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Home Genealogy/Family history The main administrative units of Belarus

The main administrative units of Belarus

(within the boundaries of the Republic of Belarus)

Voevodstvos (voivodeships, provinces)

  • Bialystok (1919-1939) [1]
  • Berestie (Brest) (1565-1795) [1]
  • Vilno (Vilnius) (1413-1795, 1925-1939) [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Vitebsk (1511-1794) [1] [2]
  • Grodno (1793-1795) [1]
  • Kiev (1471-1793*) [1]
  • Mensk (Minsk) (1565-1793) [1]
  • Mstislavl (1565-1772) [1]
  • Novogorodek (Novogrudok) (1507-1795) [1] [2] [3]
  • Novogrudok (1921-1939) [1]
  • Podlasie-Berestie (Podlaskie) (1513-1565*) [1]
  • Polesie (1921-1939) [1]
  • Polotsk (1504-1793) [1] [2]
  • Troki (1413-1795) [1] [2]

Gubernias (governorates, provinces)

Okrugs (areas, districts)

  • Bobruisk (17.07.1924 - 26.07.1930) [1]
  • Borisov (17.07.1924 - 12.04.1927) [1] [2]
  • Vitebsk (17.07.1924 - 26.07.1930) [1]
  • Gomel (8.12.1926 - 26.07.1930) [1]
  • Kalinin (17.07.1924 - 9.06.1927) [1] [2]
  • Lepel (21.06.1935 - 20.02.1938) [1]
  • Mogilev (17.07.1924 - 26.07.1930) [1]
  • Mozyr (17.07.1924 - 26.07.1930 and 21.06.1935 - 20.02.1938) [1] [2]
  • Minsk (17.07.1924 - 26.07.1930) [1]
  • Orsha (17.07.1924 - 26.07.1930) [1]
  • Polotsk (17.07.1924 - 26.07.1930 and 21.06.1935 - 20.02.1938) [1] [2]
  • Rechitsa (8.12.1926 - 9.06.1927) [1] [2]
  • Slutsk (17.07.1924 - 12.04.1927 and 21.06.1935 - 20.02.1938) [1] [2]

Oblasts (regions)

in the Russian Empire, the Russian Republic (1917), and the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic (RSFSR):

  • Bialystok (1808-1842) [1]
  • Western (1917-1918) [1]

in the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR) and the Republic of Belarus:

  • Baranovichi (4.12.1939 - 8.01.1954) [1] [2]
  • Bialystok (4.12.1939 - 20.09.1944) [2] [3]
  • Bobruisk (20.09.1944 - 8.01.1954) [1] [2]
  • Brest (4.12.1939 to the present) [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Vileika (4.12.1939 - 20.09.1944 renamed Molodechno) [1]
  • Vitebsk (15.01.1938 to the present) [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Gomel (15.01.1938 to the present) [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Grodno (20.09.1944 to the present) [1] [2]
  • Minsk (15.01.1938 to the present) [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Mogilev (15.01.1938 to the present) [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Molodechno (20.09.1944 - 20.01.1960) [1] [2] [3]
  • Pinsk (4.12.1939 - 8.01.1954) [1] [2]
  • Polesie (15.01.1938 - 8.01.1954) [1] [2]
  • Polotsk (20.09.1944 - 8.01.1954) [1] [2]

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* Dates when the voivodeship included part of the Belarusian lands.
**Dates when the province included part of the Belarusian lands.
***Dates when the province belonged to a political entity that encompassed part of Belarus or  included some of the Belarusian districts.

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