- The National Library of Belarus in Minsk
Contains the majority of books and published documents before and after 1917
- The Library of Belarusian Academy of Sciences in Minsk
Contains books and published documents similar to the National Library, but smaller
- National State Museum of Belarus in Minsk
- State Museum of the Great Patriotic War (World War II) in Minsk
Contains a huge collection the events of the war
- State Museum of Religion in Grodno
Stores documents on confessional history for the recent past
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Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Belarus include:
- Dvorianskie Knigi
List noble families of Russian aristocracy (Belarusan and Polish)
- Litouskiia Metryki
Books of taxes gathered in XV-XVII centuries. Provide exact locations and designate amount of property of particular taxpayers for the Grand Duche of Lithuania (most of northwest Belarus). Original documents are scattered between Russia, Poland, Lithuania, and Sweden.
- Church Listings
List baptisms, marriages, and deaths by Orthodox Church, Catholic, Protestant, and Uniya Churches.
- Annual reconciliation reports (Russian Empire)
Annual list of people who have been at reconcilliation in Orthodox Church. The church was obliged to submit this lists to Tzar’s Jandarms (Police). They served as an indicator of the person’s loyalty.
- Registration agency – ZAGS
Kept during Soviet times and now still all births, marriages and deaths, these records are registrated by the governmental organization – ZAGS. It stands for Registration of Acts of Civil Events.
Big cities such as Minsk maintain lists of people by name, and other key info such as address or phone.
- Passport and Propiska
Anyone living on the territory of ex-USSR has an official place of his/her permanent location (Propiska). This address is stated in the passport, since everyone gets a passport at age 16.