The moment that the name of a family village is uncovered the excitement builds. Then, searching for that village on a 21st century map can seem as challenging as if the village never existed.
Before rushing to find the village or town on a map, it’s time to do some more research. Maybe the village or town still exists but the name has changed over time. Or the village switched borders within the former USSR countries.
Here are some web pages (all in English) that will help uncover the locations of mystery family villages and towns.
- List of renamed cities and towns in Russia
- JewishGen’s database on Ukrainian villages
Russia & Ukraine:
- List of ghost towns by country (Russia is listed under Asia.)
East Prussian towns now in Russia:
Ruthenian (Grand Duchy of Lithuania and later in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth):
- List of villages now in Zakarpatska Oblast, Ukraine (formerly the Kingdom of Hungary)
Carpatho-Rusyn (also known as Dolinyans, Boykos, Hutsuls and Lemkos):
German settlements in Russia:
View this website on Germans from Russia for more information on these location.
If luck isn’t struck with these web pages, try posting for help on these Facebook genealogy groups. Those who had luck should search online for any additional information to help find the correct village or town on a 21st century map.
Feel free to post more useful web pages in the comments section.
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