Since we receive many genealogical
inquiries about the family tree search in Belarus, the history of certain families,
contacts and services we try to compile in this page some of the possible answers to give
a first impulse into hopefully right direction to those seeking their roots in Belarus.
Anyone doing the family tree search in
a distant and relatively isolated informationaly Belarus will probably need this at some
||Where is Belarus? You want
to find the place where your ancestors lived on the map, learn more about it, see its
right spelling. You need current maps, historical maps, detailed maps, maps in English,
on-line maps, on-line stores selling maps, etc.
||You want to ask a question, hire an agent, write
to a regional archive or a Catholic church, find a Jewish community or contact
Belarusian Tartars, find someone of your profession and so on. You need contacts in
||You want to find the lists
of the names. What are the possible documents and the types of records? Oh no, these are
not Social Security Numbers. So what are these numbers and papers that are issued to every
Belarusian at birth, accompany them through life and eventually are issued after their
death? Where are these documents stored?
||Browse through the free on-line telephone
directories. Find the lists of the participants of some on-line communities of
Belarusians. Have you ever considered Belarusian directory assistance telephone calls?
What other lists of names are available on the Net?
||Are there any on-line
genealogical services that could solve my family tree search problems? Whom could you pay
to do a search for you? So far, you can try these places: Family Tree Belarus, Anatoly Neverov, gaspadar.com. We would appreciate your references on the quality of their service.
||You want to find other people searching their
roots in the same area as yours. What is their progress in it? Can they offer you
solutions that you haven't thought off?
||You need to write to
Belarus. But can you use English/French/Russian/Polish? What is the Belarusian language?
||Perhaps someone else is giving out information
related to genealogical search in Belarus and the neighboring countries? It would be wise
to see what other guys have to say before adopting your search strategy.
||You need to mail to
Belarus. Is Belarusian mail reliable? Can you fax to Belarus? What are the area codes of
Belarusian phones? What is the best way to exchange gifts with your relatives?
||And, lastly, you want to see with your own eyes
those little green hills, poor sandy fields, bright blue lakes, villages and people
populating this country where your folks are from. Is it dangerous to go there? Can you
use a credit card there? What's the best way to get there?
Well, perhaps these topics do not answer all of your questions. Genealogical
search is after all a complex mix of adventure, learning, problem solving, deduction,
communication, persistence and just simple luck. Still we hope that these pages would give
you an impulse in the right direction and would help you to make the first steps of your
family tree search. You may want to look through other pages of the Virtual Guide to Belarus to gain some
understanding of Belarus, its culture and history.
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Guide to Belarus - a collaborative project of Belarusian
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