Sub-Carpathia Vital Records
The JewishGen Sub-Carpathia SIG's Vital Records Indexing Project is a volunteer-run genealogy and history project, working to create a free searchable online database of all known Jewish vital records available in Ukraine’s archives.
Civil Registration — meaning that everyone in a given town was registered by the government in the same book, regardless of their religion — began in the Kingdom of Hungary in October 1895.
With the help of a photographer in Ukraine, we are in the process of digital photographs of every Jewish record in these civil registration books; we estimate that there are 3,000 such books. These register books have not been microfilmed by the Mormons (LDS Church) yet, nor by the Ukrainian government. Other than actually traveling to the archives in Ukraine, or hiring a researcher to go there, the only way for genealogists and historians to research these records is through this project.
This project has been funded through generous donations from genealogists around the world, and is managed through the JewishGen Sub-Carpathia SIG.
Project Statistics and Updates
This project began in October 2016.
A total of approximately 3,000 civil record books for this region are known to exist in Ukrainian archives.
As of May 21, 2017:
Information in the Original Data
Records from 1895 through the end of 1906 tend to have more information than those from 1906 on, as less information was requested beginning in 1907. The pre-1906 records tend to have more information about towns of births for parents of a child being born or married. Many children do not have fathers listed, because the parents were not legally married; this was quite common.
Important note: In the death records for this database, married women who died were sometimes recorded with their married surname, and sometimes with their maiden surname. Not every record makes clear whether they are listing her maiden name or married name.
These records are written in the Hungarian language from 1895 until around 1919, at which time they switch to Slovak up, until 1939, when they are in Ruthenian (written in the Cyrillic alphabet) for several months, before switching to Hungarian along with the border. Some of the towns have random periods of Ruthenian-language entries during the Slovak era.
Registration books were kept in a single town, but generally covered vital events from that town and several surrounding villages as well. Sometimes the responsible town was shifted at a specific point in time.
Contents of the Database
Thank you to our donors who have helped us obtain the records we have so far, as well as to our volunteer translators who have deciphered poor handwriting and fading ink to allow you to search for your ancestors.
Additional donations will help us to procure additional documents — vital records for more towns, followed by census records for the area. Your donations can be made to the JewishGen Sub-Carpathia SIG's General Fund, to help us to continue this project.
Searching the Database
Last Update: 23 May 2017 WSB