More Records Uncovered in Minsk Archive #belarus


David M. Fox <fox@...>
 

I just received the latest issue of "Avotaynu - the International
Review of Jewish Genealogy" (Vol XIV, Number 3, Fall 1998). There
are a number of very informative articles of interest to the Belarus
SIG members in this issue and I would strongly suggest you subscribe
to this publication if you have not done so already. In this message,
I will only talk about the article by Vlad Soshnikov titled "About
the Russian Archivist's Soul" and only the portion that deals with
the Belarus archives.

In July 1998, while Mr. Soshnikov was doing some work in the Belarus
Natioanl Historical Archives in Misnsk, he discovered some new records
which have not been previously made known the the Jewish genealogy
community. Because of copywrite restrictions, I can not duplicate
the list, but will try and summarize what he found in some old big
volumes which only had a "general description" of the volumes. Amoung
the records that Mr. Soshnikov found in Collection #2151 of the
Mogilev Tresasury were Revision (census) Lists and alphabetical lists
of Jewish Town dwellers in a number of gubernia, districts, towns, and
shtetls:

Mogilev Gubernia
Bykhov District
Gomel District
Rossasny, Goretzky District
Liadny, Goretzky District
Kopys, Kopys District
Klimovitchi & nearby towns, Klimovitch District
Mogilev and Mogilev District
Shklov, Mogilev District
Dubrovka, Orsha District
Goretsky & Savsky, Orsha District
Dubrovensky, Orsha District
Liadny, Orsha district
Bayevsky & Rossasinsky, Orsha District
Rogatchev District
Cherikov, Krichev & Molostovitchi, Cherikov District
Mstislavl and Mstislavl District
Khoslavitchi, Mstislavl District
Monastyrschinsk, Mstislavl District
Kasimirova Sloboda, Mstislavl District
Tatarsk, Mstislavl District
Kadin, Mstislavl District
Shomov, Mstislavl District
Zakharin, Mstislavl District

While not all locations noted above have lists for all years, the
following years are represented:
1816
1831
1852
1858
1867-69
1873-79
1881-86


In addition to the above Mr. Soshnikov also found Collection #330
of the Minsk City Government for Town Dwellers. It contains a
family lsit of Jewish townswellers of Minsk in 1894 (884 families).
These names were translated >from Russian to English and appeared
in the RAGAS Report. If anyone has this Report, please contact me
via private e-mail.

A recent breakthrough in my own personal family research has
emphasized the importance of information that can be extracted
from the Revision Lists. This past week I received a translation
from the 1811 Minsk Revision LIst (this is one that has been filmed
by the Mormons) with the entries for one of my surnames (TSIVIN).
Although this Revision list only has males, it provided me with four new
generations that I was able to link to by previous research. I now have
the name of my ggggggg grandfather born about 1730. I would expect that
Revision Lists >from other years will provide additional names (male and
female)
to add to my tree.

As you can see >from this message and previous postings, more and more
records are being uncovered all the time. For those of you who have
reached a roadblock in your research, never give up the search!

David Fox
fox@erols.com
Arnold, MD
Belarus SIG Coordinator

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