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*The given name, surname and patronymic is fictitious and is given here for example only.

Initial data: the closest known ancestor – Rabinovich Ruvim Girshevich born in 1901 or 1902, was born in Mogilev or in the town of Tishovka near Mogilev

Request: all possible information about Rabinovich R.G., his brothers and sisters, his parents and earlier ancestors in the male line

A. Information about the birth of Rabinovich R.G. and his brothers and sisters are stored in the central Belarusian archive of the NIAB. These documents contain data on the child’s parents, including social status, place of registration and sometimes the mother’s maiden name. First of all, it is necessary to view:

  • Fund 3410, inventory 2, case 13 – metric books about the birth of Jews in the town of Tishovka for 1871-1917 (these are all surviving birth cases in the town of Tishovka)
  • Fund 3410, inventory 1, case 3 – about the birth of Jews in Mogilev in 1898-1901
  • Fund 3410, inventory 1, case 4 – on the birth of Jews in Mogilev in 1902-1905

In addition, if there is a possibility that Rabinovich R.G. was born in other years or in order to obtain also information about the birth of brothers and sisters of Rabinovich R.G., the following birth files are also stored in the NIAB archive:

  • Fund 3362, inventory 1, case 10 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1879
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 55 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1880
  • Fund 2409, Inventory 1, Case 58 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1881
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 61 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1882
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 67 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1884
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 70 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1885
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 75 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1886
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 77 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1887
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 81 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1889
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 83 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1891
  • Fund 2409, inventory 1, case 84 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1893
  • Fund 3410, inventory 1, case 2 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1894-1897
  • Fund 3410, inventory 1, case 5 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1906-1909
  • Fund 3410, inventory 1, case 5 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1906-1909
  • Fund 3410, inventory 1, case 5 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1910-1913
  • Fund 3410, inventory 1, case 5 – about Jews born in Mogilev in 1914-1917

Some years are missing because they have not survived. They are partially replenished by a case that contains an alphabetical list of Jewish children of the male sex born in 1864-1893 in Mogilev. This case also needs to be reviewed:

  • Fund 3362, inventory 2, case 1

B. The military databases “Memory of the People” and “WDS Memorial” contain information about Rabinovich Ruvim Girshevich born in 1902, from which it follows that Rabinovich R.G., a member of the VKPb (The All-Union Communist Party of the Bolsheviks), serving in the 25th Rifle Brigade as a technician-intendant of the second rank (head of the ammunition workshop), went missing as part of the ambushed Second Shock Army in the area of Myasny Bor (Death Valley – Battle for Leningrad) in June 1942. The document also states,  that Rabinovich R.G., a Jew, a native of Mogilev, had seven classes of education, his wife – Rabinovich I.A., lived in evacuation in the Fergana region. The document indicates that the accounting and service card index, which may contain additional information about Rabinovich R.G. and a photo card, are stored in the military archive of the Russian Federation  CAMO, inventory 27, case 5. It needs to be reviewed.

Since the document indicates that Rabinovich R.G. was a member of the Communist Party, it is also necessary to write a request to the All-Russian Party Archive of the RSASPI and to the Party Archive of the Mogilev Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus with a request to provide documents about Rabinovich R.G., who went missing in the war in the summer of 1942, if such documents were deposited.

In addition, since it is indicated that Rabinovich’s wife R.G., Rabinovich I.A. lived in evacuation in the Fergana region (Uzbekistan), it is necessary to write to the state archives of the Fergana region with a request to provide information about evacuees in 1940 or 1941 Rabinovich I.A. and her young children, if such information was received for storage.

In the Yad Vashem database there is no information about the evacuees Rabinovich I.A. with children, which may be due to the fact that they were evacuated not through Tashkent, through which the main evacuation routes passed, but through Fergana.

C. To find information about the parents of Rabinovich R.G., it is necessary to find a record of the marriage of his parents, presumably living in Mogilev or Tishovka. Since Rabinovich R.G. born in 1901 or 1902, it should be assumed that, most likely, they were married between 1880 and 1901. In the Belarusian archive of the NIAB it is necessary to view the following cases:

  • Fund 3362, inventory 3, case 1 – about the married Jews of Mogilev in 1880-1892
  • Fund 3410, inventory 1, case 9 – about the married Jews of Mogilev in 1893-1904
  • Fund 3410, inventory 2, case 14 – about the married Jews of Tishovka in 1871-1915

In addition, there are censuses of the Jews of Mogilev for 1875, which may contain information about the parents of Rabinovich R.G. Presumably, in 1875 they were not yet married and may have been children, so if they lived in Mogilev, they will be recorded as part of their families with their parents and other relatives. The census contains information on the occupation, age and social status of family members, in addition, additional notes on travel, deaths and, for example, on military service.

  • Fund 2187, inventory 1, case 82 – census of the Jews of Mogilev in 1875

D. The surname Rabinovich with the Mogilev note is mentioned in the context of the bases of the First World War, it is necessary to study these bases. There is a high probability that the Mogilev Rabinovich’s in the nineteenth century were soldiers. If this information is confirmed, it will be possible to use military censuses and archives to obtain additional information about them.

E. In the party archive of St. Petersburg, the Central State Archive of the Central State Archive of St. Petersburg keeps the personal file of Rabinovich Enoch Girshevich. Judging by the patronymic coinciding with the patronymic of Rabinovich Ruvim Girshevich, it may be his brother. The details of the case are the fund P-1728, inventory 1-5, case 37504. It must be reviewed.

F. In the newspapers Mogilev Provincial Gazette, published in 1880-1917 and stored in the archive of the NIAB, there is information about the homeowners of the city of Mogilev, which must be viewed.

Explanations of the researcher: this is a list of possible sources for conducting a search on known data. When, with the help of these sources, more will be known, there will be additional sources of information where you can search. For example, if information about the parents and grandparents of Rabinovich Ruvim Girshevich is found in the census of Mogilev for 1875, it will be possible to determine whether the earlier ancestors also lived in Mogilev or moved from another place and, accordingly, where to look for information about them. Taking into account the definition of the maiden names of mother and grandmothers Rabinovich R.G., new information will appear, and the possibilities for search will expand significantly. You can contact the archives using the specified details yourself or continue the research with us.

If you are interested in researching the history of the Rabinowitz family on one family line, the cost of research on the specified sources will be 3740 Euros, including travel expenses (VAT free if you are not an EU resident).