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Belarus Births Database

· Introduction
· Database Fields
· Sample Record
· Contents of the Database
· Translations/Transliterations methods
· Recommendations for Searching
· Obtaining copies of original records
· Search the Database

The JewishGen Belarus Database contains Jewish birth records from towns in Belarus

These records were originally created by the Jewish Congregations of the various towns where the records were recorded.  The text is both in Russian (Cyrillic alphabet) and Hebrew script, although some records are in Russian only

Database Fields

The Register of Births records typically contain the following information:

  • Microfilm # - The microfilm number from LDS Family History Library (if these records were microfilmed).

  • Microfilm Item # - The microfilm item number on the microfilm.

  • Image # - Image number on microfilm, if available, or the page number located at the top right on the record itself (this will enable you to locate the record on the film).

  • Place Recorded - The place that the birth was registered.

  • Year Recorded - The year that the birth was registered.

  • Record # - The record number of the birth in the original books  (numbers are preceded by "F" for female or "M" for male) .

  • Child's Surname - The surname (last name, family name) of the child.

  • Child's Given Name - The first name(s) of the newborn child.

  • Father's Given Name - The child's father's first name(s).

  • Father's Patronymic - Paternal grandfather's first name(s).

  • Mother's Given Name - The child's mother's first name(s).

  • Mother's Patronymic - Maternal grandfather's first name(s).

  • Mother's Maiden Surname - Maternal grandfather's surname (usually only given if mother is not married).

  • Date of Birth - Day, month, and year of birth, according to the Julian calendar.

  • Date of Birth (Hebrew Calendar) - Day and month of birth, according to the Jewish calendar .

  • Town of Birth - Place of birth.

  • District - The "uyezd" - the district name - of the town of birth.

  • Guberniya - The Guberniya (Russian province) of the town of birth.

  • Comments - All other information which doesn't fit into any other column.  This may include:
    • Town of the father
    • Profession of the father
    • Name of the rabbi or mohel who performed the circumcision

  • Archive/Fond - The archive where this record is now located and the particular Fond / List / Item number in that archive.

Sample Record

Sample Birth Record

Contents of the Database

There are approximately 75,000 birth records for towns in Belarus in the JewishGen Belarus database and All Lithuania database. Below is a listing of the towns.

Place Recorded
USBGN#
Uyezd
(District)
Guberniya
(Province)
Earliest Year
Latest Year
# translated records
Link to detailed inventory
Belitsa -1941165 Lida Vilna 1897 1914
382
detailed inventory
Bobruysk -1940996 Bobruisk Minsk 1877 1903
4305
detailed inventory
Brest Litovsk -1941830 Brest Grodno 1895 1914
11874
detailed inventory
Dashkovka -1942302 Bykhov Mogilev 1854 1873
31
detailed inventory
David Gorodok -1942306 Mozyr Minsk 1874 1916
1954
detailed inventory
Gomel' -1943559 Gomel Mogilev 1853 1913
10436
detailed inventory
Grodno -1943562 Grodno Grodno 1838 1842
1494
detailed inventory
Kamen' -1943750 Minsk Minsk 1891 1911
30
detailed inventory
Karlin-Pinsk A0011 Pinsk Minsk 1860 1872
1288
detailed inventory
Karpilovka / Zhlobin -1952668-2 Rogachev Mogilev 1911 1917
170
detailed inventory
Knyazhitsy -1944313 Mogilev Mogilev 1874 1883
34
detailed inventory
Kobrin -1944322 Kobrin Grodno 1840 1851
1691
detailed inventory
Kroshin -1944966 Novogrudok Minsk 1849 1849
3
detailed inventory
Lida -1945387 Lida Vilna 1896 1914
3426
detailed inventory
Lyubcha -1945756 Novogrudok Minsk 1849 1849
14
detailed inventory
Minsk -1946324 Minsk Minsk 1836 1917
13917
detailed inventory
Mir -1946340 Novogrudok Minsk 1849 1849
35
detailed inventory
Mogilev -1945803 Mogilev Mogilev 1837 1892
12502
detailed inventory
Negnevichi -1946708 Novogrudok Minsk 1849 1849
3
detailed inventory
Novyy Dvor -1947100 Lida Vilna 1896 1914
329
detailed inventory
Orli -1947387 Lida Vilna 1896 1914
202
detailed inventory
Orsha -1947390 Orsha Mogilev 1908 1915
962
detailed inventory
Oshmyany -1940949 Oshmiany Vilna 1854 1861
283
detailed inventory
Ostrino -1947565 Lida Vilna 1897 1914
623
detailed inventory
Ostroshitskiy Gorodok -1947513 Minsk Minsk 1905 1905
11
detailed inventory
Pinsk -1947920 Pinsk Minsk 1882 1935
1706
detailed inventory
Postavy -1947709 Disna Vilna 1893 1901
192
detailed inventory
Radun -1948600 Lida Vilna 1896 1914
329
detailed inventory
Rakov -1948620 Minsk Minsk 1869 1917
604
detailed inventory
Rozhanka -1948802 Lida Vilna 1897 1914
249
detailed inventory
Rubezhevichi -1948829 Minsk Minsk 1904 1912
106
detailed inventory
Senno -1949211 Senno Mogilev 1861 1864
168
detailed inventory
Shchuchin -1949356 Lida Vilna 1896 1914
649
detailed inventory
Stolin -1950196 Pinsk Minsk 1911 1911
189
detailed inventory
Streshin -1950230 Rogachev Mogilev 1897 1897
42
detailed inventory
Vasilishki -1951061 Lida Vilna 1896 1914
870
detailed inventory
Vetka -1951259 Gomel Mogilev 1912 1918
517
detailed inventory
Voronovo -1951494 Lida Vilna 1897 1914
511
detailed inventory
Vorotynshchina 11541687 Mogilev Mogilev 1872 1917
389
detailed inventory
Yeremichi -1951881 Novogrudok Minsk 1849 1849
3
detailed inventory
Zaskevichi -1952405 Oshmiany Vilna 1855 1872
75
detailed inventory
Zheludok -1952611 Lida Vilna 1897 1914
595
detailed inventory
Zhlobin -1952668 Rogachev Mogilev 1867 1906
1744
detailed inventory

Translation/Transliteration Methods

Translators are instructed to follow JewishGen transcription rules.  Unless otherwise noted, transliterations follow the BGN/PCGN Romanization of Russian and the YIVO Romanization Standard for Yiddish/Hebrew. 

Records have been formatted according to JewishGen transcription templates.

If the Hebrew/Yiddish name differs from the Russian name, both names are listed separated by a forward slash (/)

Recommendations for Searching

Search the records using the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex as well as the exact name, due to variations in spelling and because some records were transliterated from Russian only and not Hebrew.

Search all town records even if you believe you know the town your relatives came from.  Families moved around quite a lot, so the records that you are searching for could be in any database. 

Obtaining Copies of Original Records

If a record has been microfilmed by the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS), then one can order the microfilm from any Family History Center.  You will need to know the Family History Library microfilm number (FHL #), item number, image number and record number.

If a record was not microfilmed by the LDS then contact the project leader for information on obtaining copies of an original record.


Acknowledgements

The JewishGen Belarus Research Division would like to thank:

  • The many translators who helped us with these records: Boris Bayevsky, Arkady Brazin, Vitaly Charny, Rimma Dechter, Zhanna Glazenburg, Vladimir Golynya, Baruch Gorkin, Natasha Grinberg, Ronnie Harpaz, Joshua Kaufman, Greg Mirsky, Frank Proschan, Lara Tsinman, Dena Whitman, Irina Zabelyshinsky, Ludmila Zapletnyuk and Elena Zborovskaya
  • Avraham Groll, Alex Kotovskiy, Gary Sandler, Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias for their support at JewishGen
  • The many people whose financial contributions have made it feasible to obtain these records.

Searching the Database

This database is searchable via the JewishGen Belarus Database.


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