Czernowitz BMD Index Database
by the Czernowitz-L Volunteer Group

Last update: July 20, 2017 and has 142.363 records


This on-going project is a volunteer initiative, to create a free searchable online index of births, marriages, deaths and other records in the Jewish community of Czernowitz between 1850 and 1942.
So far we have manage to collect records covering the following years:

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What kinds of information are in these records?

Not too much but very important! Because these are index they only have very basic information to help you locate the actual record. For birth records, what we have transcribed so far, you will find: Child Surname and Given Name, Parent Given Name, Book, Year, Page and Record Number.

What do the records look like?

Some pages are in better conditions than others, and some handwriting is worse than others.
Click each one to see a larger version.

                  Index page                               Record page

Can I order the actual records?

Order through a professional genealogist by clicking the image next to the record in the result page.
Record orders initiated from this site are provided by Banai Lynn Feldstein, an independent professional researcher. Images will be delivered in digital JPG format by email within five business days of receipt of payment. Payment can be made using Paypal to , by bank transfer, or by check. (Banking information or mailing address provided upon request.) The cost of the first record is $12. Additional records in the same order (within the same email) are $7 each.

Why I can’t find the names I'm looking for?

This may be because the way you are searching (exactly, contains, starts with, etc.) Try searching more openly, like writing only 3 or 4 letters of the name and then select "contains" (many records have 2 last names and if you search "exact" you will not find them) or use only the "Given Name" to start your search. Another reason may be because we haven’t finish transcribe all the records so your names may still be in the process and the best way to get your records is to help us transcribe.

Can I help transcribe records?

YES, we need volunteers! we already have digital images of many records. We now need people to help us turn the information in those photographs into spreadsheets, which will then be turned into a database. If you volunteer to become a transcriber, you will be given a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet template outlining which fields of data you will need to transcribe from the photographs. You will also receive a small set of images in PDF and a complete set of instructions and rules on how to transcribe to keep it all standardized. You'll go through each image and type up the information, line by line for every record, into the spreadsheet file. When you have finished with your first set, the spreadsheet will be handed off, turned into a database, and uploaded here. However, updates will only be made in batches
Interested in becoming a volunteer transcriber? Please contact us.

Who else is transcribing the records?

Finally I have to give a HUGE thanks to the group of volunteers working on the project: Yossi Yagur, Martina Lelgemann, Edgar Hauster, Maurice I. Kessler, Ilana Avimor, Noam Silberberg, Berti (Dov) Glaubach, Peter R. Elbau, Jeanette R Rosenberg, Richard Gross, Charna and Reuven, Ofir Azrilovici, Dale Prince, Bruce Reisch, Josh Schwartz, Yvette Pintar, Juliet Beier, Max Preston, Pamela Turner, Asher Turtel and Miriam Taylor.


Thanks for your continuing great work on Czernowitz records. It was very moving for me to find there the death record of young Herman (Hersch) Lehr, my mother's cousin, whose death she often spoke of with sadness.
Renee Stern Steinig

This project is great! I found my grandfather and his brothers and sisters, their cousins and more (so far 18 members of the family!)
Jeanette R Rosenberg

I just recently discovered that my mother’s paternal grandparents came from Czernowitz. This led me to look for information about Czernowitz and I came across the site. Imagine my shock when I immediately found records for younger siblings of my great-grandmother who were born in 1878-1883 in Czernowitz. I already knew of these siblings from U.S. census records. These birth records took me back two generations because I now know the names of both of my ggm’s parents as well as the names of her mother’s parents. I’ve been researching my many families for years, but this is the first time I found records that took me back so far and it’s the first time I have had success with records found in Europe.
Charna Duchanov

I had a suspicion my great grandfather, who married and raised children in Iasi Romania, was originally from Czernowitz, but I had no evidence. That suspicion is now supported by information about the birth of his younger twin siblings in Czernowitz in 1879 that I discovered in the BMD Czernowitz database. While it doesn't prove that he was born in Czernowitz, it does prove that the family lived there at the time he was a young man. I appreciate all the work that went into making this data so readily available.
Richard Gross

The Czernowitz BMD website has been so helpful! After I traced my Weisinger family to Czernowitz starting in 1907 by finding manifests for my grandfather Morris and his mother Malka Kligler Weisinger . I then began looking for my great grandfather, Zallel, who did not come over to the US with Malka so I knew he must have died in Cz. By looking at the 1909 and 1914 homeowner records on the site I found Zallel and his address which confirms he was there! Now I am trying to find his headstone and other records. Thanks so much to all of you transcribing this info for us all to use.
Caryn Weisinger Wariner

You have done a great Mitzvah. My mother is a 90 y/o holocaust survivor. She found herself with the right date. She always claimed she's a year younger than the Romanians wrote her :) and those of her brother-a holocaust victim and her late sister. It is of great comfort to her. With grreat gratitude and appreciation

Thanks to this wonderful database I was able to easily identify and obtain the Feb. 1924 death record of my mother's first cousin. Many thanks to Daniel Horowitz and all the volunteers involved with creating the Czernowitz database.
Renee Stern Steinig