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Collection: Biographical Names Collection

Collection Name:Biographical Names Collection
Geographic Area:General Ukraine
Type:Name Lists, Biographical
Time frame:1784-1997
Description:Several Russian language websites contain short biographies of Russians, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Ukraine SIG is extracting entries that appear to be for Jews and that have a Ukraine connection. We have begun by processing lists from two sources: Encyclopedia of Names, Kharkov Province, Volume 1 by Andrey Fedorovich Paramonov. Mr. Paramonov is Director of the Private Museum of Kharkov City Mansion, and Center for Genealogical Research (CGR).

In addition, there are many 'Memory Books' online. These memorialize soldiers and civilian casualties of wars, pogroms, and other events. Ukraine SIG is cataloging these and will begin extraction and translation projects when we obtain volunteer translators for the work.

If you can help translate these important lists, please contact Janette Silverman

Location:Ukraine SIG Website, Downloadable Files
Availability:Collection is available online

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Geographic AreaCollection NameTime frameTypeLocationView
GeneralBiographical Names Collection, Center for Genealogical Research19th and early 20th CenturiesName Lists, BiographicalRussian Language Websites
The Russian language Center for Genealogical Research has created an alphabetic list of names with brief biographical notes about each. It covers the European territory of the former Russian Empire, persons born before 1918. About 10% of the names seem to be Jewish. We are extracting these Jewish names for our dataset, erring on the side of inclusiveness.

The website contains about 420,000 primary surnames (almost 2,600 pages of primary surnames with about 160 names per page). Common surnames have multiple secondary pages, each with 10 to 15 people listed. For example the primary surname Kagan has six secondary pages with a total of 60 to 90 name entries. We estimate that the Center"s website has more than 6 million individual name entries ... between 500,000 and 1 million Jewish name entries.

The entries seem to cover several countries and several provinces of Ukraine. They appear to be drawn from 5 reference works (all in Russian):

1) Address book of members of the All-Union Botanical Society; as of May 1, 1957. St. Petersburg. Publisher: USSR Academy of Sciences. Leningrad, 1958. (scanning funded by the Center for Genealogical Research)

2)  City of Yekaterinburg. Collection of historical statistics and background information on the city, with an address pointer and including some information on the Yekaterinburg district.  A publication of Yekaterinburg Mayor I.I. Simanova. Yekaterinburg. Printed in Yekaterinburg Week  
in 1889. (Scanning funded by Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company).

3) Picturesque Russia.  Volume 4. Part two. by P.P. Semionov;
St. Petersburg - Moscow: 1881-1901, M.O. Wolf (bookseller-typographer). 
(scanning funded by Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company)

4) Complete list of officer ranks of the Russian Imperial Army on 1 January 1909. St. Petersburg: Military press (in the building of the General Staff). (Scanning funded by the Center for Genealogical Research)

5) Russia. The full geographical description of our country. Desktop and road book. Volume 5. Urals and the Ural region. St. Petersburg. Publisher: A.F. DeVries, 1914. (scanning funded Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company)
Kharkov (Province)Biographical Names Collection, Kharkov Encyclopedia1784-1997Name Lists, BiographicalUkraine SIG Website, Downloadable Files
This description is from the 
Introduction and Guide to the dataset. 
Bena Shklyanoy is Ukraine SIG"s Project Manager.

This dataset is a translation of Jewish biographical entries extracted from the online version of 
Encyclopedia of Names, Kharkov Province, Volume 1, 
by Andrey Fedorovich Paramonov. Mr. Paramonov is Director of the Private Museum of Kharkov City Mansion.  He collected the records at the State Archive of Kharkiv Province beginning in 1999. The original text is in Russian.

Ukraine SIG extracted entries that appear to be for Jews and that have a Ukraine connection. With permission of the author, Ukraine SIG volunteers translated the extracted entries using an online copy of the book, as well as additional data provided by the author. A similar, but more extensive set of the data  is on the website of the 
Center for Genealogical Research (CGR).
 A few entries in the Ukraine SIG dataset were not in the original list published by A.F. Paramonov, but only on the CGR website.

Currently the dataset has 379 entries. Of these, 339 entries mention 70 different towns in Ukraine. The dataset will be expanded as new translations become available from the CGR and other Russian language websites.

The dataset has been submitted to the JewishGen Ukraine Database. When it becomes available there, researchers will be able to search for given names, surnames, and towns in various combinations. Alternatively, 
click here 
to download the Excel spreadsheet from the Ukraine SIG website. 
Click here 
to download the Introduction and Guide document. It describes the data columns that are in the spreadsheet.

Note: the table is sortable by clicking on the column header
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