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Ukraine Vital Records - Ukraine
This database contains Jewish birth, marriage, death and divorce records from the nine former Russian Empire Gubernias now in Ukraine. These gubernias are: Chernigov, Volhynia, Poltava, Kiev, Podolia, Kharkov, Kherson, Yekaterinoslav and Taurida.
As of June 2020, the database contains more than 81,000 records from 24 towns.
This database includes records obtained from multiple sources. Some records were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. These microfilms are available at the LDS Family History Library and through all LDS Family History Centers. The database also includes records which were obtained from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem, and from private researchers directly from archives in Ukraine. Many of those obtained directly from the archives in Ukraine have not been microfilmed.
The records during the Czarist period (i.e. those before 1918) were written in both Russian (Cyrillic alphabet) and Hebrew (Hebrew alphabet), although some records are in Russian language only. When possible, if the records were written in two languages, the translator translated and transcribed from both languages. Some of the transcriptions were done only from Hebrew or only from Russian.
According to the Regulations of 1835 in the Russian Empire, one of the duties of an official state rabbi (a "crown rabbi") was to carry out, solely by his offices, all the rites of circumcision and naming of infants, weddings, dissolution of marriages, and burials to keep metrical books in all its sections and to submit copies of them annually to gubernia authorities, in Hebrew and Russian language.
There are 220 microfilms of Jewish vital records from the territory covered by the JewishGen Ukraine SIG at the Family History Centers. The status of the scanning project can be found at http://www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine/RES_Infosheets.asp.
Records InventoryA complete inventory can be accessed by clicking here.
The archives which hold the original data are:
It takes many volunteers to acquire, translate and transcribe the vital records. Among them are:
Digital Data Acquisition:
Translations and Transcriptions:
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Last Update: May 2020