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Recensământul satelor 1941 – sursă importantă de studiere a istoriei locale
The 1941 villages census – an important source for studying local history

Author(s): Sergiu Tabuncic
Subject(s): History
Published by: Muzeul Naţional de Istorie a Moldovei
Keywords: Republic of Moldova; local history; population census

Summary/Abstract: The 1941 census is an important source for studying the history of the settlements from the present-time districts of Soldanesti and Rezina in the Republic of Moldova. In 1941, those localities were part of Bessarabia’s Orhei County. The materials of that census are stored at the National Archives of the Republic of Moldova, the fund No 2069, inventory 1, part 1, file 450-a. Villages Census 1941 – this is the title of the questionnaire used to collect data. The census was conducted under the auspices of the Central Institute of Statistics subordinate to the Council of Ministers of Romania. The census questionnaire contained 28 sections, each containing questions aimed to clarify the status of settlements in terms of administrative, social, economic, ethnographic, cultural, medical and religious aspects. Many questions pertained to the duration and continuity of the population’s residing in villages listed in the census and villages’ foundation years, to description of rural settlements, permanent and temporary dwellings. Also, the census results show some elements of relations between Romanians and Roma people. The 1941 census is the most significant and representative component of local history, substantially enriching the sources of this domain of research.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 213-222
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Romanian