Jews in Public Life in Bessarabia
This database contains 1,382 records of Jews listed in the annual “Bessarabia Reference Calendar”, published by the Czarist goverment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Bessarabia Calendars — in some cases named “Bessarabia Reference Calendar” — were published by the office of Bessarabia Governor for each calendar year. Similar publications were produced by all Governors’ offices of the Russian Empire. There were no standard requirements for those publications, and even Bessarabia Calendar’s contents differed from year to year. Nevertheless, each Calendar contained major chapters related to the following reference materials:
Information for this database “Jews in Public Life in Bessarabia” has been compiled from information in Chapter 3 of each Calendar. Selections have been made based on persons’ Last and First names (typical Jewish names), or occupation (Rabbi, Jewish School Teacher, etc.).
The photocopies (pdf files) of “Bessarabia Calendars” published for the years 1862, 1872, 1875, 1882, 1883, 1885, 1887, 1888, 1893, 1895, 1896, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1907, 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1914 — are available as the source for the database. The current version of the database contains information from Bessarabia Calendars for the years preceding 1912.
At the right, see a sample page of the “Bessarabia Calendar” for the year 1887. Click on the image for a larger view.
Some of the Calendars contained statistical information related to the population of Gubernia with reference to Jewish population. Information that was possible for formalization and aggregation is present in relatively free format in the addendum to the database. You can see the Statistical information at the JewishGen Bessarabia SIG website in the Current Research Projects section (30. Bessarabia Annual books, 1862-1914), and also in Bessarabian Databases section.
This project of translating/transcribing “Bessarabia Reference Calendars” began in January of 2013, using electronic copies (pdf files) received from The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library (www.prlib.ru).
The information from “Bessarabia Reference Calendars” was reviewed, translated, and compiled into “Jews involved in public life of Bessarabia” database by Yuriy Daylis.
Yuriy Daylis dedicates his work to three generations of his ancestors – Daylis, Rabinovitch, and Galperin families – who over the span of more than 125 years made a valuable contribution to public and cultural life of Bessarabia and Moldavia.
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Last Update: 7 Mar 2016 WSB