Revision Lists, Estate, Category of Jews #general
I was working on a "2nd reading" for Akkerman records of 1874 and decided to share
with you some information.
First, this information is not related just to Bessarabia, but rather to all
The are many types of records we put into "Revision Lists": General Lists, Special
Lists, Alphabetical Lists, Revision Lists, and more. Every such list has a
specific meaning and features.
Before going into the details, I need to point you to a presentation I did on the
Jewish Genealogical Conference in Paris in 2012: "Estate and other categories of
Jews in Bessarabia, Russia in the 19th century." Here is the link:
That article gives you an understanding what Estates or Categories of Jews one had
to be part of. The Jews were obliged to join one of several Estates or Classes or
Categories: "Meshchane" - we translate into Middle Class, "Kuptsy" - Merchants
(this is not a profession, but a large category.
Go back to the records... Jews used to live in many towns in Russian Empire, but
they also had to register in one of the Estate, and in many cases the town they
were registered was not the town they lived in.
Revision Lists are the list of people where they were registered, not necessary
where they lived. The Common List or Alphabetical List are the lists of people in
towns, they where were living.
I am working for Akkerman "Common List" for Akkerman with about 450 Jews, and also
for Akkerman uezd with 550 Jews. For the list of Akkerman about 50% of Jews were
registered in different towns in Bessarabia or other gubernias - Podolia, Volyn,
Vilno, Kiev. For the list of Akkerman uezd all 100% of Jews were registered in
other places! It seems that they did not have Jewish Societies to Register.
In these lists you will see the town where people lived and also in the comments
the town, uezd, gubernia where they were registered.
My question is to all of you - Why a family lived in Tarutino, Akkerman uezd,
Bessarabia and was registered in Volyn gub., Rovno? It is not that they were
registered somewhere online or by mail... the only reason I see is that most
likely at some point they lived in Rovno, and possible came to Bessarabia to work
or for a marriage... I wish that all our databases were connected and you do not
need to search in a dozen different places, but search in one and get all
references to that name/town.
If you never searched Romania (Bessarabia) database, I invite you to do so, and
you may be able to find your ancestors who travelled >from far away to Bessarabia
to get some privileges or to start a family.
All the best,
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator
MODERATOR NOTE: For those of you who have searched on JewishGen databases, you will
probably have noted that search results are not restricted to people >from the town
or region in which you searched, but pull in results >from many different resources.