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Volhynia Gubernia

by Deborah G. Glassman, copyright 2005

Zhitomir registry office
The Zhitomir Civil Registration Office
This picture, part of the wedding package given to new brides and grooms who were married in Zhitomir, was provided by Alex Kopelberg. This was during the time of the Soviet Union.



The Zhitomir Civil Registration Office still holds many important records, and vital records are available. The Census and Vital Record Extracts, provided by the generosity of Naomi Moderick, show the types of births, marriages, and death records available. In addition to the family names that were most interesting to her, Naomi's extract gives us a clear look at the records available and names other parties such as homeowners possibly unrelated to the subjects of the records.

Zhitomir has dozens of possible English language spellings of its name. Researchers should consider such variations as Zhitomir (including Zitomer, Jitomer and the soundex variants) as well as from those misread by indexers as Fitomer and Litomer.


Photos of Residents

annopolsky family

Here is a picture, from Zhitomir, of my mother and her parents, grandmother, & siblings, just before they came to this country. My oldest uncle was in the US already. ... They landed in Canada and the records of their arrival suffered in an archival fire in Canada. I have pretty much determined what ship they came on but the manifest was obviously soaked with water and not one name is legible, only the front page of the ship and departure and arrival dates.

The girl standing to the extreme left is Esther ANNOPOLSKY, the woman in the babushka is my great-grandmother, Rivka VUGMAN. Between Rivka and my grandfather is Tsipa ANNOPOLSKY, seated is my grandfather, Avrum-Volf (Velvel) ANNOPOLSKY, in front of him is my mother Shaindel ANNOPOLSKY, then standing is Chia ANNOPOLSKY, the little boy in front of her is Faivel ANNOPOLSKY, seated in front of him is Gisel ANNOPOLSKY, and the woman on the right, pregnant with my youngest uncle is my grandmother Maram VUGMAN ANNOPOLSKY. - this information and the photograph is provided by Naomi Moderick


Photos of Zhitomir Landmarks

Zhitomir synagogue, with community's house for the Rabbi (modern photograph)


zhitomir train station
Zhitomir train station before 1914


zhitomir shopping street, old view
Zhitomir Shopping Street, early 20th century


zhitomir trolley
Zhitomir's electric trolley (first quarter of twentieth century)


zhitomir intersection
Zhitomir Intersection - Bulvara and Berdichev Streets


Photos by Alex Kopelberg

These pictures of Zhitomir landmarks and common sites including Zhitomir Cinema in 1946 and a typical Zhitomir house were provided by Alex Kopelberg, a Zhitomir native now living in Israel. The other modern pictures below were also from Mr. Kopelberg's private collection of pictures and postcards taken of Zhitomir when it was in the Soviet Union.

zhitomir cinema
Zhitomir Cinema in 1946


zhitomir house
This particular house is noted as "the house where Y. Dombrovskiy (a leader of the Paris Commune in 1871) was born."


The other modern pictures below were also from Mr. Kopelberg's private collection of pictures and postcards taken of Zhitomir when it was in the Soviet Union. Modern landmarks like the fountains in Zhitomir's parks form part of Zhitomir's cultural and physical landscape as do long time focal points like the 18th Century St. Sophia's Catholic Church.

zhitomir fountain
Fountain in Zhitomir


Zhitomire Cathedral
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