Locate their Birthplace


Search the Family History Library

Join a Genealogy Group

Provincial Genealogical Societies

Vital Records For Canada And The USA

Searching Passenger Lists

Other Immigration Sites

The Ships That Carried Them

Naturalization Records

Census Records

National Registration 1940

Homestead Records

Searching for Lost Relatives

Canadian Archival Resources on the Internet

American Archives & Libraries

Archives of Ukraine

Archives in Eastern Europe


Other Ukrainian Web Sites

Ukrainian Media on the Internet

Other Sites of Interest

Message Boards/Forums & Mailing Lists

Genealogy Blogs

General Research Tools

Practical "How To's"

Military Related Sites

Members Sites


This menu is maintained and updated periodically. Please report any broken links. If you know of any additional information about genealogy resources on the internet, or if you have comments or suggestions, please e-mail at Links update

These Links are arranged in an order in which you can process a search. You should first refer to the Researching Your Roots: Steps to Take page. This explains in detail the search process. This page should pretty well answer most of your questions. The links on this page cover a much broader area of enquiry and should be referred to when you reach a "roadblock." These links are also of a more general nature and cover matters such as Ukrainian culture, technical, travel and other items that may interest someone with a Ukrainian background.

Starting With Yourself Write down what you already know about your family and yourself. Fill in a pedigree chart, starting with yourself. You should gather all your Vital Records (birth, marriage, civil and church records). Then write down everything you know about your family and put it on Pedigree and Family Group charts. Other online pedigree charts are found here and family group charts are found here

The following link has pretty well any form you will need doing your research. http://www.familytreemagazine.com/forms/download.html

Talk to your Family

Explain to your family and family friends that you are compiling a family history and you need their help. Here are some sites, which give you interview tips.

http://genealogy.about.com/od/oral_history/ - A collection of articles on interviewing relatives

http://www.genealogyforum.com/gfnews/october02/gentrek1002.htm - Outlines the process and some questions to ask

http://www.ehow.com/how_1278_research-family-history.html - A good overview of the process

http://www.genealogy.com/70_tipsoral.html - Good questions along with related links

http://www.dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/oralHistory.html - Step by step guide to doing an oral history

http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=66 - Tips for Oral History Interviewing

http://www.cyndislist.com/oral.htm - Oral History links at Cyndi's List


Locate their Birthplace Once you know the name of the village/town your ancestors came from you should next consult a Gazetteer. The Gazetteer will give you the correct spelling of the village/town or an alternative spelling, e.g. Polish. The Gazetteer will also indicate the parish to which it belonged, which might be in a nearby village or town. This will point you to the correct church records. An excellent site, which explains the process for locating a birthplace is found at http://www.halgal.com/findingvillage.html

Gazetteers for researching Halychyna/Eastern Galicia
Gemeindelexikon der im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder - Gazetteer of the Crown Lands and Territories Represented in the Imperial Council
Volume 10: Galizien (Galicia).  Vienna, 1907.

Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia - by Brian J. Lenius. 1999.

To order a copy click Order Form

Istoriia mist i sil Ukrainskoi RSR - A History of Cities and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR  1967-1974.

Skorowidz miejscowoœci Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej - Index to Places of the Republic of Poland 1934

Slownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów slowianskich - Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries
15 volumes. 1880-1902



http://english.mapywig.org/viewpage.php?page_id=8 - Scanned old maps. Polish Military Geographical Institute (1919-1939) developed and printed topographic maps which, in the 1930s were rated among the best in the world.

http://www.galiziengermandescendants.org/Galicia%20Map.htm - Other Maps of Galicia.

http://www.daily.lviv.ua/index.php?karta - A clickable map of Lviv oblast (in Ukrainian) with raion boundaries. One can also select a location from a drop-down list, and it will be highlighted on a raion map:

http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/ - The JewishGen ShtetlSeeker Search the towns in Central and Eastern Europe, using exact spelling or the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system.

http://www.multimap.com/ - Multimap.com is one of the best searchable online maps for anywhere on the Globe

http://www.terraserver.com/ - The Terraserver site gives you an satellite picture for anywhere on the globe. You can either get an approximate location with your pointer or use the Search Tools to find the place you are searching. The best resolution gets to 1 inch equaling 1.08 kilometers. Subscribing to the site gets you to roof-top quality.

www.mapquest.com - MapQuest - whether trying to locate a town for your family tree, or trying to find a local address, this is a great site for current maps

Microsoft Expedia Maps - Place Finder- Expedia Maps results will give alternate spellings and similar sounding names of towns

http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/3felmeres.htm - 3rd Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary done around 1915. Excellent detail.

http://home.versatel.nl/gerardvonhebel -This site and has some very good Altas maps and history notations of Europe, to include Austria, Germany, Bohemia, etc.

http://www.ukraine.com/ - Ukraine.com History, maps and more.

http://www.pgsa.org/images/Pol1921.gif - Map of Poland-1921

Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny - (WIG) in 1919 - 1939. A recently re-opened website with pre-ww2 topographical maps (at present only Polish maps), available for viewing or download. These are good quality maps of 100K Polish (WIG) maps.

http://igrek.amzp.pl/ - Old maps of Poland and central Europe? Mapster provides you with direct links to thousands of archive maps, published in various internet services.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/ - Rootsweb: Ukraine Genealogy Old and new maps of the Ukraine, surname searches, lots of genelaogy information and research tool.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/ukrainetown.html - Ukraine Town Location Guide

http://www.fallingrain.com/world// - Global Gazetteer - Adirectory of 2,880,532 of the world's cities and towns, sorted by country and linked to a map for each town. A tab separated list is available for each country

http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/fhc.html - Cities, Regions/Oblasts and Church Records - found in the LDS Family History Library Catalog.


Search the Family History Library for any microfilms on the village. Go to http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp .

To search the library to see if they have any ancestors in their records go to: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/frameset_search.asp

Go to your nearest Family History Center and order the films. You can locate the nearest FHC at http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp - There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide.

Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 http://www.lds.org


Join a genealogy group such as the Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group (TUGG) for additional help. 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. TUGG Membership Form

CAN-TUGG. A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the activities of the Toronto (Canada) Ukrainian Genealogy Group (TUGG) and genealogical resources applicable to Ukrainian genealogical research. To subscribe send "subscribe" to can-tugg-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or can-tugg-d-request@rootsweb.com (digest mode).

Networking with other genealogists, even if not Ukrainian, could be helpful. You may find someone else researching your name, the history of your town and other related documentation.

Ukrainian Genealogy Group - Ottawa - http://www.geocities.com/uggncr/ottawa.html

Ukrainian Genealogy Group - Prince Edward Island - http://uggpei.isn.net

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 - 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/

East European Genealogical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 2536, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3C 4A7 http://www.eegsociety.org

Federation of Eastern European Genealogical Societies, P.O. Box 510898, Salt Lake City, UT 84151-0898 http://feefhs.org

There are numerous active Polish genealogical societies throughout the United States, including the following:

Polish Roots: The Polish Genealogy Source. http://www.polishroots.org/

Polish Genealogical Society of America, 984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 http://www.pgsa.org

Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe http://www.sggee.org/

Avotaynu, Inc., 155 N. Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 http://www.avotaynu.com

JewishGen components include JewishGen Discussion Group, the JewishGen Family Finder, a directory of InfoFiles, ShtetLinks and ShtetlSeeker - http://www.jewishgen.org/

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Canada (Toronto) is part of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and its over 60 member organizations. http://www.jgstoronto.ca/index.html

Provincial Genealogical Societies

The following is only a partial list. There are hundreds of genealogical societies in Canada. To locate a society of interest, you can search AVITUS, a Directory of Canadian Genealogical Resources.

Alberta Family Histories Society
Alberta Genealogical Society
Société généalogique du Nord-Ouest
British Columbia
British Columbia Genealogical Society
Centre du patrimoine, Société historique de Saint-Boniface
Manitoba Genealogical Society
New Brunswick
New Brunswick Genealogical Society
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Genealogical Society
Northwest Territories
NWT Genealogical Society
Nova Scotia
Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia
Ontario Genealogical Society
Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society
Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie
Québec Family History Society
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
Société historique de la Saskatchewan



Vital records are the best places to look for dates of events such as births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. In addition, they often give information such as parents' or children's names, occupation, place of residence, and age.

For addresses and holdings, select one of the locations listed below:


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories, Birth Records, Marriage Records, Death Records

Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island



Yukon Territory

American Birth, Marriage & Death Records



1865 to 1922 - Passenger Lists, 1865-1922 are digitized and on line. You can search and scroll through the passenger lists by going to:

1919 to 1924- For arrivals from 1919 to 1924, it is suggested that you first search for a possible record in the Form 30A series. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/genealogy/022-908.004-e.html

Passenger lists 1925 to 1935 - You can search this data base by going to:http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/immigration-1925/001012-100.01-e.php

Post-1935 Immigration Records - Copies of Access to Information Request Forms and Personal Information Request Forms can be obtained from most Canadian public libraries and federal government offices. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/genealogy/022-908.007-e.html

Nanaimo Family History Society Passenger List Indexing Project - aim is to index arrivals at Halifax and Quebec (Montreal is included in the Port of Quebec) from 1900 to about 1921 when the passenger lists were discontinued for a time in favour of the form 30A.  This is a large project that will take many years and would not be possible without the many volunteers who are transcribing the lists.  Currently the project is indexing Quebec arrivals from 1908 onwards.  Quebec Ports for the periods 2 Jul 1908 to 2 Oct1908, 25 Jul 1909 to 26 Apr 1910 and 17 Sep 1910 to 13 Oct 1910 has been completed

LI-RA-MA Collection - The Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers (LI-RA-MA) collection (MG 30 E406) consists of documents created by the Imperial Russian Consular offices in Canada during the period from 1898 to 1922. http://www.genealogy.gc.ca/10/100808_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.http://www.jewishgen.org/jgsgb/jgsgb-resources.html#AJGSFiche


Other Immigration Sites

InGeneas Database - contains Canadian passenger and immigration records from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries; well-worth exploring

Immigration to Canada
Lots of information about ships arriving in Canada during the 19th century along with info for other countrie

Old Homes of New Americans
The Country and the People of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and Their Contribution to the New World

Pier 21
At Pier 21 on the Halifax waterfront, 1.5 million immigrants first set foot on Canadian soil

The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies

Boston Passenger Records  
This site lists the NARA and FHL film numbers for indexes and the actual passenger records

Ellis Island Passenger Records
The Official website of the Ellis Island Foundation and the index to the ship arrival lists for 1892-1924 when most of our immigrant ancestors arrived in North America.

Ellis Island Database record search in One Step  
This site has been turned back on after resolving legal threats from the Ellis Island Foundation which hosts the Ellis Island records database.

http://linktoyourroots.hamburg.de/ltyr/Suchmaske/en/1,3825,,00.html - Hamburg Port Site has records from 1890-1902.  This site has changed to a FEE based service for basic searches. All the data pertaining to the emigrant lists are being processed and brought to the Internet, here at this center. Currently there is access to the years: 1890-1905.

http://www.genealogienetz.de/gene/misc/emig/ - 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://istg.rootsweb.com/newcompass/pcindex.html - 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.

History of Castle Garden and Ellis Island

Immigration History Research Center
A useful source on immigration and ethnic history in America

http://www.polishroots.org/immigration/primer.htm - This guide helps clear up the confusion about leaving the Old Country and arriving in the New World.

http://www.polishroots.org/paha/polish_lithuanian_emigration.htm - Soviet Archival Sources for the Study of Emigration From the Lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to America

Texas Seaport Museum
Listing of immigrants to Galveston, Texas between 1844-1954. 

U.S. Passenger Arrival Lists 
A list of microfilm numbers for passenger arrival manifests available at the US National Archives, including Canadian border crossings

http://www.archives.gov/research_room/genealogy/research_topics.html - NARA Site The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the repository for the permanently valuable records of the United States Federal Government, as well as Presidential papers and historical materials. Here's how you can get started in researching NARA's holdings:


The Ships That Carried Them

Bremen Passenger Lists 1920-1939

Hamburg Passenger Lists: New Indexes
A new Index available from the LDS Family History center

Steamship Historical Society
They have the largest archive for ship photos that we know of in the United States

Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online
Includes an online version of the Morton Allen Directory which is used to locate ship arrivals by port, date, by ship's name

The Great Ocean Liners

Immigrant Ships
Ship descriptions collected by the site owner

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
Annotations made on passenger lists at time of arrival of immigrant
Annotations made on passenger lists at time of arrival of immigrant

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
This site has transcribed lists of ships of potential interest to PolishRoots users (i.e., Post-war refugee resettlements from Europe to Australia).

Index of 1890 New York Immigrants from Austria, Poland, and Galicia

International Refugee Organisation
A list of European refugees destined for Australia in 1950

Lost Liners

Maritime Museums

Maritime Timetable Images  
Images of passenger ship brochures.

National Archives (US) Immigrant and Passenger Arrivals

New York Passenger Lists 1820-1897
A list of microfilm numbers available from the LDS for the listed period

New Steamship Consultants
Commercial site selling passenger ship memorabilia

Ocean Liner Museum

Passenger Ship Lists Index

Ships Database

The Ships Encyclopedia

The Ships List

SS St. Louis
A moving narrative of the voyage of this ship from Europe to Cuba


Naturalization Records

Copies are found in the National Library of Canada or on microfilm or fiche in the legislative or university libraries in each province. You can do some on-line searches at the following URL: Naturalization Records Link



Census Records

Census Records For Western Canada 1881 - 1901- The 1901 census is particularly useful because it asks for date and place of birth, age, relationship to head of household, religion, racial origin, occupation, year of immigration and year of naturalization. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020122_e.html

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, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This continued every 10 years from 1906 to 1956, at which time the Census of the Northwest Provinces became part of the Canada-wide census. 1906 Census transcription form in PDF format - legal size paper: Download Here

Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906 - To Search The Data Base

The Census of Canada 1911 covered the nine provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) and two territories (the Yukon and the Northwest Territories) that were then part of Confederation.- http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/1911/index-e.html


National Registration 1940

There was compulsory registration in Canada during World War Two. Everyone over the age of 16 was to fill in a detailed questionnaire - http://www.collectionscanada.ca/genealogy/022-907.006-e.html


Homestead Records

Homestead files are available from: The archives of the province where they were located. The National Archives of Canada, at their ArchiviaNet web site have a database of those who received Patents only. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020111_e.html

For a list of those who purchased land from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), check the CPR Database at the Glenbow Archives web site. http://www.glenbow.org/lasearch/cpr.htm

Prairie Settlement: The First Major Wave (1870 - 1896) - Canada in the Making - Pioneers and Settlers. http://www.canadiana.org/citm/themes/pioneers/pioneers10_e.html#dominion


Searching for Lost Relatives

The International Red Cross in Kyiv may be able to search for relatives with whom you lost contact - either in Ukraine or in North America.

Red Cross in Kyiv - http://www.redcross.org.ua/English/english.htm

Canada Red Cross - http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=000005&tid=003

American Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/

American Red Cross, The Holocaust and War Victims Tracing and Information Center, 4700 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215-3231- http://www.redcross.org/services/intl/holotrace/index.html

Auschwitz Jewish Center - Pl. Ks. Jana Skarbka 3-5, 32-600 Oswiecim, Poland


Canadian Archival Resources on the Internet

General resources

Canadian Genealogy Centre - at the National Archives & Library of Canada is now on line.

Bob's Your Uncle, eh! - Toronto Reference Library search engine

http://olivetreegenealogy.com/can/ont/index.shtml - OliveTreeGenealogy.com
Search for your ancestors in free Ships' Passenger lists, Naturalization Records, Palatine Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, USA Genealogy, Native American Genealogy, Huguenots, Mennonites, Almshouse Records, Orphan Records, church records, military muster rolls, census records, land records and much more.

Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry - Alberta Family Histories Society

http://www.cyndislist.com/ - Cyndi’s List. More than 128,300 links in 119,950 categorized and cross-referenced links; more than 150 categories.
Canada -

Indexes to archival material

http://www.ryerson.ca/archives/links.html - Ryerson University Library list of archives

ArchiviaNet (National Archives of Canada / ArchiviaNet (Archives nationales du Canada)

British Columbia Archives Vital Event Indexes

Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild

Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management - Online Genealogical Resources

Federal, provincial and territorial archives

National Archives of Canada - databases available on internet. Records created by Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government of Canada. Dominion Land Grants, Immigration Records (1925-1935) and tons more.

http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/index-e.html - National Library of Canada - collections focus primarily on Canadiana, works in all subjects by, about or of interest to Canadians, published in Canada or abroad.

Archives nationales du Québec

Archives of Manitoba

Archives of Ontario

ARCHEION - Ontario's Archival Information Network ARCHEION is a searchable gateway to online descriptions of archival fonds and collections found in archives across Ontario. http://archeion-aao.fis.utoronto.ca/

British Columbia Archives

Northwest Territories Archives

Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management

Prince Edward Island Public Archives and Records Office

Provincial Archives of Alberta

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador

Saskatchewan Archives Board

Yukon Archives


American Archives & Libraries

Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Second Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20540 http://lcweb.loc.gov/homepage

New York Public Library, 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018 http://catnyp.nypl.org

United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad
1101 Fifteenth Street NW, Suite #1040, Washington, DC 20005 http://www.preservationcommission.org

United States National Archives, Cartographic & Architectural Branch, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 http://www.nara.gov

United States National Archives – The Genealogy Page
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20408

World Monuments Fund, 95 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10016


Archives of Ukraine

http://www.archives.gov.ua/Eng/Archives/index.php - General List of Oblast and central archives

http://lemko.org/genealogy/oblasts.html - Oblasts and Raions in Ukraine

http://www.minjust.gov.ua/?do=lr&sort=a&pid=str_ust_rags - Lists the RAHS Offices in the various Oblasts. The system of RAHS (registration acts of civil state [formerly ZAHS]) state archives. There are district (raions) archives of RAHS, city archives and oblast archives. The network of RAHS archives numbers over 700 institutions.

The RAHS's archival system holds their records for 75 years. After this time period, according to law, all documents must be transferred to the state archives. Sometimes an individual book covers many years. For example, birth records in small towns. Therefore, until the last year included in the book is more than 75 years old, the book remains in the RAHS office.

http://lemko.org/genealogy/addresses.html - Addresses for Archives in Western Ukraine and SouthEastern Poland

Postal Code References



http://lemko.org/lih/indexuke.html - Alphabetical listing of the Villages/Towns in Ukraine in English and Cyrillic and the Oblist they belong to.

http://lemko.org/genealogy/galiciapl.html - Metrical books, 1607-1945 Greek Catholic Consistory, L'viv. An overview of the 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).

http://lemko.org/genealogy/galicia.html - Lists the file numbers for the villages and towns of the Metrical books, 1607-1945 Greek Catholic Consistory, L'viv.

http://www.genealogicaltree.org.ua/eng/eindex.html - The Ukrainian Center of Genealogical Research serves to bring your family together. The team of professional genealogists try to connect you with your past - the history of your family!

Documentary Surveys Research Papers

Diversification of Users and Demands for History and Memory in Archives of Ukraine:
Case of a Country in Transition

Archival Institutions of Ukraine: Guide (Kyiv, 2000) (in Ukrainian)

Central State Archive of Public Organizations of Ukraine: Guide / Compiled by B. Ivanenko, O. Bazhan, A. Kentii, N. Makovs'ka, A. Soloviova. - Kyiv, 2001. - 496 pp. (in Ukrainian)

Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine in Lviv: Guide / Compiled by O. Hnievysheva, U. Iedlins'ka, D. Pel'tz, H. Svarnyk, I. Svarnyk, N. Franko. - Kyiv, 2001. - 412 pp. (in Ukrainian)

Archival Repositories of Ukraine: Selected Bibliography of Guides, Directories, Indices, Surveys of Archival and Museum Collections (titles in language of publication)

Publications of Ukrainian Archives. 1925-2003: Bibliographic Index (In Ukrainian)

Archival Ukrainica Abroad: Directories, Guides, Surveys

Canadian Archival Holdings Pertaining to the History of Ukraine: A Preliminary Check-list / - Compiled by Bohdan Kravchenko. - Kyiv; Edmonton, 1990. - 36 pp.

Ukrainica in Austria: Archives, Libraries, Museums. A Preliminary Check-list
Compiled by Petro Rychkov. - Kyiv, 1993. - 48 pp. (in Ukrainian)

Documentary Sources Relating to Ukraine in Repositories in the United Kingdom: A Preliminary Check-list / - Compiled by Janet M. Hartley. - Kyiv; London, 1993. - 94 pp.

Archival Ukrainica Abroad: Selected Bibliography



http://www.archives.gov.by/eindex.htm - National Center For Archives and Records Management (Belarus)

http://www.archyvi.lt - Lithuanian Archives Department

Polish Archives on the Net - This webpage provides basic information about archives in Poland

http://baza.archiwa.gov.pl/sezam/pradziad.eng.php - PRADZIAD - the Data base. Now has Galician Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic films listed from the so called "Zabuzanskie" Archive

http://www.agad.archiwa.gov.pl/eng/index.eng.html. - For those of you researching families who lived in the eastern territories, Galicia, Lwow(Lviv), etc. prior to 1945 there is another source that is available to you. The "Archiwum Glowne Akt Dawnych" (agad) in Warsaw is the depository of all documents from 1604 to 1945 dealing with all former Polish territories confiscated by the USSR in 1945, including church and civil records.

Repositories of Primary Sources - Europe - Central source for archives of the different counties of Europe

http://www.archiwa.gov.pl/?CIDA=43 - Polish State Archives

http://www.przemysl.ap.gov.pl/ev/index.html - State Archives of Przemysl

http://www.unesco.org/webworld/portal_archives/pages/index.shtml - Archives Worldwide

http://www.uidaho.edu/special-collections/Other.Repositories.html - Repositories of Primary Sources,

- MIRIAM WEINER is a noted professional genealogy researcher, who will trace one's Jewish roots in Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus



http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/russia/xukraine.html - A valuable source of history sites and articles on Ukraine. From the Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, an elite boarding high school located in countryside South Korea, this learning site includes other country's histories.

http://www.infoukes.com/history/ - A collection of Ukrainian history sites from INFOUKES

http://www.artukraine.com/histgallery.htm - The Art of the Long, Bitter Struggle Against Those Who Would Rule Ukrainian Lands and Oppress the People

http://www.oseredok.org/ucec/harvest/english.html - Harvest of Dreams, Shows a history of the first Ukrainian settlers in Canada. a site of the Ukrainian Cultural and Education Centre 'Oseredok'.

http://home.swipnet.se/roland/ukrainiantribes.html - an essay written by Z Kuzela and published in Ukraine - a concise Encyclopedia by the Shevchenko Scientific Society. It gives short descriptions of the various ethnic groups of Ukrainian origin includes a map showing the areas where the groups were traditionally located.

http://www.halgal.com/galicia.html - A collection of sites about Galicia/Halychyna

http://www.personal.ceu.hu/students/97/Roman_Zakharii/galicia.htm - A site listing the districts, cities, towns and history of Galicia

http://www.kresy.co.uk/galicja.html - A brief history of Galicia from a Polish Perspective

http://www.ku.edu/~eceurope/hist557/index.htm - A series of 20 lectures and bibliography on "NATIONALISM AND COMMUNISM IN EAST CENTRAL EUROPE FROM 1772 TO THE PRESENT." It is from the course History 557, which was given in the Spring of 2002 by Anna M. Cienciala.

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Ukrainian-language - A history of the Ukrainian language

http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/ - the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine (IEU) a comprehensive source of information in English on Ukraine, its history, people, geography, society, economy, and cultural heritage.

http://vlib.iue.it/history/europe/ukraine.html - A huge site from the World-Wide Web Virtual Library with many Ukrainian-related URLs

http://www.cossackweb.com/?f - A collection of sites related to Cossack history

http://www.answers.com/topic/history-of-christianity-in-ukraine - A History of Christianity in Ukraine

http://timelines.ws/countries/UKRAINE.HTML - A timeline for Ukraine

http://www.rootsweb.com/~polwgw/history.html - A timeline for Poland

http://www.kki.pl/pioinf/przemysl/prz_glow.html - History of Przemysl, Polish version.

http://www.zum.de/whkmla/timelines/meh/tlrussia.html - A timeline for Russia

http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/html/e-timeline.html - A timeline for Canada

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/List-of-themed-timelines - The mother of all timeline sites covering timelines of many different sibjects. An valuable learning site.

http://www.allempires.com/empires/polish_lit_full/polish_lit1.htm - The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1795) - Complete Article

http://www.poloniatoday.com/historyix.htm - A Brief History of Poland

http://www.jasinski.co.uk/wojna/index.htm - Polish Warfare 1450 to 1699

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~koby/political/toc.html - Detailed History of Poland

http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/eceurope/christpol.html - History of Poland Illustrated with Stamps

http://historicus.umk.pl/vl/ - A very Useful Links Page about Poland

http://www.greatwardifferent.com/Great_War/index.htm - Accounts and Galleries from Great War Books and Magazines with more than 7500 Authentic Period Photos, Illustrations and Newsarticles

http://www.worldhistory.com/ - A world history search engine with 547,290 articles/pages and 61,311 events

http://www.canadianstudies.ca/NewJapan/sigdates.html - An excellent Timeline on Canadian History.



Other Ukrainian Web Sites

Genealogy of Halychyna / Eastern Galicia - focuses on genealogical study for those researching their Ukrainian and Polish roots in Halychyna / Eastern Galicia / Western Ukraine. Excellent material on reading vital records - http://www.halgal.com

Introduction to Genealogical Research - An site for both those starting and well versed in Austrian-Hungarian research. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~atpc/genealogy/articles/introgenres.html

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. - http://www.brama.com/

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. - http://ukrcommunities.8k.com/ukrroots.html

http://www.yes.net.ua/tel/ - a Ukrainian phonebook on the Web. It is in the Ukrainian language. It doesn't include all of the Oblasts

Famous Ukrainians List - http://www2.uwindsor.ca/~hlynka/ukfam.html

Myron Hlynka's Favorite UKRAINIAN WEB LINKS - http://www2.uwindsor.ca/~hlynka/uklink.html

The Ukrainian Wedding - T he following description is a generalized version of a typical wedding in 19th century rural Ukraine. Although these weddings traditions varied a great deal from region to region, they universally involved a series of complex ceremonies that served many different functions.
The traditional Ukrainian wedding can be divided into three phases: the pre-wedding phase, the wedding day, and the post-wedding phase. The wedding activities are illustrated below with both historic images and recent photographs from various regions of Ukraine. Click on each photo for more detail about it.

Ukrainian Recipe Links - http://www2.uwindsor.ca/~hlynka/ukrecipe.html

InfoUkes - http://www.infoukes.com/
Ukraine site with genealogy links.

Oleh Baran's Links to Ukrainian Sites Around the World
One of the most comprehensive links to all things Ukrainian

Ottawa doesn’t seem to be a town with a highly-visible Ukrainian presence. There’s nothing like Winnipeg’s North End, or Toronto’s Bloor West Village. But look a bit deeper, and you’ll see that we have left our mark on the city in a whole range of ways, from public monuments to street names, from cemeteries to gardens. http://www.infoukes.com/ucpbaott/touring.htm

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. 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

Ukrainian Customs and Information - contains information on feast and celebration dates as well as customs associated with these 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). http://www.day.kiev.ua/DIGEST/

Ukrainian Research Page
This page has many excellent links for the genealogist and researcher and historian and covers all nationalities in the area.

A Dictionary of Period Russian Names (and some of their Slavic roots)Being a compilation of over 25,000 Russian names
Taken from period sources - http://www.sca.org/heraldry/paul/

Naming customs in Poland and Ukraine - http://www.rootsweb.com/~polwgw/naming.html

Ukrainian Heraldry / Coats of Arms

Ukrainian Heraldry - http://heraldry.com.ua/index.php3?lang=E&id=1478

Ukraine - State Symbol (The Trident / Tryzub)
See the new revised coat of arms and learn the history of our symbols.

Pictures of Castles in Ukraine - http://www.castles.com.ua/

Jewish Web Index / Ukraine - very comprehensive links to all things Ukrainian

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


Ukrainian Media on the Internet


Forum: A Ukrainian Review (Ukrainian Fraternal Association) [Toronto: English Language]

Canada Ukraine MONITOR Magazine [Toronto: English Language]


UCPBA Toronto Newsletter -- ONLINE [Toronto, English Language]

UCPBA Windsor Newsletter -- The Windsor Viter [Windsor, English Language]


The New Pathway [Toronto, Ukrainian Language]


Chin Radio Ukrainian Broadcast - On radio tune into FM 100.7- Monday to Friday from 9:00-9:30 pm. To listen live on computer click this URL and click the "Listen Live On Computer" button.

Radio Canada International - Ukrainian Program [Montreal: Ukrainian Language]


Kontakt Ukrainian TV Program [Toronto: English/Ukrainian Language]

Svitohliad Ukrainian TV Program [Toronto: English/Ukrainian Language]




http://www.genealogybuff.com/ - A site that lets you search about 200 family history databases for your surname in one fell swoop.

http://www.sca.org/heraldry/paul/index.html - A Dictionary of Period Russian Names(and some of their Slavic roots) Being a compilation of over 25,000 Russian names. Taken from period sources - by Paul Wickenden of Thanet

http://maxpages.com/poland/Member_Surnames - A growing list of Ukrainian and Polish surnames. Clicking the name will take you to an e-mail page of someone researching that name. It's a place to add your own surnames you are searching.

http://www.ancestry.com - Ancestry, Incorporated

http://www.herby.com.pl/herby/indexslo.html - Enter a surname and see how many phone listings there were for people in Poland with that name in 1990. Type in the name and you will get a list of them. Click on Tutaj znajduja sie objasnienia skrotow and it will give the the names of the abbreviated provinces. Next click on Zobacz mape, and you can see where they were located.

http://www.behindthename.com/nmc/gre-anci.php - The names listed here were used in ancient Greece.

Embassy of Ukraine in Canada - 310 Somerset St., Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0J9 Tel. (613) 230-2961; Fax (613) 230-2400

http://dfait-maeci.gc.ca/english/missions/rep-can1e.htm - Canadian Representatives abroad by country

http://www.embassy.org/embassies/index.html - Foreign Embassies of Washington, D.C.

http://www.hermitagemuseum.ca/ and http://www.hermitage.ru/ - Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg - The Canadian Friends of the Hermitage is the membership and volunteer arm of The State Hermitage Museum Foundation of Canada.

http://www.king.igs.net/~bdmlhm/obit_links.html - Obituaries On-Line All these links lead to obituaries, death or funeral notices, mostly from newspapers, but all are free, 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://www.findagrave.com/index.html - Find a Grave - Another good source for locating grave sites.

http://www.geocities.com/ukrainianfamilies/ - Ukrainian Community and Family Histories- this website provides links to sources for names of pioneers, primarily in Western Canada.

http://www.radixindex.com/surnameindex/surnameindex.shtml - RadixIndex! Here you can find databases and resources relating to genealogy, family history research in Hungary.


Message Boards/Forums & Mailing Lists

Mailing lists and message boards are two resources that offer incredible opportunities for beginning researchers as well as the veteran family historians.

So why both lists and boards? While there are many similarities, there are differences and occasions when one or both will best suit your research needs. Both mailing lists and message boards can be found for a vast array of surnames, localities, and topics and are completely free to use. Each forum provides an opportunity to post a query or data to learn or share information, make contact with fellow researchers, or help others by making data publicly available to all. Both offer
browsing and searching of posted messages.

Mailing lists are an e-mail forum for discussion among a group of researchers who subscribe to a list. Some list subscribers have e-mail capabilities, but not Web access. Those on a mailing list receive all messages posted to a list by others. The fact that you must subscribe to (join) a list in order to post or receive messages from it encourages serious researchers and makes them relatively immune to spam
and other undesirable content.

Mailing lists function more "in the moment" than message boards do. The "real-time" discussion on a list often includes queries and responses on a specific thread until all aspects of the initial query have been thoroughly answered or covered.

One valuable tool to aid mailing list subscribers in viewing message board posts is the "gateway," which makes board posts available on a corresponding list with a link to permit replying on the board. The boards that makes use of the gateway option carry a yellow highlighted notation to that effect as well as a yellow envelope icon.

Message/Bulletin boards require Web access in order to search, browse, or post a message. Also, anyone can post on a message board whether he is a serious researcher writing about an ancestral line or someone with only a passing interest in the subject. Data such as wills, deeds, obituaries, or biographical information can be recorded by anyone -- regardless of whether they have any connection to, or interest
in, the individuals about whom they are posting.

Message boards operate more as a repository so that future visitors may respond -- weeks, months, or even years later. Boards are a great place to archive data. Additionally, the boards have a wider audience due to their searchability through RootsWeb or Ancestry's interface, meaning a greater number of researchers will probably see your message on a board than on a list. However, most "experts" or "locals" are subscribed to the lists in their areas of major research or geographic area. Not all mailing list subscribers check message boards.

Messages found on all message boards and most mailing lists are searchable, but a major difference between the two is that the boards are searchable on a global basis while list archives are searchable on a list by list and year-by-year basis. Both archives are both browseable on an individual basis. Anyone can search or browse boards and lists.

For many lists and boards gatewaying provides the best of both worlds by playing to the strengths of both the message board and mailing list forums. Utilize both lists and boards to get the max out of your researches. And, don't just post once and wait for answers. Remember to give help as well as ask for it -- that's what these forums are all about.

Bulletin Boards are a great part of genealogy on the internet. You can post a message about the surnames or regions you're researching. And you can read others' posts as well! Helpful Hint: Please don't use a subject heading such as "family research". Please try to be more specific, such as "Researching village of Husiatyn" or "Surnames: Szklar/Shklar & Dutka". This is successful strategy sure to yield better results than the mysterious generalizations.

http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=rw&p=surnames.onyschuk - Onyschuk Forum

http://genforum.genealogy.com/ukraine/ - Ukraine Genealogy Forum

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GaliciaPoland-Ukraine - Yahoo's Galicia Mailing List. Information for finding your Galician ancestors and living relatives. A very active list where questions are answered.

http://genforum.genealogy.com/poland/ - Polish Board at Genealogy.com

Ukrainian and Polish Bulletin Boards at Ancestry.com
http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/board/an/localities.eeurope.ukraine (broken down by Ukrainian oblast)

http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/board/an/localities.ceeurope.poland(broken down by Polish region)

CAN-TUGG. A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the activities of the Toronto (Canada) Ukrainian Genealogy Group (TUGG) and genealogical resources applicable to Ukrainian genealogical research. To subscribe send "subscribe" to can-tugg-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or can-tugg-d-request@rootsweb.com (digest mode).

Ukraine Mailing Lists

RootsWeb Mailing Lists - http://lists.rootsweb.com/

Ukraine Message Boards

RootsWeb Message Boards - http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/script/main/rw

Ukraine WorldGenWeb
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/ - Research tips, history and links.

Ukrainian Linguistic Resources
Searchable translating dictionary and tools for learning the language—it even has sound bites of common Ukrainian phrases.


Genealogy Blogs

The Practical Archivist

Sally Jacobs has started a new blog entitled The Practical Archivist. It is labeled as "Archiving tips and geeky tidbits for genealogists, history buffs, and keepers of the family photo album. Plenty of archiving tips and geeky tidbits for genealogists, history buffs, and keepers of the family photo album.


General Research Tools

Historical weather site for Environment Canada. Here you can see what the weather was like on a particular date. What was the weather like when you were born or when your grandparents arrived in Canada? here's the start page:

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

Paul's Guide to Cyrillic and Polish for Windows 95/98/Me (Not XP*)
This guide will allow you to type in Ukrainian without purchasing any other programs. http://www.sit.wisc.edu/~ptdziemi/cyrilpol/

George Primak's transliterated Ukrainian Keyboard layout - for Windows XP (and 2000) 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. http://www.genealogy.com/bio/index.html

Language Tools - brings you several language tools like dictionaries and translation tools, biographical and quotation resources, maps, stock quotes http://www.itools.com

Ukrainian/English Language Dictionaries & Keyboard

Ukrainian Phonetic Keyboard: http://www.shklar.org/keyboard/

English-Ukrainian Dictionary: http://lingresua.tripod.com/cgi-bin/olenuapro.pl

Ukrainian-English Dictionary: http://lingresua.tripod.com/cgi-bin/oluaen.pl

Online Ukrainian Dictionary: http://ulif.org.ua/ulp/dict_all/

'Nova Mova.com.ua' is the first web-project in Ukraine, which deals with the problem of the Ukrainian language policy and situation, its development and usage. http://www.novamova.com.ua/

Ukrainian Transliteration Table: http://infoshare1.princeton.edu/katmandu/sgman/trukr.htm

http://www.kindredkonnections.com/genmaps.html - Site where you can order large size genealogy charts

http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/guide/WLLatin1.asp#doctop - Lists the most common Latin words used in genealogy

http://archives.nd.edu/latgramm.htm - Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid. This dictionary defines about 15,600 words.

http://www.guernsey.net/%7Esgibbs/roman.html - Roman Numeral and Date Conversion with Roman Calculator.

http://www.pogonowski.com/main.php?page=home - There is a Polish to English Dictionary and an English to Polish Dictionary on this site. If you are have an English word and wish to translate it to a Polish word, use the English Version, and the opposite for translating a Polish word. The Polish version also has the alphabetical letters, which you can just click on so you can use the correct spelling of a Polish word. You do not need to hunt for the correct

http://www.rootsweb.com/~polwgw/terms.html - Polish Terms - This page is devoted to helping you decipher Polish documents and other records.  Below you will find the names of the months, common Polish terms, Polish occupations, and causes of death.  Several excellent links to other web pages can be found here.  Certain letters of the Polish alphabet are not found in the English alphabet, and substituted letters and symbols are used to replace Polish diacritical marks.

http://www.translation-guide.com/free_online_translators.php - Translate text and web pages online for free - just select the URL option and enter the address of the page to be translated. Many languages are included such as Polish and Russian. However, Ukrainian is not included.

http://www.yourdictionary.com/languages/slavic.html#ukrainian - Dozens of Slavic-based Dictionaries.

http://www.hermetic.ch/cal_stud/cal_art.html - The Julian and Gregorian Calendars - a website which gives a history and explains the differences in the Julian, Gregorian and Orthodox calendars.
Here is an easy to use converter: http://www.hermetic.ch/edc/edc.htm


Practical "How To's"

RetouchPRO Tutorials. Here you'll find tutorials about photo restoration, retouching, and manipulation. - http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/



Military Related Sites

US Centre for Military History- probably the best site to start looking at if you have had relatives serve in the US military. It is an official gov't site. http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/moha

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://regiments.org/milhist/about/index.htm

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://collections.ic.gc.ca/books/remember.htm

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


Members Sites

This section is for members to show their site.

Jim Onyschuk has a family genealogy site at: http://www.onyschuk.com


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