Ukrainian Genealogy Group - Prince Edward Island
Ukrainian Genealogy Group
Prince Edward Island - Canada
Ukraiin'ska Henealohichna Hrupa
National Anthem of Ukraine
Shche Ne Vmerla Ukraiina
(Ukraine has not yet died)
Lyrics: Pavlo Chubynski (1839-1884)
Music: Mykhailo Verbytski (1815-1870)
Ukrainian Independence Day- August 24th , 1991
First Ukrainians enter Manitoba as mercenary troops in Lord Selkirk's hired Swiss de Meuron Regiment - 1817
First Ukrainian Settlers arrive at Montreal - September 7th, 1891
Meetings: Ukrainian Genealogy Group - Prince Edward Island and the Ukrainian Canadian Club of PEI
because the membership is scattered across the Island, we have decided that meetings will be called only once or twice a year. However, if you would like help with your family tree, please call me:
Ted @ 902 569-8611or by eMail email@example.com Each meeting includes a problem solving & question period. Maps will be available for consultation.
New Members and the Curious always welcome!
Resources for the Genealogist
Canadian Genealogy Centre - at the Library and Archives of Canada. Now you can do a direct search for your ancestors!
Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906 - In order to track the high rates of population growth in western Canada, the Canadian government called for a special census of the prairie provinces (Manitoba, and the two newly created provinces of Saskatchewan, and Alberta). This endeavour continued every 10 years from 1906 to 1956, at which time the Census of the Northwest Provinces became part of the Canada-wide census. Through this research tool you can access digitized images of original census returns, which recorded the names of family members, their sex, marital status, year of immigration to Canada, post office address, etc. 1906 Census transcription form in PDF format - legal size paper: Download Here
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - the new version of Personal Ancestral File (PAF 5) is available by download only, at no cost. This is one of the best software packages around and the only one I am aware of that will accept cyrillic letters and print out properly. However, if you are running anything older than WIN98, you should download PAF 4, which unfortunately does not support cyrillic. I understand that WIN95 will work with the drivers, but if you are hesitant, best to stick to the previous version and put your cyrillic notes into a word processor file. Go to: http://www.familysearch.org/
Family History Centre, 10 Northridge Parkway (off St Peter's Road behind the KFC), Charlottetown, PE. Tel 902 566-1013 (call ahead to reserve a computer or fiche reader) Hours are Thursdays 0900h - 1600h and 1900h - 2100h.
East European Genealogical Society - Most popular EEGS current areas: Galicia including east Galicia (Ukraine) and west Galicia (Poland) followed by Volhynia and Bukovina. Popular EEGS pre-WWI areas: Austro-Hungarian Empire (Bohemia, Bukovina, Galicia, Hungary, Moravia), German Empire (East Prussia, Posen, Silesia, West Prussia), Russian Empire (Bessarabia, Congress Poland, Ekaterinoslav, Grodno, Kherson, Kiev, Volhynia), and Romania. Popular EEGS Current countries: Austria, Belorus<, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine. Popular EEGS Ethnic groups: German, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Slovakian, Jewish, Mennonite, Romanian. Popular EEGS Religions: Roman and Greek Catholic, Lutheran, Judaic, Mennonite, Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox, Bohemian / Moravian Brethren.
Canadian Red Cross Tracing Service - Each year Canadian Red Cross staff and volunteers handle about 6,000 tracing cases. If you wish to place an inquiry with the Tracing Service, please ensure that you provide us with the following information: Full name of sought person, Date of birth or age, Father's name, Mother's name, Last known address, Date of last news, Reason for separation, Reason for search, Personal background information, Your full name, Address, Your relationship to the sought person For further information on the Tracing Service or to submit your tracing request, please contact your local Red Cross office.
Ukrainian Genealogy Group - National Capital Region - more links for Ukrainian genealogy and downloadable files.
Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group - TUGG meets in the Board Room of St. Vladimir, 620 Spadina Avenue, on the second Tuesday of the month, from September to June from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The members are first to fourth generations, and they are researching their personal family histories in Canada, the United States and also in Ukraine or Poland. All meetings are held in English.
Those who wish to receive further information, contact the St. Vladimir Institute - 416 923-3318 or by eMail firstname.lastname@example.org or Sonia Tkachuk van Heerden - 416 461-2104 or by eMail email@example.com
A listing of useful Ukrainian and Genealogical sites
Brama - Ukraine - a very comprehensive and current site featuring Arts and Culture, Business, Calendar of Events, Computing and Software, Education, Entertainment Humor, Forum, Issues, Law, News and Media, Nova Khvylia (New Wave), Services, Shopping, Sports, Travel, about Ukraine, Government of Ukraine, Embassies, Ministries, etc.
Ukraine on the Internet - A link to many varied topics of interest to Ukrainians.
General Facts About Ukraine - if you want to know about the country, then this site has a lot to offer and is about Ukraine today if you are interested in traveling there in the future. This site includes tips, money, credit cards, currency exchanges, barbers and beauty shops, tracing Genealogy Roots, photos of many cities and so much more http://www.uazone.net/Ukraine_General.html and also a page dealing with a Guide to Kiev including photos http://www.uazone.net/Caption.html and http://www.uazone.net/Ukraine_toc.html
Cyrillic and Polish for Windows 95/98/Me (Not XP)
This guide will allow you to type in Ukrainian without purchasing any other programs. It allows you to use virtually any word processor, spread sheet or database. The best part is that there are QWERTY compatible keyboards which means that the keys are in the same place as we are used to in the English speaking world. If you are interested, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
George Primak's transliterated Ukrainian Keyboard layout - for Windows XP (and 2000) [It has been tested and works with VISTA] is along the line of Paul's and is available at: http://www3.sympatico.ca/primak/page12.htm
Biography Assistant - Welcome to Biography Assistant, your personal research assistant for writing biographies about your relatives or an autobiography about yourself. Biography Assistant makes it easy for you to record these special family memories because it helps you decide what to write about. That leaves you free to concentrate on the most important part — telling the story! To get started, select one of the categories listed. http://www.genealogy.com/bio/
Ukrainian Customs and Information - contains information on feast and celebration dates as well as customs associated with Christmas and other celebrations - http://www.geocities.com/ukrcustoms/
Velykyi Tyzhden' - Ukrainian Easter Week - Ukrainian Easter celebrations, rites and customs http://ukrainian-easter.20m.com/
The Day - Weekly Digest - Ukrainian newspaper in English (also Ukrainian and Russian) offers an inciteful look at the issues in Ukraine today, their relation to world realities and the impact of Ukrainian customs, history and religions on present day events. A very concise and readable publication. http://www.day.kiev.ua/DIGEST/ (click on the English word day at the top left to get the English version.
Cities, Regions/Oblasts and Church Records - found in the LDS Family History Library Catalog. http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/fhc.html
Cyndi's List - is one of the most comprehensive genealogy related lists there is on the web with over 112,000 links! If you have not tried it out yet, please do, it will quickly become your favourite tool! - http://www.cyndislist.com
Canada - http://www.cyndislist.com/canada.htm
ARCHEION - Ontario's Archival Information Network ARCHEION is a searchable gateway to online descriptions of archival fonds and collections found in archives across Ontario. Repositories are institutional members of the Archives Association of Ontario. The components of ARCHEION include: Descriptions of archival documents The ability to search the descriptions Contact information for the archives where the documents can be accessed ARCHEION aims to be a comprehensive online research tool, a one-stop gateway to information about the documentary heritage of Ontario. http://archeion-aao.fis.utoronto.ca/
American Family Immigration History Centre - Ellis Island - this site was created to help people search for and tell stories about the over 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews who came to America through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. http://www.ellisisland.org/default.asp
British Commonwealth and the USA - by Alan Tupman is another site with links to relevant materials for the British Commonwealth and the USA. Where there is a page that already provides considerable information, then a link is provided to save unnecessary duplication. In all cases there should be a maximum of two links between you and the source data. http://freespace.virgin.net/alan.tupman/sites/
1901 British Census - the Public Record Office has put the 1901 census on the web. Unfortunately, it has become overloaded and is shut down for server upgrading. The Public Record Office is the national archive of England, Wales and the United Kingdom. It brings together and preserves the records of central government and the courts of law, and makes them available to all who wish to consult them. The records span an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day. http://www.census.pro.gov.uk
Hamburg Passenger Lists - available at the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) lists all passengers that sailed from the Port of Hamburg from 1850 - 1934 which covers the bulk of Ukrainians immigrating to the new world http://www.genealogienetz.de/gene/misc/emig/
The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - The Compass is a guide to help locate shipping records and other immigration information. It includes such information as immigration and naturalisation,ethnic, immigrant, emigrant and maritime resources. It consists of a number of links, that are well organised. When I tried it, I was pleased to find that their search engine took wild cards, so that I was able to come up with the original spellings - all those uks, iuks, ucks, etc. When you do come up with the records, you can click on the entry and they give you a bit more information - enough to come up with a link. However, they charge $7CDN for a copy of the transcript. On the other hand, there is enough information for you to go back to the source document yourself. Definitely worth checking out! - http://istg.rootsweb.com/newcompass/pcindex.html
Hamburg Port Site
The city of Hamburg, accommodating emigrants in the past and to this very day, is in exclusive possession of lists of those who passed through her utilizing the harbor. Bremen and other cities lost almost all these precious lists, but only Hamburg managed to safeguard complete records covering the flow of emigrants from 1850 to 1934. What makes these lists so valuable, is the fact that even the hometowns from whence the emigrants came is recorded. It seems that these records are now only available at Ancestry.com which is a subscription site. Look for German Records
LI-RA-MA Collection - the LI-RA-MA Collection (MG 30 E 406) consists of documents created by the Imperial Russian Consular offices in Canada during the period 1898 to 1922. The Passport/Identity Papers series consists of about 11,400 files on Russian and East European immigrants (Jews, Ukrainians, Poles, Finns, etc.) who settled in Canada in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The files include documents such as passport applications and background questionnaires. Many of the records are written in Russian Cyrillic; the National Archives does not provide a translation service. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/genealogie/022-908.008-e.html
The National Archives in Washington, D.C., holds a similar collection of records compiled by the Russian Consular offices in the United States. For further information, consult Sallyann Sack's publication The Russian Consular Records Index and Catalogue, or contact the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington, P.O. Box 31122, BETHESDA MD 20824-1122.
Index to Russian Consular Records. Lists over 70,000 persons who transacted business with the Russian Czarist consulates in the United States from about 1849-1926. Shows surname, given name, place of residence and locator reference to microfilm in the U.S. National Archives that contains the original documents. Indexed using the Daitch Mokotoff Soundex System. (7 fiches). http://www.jewishgen.org/jgsgb/jgsgb-resources.html#AJGSFiche
Library and Archives of Canada - databases available on internet. General Descriptions of Fonds and Collections - General Inventory (This includes a listing of fonds from private individuals and community organizations including material relating to Ukrainians and other Slavic Groups in Canada. Researchers can search under family name, location in Canada, Ukrainian organization and other titles) Finding Aids Textual Documents - Records created by Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government of Canada. Canadian Expeditionary Force - First World War /Attestation Records/ Court Martials of the First World War (Prototype accessible onsite only) Post Offices /Lists information post offices and postmasters/ Dominion Land Grants, Immigration Records (1925-1935) Prime Ministers Papers (Prototype accessible on site only) Audio Visual Records - Films, videos and sound recordings - Photographs - Works of art and caricatures.
Library (now Collections Canada) - collections focus primarily on Canadiana, works in all subjects written by, about or of interest to Canadians, published in Canada or abroad.http://www.collectionscanada.ca/index-e.htmll
Canadian Literature Research Service
Canadian Children's literature Literary manuscripts
Electronic collection of Canadian books and periodicals
Jacob M. Lowy Collection of rare Hebraica and Judaica
Music Printed music, Music archives Recorded sound and video
National, provincial/territorial, county and city directories
National bibliographies of foreign countries
Official publications of Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments
Official publications of foreign governments and international organizations
Preservation Collection of Canadiana
Obituaries On-Line (Free) All these links lead to obituaries, death or funeral notices, mostly from newspapers, but all are free, although some sites may require you to register or allow cookies to be set. Some are for the current day only, some are archived for a week, a month, or more. Also included are death registers. http://www3.sympatico.ca/bkinnon/obit_links6.html
Find a Grave- Another good source for locating grave sites. http://www.findagrave.com/index.html
General Research Tools
Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia - Brian J. Lenius. The "Expanded Data Edition" of the Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia for the pre-WWI Austrian Crownland of Galizien (Galicia) includes over 14,000 place names. This 345 page book also includes 22 maps and is based on 1896-1914 information. List of 6300 communities and estates (Polish names). Includes the Administrative and Judicial Districts, current country, Land Cadastral Community, Roman Catholic parish and diocese, Greek Catholic parish and eparchy, Evangelical Lutheran/Reformed parish, Mennonite circuit, and Jewish Registration District for each village, town, city, and estate. List of over 3441 smaller places (hamlets, etc.) and alternate names for villages. List of 4052 Ukrainian Place Names cross-referenced to the Polish names of communities (villages, towns, and cities) and estates. Names are given both in transliterated Ukrainian and Cyrillic form. List of German language place names and a separate list of places known to have had German inhabitants, including the 18th and 19th century German colonies which had Polish names. Map of Galicia illustrating the Administrative Districts, showing a grid for the 1:200,000 Austrian "Mitteleuropa" map series and the Poland/Ukraine border. 21 maps of Galicia. Each map (1:490,000 scale) represents a map in the 1:200,000 Austrian "Mitteleuropa" map series and up to eight maps in the 1:75,000 map series and shows the Administrative District boundaries, pinpointing a total of 641 places to aid in locating ancestral villages. Each community in the gazetteer listing refers to one of these places. Includes latitudes and longitudes (in Greenwich and Ferro). Sources for genealogical records incl. names and addresses of archives, etc. for vital records, references to published articles and inventories. Hundreds of informative endnotes and 12 additional tables (eg. alternate parish names). ISBN 0-9698783-1-1 (3rd edition, Expanded Data Edition) http://www.lenius.ca/GazetteerOrder/GazetteerOrderForm.htm
The Encyclopaedia Britannica - is over 200 years old. It is free on the web, and now features "Britannica's Heritage", a collection of articles from their past tomes. - http://www.britannica.com
Language Tools - Look up words with general and specialized dictionary / thesaurus tools or translate words, text or web pages into another language with this great collection of reference tools. Research-It! - brings you several language tools like dictionaries and translation tools, biographical and quotation resources, maps, stock quotes ... the list is long, go have a look for yourself. Find-It! - Find what you're looking for with ease using the finest Internet search tools for the web and discussion newsgroups or find people, software or anything else. http://www.itools.com
Ukrainian Community and Family Histories- this website provides links to sources for names of pioneers, primarily in Western Canada. http://www.geocities.com/ukrainianfamilies/
Carpathian Rus' Sites & Organisations
Rusyns, Rusins, Rusnaks, Ruthenes, Ruthenians, Carpatho-Russians, Carpatho-Ruthenians, Carpatho-Ukrainians and Lemkos
Lemko Site (Lemkos are a group of Ukrainians from a mountainous area of Ukraine - also known as Ruthians) offers much information about the country, history, religion, etc.- http://www.lemko.org
The Carpathian Connection - http://www.tccweb.org/
Carpatho-Rusyn Knowledge Base - http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/
Carpatho-Rusyn Society - 125 Westland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 - http://www.carpathorusynsociety.org/
Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogy Web Site - Although this site focuses on Carpatho-Rusyn genealogy, it is recognized that the ethnic background of persons from areas where Carpatho-Rusyns lived (primarily where Poland, Slovakia, the Ukraine, and Hungary adjoin or nearly adjoin) is often in doubt. Many other ethnic groups previously lived or now live in this area (Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Ukrainian, German, Jewish, and others). Understandably, many persons whose ancestors come from this area are unclear of their ethnic origins. Also, there was intermarriage between such groups before and after immigration. The focus at this web site is on information that may aid those interested in genealogy in tracing their ancestors, all or some of whom may have been Carpatho-Rusyns. Much of this information may be found in listings and publications of other ethnic groups. Unlike organizations or individuals whose goals are to primarily promote ethnic identity, the goal at this site is to promote genealogical research for those whose ancestors may be Carpatho-Rusyns (also known as Rusyns, Rusins, Rusnaks, Ruthenes, Ruthenians, Carpatho-Russians, Carpatho-Ruthenians, Carpatho-Ukrainians and Lemkos). http://www.rusyn.com/
Embassy of Ukraine in Canada - 310 Somerset St., Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0J9 Tel. (613) 230-2961; Fax (613) 230-2400 http://www.infoukes.com/ukremb/l
Canadian Representatives abroad by country - http://www.voyage.gc.ca/main/contact_abroad-en.asp
Oblasts (Provinces) in Ukraine as well as Church Records
either released or pending release by the LDS
Oblasts and Raions in Ukraine
Vital and Marriage Records From Greek Catholic and Orthodox Parishes in Former Austrian Galicia, Former Malo Rus, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus (former Byelorussia)
Addresses for Archives in Western Ukraine and South-Eastern Poland
Vital and Marriage Records From Greek Catholic and Orthodox Parishes in Former Austrian Galicia, Former Malo Rus, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus (former Byelorussia) available through the Mormon Family History Library (FHL). The parish records identified are not the only ones available from the FHL. They are only the most recent records obtained by the LDS. To determine the complete list, consult the LDS Family History Library Catalog (FHLC).
Localities in Ukraine - Latin/Cyrillic
Halychyn / Galician / Polish / Austrian / German / Russian related Sites
German Genealogy: Tips for Researchers - this site is good for those dealing with terminology on old Austrian (Galician) documentshttp://www.genealogienetz.de/misc/tips.html
Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg - background on St. Petersburg and the creators of the Museum, first and foremost on Catherine the Great. Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg as his "Window to the West" and both the city and the museum have from the 18th to the 21st century had strong connections with the West, some friendly, some forced. You will find traces of such connections even in Ottawa. The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage is the membership and volunteer arm of The State Hermitage Museum Foundation of Canada. The Rt. Hon. Ramon Hnatyshyn is the Honorary Chairman of the Foundation.
http://www.hermitagemuseum.ca/ and http://www.hermitage.ru/
Naming customs in Poland and Ukraine - see Ukraine - naming customs http://www.rootsweb.com/~polwgw/naming.html
Polish Research Website - documents from Halychyna (Galicia) and Bukovia are held in the archivies in Warsaw. http://members.xoom.com/agadadm**/
Researching Russian Roots - very practical advise on how to do research in Russia, as well as links to Ukrainian and Belarussian genealogical information. http://www.mtu-net.ru/rrr/how.htm
Revelations from the Russian Archives - provides many links to material on Soviet history and its represive measures, such as the Ukrainian Famine, deportations and collectivisation. http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/archives/intro.html
Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe - this web page is devoted to the study of those people with German ancestry (generally of the Lutheran, Baptist, or Catholic faiths) who lived in present-day Poland (including those lands known previously as West and East Prussia, Posen, Silesia, and Pomerania), and also those people who lived in the western part of present-day Ukraine, in the old pre-World War II province of Volhynia (generally from the city of Kiev on the east to the present-day Polish border on the west, and from the city of Zhitomir on the south to the city of Kowel on the north). http://www.sggee.org/
Genealogy of Halychyna / Eastern Galicia - focuses on genealogical study for those researching their Ukrainian and Polish roots in Halychyna / Eastern Galicia / Western Ukraine
Ukraine Genealogy Forum
Ukrainian Roots - Genealogy Webring Home Page
Premier webring homepage dedicated in bringing together web sites devoted to Ukrainian genealogy research. The first and only webring exclusively for Ukrainian genealogy web sites.
InfoUkes- this site has many articles on genealogy as well as a mailing list forum for asking questions related to Ukrainian genealogy. There are also different areas for history, culture and computers, etc.
Introduction to Genealogical Research - An excellent site for both those starting and well versed in Austrian-Hungarian research. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~atpc/genealogy/articles/introgenres.html
Ukrainian Research Page
This page has many excellent links for the genealogist and researcher and historian and covers all nationalities in the area. - highly recommended.
Ukrainian Heraldry / Coats of Arms
Ukraine - State Symbol (The Trident / Tryzub)
See the new revised coat of arms and learn the history of our symbols.
Jewish Web Index / Ukraine - very comprehensive links to all things Ukrainian
Military Related Sites
US Centre for Military History- probably the best site to start looking at if you're interested in US military history or have had relatives serve in the US military. It is an official gov't site. http://www.army.mil/
Canadian War Museum- http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/cwme.asp
A Selected Bibliography of Canadian Military History Since Confederation - by Desmond Morton Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada http://www.arts.mcgill.ca/programs/misc/dmbib.html **
Regiments.org- lists of links to all Commonwealth units, Commonwealth military history http://www.regiments.org/
Commonwealth War Graves Commission - using this site, you can find the exact location of any Canadian or Commonwealth war grave. This site gives more information from a historical perspective than the Veterans Affairs Canada site. However, they should be used in conjunction for a more complete dossier. http://www.cwgc.org/
Veterans Affairs Canada - they consider one of their roles to be the preservation of the memory of our veterans' deeds. Useful information, links. http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=memorials
Books of Remembrance - these books are on display in the Peace Tower and list all of Canada's war dead. You can find the page listing a particular name and download/print it out. http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/books
Directorate of History & Heritage- DND's history section. Lots of useful links and information. They are also compiling a complete on-line listing of Canada's war memorials. The results so far can searched by location. http://www.dnd.ca/hr/dhh/engraph/home_e.asp
The largest online database of residents of the territory of Ukraine Pra.in.ua, who were born between 1650 and 1920, has started working in the uanet. The site allows you to research your family tree for free and build a genealogical tree of your family. At the moment the database has information about 2.5 million people and it is planned that by 2019 it will reach 4 million people.
You can search by surname, first name, date range of birth/death, as well as by geographical principle, if you know only the place of residence of your ancestors. The database contains content not only about Ukrainians, but also Jews, Poles and representatives of other nationalities, who lived on the territory of Ukraine in the period of 1650-1920.
It is also possible to form your own family tree - for this purpose it is necessary to register on a site. After that the user gets an opportunity to display his/her genealogy on the map and see the different statistics for its analysis. Through a personal account you can add documents to your family genealogy.
In this the developers see the key difference of their resource from similar projects. "The family tree is not created in an empty space, but integrated with the database. If new information appears, the user will be able to expand his or her family tree," says project manager Igor Goshovsky.
The list of sources from which the Pra.in.ua database was filled can be viewed here.
For the next two weeks Pra.in.ua will be functioning in beta-testing mode, so failures are possible. According to the official page of the service, on the first day of the launch, an influx of users brought the site down. In less than a day, Ukrainians created almost 5,000 pedigrees with a total of 37,000 people.
Over the next few months, the developers promise to introduce a messaging service on the site and put a version of the database in the Latin alphabet.
The costs of creating, maintaining and developing the portal are covered by donations from users, which are accepted into the developers' account via Privat24.
Where to start and how to navigate historical sources to find ancestors, we told in the first part of our material "Dig!". Research their family roots - today is as serious a hobby, as philately or numismatics, requiring patience, perseverance, the ability to organize a ton of information. But, fortunately, for all the selectivity of this hobby, it has become much more accessible with the constant growth of the Internet.
Surely each of us at least once in our lives wondered about our origins, at least out of sheer curiosity. What if there are titled persons among your ancestors, and you can proudly call yourself a countess in the third generation? Or are you related to famous scientists or writers? After all, genealogy plays a role in matters of self-identification, we are not only what we make ourselves. After all, a house is not built without a foundation, and a person is not built without a family.
Before you start your search online, you need to clarify several points at once. First, in whose lineage and who you want to find, and second, in what time period the data on these relatives is lost and how old they are approximately. For that it is worth to raise family archives - some documents or photos (they were often signed as well) could be preserved, so it is possible to restore at least names and surnames by them. Documents that contain genealogical information: birth certificates, marriage certificates (divorce), death certificates, passports, employment records, various certificates, certificates, diplomas, order books, military ID cards. They should pay attention to names, dates, place of residence, and family ties. It's also worth looking through old diaries, notebooks, and letters, if you have them. They, too, may contain the names you want.
Another avenue of search is to interview living relatives. You can start with your immediate environment: parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters of varying degrees of remoteness. Some of them may have contacts of other relatives. Thus, the circle of interviewees will gradually expand, and the probability of obtaining data will increase accordingly.
Among Russian-language genealogical portals the largest functionality can be noted at Familyspace, where the function of building genealogical trees is convenient and free of charge - you can "bind" them to the branches of your registered relatives
In addition, it is worth considering the possibility of searching through archival organizations. However, in this case you need to be prepared to prove your relationship. So, for example, in the Registry Offices, which are in the management of the Ministry of Justice, you can ask for a birth certificate and metrics for the past 75 years. It also makes sense to contact the district archives - even if no primary documents have been preserved there, perhaps you will be advised where to request secondary documents (documents from places of education, registration, etc.).
The simplest methods of searching, which will help you "get involved" in the process and get interested, can be found on large genealogical communities like "International genealogical forum" (forum.genoua.name/), "All-Russian genealogical tree" (vgd.ru/generes.htm), as well as on sites of professional genealogists, such as Familyspace (relevant mainly to Russia), "Bagatom Genealogical Tree" and many others.
Taking into account crucial events in the history of our country in the last century, it is not surprising that many family ties were broken in 1917, 1939 and 1941-1945. But archive records, which are published online, allow you to find some clues and clues and find out where your family members may have been buried and if they have any heirs.
The most famous and largest portals with archives of data about the dead in Wanet and Runet:
memory-book.com.ua - Memory Book of Ukraine;
memory-book.org.ua - search agency "Book of Memory" and "Rehabilitated by History";
obd-memorial.ru - generalized data bank contains information about the defenders of the Fatherland, who died and were missing during the Great Patriotic War and the postwar period;
memory.dag.com.ua - archive of soldiers who died, died from wounds and missing in action during the Great Patriotic War (some regions of Ukraine);
v-ipc.ru - All-Russian Information and Search Center (VIPC).
dokst.de/ - Saxon Memorials;
its-arolsen.org - The largest and oldest archive on displaced persons;
ru.stsg.de/cms/node/916 - Book of Remembrance of Soviet Prisoners of War.
reabit.org.ua - Internet project "National Data Bank of the victims of political repressions of the Soviet Union in Ukraine";
memory.gov.ua - Ukrainian Institute for National Remembrance;
lists.memo.ru - victims of political terror in the USSR;
Stalin.memo.ru - Stalin's execution lists.
jewishgen.org - this site has one of the best databases on localities (including Poland and the former Russian Empire) and an opportunity to contact researchers of the same surname;
yadvashem.org/yv/ru - Holocaust history, a large database of Holocaust victims.
odessa3.org - Germans and Czechs in the Russian Empire;
agad.gov.pl - Polish archive, metrics of Catholics and Jews from the former territory of Poland (Western Ukraine);
libertyellisfoundation.org - database of ship passengers (51 million records) who arrived in the U.S. from the late 17th century to 1957 - many foreign sites have access to this database.
As for paper archives, you can go to the following: SBU archive, archive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and regional archives in your place of residence. In order to receive information according to the Law of Ukraine "On citizens' appeals" you have to compose an appeal specifying the institution you`re going to, your requisites and the subject of the appeal (full name of the person you want, dates you know and any other essential information). You can make an appeal by letter, either on paper or electronically, or in person at the archives.
Some archive data and information about access to it is also now not uncommon on specialized Internet resources. For example, the website of one of the groups that provide commercial genealogical services is "Archival Heritage of Ukraine" (http://www.arhives.in.ua). From this site you can download in electronic form guides to some archives and a catalog of metric books in the archives of Ukraine (8 volumes as of today).
This is how metric books - registers of official records of civil status acts in Russia in the period from the beginning of XVIII century to the beginning of XX century.
Also, don't forget about the website of the State Archive of Ukraine. The page "State Archives of Russia" will also be useful. By the way, at the last resource in the open access one can find a small bank of genealogical data of the end of XIX - beginning of XX centuries for tsarist Russia (metrics, directories, censuses, etc.). Some documents require paid access, but much can be viewed simply by registering on the portal.
In general, it is worth noting that Ukrainian archives are now quite open for researchers, you can come there with a passport, write an application stating the purpose of the search (establishment of genealogy), and get an opportunity to work with the archive.
Among the archival documents of the pre-revolutionary period one should pay attention to the following:
Metric books - they contain information about births, baptisms, deaths, marriages. Confession lists, where all the parishioners of the church are registered, and census tales, which contain information on the size of the population, would also be helpful.
Service records: civil servants - employees of ministries and departments.
Noble genealogical books and noble deeds, which collected information on representatives of noble families.
In addition to purely scientific ways, partly migrated to the Web, it is worth trying out searches on specialized, as well as not very specialized, resources.
Online phone directories today are not a particularly legitimate, but still available method of finding people. For example, the still functioning nomer-org.net, where you can find both phone numbers and addresses by last name.
Any data you can find will come in handy: date and place of birth, where the person was sent to serve, military unit number, branch of service, any notices from the army, personal letters from the front. They can make it easier for you to find data on archival records.
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