Re: Odessa records prior to mid-1880s? #ukraine

Ariel Parkansky


The "Jewish" Odessa vital records are stored in the Fond 39. According to the Odessa archives, there original and current contents are:
Fond 39: Odessa Rabbinate Records. The mandatory registration (literally: issuance of birth certificates or of vital statistics certificates) of Jews in the Russian Empire had begun in 1835. In Odessa, it was carried out by the local rabbinate. The fund Odessa City Rabbinate contains 449 files for 1846-1920. Records for 1875-1919 are completely intact. For 1920 only the birth data has survived. Files for 1835-1874 were lost during WWII, with the following exceptions: 1846-1847 รข?? only birth data; 1854 3 volumes of marriage, divorce and death records. The fund has been updated by Orthodox funds: Fund 2 "Administration of the Odessa City Hall;" Fund 4 "Odessa City Duma;" Fund 16 "Odessa City Town Council;" Fund 315 "Odessa City Office of Military Draft."

A number of vital records have been translated and available at the All Odessa database on the Odessa Kehilalinks ( In addition, there are also the Census records. A current project is ongoing to index the 1897 census.

You can see the finished and ongoing Odessa projects at (

Ariel Parkansky
Odessa Town Leader
Subject: Odessa records prior to mid-1880s?

From: "A. E. Jordan" <aejordan@...>

Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:15:52 -0400

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The mention on the list of the Odessa birth index got me wondering (again) if there are any records that would cover my family which immigrated >from the Odessa area to the United States in the early to mid-1880s. I had been told there were no Jewish records >from the 1840s to the 1880s but maybe (hopefully) things have improved since I last asked this question?

My family consisting of a husband and wife born in the 1840s and three sons born in the 1860s immigrated to New York arriving in the early to mid-1880s. The first piece of paper I can find for them is naturalizations in New York in 1887 and 1888. It is doubly challenging because the father died in New York I believe in 1889 but his grave is lost in a dilapidated cemetery in Brooklyn. I found them in the 1890 New York Police Census and going forward >from there, but I know nothing before,

One of the sons (name in the USA is Leon SANDERS) went on to be a lawyer, judge, assemblyman and leading at HIAS and in Jewish philanthropy. His bios say he attended the Gymnasium in Odessa before they immigrated when I guess he was a teenager.

As best I can determine the family name was Nathan and Elka SCHMULIVITZ and the sons were Barnett, Tobias, and Leon. Barnett's Hebrew name was Pesach but that is as close as I get to the "old country" names.

We can not find their arrival in NYC (there's a story that they actually came via Liverpool) and never found any clues >from Odessa. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Allan Jordan

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