In our work we usually use as much as possible different kinds of the Jewish Genealogy sources. Some of them are well-known, and some of them not. We try to use all of them, and sometimes at the archive you can find some unexpected information only at the rare and unique file-books and funds. One of them is the Court Documentation.
Genealogy sourse example:
As far as we work all the last time at Zhitomir archive, the today’s example is related to Zhitomir (and all the former Volyn gubernia). And it is located at Zhitomir archive as well. I am talking about the Volyn Gubernia Court fund. Its local fund number is 16. It has around 4000 file-books (they are divided into 6 registers (opis)). And it covers the years of the Court work from 1796 till 1831.
Court History facts:
The Court of Volyn gubernia was established at the territory of the modern Ukraine at 1797, insted at some other «court chambers» worked before. It was the one branch of Ministry of Justice and was the highest point to appeal at the territory of Volyn gubernia. The court was consisted of the general office and few departments: civil court and criminal court. It was closed out at 1831, because of the restoring of «court chambers» institution.
Jewish genealogy sources:
This fund is sometimes helpful for us if we really interesting in finding some additional information regarding the ancestors. In general, we could find there the Court files regarding the relationships between Lutsk and Dubno Jewish communities; some files even have the personal signatures of the Jewish persons. It helps us to uncover in more and fresh way the Family History and overall history facts regarding your ancestors