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Map of Russian Empire's Bessarabia (1910 Marx's Large world table Atlas)
Akkerman Balti Bendery Cahul Hotin Ismail Lapushna Orhei Soroca Transnistria (Tiraspol, Olgopol, Balta) zOutside Region


Welcome to Bessarabia Special Interest Group!

We share histories, resources, data, and research tips to help each other research Jewish Genealogy in the region of the Bessarabia gubernia of the former Russian Empire (including parts of today's Moldova and Ukraine) as well as today's Transnistria region with sections of Kherson and Podolia gubernias.

To begin, use the clickable map to get to information about a specific district or town. Or, click 'Get Started' on the top menu bar to learn about the work of the RD and how our website is organized.

There's a LOT of information here; we hope you'll enjoy browsing and digging. If you have questions, or want to contribute something of your own, contact us.

What's New

 08/30/2022  August 2022
Bessarabian Databases. Updates: Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in December of 2022. We have records from following towns: [More...]
 08/03/2022  July 2022
Bessarabian Databases. Updates: Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in December of 2022. We have records from following towns: [More...]
 07/03/2022  June 2022
Bessarabian Databases. Updates sent to JewishGen in June of 2022:Below is a list of updates sent to JewishGen. This year a new Upload s [More...]


Virtual Symposium
Researching Jewish Roots in Bessarabia
History, Genealogy, Culture
13 - 15 December 2022

The Bessarabia Special Interest Group (Bessarabia SIG) and JewishGen invite you to participate in a Virtual Winter Symposium, a series of live, online presentations to run from December 13 through 15, 2022.

Sessions will explore historical experiences of our ancestors in Bessarabia, assist your family research, and expand your understanding and appreciation of their culture.

You will meet presenters from Canada, Germany, France, Brazil, Moldova, Ukraine, the United States, and perhaps others. Presentations will delve into ideas and issues that are relevant not only to Bessarabia but also to other regions.

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