Main menu
Archives and records authorities and the state archives network
Services
Archival directories
Subject guides and databases
Genealogy/Family history
Education
The First World War in Belarus
Home Genealogy/Family history

Genealogy/Family history

Genealogy tree of the noble family

The Belarusian archives hold a big number of documents which are used in genealogical research and can be of interest to those who search their family history (parish registers, census records, records of institutions, religious communities, nationalities, and various types of vital records).

For periods roughly before 1920 these records are kept at the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk (the former Minsk, Mogilev and Vitebsk provinces of the Russian Empire and a part of the Grodno and Vilno provinces) and the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Grodno (the former Grodno and Vilno provinces).

For periods roughly after 1920 the records can be found at regional and local state archives and also in the archives of civil registry offices ZAGS.

At present our website gives information on the following types of genealogical documents:

  • parish registers
  • census records
  • genealogical records of the nobility
  • genealogical records at regional state archives
  • For convenience of our users being interested in genealogy, we offer reference information on the administrative-territorial division of Belarus.

    Those who want to search their family history or obtain copies of vital records (data on births, marriages or deaths), should consult the Contact List of Belarusian Archives, select the individual archive (or several archives) according to the area and dates in question, and apply directly to the archive's director. The application should have the following data: full name of the applicant, citizenship, email and fax numbers, place of permanent residence (postal address), inquiry data, and payment guarantees.

    To maximize your chance for a successful search, you should specify all members of the family in question, record their exact or approximate dates of birth and death, religion (Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, etc.), place of residence, with indication of modern or historical administrative-territorial division if possible (gubernia/province/region, uezd /district, village etc.), their estate or occupation if known (noble, town-dweller, peasant, merchant, etc.), maximum information possible.

    Related Internet Resources

    A town-by-town inventory of archival documents on Jewish genealogy is available in a searchable database on the internet (at no cost to inquirer) on the Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots, Inc. website at www.rtrfoundation.org. This website includes extensive information about Jewish genealogical sources in Belarus, several chapters written by Belarusian archivists, maps and map resources for Belarus and other valuable information. The website consists of two parts: (1) a 350-page book and (2) a searchable database of archive inventories for towns in Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Lithuania. After you locate documents for the town that interests you, you can then click on "archive name" which will take you to a page where you can find the archive addresses and other contact information.

    New on the site
    15 December 2014
    The First World War in Belarus page was added to the site to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war More >>
    Archival news
    19 December 2014
    Belarusian archivists take part in the New Year charity action Our Children More >>
    15 December 2014
    Maksim Bogdanovich Memorial Museum received copies of previously unknown documents about the poet’s life More >>
    08 December 2014
    The State Archives of Brest Region presents online exhibition The History of Brest Region in Archival Records More >>
    08 December 2014
    Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management participated in the celebration of 55th anniversary of the Yanka Kupala State Literary Museum More >>
    02 December 2014
    21st international conference Documentation in Information Society: Regulations and Methodological Support of Records Management, Moscow More >>