The following announcement was written by the folks who manage the JewishGen Belarus SIG:
The JewishGen Belarus SIG is very pleased to announce a historic partnership with Miriam Weiner and The Routes to Roots Foundation (RTRF). As a result of this agreement we have received a large amount of material collected by Miriam during her 20+ years of working in the archives of Belarus.
Miriam is an internationally acclaimed genealogist who has been researching Eastern Europe for over 30 years. She has received 3 awards from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS): the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award as well as awards for her two books Jewish Roots in Poland and Jewish Roots in the Ukraine and Moldava. Most recently Miriam was given Emeritus Status by the Board for Certification of Genealogists for her ground-breaking 30 year career in genealogy.
Miriam met with archivists throughout Belarus and received their official support for her proposal to identify surviving Jewish and civil records in their archives and thereafter include this material on the RTRF website. The archivists submitted “Acknowledgements” of this cooperation which appear on the RTRF website that describe their cooperation and enthusiasm for this project as well as their multiple reviews of the material. See below:
- The Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Minsk
- The Director of the National Historical Archives of Belarus in Grodno
- The Chairman of the Committee for Archives and Records Management in Belarus
Among the materials included in Miriam’s historic collection are:
- Archive inventories: these include the National Historic Archives of Minsk and Grodno as well as several regional archives
- Comprehensive articles written by archivists in Belarus about their holdings:
The foregoing material was copyrighted by Miriam Weiner in 2001 and previously was published on the “Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation” website at http://www.rtrfoundation.org. The material appears on this website with the written permission of both Miriam Weiner and the RTRF website. All rights reserved.
Any requests for permission to reprint any portion of the material should be addressed to:
73 Harbor Key
Secaucus, NJ 07094
- Summary translations of documents from the following towns: Baranovichi, Berestovitsa, Bobruisk, Borisov, Bragin, Brest, David Gorodok, Glusk, Grodno, Igumen/Cherven, Kalinkovichi, Khislavichi, Khotinsk, Kopatkevichi, Lepel, Lida, Lyuban, Lyubeshev, Lyakovichi, Lyady, Minsk, Mir, Mogilev, Mstislavl, Nesvizh, Novogrudok, Oshmyany, Ozarichi, Pinsk, Rechitsa, Rogachev, Shklov, Slonim, Slutsk, Smorgon, Starobin, Stolbtsy, Svisloch, Timkovichi, Traby, Urechye, Vitebsk, Volkovysk, Zhelodok, Zhlobin.
- Copies of archive documents. Among the document types are vital records, revision list records, family lists, taxpayer lists, voter lists, homeowner lists, draft lists, police reports, official correspondences and passport registries. Note that these records are not complete sets (i.e. not all birth records for a town have been translated or photographed). But we feel there is a sufficient number of records to warrant dedicating a searchable database just to this material.
Over the coming months we will be reviewing these materials and indexing the names that appear in the summary translations. We hope to have the names appearing in a few towns indexed and searchable in time for the IAJGS conference in Seattle in August.
We are very pleased and honored to receive this unique and historic collection of materials and to share it with researchers. We wish to thank Miriam for her generosity and years of dedicated work in the field of genealogy.