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Moldova: Address and Telephone Directories

Finding Aid for the Pages on Basarabia in the 1923 Anuarul Socec

Anuarul "Socec" al României-Mari. 1923. Library of Congress General Collections.

Volume II consists of parts IV-The Old Kingdom and part V-The New Romanian Annexed Provinces. What is today the Republic of Moldova was named Basarabia by the Romanian authorities of the time, and is listed under the newly annexed provinces in part V.

Each part is subdivided by județ (county), and each county section begins with general information about the county, followed by information about the county's seat, and then about other notable towns. After these sections comes part II. Comune rurale (rural communities), which describes villages, often with populations under 1,500. A comuna is a small administrative district often consisting of two or more villages or other populated sites, but sometimes consisting of just one site. The directory lists all the sites within a comuna and asterisks the site that serves as the administrative center for the comuna. Volume II concludes with Tabela Comunelor Urbane și Rurale (index of urban and rural towns) - organized in four regional indexes to the approximately 8,500 villages, towns and cities for which the directory provides information.

Part V of the volume contains three paginations - the Bucovina region, the Ardeal region, and the Basarabian region all begin anew with page 1, and the Tabela Comunelor has yet another set of pagination. For ease of use, all numbers below refer to the digital image numbers. This finding aid provides the digital image numbers for each county, its seat, and the other towns it contains. It also lists for each region "Other notable towns," which are the towns and larger villages that are listed immediately after the information for each county seat but before the information in part II. Comune rurale. Virtually all of the "other notable towns" have populations over 1,500, whereas most sites listed under part "II. Comune rurale" have populations under 1,500.

PART V, The New Romanian Annexed Provinces - Nouile Provincii Alipite


Name of the județ (county) and county seat First image no. Image range of the county seat Image range of other towns in the county
Bălți 1919 1919-1922 1923-1946
Cahul 1947 1947-1948 1949-1958
Cetatea-Albă 1959 1960-1967 1968-1990
Chișinău 1991 1993-2010 2011-2032
Hotin 2033 2033-2038 2039-2064
Ismail 2065 2066-2070 2071-2086
Orhei 2087 2087-2093 2094-2114
Șoroca 2115 2116-2121 2122-2144
Tighina 2145 2146-2150 2151-2168

Other notable towns in Basarabia

  • Bolgrad 2071-2072
  • Leova 1949
  • Posad-Șaba 1968
  • Vălcov 2076-2077
  • Chilia-Nouă 2072-2074
  • Popusoi 1968
  • Reni 2074-2076

Tabela Comunelor Urbane și Rurale - Index of Urban and Rural Towns

Covers digital image numbers 2169-2234 [corresponding to original page numbers 1-66]. These indexes give the name of the site, the name of the county in which it is located, and their page numbers within the directory. A word of warning: the original page numbers listed should not be confused with the digital image numbers provided in this online finding aid.

I. Vechiul Regat - The Old Kingdom 2169-2189
II. Bucovina 2190-2193
III. Ardealul (Transilvania) including Banat, Crișana, Maramureș 2194-2226
IV. Basarabia 2227-2234

Advertisements 2235-2240


At least four symbols are used in conjunction with villages, towns and cities.

  • A train locomotive signifies that the locale has a train station.
  • A curved musical horn indicates a post office.
  • A bell with a straight wire through it indicates a telegraph station.
  • An old-fashioned telephone receiver with a curving wire protruding from it indicates that the town has a long-distance telephone station.