Waiting game begins for opening of communist-era records

Earlier this month, a guy in Kiev e-mailed me about doing research in my mom’s birthplace. I’ve had hardly any luck with Ukrainian archives.

Dimitri hasn’t e-mailed me in two years so I was curious about what made him think of me. It turns out that some communist-era census records in Kiev archives could be opened for the public soon.

I am especially interested in finding WWII records in Kiev archives. My brick wall for one great-grandfather’s family is like the wall of China. One daughter of this great-grandfather is alive but she won’t talk about life in Kiev during the war.

She says there is nothing good to remember. For me, remembering details of her uncles could help me take down this monster wall. My mother is not close to her aunt in Russia because we just made contact with her three years ago after she went missing in 1945. (see this post on finding my grand aunt)

So I need these WWII records to open so I can see what can be found on my Trunov family. My search is so far back in generations and the surname Trunov is so common that it is a real challenge to find relatives still in Kiev without new information.

I have found so many close and distant cousins but my Trunov line is one of the most challenging. I know most of my great-grandfather’s siblings’ birth dates and birthplace from Kursk Regional Archives’ records but that is all I know for most of them.

When the communist-era records open in Kiev, I am hoping Dimitri will find something on my Trunov family. It also would be great to see if anything could be found on my maternal grandfather’s family.

Now, I wait every day for an e-mail message from Dimitri to tell me which communist-era records will be opened.