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Bessarabia Vital Records Database
This database contains Jewish birth, marriage, death and divorce records from the former Russian Gubernia of Bessarabia.
The original records are at the National Archives of the Republic of Moldova (NARM) in Chisinau, Moldova. These records were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, and provided to JewishGen on CD-ROMs. These microfilms are available through the LDS Family History Library and all LDS Family History Centers.
These records were originally created by the Jewish Congregations of the various towns where the records were recorded, i.e. the Jewish Congregation of Kishinev (Chisinau), etc. The text is both in Russian (Cyrillic alphabet) and Hebrew script, although some records are in Russian only.
This database currently contains more than 163,500 records — those records where the transliteration is listed as being "Complete" in the four tables below. The vast majority of the records are for the city of Kishinev (now Chisinau, Moldova), with some records from Kaushany (now Causeni, Moldova), Beltsy (now Balti, Moldova), Bendery (now Bender, Moldova), Gancheshty (now Hîncesti, Moldova), Soroki (now Soroca, Moldova), Izmail (now Izmayil, Ukraine), Novoselitsa (now Novoselytsia, Ukraine), and a few from Chimishliya (now Cimislia, Moldova), Komrat (now Comrat, Moldova), Manzyr (now Lisne, Ukraine), Petrovka (now Petrovca, Moldova), and Romanovka (now Basarabeasca, Moldova).
The Register of Births records may contain the following information:
* The "Alphabetical Book of Births" contains only the items marked above with an asterisk *.
Illustrations of sample pages of the birth registers. Click on each image for a larger view.
A complete inventory of Birth Records can be accessed by clicking here.
The Register of Marriages and Divorces may contain the following information:
* The Alphabetical Book of Marriages many contain only the items marked with an asterisk. *
A complete inventory of Marriage Records can be accessed by clicking here.
The Register of Deaths may contain the following information:
* The Alphabetical Book of Deaths contains only the items marked with an asterisk. *
A complete inventory of Death Records can be accessed by clicking here.
People worked very hard and long hours to make this project possible. Some records are extremely hard to read. The transliterators and validators did their very best to be as accurate as possible.
Transliterators and validators: David Price, Rebecca Gerber, Esriel Sternbuch, Nurit Bassett, Helena Krupitsky, Malcolm Singer, Dov Rubin, Claire Stuart, Monica Talmor, Eli Schachar, Yefim Kogan, Lancy Spalter, Greg Fedner and Yana Pelikan. Also Omri Arnon, Miriam Yagur, Shmuel Kehati, Alexander Kopelberg, Batia Mathov-Preiger, Galina Antonova, Olga Potap, Terry Lasky, Tatsiana Ginzburg, Mark Chulsky, Ekatrina Kazinova, Herbert Lazerow, Mark Kaplan, Yula Prokop-Zakharina, Zygi Boxer, Vladimer Reznik, Elan Caspi, Zigi Boxer, Paola Khalili, Naftali Shani, Noam Silberberg, Yoni Kupchik, Alan Levine, Orit Lavi, Shiran Tesler, Shlomo Katz, Yair Itzhaky-Sokolka, Ilana Voloshin.
David Price dedicates the work that he is doing to the memory of the late Harold Nissenthall, a member of the Board of the JGS of Canada (Toronto) and a member of the Executive Committee of the 2002 IAJGS Conference in Toronto and its indispensible technical wizard. Harold always helped others with great joy and generosity. He was an inspiration and made genealogy a pleasure for everyone who met him.
Yana Pelikan dedicates the work that she is doing on the Beltsy records to the memory of her parents Liuba and Monia (Mordekhai) Wishniak, who inspired her interest in genealogy with their great stories.
Data entry: Arlene Radansky.
Support: Rosanne Leeson, Paula Zieselman, Joyce Field, Warren Blatt and Michael Tobias.
Bob Wascou (z”l) was the Project Coordinator for many years. If you have any questions, please contact Yefim Kogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are able to transliterate / translate Russian (Cyrillic) or Hebrew script and you wish to help in this project, or if you can work with Cyrillic-Romanian, German or Romanian in Romanian projects please contact Yefim Kogan or Inna Vainer.
Search the records using Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching (BMPM) and Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex (DM), as well as the exact name, due to variations in spelling and because some records were transliterated from the Russian side only and not from the Hebrew side.
Search these records even if you know your relatives came from a different town. One of the transliterators found the birth record of his great-aunt who born in Kishinev and was from Grodno. We have also found that some people came from as far away as Greece and Holland. Our relatives moved around quite a lot, so the records that you are searching for could be in any database.
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Last Update: 21 Jun 2018 WSB