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Ed Sternin <edik@...>

I noticed several inquiries regarding the sources in Belarus.

According to my information, post-WWII all remaining Revizskie Skazki,
from all areas of Belarus, were gathered at the
National Historical Archive of Belarus
55 Kropotkina str.
Minsk, 220002
FAX 68-65-20

As per a letter dated 29.08.97 and signed by the Director of the Archive,
A.K.Golubovich, they offer a genealogical search service. A deposit of
US$50 is required, and the final cost depends on the number of pages found
and photocopied. They charge US$0.50 per page.

The $50 has to be transferred to account 3012-001835001 USD of the "AKB
Belbiznesbank", which has a correspondence account USD 890-0057-025 at the
Bank of New York, 48 Wall Street, New York, NY 10286

Thay may also accept a cheque (personal? certified? letter unclear).

Please, note that the Archive has been moving to the new building over the
last year or so, and the full access to the collection may not yet be
restored. Expect delays.

One caveat, >from a private source: some -- very few -- files (a file =
"delo" may include a group of related documents, sizes vary) have indexes
of names. It is possible that these are the only files being "searched"
for the above $50. It is hard to imagine a dedicated archivist flipping
through large-size books, looking for hand-written (and the hand-writing
is often terrible) names of interest, for every request. Thus, as a cheap
preliminary shot, this is not bad, but a null result does not mean there
is nothing there.

If you plan to visit the Archives in person, please note that Sat-Mon the
Archive is closed, and Fri it closes early, leaving roughly 3.7 workdays
per week. Only 10 files at a time may be requested, and thus the work is
slow, and going back to a file already returned, for comparison or review,
is difficult.

The rest of my information is too specific to be of general use. Based
on a survey of mostly Mogilev area documents, several partial census data
sets are available, but the coverage may be spotty for other areas:
Census # 7 8 9 10
Year 1816 1834 1850 1858

In each Census, for each locality, Jews are listed separately, after the
Christians; enumeration of different classes ("sosloviya") in general is
separate, but some are combined together; on average, there are 3-5
families per page.

There are also "individual'nye skazki", where each family is given 2
pages, and entries are made at different times, to reflect births,
marriages, etc. as they occur. These are much more difficult to scan,
esp. since the handwriting varies >from entry to entry on the same page,
but may yield a wealth of information.

I will put a copy of this information on my web page,
and will add to this if I learn something new. Unfortunately, as far as I
know, very little is available for Vitebsk area.

Ed Sternin, Physics Dept, Brock U, St.Catharines, Ontario, L2S 3A1
voice:(905)688-5550x3414 FAX:(905)682-9020 email:

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Ed, thank you so much for sharing this information.
I have asked Risa Heywood, our Belarus SIG webmaster to link your page
the the Belaus SIG Website.

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