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Updated:
July 1, 2014


  NEW ARTICLES


General

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article—"Jewish Identities in Synagogue Architecture of Galicia and Bukovina"—to the website (including photos of synagogues and cemeteries). The article was written by Dr. Sergey R. Kravtsov, Research Fellow at the Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and it originally appeared in Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, 6 (2010), 81–100.

Added July 1, 2013

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article—"The Conscript"—in this new General section. The article was written by Jacob Marateck, and it originally appeared in “Hadassah Magazine,” March, 1972. The article presents the true story of a Jew who is "invited" to join the Tzar's Army.

Added September 2, 2004



Moldova

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the section ARCHIVIST INSIGHTS / Moldova (in both the Moldovan and English languages). This article was written by Vasile Isac, Director of the State Archival Services, Republic of Moldova wherein he discusses the scope of Jewish records that can be found in the Moldovan National Archives.

Added June 25, 2005


Ukraine

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article/resource,
Jewish Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-1921: Documents of Kiev District Commission for Relief to Victims of Pogroms.

The world at large may have sighed in relief with the end of World War I, but the aftermath of the Russian Revolution and subsequent Russian Civil War brought new outbreaks of anti-Semitic activities, particularly in Ukraine, where hundreds of thousands fell victim to Jewish pogroms. In addition to the dead, the region was flooded with the sick, the homeless and the poverty stricken as well as over 300,000 orphans. This previously classified collection of original source documents pertaining to internal relief efforts to victims of these pogroms is available through East View Publication Services, www.eastview.com/default.asp

Town names included in this collection include Ananyev, Belaya Tserkov, Berdichev, Berenki, Bershad, Bobrozitsy, Bobruysk (Belarus), Bogopol, Boguslav, Boyarka, Borshchagovka, Bratslav, Brusilov, Buki, Cherkassy, Chernigov, Chernobyl, Chernovtsy (Podolya district), Chigirin, Davidka, Dobren, Domanovka, Dubov, Dzygovka, Fastov, Felshtyn, Gaivoron, Gaysin, Glusk, Glukhov, Gomel (Belarus), Gornostapol, Grebenka, Illintsy, Ivankov, Izyaslav, Kamenets Podolsy, Kanev, Kazatin, Kharkov, Kherson, Khodorov, Khoshchevato, Kiev, Kitaygorod, Klevan, Konotop, Korostyshev, Korson, Krasnovka, Kremenchug, Krivoye Ozero, Krizhanovka, Kutuzov, Kuzmin, Lakashev, Litin, Litinovka, Lipovets, Lukashevka, Lysianka, Makarov, Malin, Minsk (Belarus), Mogilev, Monastyrishchi, Mozyr (Belarus), Nezhin, Nikolayev, Novograd Volynskiy, Obikhod, Odessa, Ovruch, Ozerintsy, Pechera, Pereyaslav Khmelnitsky, Piryatin, Polonnoye, Poltava, Priuki, Radomyshl, Rashkov, Repki, Rovno, Rozhanovka, Rzhishchev, Savron, Sharovka, Shepetovka, Shpola, Skvira, Stepantsy, Steblev, Sudilkov, Tarashcha, Teofipol, Teplik, Tomashpol, Trostyanets, Tulchin, Uman, Ushomir, Vasilkov, Vinkovtsy, Volodarka, Volkovintsy, Vosnesensk, Yampol, Yustingorod, Zametov, Zashekhov, Zhitomir, Zhmerinka, Zhornishche, Zlatopol, Zolotonosha, Zvenigorodka and others.

Most of the entries include lists of names of people from the above towns who were injured or murdered during these pogroms.

These files are based upon documents in the State Archive of Kyiv Oblast, Fond Number R-3050, Opis 1.

Contact Info:
State Archive of Kyiv Oblast
[Derzhavnyi arkhiv Kyivskoi oblasti]
38 Melnykova Street
04119 Kyiv
Tel: (044) 213-75-72,
Tel/Fax: (044) 213-19-16
(no e-mail)

Added September 8, 2006


We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article entitled: Synagogues in Ukraine, VOLHYNIA, Volume 2, "Shepetivka" - an in-depth study about Shepetivka (aka Shepetovka) including history of the Jewish community, maps, photos and architectural drawings, with a focus on The Great Synagogue, still standing as of this day. For those with roots in this town, this is a wonderful resource researched and written by Dr. Sergey R. Kravtsov and Vladimir Levin, both well-known and respected scholar of synagogue architecture.

Sergey R. Kravtsov and Vladimir Levin, Synagogues in Ukraine, VOLHYNIA, Volume 2, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for the Study of the History of the Jewish People, 2017, pp. 636-651.

Added July 20, 2019


We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the section ARCHIVE CHAPTERS/UKRAINE. The article was written by Miriam Weiner and Valery Bazarov. This article is an in-depth survey of Jewish and civil records in the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv. The material is described by fond number, chronologically, and was compiled over the last few years during numerous research trips to this archive by the authors.

Added July 8, 2003



We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article, Jewish Emigration from Ukraine, 1895-1917: Holdings of the State Archive Kiev Oblast, in the section ARCHIVE CHAPTERS/UKRAINE. The article was written by Vladimir Danilenko, archive director.

Scattered around the world today are an estimated 12 million descendants of Jewish émigrés who departed Ukraine for the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia between 1895–1917.

From start to finish, this remarkable diaspora was managed by a single organization in Kiev – the Society for Adjustment of Jewish Emigration, later called the Jewish Emigration Society. The society was organized and managed the outflow of Jewish émigrés and their destinations abroad before it was disbanded in 1917. The collection is in excess of 38,000 pages.

Part I of the collection includes the documents of the Jewish Emigration Society, 11,050 pages. With 296 individual caseloads, historians and genealogists will find this one-of-a-kind collection chronicling the journey of Ukrainian Jewish refugees fascinating.

Part II of the collection contains an estimated 27,000 pages of detailed personal correspondence.

Added September 2, 2004


We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the section ARCHIVE CHAPTERS/UKRAINE. The article was written by Lilia Belousova, Vice-Director of the Odessa Oblast Archives. This article is an in-depth survey of Jewish records in the Odessa Oblast Archives and is based upon more than twenty years of focus by Ms. Belousova on the Jewish collections in this archive. The title of the article is Jewish Records in the State Archives of Odessa Region: Origin, Preservation and Access.

Added April 1, 2006


Lithuania

The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the section ARCHIVE CHAPTERS / Lithuania. This article was written by Howard Margol, past president of the I.A.J.G.S. (International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies) and is based upon his many visits to Lithuania. The article is entitled, Lithuanian Jewish Museum Rises from the Ashes and provides both a historical background of the museum and its current status.


We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the section ARCHIVE CHAPTERS / Lithuania. The article was written by Dr. Yaffa Eliach, a pioneering scholar in Holocaust studies and creater of the “Tower of Life,” described as the most moving exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Eliach is the author of There Once was a World: A 900-Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eishyshok. Dr. Eliach’s article on this website is entitled The Shtetl Household and this fascinating chapter (excerpted from the foregoing book) will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about day-to-day life and relationships in the ?old country.?

Added July 8, 2003



Belarus

National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the section ARCHIVE CHAPTERS / Belarus. This article was written by Sergey A. Rybchonok, Head of the Department of Information and Scientific Useage of the Documents. Mr. Rybchonok has worked with genealogically relevant documents for many years (including Jewish records) and is considered an expert in his field. Mr. Rybchonok's article is entitled The Jewish Census in the Russian Empire and General Compulsory Military Service.


Committee for Archives and Records Management,
Republic of Belarus

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the section ARCHIVIST INSIGHTS / Belarus. This article was written by Vladimir I. Adamushko, Chairman of the Committee for Archives and Records Management. Mr. Adamushko is responsible for the two historical archives in Minsk and Grodno, the six oblast archives and their branch archives. In other words, all state archivists in Belarus are under his jurisdiction. The article describes the development of Jewish genealogical research in the Belarus archives and provides a general overview of genealogical data preserved in the Belarus archives. The article also describes the on-going cooperative efforts between the Belarus Archives and the Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc. to update archive inventories for the archive database on this website. Mr. Adamushko's article is entitled ""Acknowledgments"."



Poland


We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the Section ARCHIVE CHAPTERS / Poland. The article is entitled "Books of Residents and Other Lesser-Known Polish Sources" and is based upon a presentation by Fay and Julian Bussgang at the 2006 International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy held in New York.

Even if the vital records for the Polish towns you are researching are missing or incomplete, you may be able to gather significant information about your family from other sources. The most informative of these sources for researching family history in Poland are the Books of Residents (Ksiegi Ludnosci). These 19th-20th century municipal registration books, which have survived for many towns, contain detailed information about all of the inhabitants in each household who had their legal residence in that community.


Added September 8, 2006
Reprinted with permission from the authors, Fay and Julian Bussgang.


Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Archives

We are pleased to announce that we have added a new article in the section ARCHIVE CHAPTERS / Poland. This article was written by Teresa Swiebocka, Executive Director of the Museum, and includes many interesting documents examples. The article is entitled The Archival Collections and the Work of the Auschwitz-Burkenau State Museum Archives and is based upon a presentation at the Jewish Genealogy conference held in Toronto in August, 2002.


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