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Welcome to the JewishGen Romania-Moldova Database.
This is a multiple database search facility which incorporates all the databases listed below.
These databases have been contributed by the JewishGen Romania SIG (ROM-SIG), the JewishGen Bessarabia SIG, the JewishGen Hungarian SIG, and individual donors.
The combined databases contain more than one million entries, for individuals living in the area that is now Romania and MoldovaThe database is a work in progress, and new entries are being added regularly.


Component Databases:

All Romania:

Bucovina (Bukovina):

  • Bucovina Vital Records  
    More than 21,000 Jewish birth, marriage, and death records, from Kimpolung (Campulung Moldovensec), Gurahumora (Gura Humorului), Radautz (Rădăuţi), Solka (Solca), Suczawa (Suceava), and surrounding villages.

Maramureş (Máramaros):

  • Máramaros Jewish Vital Records
    54,000 birth, marriage and death records, 1851-1895, from former Máramaros megye (now Maramureş county, in NW Romania).

Basarabia (Bessarabia):

  • Duma Voters Lists, Bessarabia, 1906-07
    128,000 voters in Bessarabia, who were eligible to vote in the Russian Duma elections in 1906 and 1907.
  • Bessarabia Vital Records
    More than 163,500 Jewish birth, marriage, divorce and death records for Bessarabia – primarily for Kishinev (now Chişinău, Moldova), but also for Beltsy (Bălţi), Novoselitsa (Novoselytsia), and other places.
  • Bessarabia Revision Lists  
    More than 170,000 records from Reviska Skazka — 19th century Czarist tax censuses - for 45 towns, including: Akkerman (Cetatea Albă), Alexandreny (Alexăndreni), Beltsy (Bălţi), Bendery (Tighina), Brichany (Briceni), Khotyn (Hotin), Kishinev (Chişinău), Lipkany (Lipcani), Orgeev (Orhei), Soroki (Soroca), Teleneshty (Teleneşti), and many villages and agricultural colonies.
  • Bessarabia Business Directory, 1924
    More than 13,000 entries for Jewish businesses, in 705 localities in Bessarabia, from a 1924 Romanian business directory.
  • Chişinău Commercial Directory, 1940  
    Nearly 1,300 apparently Jewish names among government officials, professionals and owners, listed in a 1940 Chişinău commercial yearbook.
  • Russian-Jewish Fallen Soldiers of WWI
    Data about 1,559 Jewish soldiers in the Russian army from Bessarabia, who were killed or wounded in the First World War.
  • Jews in Public Life of Bessarabia, 1862-1912
    Records of 1,382 Jews listed in the Czarist government's annual “Bessarabia Reference Calendar”, 1862-1912.
  • Vsia Rossiia 1895 Business Directory
    1,500 Jewish businesses in Bessarabia, from this 1895 Russian business directory.
  • Jewish Religious Personnel in the Russian Empire, 1853-1854
    281 Jewish religious personnel in Bessarabia Gubernia.

Moldavia (in Romania):

  • Moldavia Vital Records
    More than 13,651 Jewish birth, marriage and death records, from Dorohoi, Fălticeni, Hârlău, Herţa, Iaşi, and other places.
  • Podu Iloaiei 1898 Census
    723 residents listed in the 1898 census of Podul-Iloaei.
Russian: Бессарабия Bessarabiya,
Romanian: Basarabia,
Yiddish: באַסאַראַביע Basarabye.

Region bordered by the Black Sea, Dniester, Danube and Prut rivers. 

  • Gubernia of the Russian Empire 1812-1918.
  • Part of Romania 1918-1944.
  • In U.S.S.R. (Moldavian SSR) 1944-1991.
  • Today, mostly in the Republic of Moldova (southernmost and northernmost parts in Ukraine).
Chief city: Chişinău (Rus.: Кишинёв Kishinev, Yid.: קעשענעוו Keshenev).
Romanian: BucovinaUkrainian: Буковина Bukovyna, German: BuchenlandYiddish: בוקעווינע Bukevina.

Region in foothills of eastern Carpathian mountains. 

  • 1775-1917: Province of the Austrian Empire.
  • 1917-1944: Province of Romania.
  • After WWII: northern half became part of USSR, southern half remained in Romania.
  • Today: in northeastern Romania and southwestern Ukraine.
Chief city: Chernivtsi Чернівці
(Ger.: Czernowitz,  Rom.: Cernăuţi,  Yid.: טשערנאָוויץ Tshernovitz).
Romanian: Maramureş Hungarian: Máramaros, Ukrainian: Мармарощина Marmaroshchyna, Yiddish: מאַרמעראָש Marmarosh.

Region in the northeast Carpathian Mountains.

  • Until 1917: A county (megye) of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • After WWI: the northern part of Máramaros became the easternmost province of the newly-formed Czechoslovakia (Podkarpatská Rus), and the southern part became part of Romania (Județul Maramureș).
  • After WWII: the formerly Czechoslovak part became part of the U.S.S.R.; the southern part remained in Romania.
  • Today: the region is split between Romania and Ukraine — the southern half is in Județul Maramureș (Maramureș County) of northwest Romania, and the northern half is in eastern Zakarpattia oblast (Закарпатська область = Sub-Carpathian Province) of southwest Ukraine.
Chief city: Sighetu Marmaţiei
(Hun.: Máramarossziget,  Yid.: סיגעט Siget).
Yiddish: מאָלדעווע MoldeveTurkish: Boğdan.

Former principality under Ottoman Turkish domination (which included Bessarabia and Bukovina), 1514-1859.  Moldavia and Wallachia merged to form Romania in 1859. Today, in eastern Romania.

Chief city: Iaşi (Yid.: יאַס Yas).

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