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:e. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the listing for the record. The magnifying glass indicates that the record is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the records. A camera with a key on top means the record is viewable but with certain restrictions that may mean the record can only be viewed at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, a Family History Center, or FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Take a look at the [https://www.familysearch.org/help/fhcenters/locations/ '''Family History Center Finder'''] to discover a location near you.
==Additional Records - Finding Aids and Record Inventories==
====Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation====
The [https://www.rtrfoundation.org/index.shtml '''Routes to Roots'''] site contains articles, essays, maps, archivist insights, and an archival inventory for Jewish research in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. The website also contains a database of record inventories that is searchable by town. The search for documents in Eastern European ancestral towns is complicated, partly because of the destruction of documents during the Holocaust and changing borders and names. Only the first few letters of the town needs to be known, as all towns beginning with those letters will appear in the list. Some towns will even be cross-referenced with spelling variations or name changes. However, to determine the current spelling of a town, consult the [https://www.jewishgen.org/communities/loctown.asp '''JewishGen Gazetteer'''] or ''Where Once We Walked'' by Mokotoff and Sack. The database will note the types of documents that has survived for that town, including army lists, Jewish vital records, family lists, census records, voter and tax lists, immigration documents, Holocaust material, school records, occupational lists, and more. The span of years covered by these documents and where to find them will also be provided. Records in the archives can be accessed on various websites or databases (such as [https://www.jewishgen.org/ '''JewishGen''']) in person at the archives, by writing to the archives directly, or by hiring a professional researcher to do the work.
 
*See [http://www.rtrfoundation.org/ '''Routes to Roots Foundation'''] and '''hover over Belarus''' for a Genealogical and Family History guide to Jewish and civil records in Eastern Europe
 
====Jewish Roots====
The '''[https://forum.j-roots.info/searchdb_form.php Еврейские Корни (Jewish Roots)]''' site is an excellent resource to help you locate archival documents. The website is in Russian, but if you are using the Google Chrome browser, siimply right click anywhere on the page and select ''Translate to English.'' Search using the name of the town (find the Cyrillic spelling of the town on [https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/Search.asp JewishGen Town Finder]) to see what archival records might be available for your location. In addition to the database, use the '''[https://forum.j-roots.info/index.php Forum]''' to connect with other researchers and find other potential resources for your location.
==Cemeteries==
==Yizkor Books==
Yizkor books are memorial books commemorating a Jewish community that was destroyed during the Holocaust. Books are usually published by former residents and records the remembrance of homes, people and ways of life lost during World War II. Most books are written in Yiddish or Hebrew, but in recent years, many have been translated and made available online. Take a look at the [https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ '''JewishGen Yizkor Book Project'''] to locate a translation or Yizkor book for your locality of interest.
==Additional Records - Finding Aids and Record Inventories======Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation====The [https://www.rtrfoundation.org/index.shtml '''Routes to Roots'''] site contains articles, essays, maps, archivist insights, and an archival inventory for Jewish research in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. The website also contains a database of record inventories that is searchable by town. The search for documents in Eastern European ancestral towns is complicated, partly because of the destruction of documents during the Holocaust and changing borders and names. Only the first few letters of the town needs to be known, as all towns beginning with those letters will appear in the list. Some towns will even be cross-referenced with spelling variations or name changes. However, to determine the current spelling of a town, consult the [https://www.jewishgen.org/communities/loctown.asp '''JewishGen Gazetteer'''] or ''Where Once We Walked'' by Mokotoff and Sack. The database will note the types of documents that has survived for that town, including army lists, Jewish vital records, family lists, census records, voter and tax lists, immigration documents, Holocaust material, school records, occupational lists, and more. The span of years covered by these documents and where to find them will also be provided. Records in the archives can be accessed on various websites or databases (such as [https://www.jewishgen.org/ '''JewishGen''']) in person at the archives, by writing to the archives directly, or by hiring a professional researcher to do the work. *See [http://www.rtrfoundation.org/ '''Routes to Roots Foundation'''] and '''hover over Belarus''' for a Genealogical and Family History guide to Jewish and civil records in Eastern Europe ====Jewish Roots====The '''[https://forum.j-roots.info/searchdb_form.php Еврейские Корни (Jewish Roots)]''' site is an excellent resource to help you locate archival documents. The website is in Russian, but if you are using the Google Chrome browser, siimply right click anywhere on the page and select ''Translate to English.'' Search using the name of the town (find the Cyrillic spelling of the town on [https://www.jewishgen.org/Communities/Search.asp JewishGen Town Finder]) to see what archival records might be available for your location. In addition to the database, use the '''[https://forum.j-roots.info/index.php Forum]''' to connect with other researchers and find other potential resources for your location.  ====Archives and Librariesof Belarus ====
*View the Archives of Belarus home page by clicking [http://www.archives.gov.by/eng/ '''here''']. Includes a "Contacts" link.
*Discover over 50 web pages of Jewish information available online at the Archives of Belarus by clicking [http://www.archives.gov.by/eng/index.php?id=search '''here'''] to search. Follow up by starting a search for the word '''"Jewish"''' and clicking the '''"Search"''' button.
 
== Reading Records ==
Belarusian Jewish records are most commonly written in Russian or Hebrew. Use the resources in this list to help you learn how to read the records. You may also consider using a free translation service such as the [https://community.familysearch.org/s/ '''FamilySearch Community'''] (Be sure to post in the Russian Empire Genealogy Research group or tag ''@RussianEmpireGenealogyResearch'' in your question) or [https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/ '''JewishGen View Mate.''']
 
====Russian====
 
*[[Russia "How to" Guides|The Russian Alphabet "How to" Guide]]
*[[Russia "How to" Guides|Deciphering the Handwriting and Understanding the Grammar "How to" Guide]]
*[[Russian Genealogical Word List]]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/learning-center-search/?q=russian+handwriting&show=all FamilySearch Learning Center - Russian Handwriting Courses]
 
====Hebrew====
 
*[https://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/tombstones.html Reading Hebrew Tombstones]
*[https://njop.org/hebrew/ National Jewish Outreach Program Hebrew Resources]
*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl8e0nMUHvk Hebrew Naming and How to Read Hebrew Headstones (YouTube Video)]
==Additional Resources==
*[https://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/?gclid=CjwKCAiAwrf-BRA9EiwAUWwKXnRi-5mIGGnnPbZBkJbQGZwJkjkkycErQscCFCJcw6CLnKA49n80ThoCH78QAvD_BwE '''JewishGen Belarus SIG''']*[http://www.cjh.org/pdfs/Belarus.pdf '''Belarus Jewish Family History Research Guide''']*[http://www.jhrgbelarus.org/ '''Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus''']*[https://bloodandfrogs.com/compendium/belarus '''Jewish Genealogy and More: Belarus''']*[https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Belarus.html '''JewishGen Kehila Links: Belarus, Georgia & Russia''']*[https://souz.co.il/clubs/club.html?Club_ID=1 '''Belarusians in Israel] (Russian language)*[https://forum.j-roots.info/ Jewish Roots'''] (Russian language)
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