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Map of Russian Empire's Bessarabia (1910 Marx's Large world table Atlas)
Akkerman Balti Bendery Cahul Hotin Ismail Lapushna Orhei Soroca Transnistria (Tiraspol, Olgopol, Balta)


Welcome to Bessarabia SIG!

We share histories, resources, data, and research tips to help each other research Jewish Genealogy in the region of the Bessarabia gubernia of the former Russian Empire (including parts of today's Moldova and Ukraine) as well as today's Transnistria region with sections of Kherson and Podolia gubernias.

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There's a LOT of information here; we hope you'll enjoy browsing and digging. If you have questions, or want to contribute something of your own, contact us.

What's New

 02/01/2018  January 2018
Jewish Cemeteries. Updates: We have completed photographing and indexing a large Jewish Cemetery in Bessarabia - Akkerman (Belgorod-Dn [More...]
 01/14/2018  Bessarabia SIG new website!
Hi everybody, It is a very important day today. Our Bessarabia SIG upgraded website to a modern, database driven website. The a [More...]
 01/08/2018  December 2017
Bessarabian Databases. Updates: Bessarabia Vital Records: 3,073 Birth records were added for Kishinev, 1889 and 1892.Bessarabia Revisi [More...]


New Partnership with Miriam Weiner & The Routes to Roots Foundation

The Bessarabia SIG is very pleased to announce a new partnership with Miriam Weiner and The Routes to Roots Foundation (RTRF). As a result of this agreement, our SIG Group has received a large amount of material collected by Miriam during her 25+ years of working in the archives of Ukraine and Moldova. The material includes archive inventories (from Moldova, Ukraine and selected data from the archives in St. Petersburg); cemetery/tombstone lists; numerous copies of archive documents (with thousands of personal names), telephone books from the 1970s from many towns in Moldova, and links to/or excerpts from Miriam’s award-winning book, Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova.


We are very grateful to receive this unique and historic material and share it with researchers.
Learn more about Miriam and get more details about the entire collection donated by Miriam.

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