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For questions about ancestors and records in the country of Belarus. This includes previous political entities within the geographical boundaries of present-day Belarus, such as the period prior to the end of WWI when it was part of the Russian Empire.

Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Belarus literally translates as White Rus' or White Russia. It is bordered by Russia to the north-east, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the north-west. The lands of modern-day Belarus have frequently changed hands and belonged to several other countries over the centuries.