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Genealogical records of the state regional archives

Genealogical records are available at all regional archives of the Republic of Belarus. They are preserved here in considerable volume except the Mogilev State Regional Archives which lost most of its fonds during World War II.

The documents kept at the archives touch upon almost the whole 20th century  and concern the time when Belarus existed as part of the Russian Empire and part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

There is a wide range of documents concerning activities of various departments (both civil and military). Of the most informative sources for genealogical researches are the vital records and various data on taxpayers, voters, public officials, persons subject to the draft, and persons suffered during World War II. There is also some information on property, in particular the records on house ownership. A separate group of records is presented by household books which contain the lists of villages' citizens with information on their arrival to the village and departure. There are also archival records from the educational, land, court, and religious archives, as well as archives of different administrative agencies dating back to the periods of the Polish rule in Belarus, 1921-1939, and German occupation, 1941-1944, and more.

With the help of our index you can define file codes of the materials containing genealogical information for a specific year. The records are  grouped according to the average unit in the administrative division of the Russian Empire, Western Belarus, and USSR: uezds, povets, and districts (raions).

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