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Maps of Romania

  • To view present-day Romania at Google Maps, click here.
  • For a Jewish population density map of Europe in 1900, click here.
  • For a map showing the percentage of Jews in the Pale of Settlement and Congress Poland, c. 1905, click here.
  • To view an additional historical map showing the historical percentage of Jews in governments, click here.
    Definition of "Pale of Settlement" from Wikipedia.org:
    The Pale of Settlement (Russian: Черта́ осе́длости, chertá osédlosti, Yiddish: דער תּחום-המושבֿ, der tkhum-ha-moyshəv, Hebrew: תְּחוּם הַמּוֹשָב, tḥùm ha-mosháv‎) was the term given to a region of Imperial Russia in which permanent residency by Jews was allowed and beyond which Jewish permanent residency was generally prohibited. It extended from the eastern pale, or demarcation line, to the western Russian border with the Kingdom of Prussia (later the German Empire) and with Austria-Hungary. The English term "pale" is derived from the Latin word "palus", a stake, extended to mean the area enclosed by a fence or boundary.

Jewish History in Romania

  • Read the Wikipedia.org article History of the Jews in Romania, by clicking here.
  • Romanian Fusgeyers: A Brief History and a Research Case Study, Lane Fischer. For a link to this article as published inATSMI UVSARI (My Bone and My Flesh), Number 14, Summer 2006, publisher Utah Jewish Genealogical Society, click here (a PDF download, see top of page 2).
  • An English description of The Bucharest Museum of Jewish History from Romania is found here (It is best to use Western ISO 8859-1 encoding to browse this page.)
  • Visit Romanian Jewish Heritage website sponsored by B'nai B'rith International and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania by clicking here.
  • Explore The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe by clicking here.


JewishGen.org Family Finder

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The JewishGen Romania/Moldova Database

  • More than 900,000 records for Romania and Moldova, from a variety of sources, including: voter lists, census records, business directories, vital records, diplomatic records, yizkor books, and others. Requires free registration. To search, click here.

JewishGen Romania SIG

  • View all the links and helps on the JewishGen Special Interest Group page by clicking here.
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