Buchach, Ukraine
Betshotsh - בעטשאָטש

Buczacz is included in the Suchostaw Region Research Group (SRRG).  Shtetlach were interwoven together like a tapestry and the Jewish people of neighboring shtetlach linked by marriages, trade and marketing.  They shared schools, cemeteries, kosher butchers, bakers and more.  Smaller shtetlach registered their birth, marriages and death in a nearby larger shtetl.  One should research the neighboring area as well as an individual shtetl.  The SRRG web site has resources and information that is relevant to many shtetlach.  To search for family links and learn more about neighboring shtetlach, please visit the Suchostaw Region Research Group (SRRG).

Variant shtetl names: Buchach, Buczacz, Betshotsh, Butschatsch [ger], Bucac [cz], Butchatch, Bitshutsh

SRRG Coordinator: Susana Leistner Bloch

Administrative District: Buczacz

Judicial / Tax District (Subdistrict): Buczacz

  • Latitude-Longitude: 49°05´ - 25°24´
  • Altitude: 1207 feet
  • 21.4 miles W of Suchostaw
  • 33.3 miles SSW of Tarnopol
Jewish Population before the Holocaust: 3,858

History and Geography:
Jewish Cemetery:
  • List of pupils who received a passing grade Buczacz Gimnazjum in the years 1936-37
  • The Buczacz Yizkor Book (Sefer Buczacz) translation project has been completed. The project was coordinated by Norbert Porile. The Yizkor Book is a valuable resource of information about Buczacz and its former residents. Many of the articles from the Yizkor Book are linked from this page but you can see the whole table of contents by clicking on the highlighted title above.
  • The Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and JewishGen “All Poland Database”. This is a multiple database search facility, which incorporates all of the databases listed below. The “All Poland Database” enables researchers to find indices to vital and related records from the independent JRI-Poland database as well as entries from other databases. The combined databases have more than five million entries for individuals living in areas now or formerly in Poland. . It includes the following databases: JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF), Yizkor Book Necrologies, JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), JewishGen Holocaust Database, The 1891 Galicia Business Directory, 1890-1891 New York Immigrants from Poland, Austria and Galicia and much more. The database is a work in progress, and new entries are being added regularly.
  • The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Type in the name of your town.

Gesher Galicia Resources:
Photos, Postcards and Videos:
The People of Buczacz:
Biographies and Family Histories:
Memorable People:
Memories, reminiscences, and anecdotes:
Institutions and Organizations:
Famous Sons and Daughters:
Righteous Gentiles:
After emigration:
Buczacz was the seat of the Buczacz Administrative District (AD).

The Buczacz AD included the following Judicial / Tax Districts (JD):

Changes in ADs and JDs occurred during different periods of time. ADs and JDs were designated by the Austrian Government in 1877 for the purpose of collecting Jewish birth, marriage and death records. By 1906 and until 1914. (the end of Austrian rule) new ADs and JD's were added and / or changed. A further change occurred during the interwar years (1918 -1939). This is reflected here and on the shtetl pages included in the Suchostaw Region Research Group. You will notice that, at times, more than one AD or JD is listed for a shtetl with the note: 'depending on the time period'.

Information about Administrative Districts can be found on our website. It is important for the Genealogist / Family Historian researching towns in what was formerly Galicia to understand the differences due to time periods and other factors that resulted in the changes in Administrative Districts.

The following shtetlach belonged to the Buczacz Administrative District:

Barysz, Beremiany, Jazłowiec, Kośmierzyn, Monasterzyska, Potok Złoty, Snowidów
Links and Databases:

When searching the links below, please remember that many towns in Ukraine have the same name. Make sure that the information you find refers to the shtetl you are researching.

  • the All Poland Database for Buczacz. The Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and JewishGen "All Poland Database" is a multiple database search facility, which incorporates all of the following databases: JRI -Poland, Yizkor Book Necrologies, JewishGen Family Finder )JGFF), JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR), 1891 Galicia Business Directory, 1929 Polish Business Directory, 1890-1891 New York Immigrants from Poland, Austria and Galicia, JG Discussion Group Archives, SIG Mailing List Archives and much much more.
  • the All Poland Database for any surname or town.
  • the "Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation Eastern European Archival Database" to see where some vital records are.
  • for on the Internet.
  • the JewishGen Yizkor Book Database.

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Compiled by Susana Leistner Bloch and Edward Rosenbaum.

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