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1900s Name: Zdolbunov
1900s District: Ostrog
1900s Province: Volhynia
1900s Country: Russian Empire

Modern: Zdolbunov, Ukraine
Modern Ukrainian: Здолбунів  listen town name in ukrainian
Modern Russian: Здолбунов  listen town name in russian

1930s: Zdolbunow, Zdołbunów, Wołyń, Poland
1950s: Zdolbunov, Soviet Union

Other names: Zdolbunov [Rus, Yid], Zdolbunow [Pol], Zdolbuniv [Ukr], Zdolbunuv, Zdolbunovo, Zdolbunyiv, Sdolbuniw

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Wolyn Province, Headquarters of Provincial Police in Luck Investigations DepaRon DoctorIn progress
Wolyn Province, Headquarters of Provincial Police in Luck Investigations Department
Reports related to the “preparation of chalutzim” for departure to Palestine in districts Lublom, Zdolbunow, Rowne, Kostopol, Dubno, Krzemieniec, Sarny, Wlodzimierz, Horochow, Luck, Kowel
; 1937; HM 2-9631.21; Polish; ; Originally from GAVO, G. Lutsk, fond 1, opis 2, delo 6616
Zionist Organization Surveillance from multiple townsJanette SilvermanNot Yet Started
On surveillance of Zionist organisations members"activity incl.: names of members of the 10-th Zionist Congress in Basel from cities: Vilno, Vitebsk, Lepel, Lyubar, Novograd-Volhynskiy, Pinsk, Smorgon, Tiflis, Kherson; information about Zionist congress activists in Polonnoye incl.: list of participants (17-08-1910), Manifesto (in Hebrew ...); Appeals "haverim nekhbadim", "Nidva nakhala shel Keren ha-kayemet" ["Dear Friends" … "donations to the community fund" … "donations to the Olive Tree Fund."] and other documents of the Zionist Party: Lists of members from towns: Dubno, Zdolbunov, Kremenets, Lutsk, Ostrog, Radzivilov, Rovno. Slavuta, 1910-1912, Russian & Hebrew, CAHJP HM2/9896.14.
Central State Historical Archive (TsGIAU), Kyiv, Ukraine
Fond 1335, Opis 3, Delo 38

Volhyn Province Gendarme Administration.
Ostrog, 1795 CensusMel WerbachFinished
This dataset is a translation of the 1795 Census of Jews in the District of Ostrog. The 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.

Still, it is difficult 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.

Document and Dataset Collections

NameTime frameView
Community records, Holocaust & pre-Holocaust, USHMM, Zdolbunov1815-1944
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has 8 microfilm reels with data for Rovno/Rivno district towns, including: Berezno, Derazhnya, Klevan, Korets, Kostopol, Luydvipol, Osov, Rovno, Sarny, Stepan, Zdolbunov.

The microfilms contain captured records of the German occupation administration, records of the local Ukrainian administration under Nazi occupation, records of the Ukrainian Nationalist Organization (OUN), and prewar records of Jewish communities of the region. Includes correspondence, reports, diaries, notebooks, regulations, orders, name lists of property owners, list of Jews in Town Zdolbunov including list of doctors, census of the Jewish population in Berezna, Ukraine, the Ukrainian newspaper: "Volyn," 1941-1943, statistical information, and the following Jewish communities" records: Berezno, Derazhnya, Klevan, Korets, Kostopol, Luydvipol, Osov, Sarny Talmud-Torah (Elementary School, Stepan.

Arrangement: Organized in the following order: Fond 30: Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN); Fond 33: Rovno City Administration, Fond 22: Rovno Gebietskomissariat, 1941-1944; Fond 37: Zdolbunov City Administration; Fond 23: Gebitcomissariat in Kostopol; Fond 29: Gebietcomissariat in Klevan; Fond 52: Rovno District Administration, 1941-1944, Ukrainian Newspaper " Volyn", 1941-1943, and pre-war collection, 1815-1939: Jewish Communities; Arrangement is thematic.

Notes: In Russian and Ukrainian. Inventory in English.
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