Bukovina was a province of the Austrian Empire from 1775 until WWI.
- Between the two world wars, Bucovina was part of Romania
(the inter-war Romanian counties [judeţe] of Cernăuţi, Câmpulung, Rădăuti, Storojineţ, and Suceava).
- In 1940 (as a result of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact), the northern half of Bukovina was annexed by the Soviet Union.
- Today, northern Bukovina is in Ukraine (the western half of Chernivtsi Oblast [Чернівецька область]);
and southern Bukovina is in north-eastern Romania (most of Suceava County [Judeţul Suceava], with a tiny sliver in NW Judeţul Botoşani).
JewishGen.org is transcribing Jewish birth, marriage, death and divorce records from the entire region, which is now located in northeastern Romania.
The original records are at the Suceava County branch of the National Archives of Romania (Arhivele Naţionale ale României). Copies of these records were obtained by JewishGen.org, and are to be used for genealogical research only.
Direcţia Judeţeană Suceava a Arhivelor Naţionale
Şef serviciu: Simona Palagheanu
Adresa: Suceava, strada Ştefan cel Mare nr. 33, cod 720003, jud. Suceava
Telefon: 0230/531572 (secretariat), 0230/203726 (relaţii cu publicul), 0230/203722 (sala de studiu)
The database includes the following fields:
- Register Number
- Page Number in the Register (located at the top right on the record itself)
- Place Recorded
- Year — Year recorded according to the Julian calendar
- Record Number
- Record Type — Birth, Marriage/Divorce, Death
- Birth/Death Records: Not everyone had a surname
- Marriage/Divorce: The surname of the husband and wife
- Given Name
- Father — Father’s Given Name
- Birth Records: – the first name of the persons or child’s father. In the rare cases where the child’s surname is not the same as the father’s, a note is added in the Comments field.
- Death Records: death date; Day-Month-Year
- Marriage Records: the first name of the fathers of the bride and the groom.
- Mother — Mother’s Given Name and Maiden Name.
- Birth Records: Mother’s Given Name and Maiden Name.
- Death Records: Mother’s Given Name and Maiden Name.
- Marriage Records: Mother’s Given Name and Maiden Name of both the brides mother and grooms mother
- Paternal/Maternal Grandfather/Grandmother — This would rarely appear, and when it did, it was on a birth record.
- Town Information
- Birth Records — The town or village where the child was born.
- Death Records – The District and County of the Town where the death was registered.
- Marriage/Divorce Records – The Town where the marriage/divorce took place
- Date – Day,month and year of birth according to the Julian calendar, for birth,marriage/divorce and death records.
- Age — On Death records
- Comments — Other useful information in the record.
- Birth Records: Names of witnesses; the archive where the records are located (along with the register number, and type of record); person who was the declarent.
- Death Records: the archive where the records are located (along with the register number, and type of record)
- Marriage Records: names of witnesses; the archive where the records are located (along with the register number, and type of record); other comments
Notes on Searching the Database
This database currently contains more than 24,312 birth, marriage, and death records, from the cities and towns of:
These records also contain registrations from neighboring villages, including: Ballaczana (Bălăceana), Bossancze (Bosanci), Brohoja, Bunince (Buninţi), Chilischeny (Chilişeni), Danilla (Dănila), Dorna Kandreni (Dorna Cîndrenilor), Florinta (Florinta), Frumosa (Frumosul), Gropi (Vîlcelele), Gurasolcze (Gura Solcii), Hariatzka, Hatna (Dărmăneşti), Ipotestie (Ipoteşti), Jacobestie (Iacobeşti), Joseffalwa (Vorniceni), Itzkany (Iţcani), Kalinesti (Călineşti), Komanestie (Comăneşti), Kostina (Costîna), Lipoweni (Lipoveni), Lisaura (Lisaura), Liteny (Liteni), Ludihumora (Humureni), Merecei (Măriţei), Mihoweni (Mihoveni), Mittoka (Mitocu Dragomirnei), Parhoutz (Părhăuţi), Parzik, Petroutz (Pătrăuţi), Pojeni (Poieni), Reusseny (Răuseni), Romanestie (Romîneşti), Russ Plawalar (Plăvalări), Russ Lunkaschuora, Russ Manastiora (Ruşii Mînăstioarei), Russ Pojeni (Poeni-Suceava), Sekuriczeny (Securiceni), Skeja (Scheia), Slobodzia (Slobozia), Solonetz (Soloneţ), St. Illie (Sfîntu Ilie), Strojestie (Stroeşti), Teschoutz (Tisăuţi), Theodorestie (Todireşti), Theodoruka, Uidestie (Uideşti), Zaharestie (Zahareşti). [The preceding list of villages contains the pre-WWI German name used in the original records, followed by the modern Romanian name in parentheses].
The records are in old German. Illustrations of sample birth, marriage, and death records are in each section below. The three tables below (“Birth Records”, “Marriage Records”, and “Death Records”) show the number of records in this database in the “Indexed Records” column. The tables will be updated as we obtain and translate more records from Romania.
This database is a unique contribution, and would not be possible without the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of our volunteers.
Special thank you to:
- In Memoriam: We dedicate this work in the memory of Robert Wascou, z’l.
- Transliterators and validators: Edna Loebel, Malcolm Singer, Hannelore Condiescu, Nathan Schachter, Gregory Oken, Israel Rabin, Noam Silberberg, Bruno Segal, Jacob Szabo, Yossi Yagur, Steven Emanuel, Freyda Ravitz, Davia Kimmel, Joel Ross, Max Preston, Martina Lelgemann, and Edgar Hauster.
- Support: Rosanne Leeson, Barbara Hershey, Jeni Armandez, and Bruce Reisch.
and the professional team:
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about volunteering for JewishGen’s Romania Research Division, please contact Barbara Hershey (bhershey@JewishGen.org)
Searching the Bukovina Vital Records
You can search all of the records by clicking here.