New: Soroca, Molodova Records Project

Project Leader
Brock Daniel Bierman

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor
Avraham Groll

Project Synopsis
The objective of the Soroca, Moldova Records Project is to acquire legible images of birth, marriage, death, cemetery and other records of Jewish families from Soroca, District (Raion) Moldova. Please see:

This project will provide a vehicle for donations (tax deductible for US residents) towards the photographing of records, and donating the images to JewishGen for inclusion in their databases.
Records we will focus on include:

  • All Jewish Cemeteries in the Soroca District (Raion) of the Republic of Moldova
  • Soroca Regional and Local Archives
The records will be photographed at the archives as we are able to raise the funds. It is our intention to get birth marriage and death records for at least 1865 through 1895. These records are mixed records - both Jewish and non-Jewish. It is estimated that only 10% of the birth, marriage and death records are for Jewish people. We will be getting only the Jewish records.

Key Audiences
This project will allow Bessarabia family history researchers to create or fill gaps in their family trees and learn something about their families' Jewish heritage. Where vital records and/or burial records may no longer exist, cemeteries are often the only remaining evidence of a person's existence. The material has the potential to be of broader interest to scholars and educators specializing in Jewish history and the Holocaust and specifically in the history of Bessarabia.

Project Importance
The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) is a searchable database comprised of individual burial records, tombstone photographs and descriptions of individual cemeteries. This project will enrich the JOWBR database. Furthermore, Jewish cemeteries throughout Moldova are threatened with vandalism and even extinction, so photographing the tombstones is vitally important to preserve the information so future generations will benefit from this aspect of our cultural heritage. For many Jews, knowledge of their family history perished in the Holocaust and JOWBR is one of several JewishGen activities that can help families fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Project Description
A team will spend time in each of the designated cemeteries to obtain the best images and photograph them. Once completed, the images will be sent to the JOWBR coordinator for processing and subsequent addition to the JOWBR database.

Estimated Cost
The cost to obtain the images will vary, based length of trip, travel costs, translation, location, size and conditions of cemeteries, etc. To donate, please click here.

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