FAQ- Ancestry.com for Russians and Ukrainians

It is undeniable that ancestry.com has more records from England, Ireland, Germany and France. The resources for those with Russian and Ukrainian ancestries are limited on ancestry.com but the site is still very helpful.

What records does ancestry.com have from Russia?

The site’s collections related to Russia are posted here. Some of the collections are free to search. Others require a paid World Explorer membership.

What records does ancestry.com have from Ukraine?

The list of data collections related to Ukraine are posted here. Some of the collections are free to search. Others require a paid World Explorer membership.

When will ancestry.com have more from Russia and Ukraine?

Ancestry.com needs more consumer demand for these records. Part of the problem also is the politics of these countries. You can e-mail ancestry.com or call ancestry.com to tell the company a demand exists for these records.

What can I really do on ancestry.com if records from Russia and Ukraine don’t relate to me?

Posting your family tree is an important part of finding family on ancestry.com. More people with relatives from Russia and Ukraine are posting their family trees. Ancestry.com has several active message boards for Russia and Ukraine.  You can search for other members researching the same surnames or towns/countries here. Also, you can try searching for US immigration and naturalization records for your relatives. Immigration and naturalization records from other countries require the most expensive ancestry.com membership, World Explorer.

Why can’t I find my surnames on ancestry.com?

Try different ways of spelling the name. Ancestry.com can be searched by soundex matches, phonetic matches and names with similar meanings or spellings. I also would suggest searching for your surnames in Russian and Ukrainian. Promt Translator can translate the surnames.

Why can’t I find anyone with relatives from my family village or town in the family trees collection?

Try different spellings of the village or town. Possibly the name of the village or town has changed over time. Search using all the names used over time.  Also, remember borders changed over time. Some towns now in Poland were once in Prussia and Russia. Ancestry.com can be searched by soundex matches, phonetic matches and names with similar meanings or spellings.

Is ancestry.com free for anything?

Yes. You can sign up for a guest membership and its benefits are listed here. You can build a family tree and ancestry.com will post any connections found  from your tree to other family trees and allow you to interact with members on the message boards. You can try a 14-day free trial of the website’s three memberships. Ancestry.com no longer offers free memberships through purchases of its Family Tree Maker program. You can learn how to find free databases on ancestry.com here.

What does ancestry.com cost?

The cheapest membership, Ancestry Connections, is $4.95/month (paid in full for a year) and allows you to interact with other ancestry.com members and view public member trees, photos and more. U.S. Discovery membership is $12.95/month (paid in full for a year) and gives you access to all US records and the family trees collection. World Explorer membership is $24.95/month (paid in full for a year) and provides access to everything (including US & international records) on ancestry.com. You can ask family or friends to purchase gift memberships, which can be purchased for 6 or 12 months.

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