Sigismund Yurkovsky was born in 1833 in a noble family
His father's name was Anton, his mother Victoria. But exactly where was born the next photographer is unknown, and what his ancestors too.
The first time a document relating to the biography of our hero, who managed to find in archives, refers to Belarus, and more precisely, to Mogilev province. It was there in 1844 "Sigismund Yurkovski Antonov", "rimske[about Catholic confession], of the nobility" came from in the second class of Mogilev men's gymnasium.
But whatever it was, the adolescence of Sigismund took place in the city on the Dnieper, and almost all his subsequent life was connected with Belarus.
In 1855, 22 years old, Sigismund Yurkovsky graduated from the Gymnasium of higher Sciences-the Lyceum of Prince Bezborodko in Nizhyn, Chernihiv province. Received "the right on XIV class" and was launched in independent life.
In 1956 he entered St. Petersburg Medical-Surgical Academy. "Upset health", or rather," severe pulmonary disease", apparently aggravated by the raw Petersburg climate, forced him to leave the Academy soon.
Until 1866 Yurkovsky had state service in his native Mogilev.
Worked as a scribe in the state of the Mogilev chamber of the criminal court, assistant clerk of the Mogilev provincial government, the collegiate Registrar in the Mogilev Roman-Catholic Farny Church, performed the duties of Cherikov County solicitor, the Junior assistant district excise superintendent.
Bureaucracy life greatly burdened Sigismund Yurkovsky, and 33 years old he decided to make drastic changes.
The results of eleven years of public service were not impressive. Judging by around the, the were reasons, and quite compelling – his beckoned another life, not bureaucratic, he got acquainted with photography and was subdued by its magic. Yurkovsky served only to the rank of collegiate councillor (class X "tables of ranks"). Neither he himself, nor the parents, nor my wife was not generic, not a proper estate. But since nothing reprehensible were not seen, "in campaigns against the enemy in the battles themselves, as well in penalties, under the court and consequence" was not from the Mogilev provincial excise Department, he received a diploma with a track record "for a free stay in the entire Russian Empire" for the appropriate signatures and the application of the breech seal.
From the "whole of the Russian Empire" retired excise official, burdened with the family, chose to live in Vitebsk. Already in September 1866, he filed a petition in the name of the Vitebsk Governor for permission to open a photographic institution. This means that by the time he was no longer a beginner in photography, had his own equipment and knowledge of the subject.