​​The Jewish Families of Ostropol
 Researching  Jewish Families in the territories of the Russian Empire and in the small Ukrainian town of Ostropol

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Ostropol Jewish Birth Records  in  the 
Volhynian Gazette

 Deborah Glassman, copyright 2018

The Volhynian Gazette, properly the Volinski Vedemosti, was the newspaper of record of the Government of the Province of Volhynia. It was mandated by the central Russian government, and one existed for every one of the Russian provinces between 1835 and 1918.

I have since the end of August 2018 been feeling my way through them, one microfilm at a time. A month into the process, I have identified multiple types of relevant lists published in the newspaper about the Jewish males of Volhynia. Each has been specifically found for Ostropol Jews and for other Jewish communies in nearby districts of Novogrod Volinski, Starokonstantinov, Zaslov, and Zhitomir. I am constantly finding new materials and I am sure that others that speak to documenting the lives of Ostropol Jews will be found in these same records.

The Russian government mandated the creation and maintenance of birth metrika in every Jewish community with Jewish self-government. The birth registration was not just for statistical collection, or a vague sense of the value of civil registration. It was to document the movement of Russia's Jews, the number of Jewish males born and being put on the conscription rolls, and the compliance with Russian laws of registered marriages. Each infant listed was noted as if from a lawful marriage. Each infant's father was noted with his legal town of residence and his tax status in that legal residence. The document had to be signed by the legal "crown Rabbi" of that community. If a change or correction was made, it had to be signed. Each year's tallies had to be signed by one to five representatives of the Jewish governing board, the number depending on the size of the community.

This meant that in addition to the metrika, the birth register, which may or may not have survived in the archives until today, each locality sent the information on male babies to the central government of Volhynia guberniya. And in the newspapers I have so far examined, in the 1870s and 1880s at least, that resulted in THREE  useful notices in the newspaper FOR BIRTH DATA.

1) A list of boy babies whose fathers were born in Ostropol (or any Volhynian town you are looking for, this was universal for jewish males in Volhynia). The list specified: the given name and surname of the infant, his father's name and his father's legal residence; the infant's birth date and the town of birth. Of course, the newspaper also listed the date of that issue, which I include in my chart. This data was published once a year.

​2) A list of boy babies born in any town of Volhynia guberniya, organized by surname. It is an alphabetical index to the births of each year. I have only so far indexed those for Ostropol and nearby towns, which I can do because they list the legal residence. I have only done so for a single year in the 1870s so far.

3) Call-up lists, that tell  young men who have apparently reached their 21st year to report for inspection to determine recruitability. These were by the town of legal residence of the father. They were based primarily on the information filed with the birth registers to the guberniya  authority in Zhitomir. They also allowed determination by appearance, rather than a document. So, as I found my first one the other day, it specified that all of these young men of Novogrod-Volinski district who were born in 1859 show up for examination in  1880. There were just two young men from Ostropol in that list, one surnamed Bein and one named Torgovitzki. Each is listed with their father in a paragraph headed Ostropol. Paragraphs for each of the towns of Novogrod-Volinski district, surround them. There were just seven young men on the list for Lyubar that year, ten for Koretz, and one each for Baranovka and Miropol. These are only incidentally "birth lists" 21 years after the fact, but that they indicate the source of the information allows you to know that such a register at least once existed.

There are  three new sources of Russian Jewish birth records.  Two are for boys only, because the government was using the records  to track them for conscription. One can be used if you know the town, your family was from, even if you know the baby was born somewhere else or born in a town whose birth register no longer exits.  The second will be able to be  used if you are looking for a boy born anywhere in Volhynia guberniya and you know the last name.  The third, which had long been known, but is now being indexed  is the birth register  for the town where actually born, if it was  preserved in an archives. 

This image above was created by  Deborah Glassman  from research material in the Volinski Vedemosti. Each of the boys was born either in Ostropol or another Russian Empire town, each was reported with his father, a birth date, and a specific place of birth. Those born in other towns were born to fathers legally resident in Ostropol. 

​The image above is from the Chudnov Metrika for 1897, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1904. It shows a boy named Peisakh with  father  Avrum Yankel, a meshane (his  tax status) of Ostropol, son of Shaya-Volf Breiman. The mother's name was Shayna Reisya. Many of the mothers are listed with their father's names and maiden names.  A full image would give the date on the Julian and Hebrew calendars,  and would be faced with a Hebrew page.  Thanks to Alex Krakovsky for publishing the Russian language images of the  Metrika.

Help me find the resources to acquire and search these sources, to gain images and to index them. Recently,  just for the year 1875, I found info on all of the registered Jews in specific tax classes - i.e. guild rank members for other towns in Novogrod-Volinski district and StaroKonstantinov district, and a list of 125 Jewish Meshanin of Ostropol for 1875!!! I also found a list of Boys born in 1874 whose fathers were from Ostropol.  I have lists of court registers with the names of the disputing parties, tax lists by town, real estate transfers- all with Jews as the parties and from towns around Ostropol and the neighboring communities. ​ I need time to read and analyze as well as index all of these different kinds of source material.

So I am posting lists here and on kehilla sites with the help of their webmasters, with some information obscured. When you fill in the form telling me what you want and then click on the button to pay, I will send you the full material on the person cited.  This supports on-going research in original records for everyone.

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Ostropol Residents in other Birth Metrikas
Above you can see guides to the material available from the Chudnov Birth Metrika of 1897-1902 (note the missing years on the image description). You can see the name of the baby and the name of the father and the year the child was born. By ordering the information on one of the children listed,  you also get the mother's name, the father's father, and  when available the mother's father. You get the image of the entry in the original metrika too!  More will be added frequently but as of Sept 2018, Chudnov is the only one, and these are the only names from Ostropol, though I have over 600 from other towns (not including almost the same number of births just from Chudnov). Your purchase supports on-going research in original records for everyone. The price is 18.00 USD per individual birth record. (Pay with the Birth Register and Revision List links on each page, and also fill in an order by any webform on any page on this site  telling me whose records you want from which list)

Ostropol Residents in Volhynia Guberniya Newspaper
The information listed near the top of this page for  table boys born in 1874  either in Ostropol or anywhere in Volhynia if their fathers were legally resident in Ostropol is also available and being expanded with your help.​ By ordering the information on one of the children listed,  you also get the father's name, the town of birth, and the specific birth date. Your purchase supports on-going research in original records for everyone! The price is 14.00 USD for each record. (Pay with the Conscription, Tax, and Voter List  links on each page, and also fill in an order by any webform on any page on this site  telling me whose records you want from which list)

Custom Searches  
I will do Custom Searches of the Newspaper of Record  for Volhynia Guberniya. You need to give me a thirty day lead time in which to order the materials. When this is a search for a male birth or military call-up, I will search a 2yr period around a date you provide. Normally 60.00 USD for one two-year search,  sold in a package of 180.00 for four searches, a sixty dollar savings.
I will do Custom Searches of Imaged Birth and Death Metrika where I have those registers and where you specify a two year period. There is no guarantee that the material will be present in a birth register if it has not been previously indexed. 

Two new births for Ostropolers reportedly born in 1859  and named in an 1880 call-up record were named Bein and Torginsky
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