It’s hard to believe 10 years have passed since I started the Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family blog. The growth of interest in Russian and Ukrainian genealogy and the amount of information posted online has been amazing.
That has led to wonderful discoveries for my family tree in Ukraine and Russia. The best discoveries have been finding and connecting with my Russian and Ukrainian cousins in Europe and South America. Most of my discoveries are due to using Google Translate so I can research on Russian and Ukrainian websites. (See this post to learn about using Google Translate.)
My biggest regret has been not visiting my family in Ukraine when I had the money. Due to my complicated family situation, I think my dream to visit Ukraine with my Ukrainian-born mother is forever lost.
Please don’t make the same mistake. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, go home to your ancestors’ land before it is too late.
To thank readers of my blog, I am offering three giveaways- free copies of my two guides, “Genealogy at a Glance: Russian Genealogy Research” and “Genealogy at a Glance: Ukrainian Genealogy Research” and a free one-hour online Zoom or phone session with me to discuss your Russian and Ukrainian genealogy brickwalls.
Just add a comment with your prize selection at the bottom of this post to enter the contest. The winner of the Zoom or phone session can gift it to a friend or relative for the holiday session. I can mail a certificate for the session if the winner is giving the session as a gift.
It feels incredible to be the author of two Genealogy at a Glance guides. I had passing thoughts of publishing thorough guides for Russian and Ukrainian genealogy before I was approached by Genealogical Publishing Co., leading and oldest publisher of genealogy books in the USA.
The success of these guides are so important. It is hard to find in-print books and guides for Russian and Ukrainian genealogy.
Publishers need to know there is a demand for publications for Russian and Ukrainian genealogy so it opens the door for even more publications and possibly new publications for other eastern European countries.
A big thank you to anyone who has helped me spread the word about my genealogy guides!
My journey to inspire and inform will continue on this blog. I hope to bring back the “Bending Curtain: A Changing Tide in Genealogy in the Former USSR” series soon so readers can meet more people from Russia and Ukraine who are taking on the same challenges with their genealogy. Check out the series here if you missed the posts.
Follow this blog with the top right button to catch the next posts from the series and the latest news on databases and resources for Russian and Ukrainian genealogy.
Posts for genealogical inspiration:
Get a new view into your Russian and Ukrainian genealogy (Updated)
Secrets of searching the Internet in Russian and Ukrainian like a native speaker
The cure for fearing Russian-language genealogy websites to make breakthroughs