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Belarusian Jewish Polesie

For descendants of Jews from SW Belarus
  • 192 members

About us

Jewish ancestry from southwestern Belarus? Read on to learn more!

This is a geographical project intended to compare and study the DNA of men and women who lived in southwestern Belarus, also known as the Polesie region of Belarus.




  1. If you have already tested with FTDNA, you must be accessing this page through the blue JOIN button after logging in to your myFTDNA account in order for us to process your request.
  2. To be eligible for this project, your patrilineal (father's father's father) or matrilineal (mother's mother's mother) ancestors must have been from the region described below.
  3. Please specify your ancestral town in your join request. Only those with Jewish ancestry in the region described below will be approved to join.



Where is Polesie?


Polesie was an inter-war region of Poland, loosely defined as today's southwestern Belarus. Towns in the following districts of the Brest region are included: Baranovichi, Beryoza, Brest, Drogichin, Gantsevichi, Ivanovo, Ivatsevichi, Kamenets, Kobrin, Luninets, Lyakhovichi, Malorita, Pinsk, Pruzhany, Stolin, Zhabinka. Several towns outside the Brest region, such as Slonim, Volkovysk and Svisloch to the north, also qualify for this project.