be sure to read the document that describes the Census. The document and the spreadsheet are available on the Ostrog KehilaLinks website. Scroll to the bottom of the Census webpage for a link to the spreadsheet. Or, you can download the spreadsheet by clicking on this link.

Ron Doctor (rddpdx@gmail.com)
Coordinator, JewishGen Ukraine SIG
where Jewish genealogy is personal

Researching DOCTOR (DIOKHTER), VARER, AVERBAKH, KORENFELD ... all from Kremenets, Oleksinets, Yampol, Vishnevets
and KAZDOY (KOSODOY), DUBINSKI, DUBOWSKY ... all from Kiev, Uman, Odessa

 09/14/2012  Catalog of Documents and Datasets from Russian Language Websites is Online

Marilyn Robinson has been searching Russian language websites, identifying documents and datasets of interest to Ukraine SIG researchers. Marlis Humphrey and several volunteers have explored some of these sites and discovered additional documents and datasets. Marlis created an Excel spreadsheet that catalogs some of the content that has been discovered. As of 7 September 2012, the catalog contains 415 entries, representing 182 towns in Ukraine. We currently have web addresses for more than 1,000 Russian language datasets and Marilyn continues to find more.

This is an extremely important project. We need volunteers who can read printed Russian or are comfortable interpreting Google computerized translations to help identify the content of Marilyn's 'finds' and who will enter data into the Catalog. If you have Russian language skills, and are willing to help, please contact Ron Doctor or Marlis Humphrey.

A document that explains entries in the Catalog can be downloaded by clicking on this link.

Ukraine SIG is helping Town Leaders and KehilaLinks Owners prioritize the datasets for their towns and to create fundraising projects to translate the datasets. Please contact Ron Doctor or Marlis Humphrey if you can help.

 09/05/2012  5 New InfoSheets posted on Ukraine SIG Website

Thanks to Bena Shklyanoy, Ukraine SIG's Translations and Data Director, we have posted 5 new InfoSheets on the Ukraine SIG website.

  • Abbreviations used in Russian Documents (updated on 9/2/2012)
  • Bibliographic Terminology used in Russian Archives (updated on 9/2/2012)
  • How to Identify Jews in Russian Language Data Sources (updated on 9/2/2012)
  • Jewish and non-Jewish Names in Russian docs (updated on 9/2/2012)
  • Terminology for Russian Administrative Divisions (updated on 9/2/2012)

    We now have 27 InfoSheets posted. More are coming soon. They are divided into 17 Topics:

    • Archives
    • Assistance (Getting Help)
    • Database Manager (DBM)
    • Databases
    • Donations
    • Fundraising
    • History
    • Indexing
    • JewishGen
    • JewishGen Forms
    • KehilaLinks
    • Research
    • SIG roles
    • Towns Research & Town Leaders
    • Tutorials
    • Ukraine Research
    • Yizkor Books

    The InfoSheets are posted under the Research Menu / InfoSheets at:


    If you have an idea for a new InfoSheet, please write to me.


    Ron Doctor (rddpdx@gmail.com)
    Coordinator, JewishGen Ukraine SIG
    where Jewish genealogy is personal

    Researching DOCTOR (DIOKHTER), VARER, AVERBAKH, KORENFELD ... all from Kremenets, Oleksinets, Yampol, Vishnevets
    and KAZDOY (KOSODOY), DUBINSKI, DUBOWSKY ... all from Kiev, Uman, Odessa

  •  08/16/2012  Discussion List Grows to 2,900 Subscribers

    The Ukraine SIG now has 2,900 subscribers to our mailing list! This makes us the largest list on the JewishGen system, aside from the JewishGen Mailing List itself! Congratulations to all of you who make this possible.

    We continue to grow in other ways, as well. We have recently added our 150th Town Leader, and there will soon be 100 KehilaLinks sites for towns in our coverage area. The JewishGen Ukraine Database continues to grow and new record sources continue to be found and added. None of this happens without you. If you have not yet checked out our website, come and see what we are doing. More importantly, your contribution of a little time is greatly appreciated. Contact us if you are interested in developing a KehilaLinks site, becoming a Town Leader, participating in a project to add records to our databases and others. It may take as little as a couple of hours a week, but you can help future researchers find their family histories. Let us know what you can do to help.

    For the Board of Ukraine SIG,


    Chuck Weinstein (cmw521@earthlink.net)
    Towns and District Director, Ukraine SIG
    where Jewish genealogy is personal

     08/08/2012  IAJGS Paris Conference Report is online

    In case you missed this on yesterday's Ukraine SIG Discussion List, I have posted my report about the IAJGS Conference on the Ukraine SIG website. It is under the 'About Us/Ukr-SIG Newsletter' menu item. In addition to reporting on Ukraine SIG events at last month's IAJGS Conference in Paris, France, the report includes some information about Yad Vashem searching and Father Patrick Desbois' Yahad - in Unum that may be helpful to you.


    Ron Doctor (rddpdx@gmail.com)
    Coordinator, JewishGen Ukraine SIG
    where Jewish genealogy is personal

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