The Jewish vital records for the city of Minsk, currently available in the Minsk Archives in Belarus, are just a small part of the records that were originally created. During the 20th century, Minsk suffered from wars and revolutions. During WWII, the city was almost totally destroyed by bombardment and fire.
The limited Jewish vital records that did survive the devastation were microfilmed by the LDS and are available at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and via all LDS Family History Centers. They can be found on the following LDS microfilms.
|Town||Record Type||Years||Microfilm Number|
|Minsk||Births, Marriages, Deaths||1836, 1839||1920792|
This database identifies surnames that appear in the microfilmed Minsk vital records, and shows which record set(s) they appear in. Its purpose is to provide researchers with a starting point and simple guide to genealogical research of the Minsk Jewish vital records.
During the compiler's research of the origin and evolution of Jewish surnames from Minsk and Minsk Gubernia, an "X" was marked if records for a particular surname appeared in the record set as it was reviewed. If more than one record for the surname was found in a set of records, it was marked as "XX". Some surnames from Minsk appear so often that they were marked by an "XXX" and by "XXXX" when the surname appeared in more than 10 records in a particular set.
Despite efforts to include all surnames, this database is not perfect and mistakes are quite possible. Records were written by hand (sometimes with very poor handwriting) in the Old Russian alphabet. Some of the original pages were of poor quality (fading, worm eaten, etc.) and the microfilming made the legibility even more difficult. Several records could not be read at all. Some of the names have spelling errors from the people who originally recorded the record.