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Kishinev Archives, Libraries & Other Genealogy related Addresses


Arhiva Nationala a Republicii Moldovei (Moldovan National Archives)
str. Gheorghe Asachi, Nr. 67-B
Chisinau 277028
Republica Moldova
Tel.: 00373-22-73-58-27
Tel.: 00373-22-72-97-93
Fax: 00373-22-73-58-36

Open 08:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun.

The archive is unable to undertake research requests by mail. Visit, or hire a private researcher. See Avotaynu XIII:2 (Summer 1997), p. 67.

ZAGS Archive or Department of ZAGS (Otdel Zapisi Aktov Grazhdanskogo Sostoyaniya)

Vital records are registered in the ZAGS office, which is usually located in the local town hall or mayor's office. Jewish vital records registered after World War II were incorporated into the general registrations of the entire town.” (Weiner, Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldavia, p. 38). The use of these records is subject to strict state regulation and access to them for genealogical purposes cannot be guarenteed. If you want to try to use them see the advice Miram Weiner gives in Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldavia on page 38. The vital records are called metrical books and each town maintains its own set, except for the smallest towns in which case they were maintained in a larger town or city nearby. Kishinev, being a large city, contains the metrical books for many smaller surrounding towns.

Note: To contact a specific ZAGS office in towns throughout Moldova, first write to the above office, specifiy the town that interests you (using current spelling) and request address, telephone number and name of director of the ZAGS office in that town. Make your inquiry very brief as few people in this office are fluent in English. Then write to director of the ZAGS office in the town that interests you, again keeping your inquiry brief and specific.

Arhiva Actelor Starii Civile (Archives of Ancient Acts)
31 August Street, Nr. 82
Chisinau 277019
Republica Moldova
Tel/Fax: 373/0422/23-70-50
(holder of civil registrations)


Biblioteca Evreiasca “I. Maier” (I. Manger Jewish Library)
Bul. Renasterii, Nr. 4
Chisinau 2005
Republica Moldova
Tel.: 22-15-02

Biblioteca Nationala a Moldovei (National Library of Moldova)
str. 31 August, Nr. 78
Chisinau 2012
Republica Moldova
Tel.: 22-51-11

Biblioteca Centrala Stiintifica a Academiei Stiinte a Moldovei
(Central Scientific Library of the Moldovan Scientific Academy)
Bul. Stefan cel Mare, Nr. 1
Chisinau 2001
Republica Moldova
Tel.: 26-42-79

Biblioteca Nationala Universitarii de stat a Moldovei
(Scientific Library of Moldova State University)
str. A. Matievici, Nr. 60
Chisinau 2009
Republica Moldova
Tel.: 27-07-89; 25-12-10

State Archive of Chernivtsy Oblast
ul. Shevchenka 2
Chernivtsy 274000, Ukraine
Tel.: 380/3722/2-30-29

Kamyanets Podilsky City-State Archives
ul. Frantsiskanska 14
Kamyanets Podilsky 32300, Ukraine
Tel.: 380/3849/2-10-45

Russian State Historical Archives
Angliiskaia nab. (formerly Krasnogo Flota), 4
St. Petersburg 190000 Russia
Tel.: 7/812/311-0926; Fax: 7/812/311-2252
Website: [in Russian] (accessed June 27, 2010)
Also see: For addresses of various federal and state branches of the Russian State Historical Archive (International Institute of Social History) (accessed June 27, 2010)

Addresses and Phone Numbers

Friends of Kishinev Jewry (US)
720 Lefferts Ave. #2
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Tel/Fax: (718)756-0458
Website: (accessed June 27, 2010)

Kishinev Synagogue - (3732)22-12-15

Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of the Republic of Moldova (AJOCRM)
Teodor Magder, Executive director

All-Israel Association of Jewish Immigrants from Moldova
Yefrem Bauch, head

Institute for Ethnic Research of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova (IER AS RM)
Doctor of History Ivan Bodrug, Director
Professor Yakov Kopansky, chief research officer
Vladimir Anikin, senior research officer
Dr. Rita Kleiman, director of the department for history and culture of the Jews of Moldova
Dr. Clara Jignea, senior researcher of the Department of Jewish History and Culture of Moldova

“Hesed Yehuda” charity fund (Chisinau)

Center for Research of the History of the Jews of Romania, of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania
Leah Benjamin, research officer

“Beit Bessarabia” foundation (=World Union of Bessarabian Jews)
Dr. Dani Korn, director and chairman

Moldova Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities
(=Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of the Moldovan Republic)
Jacob Tichman, chairman
Semion Schoikhet, chairman (June 2003)

Moldova Jewish Congress (Jewish Congress of Moldova)
Alexander Pinchevsky, resident

"We are going to pay considerable attention to charitable activities, coordinate and finance educational, cultural and social projects, attract youth to Jewish life, develop relationships with Jewish organizations both in Moldova and abroad as well as pay attention to training professional employees who will work for the Community” says Pinchevsky.

“KEDEM” Chisinau Jewish Community Center

Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC)
Alexander Machkevitch, president
Web site: (accessed June 27, 2010)

The Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc.
73 Harbor Key
Secaucus, NJ 07094 (accessed March 18, 2018)

Historical Organizations

American Union of Roumanian Jews, a Federation of Roumanian Jews, Federations of Bessarabian Organizations

The Bessarabian Federation of American Jews was dissolved in the 1950s. Refer to A Guide to YIVO's Landsmanshaftn Archive for information about the records of this group and two other Bessarabian landsmanshaftn. Also, write to YIVO Institute for the current address of the National Council for Bessarabian Jews which many members of the Bessarabian Federation of American Jews joined when that group dissolved. (EP)

Besaraber Landsleyt-farayn in Argentine

Goldstein Centre for the History Of the Jews in Romania

Other Key Institutions

International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)
104 Franklin Avenue
Yonders, NY 10705 (accessed June 27, 2010)

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
212 246-6080 (accessed June 27, 2010)

Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth
(The Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora) Tel Aviv, Israel
Website: (accessed June 27, 2010)
About: (accessed June 27, 2010)

Family trees can be registered with the Center’s database, free of charge, by uploading GEDCOM files from any genealogy software program directly on the website of the museum: (accessed June 27, 2010)

Yad Vashem
P.O.B. 3477
Jerusalem 91034 Israel
Phone: 972-2-644-3712
Fax: 972-2-644-3669
Website: (accessed June 27, 2010)
About: (accessed June 27, 2010)

Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People
Address: 46 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem
(ppposite the President's residence)
P.O.B 1149, Jerusalem 91010, Israel
Phone: 972-2-5635716
Fax: 972-2-5667686
Website: (accessed June 27, 2010)
About: (accessed June 27, 2010)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Washington, DC 20024 (accessed June 27, 2010)

New York Public Library
42nd Street & Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018 (accessed June 27, 2010)

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