Belarus genealogy. Where to look?

International or Belarusian online resources dealing with the history of the Russian Empire, mostly in Russian language:

Two databases of the Russian Empire servicemen wounded during the WWI: and

Russian Empire servicemen decorated with a St.George Cross

Soviet-Polish war 1919-1920, losses

Database of the citizens of the USSR who went through the repressions between 1920s and 1950s and throughout the 20th century

People from Belarus and Russia who were repressed.

Database of the Soviet citizens decorated during the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945

Drezden Database on German and Soviet POWs in 1941-1945

Soviet army servicemen who got wounded, killed or missing in action

General Great Patriotic War database

The Russian State Military Archive

Leningrad seige victims

Russian search service Zhdi Menya

Russia Genealogy Portal

The Belarusian nobility genealogy website

Genealogy news in Belarus

Soviet War in Finland (1939-1940), losses and Soviet POWs who died in Finland 1941-1944

1943-1945 Red Army units and field postal units

Online cemetery index of Belarus and another one with GPS-tags of the graves

Vilejka area genealogy and history website


Online resources on geography of Belarus:

Online searcheable Polish database (in English and Polish) that allows to pinpoint towns and villages.

Russian database of the Russian maps from all eras Some allow a comparison search using old and modern maps.

Two Polish databases listing maps of Poland and

Belarusian database of historic maps of Belarus

Belarusian database of historic areas and towns and local genealogy allowing a search


Offline resources (archives and agencies) of Belarus (they read English but reply in Russian, message me for help):

National Historic Archive of Belarus, Minsk Branch: 55 Kropotkina Street, 220002 Minsk, Belarus (niab at

National Historic Archive of Belarus, Grodno Branch: 21 Gospodarchaya Street, 230005 Grodno, Belarus (niab_grodno at

There is a dozen smaller province archives but ideally you should start with the bigger places which will guide you through.


Offline resources (archives) of the nearby countries (Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia):

Lithuanian State Historical Archives: Mindaugo 8, LT-03107 Vilnius, Lithuania istorijos.archyvas at

Poland, Central Archives of Historical Records: Długa 7 Street, PL 00-263 Warszawa, Poland

Latvia, National Historic Archives and their databases

Russian State Military Historic Archive: 3 2nd Baumanskaya Street, 107005 Russia 

Russian State History Archive: 36 Zanevsky Avenue, St.Petersburg, Russia 

Last but not least, contact your private guide in Minsk to deal with the logistics of your Belarus ancestry trip!

To sort things and ways out, to talk and be heard, join up my Facebook group Belarus family roots to learn more!