About this blog

my-headshotVera Miller

Welcome to my blog! I hope you find the information and advice in this blog interesting and useful.

I learned very quickly that my reporter skills are needed to find my missing family. I thought finding my relatives would be impossible, but I have found people and resources that have opened many doors for me. The relationships I have developed through my search have been wonderful. I hope I will help you find the same joy.

About me- I am a former award-winning American newspaper reporter and mother of two wonderful sons. Now, I work as a special education aide for a school district.

I am happy to offer free guidance on dealing with challenges of Russian and Ukrainian genealogy and family searches. Adoptees are welcome to contact me for free help to find their birth families in Russia and Ukraine. I am unable to provide any professional genealogy services.

Click here to contact me. Please provide all possible details on genealogy research and family searches and I hope to respond within a week of receiving messages.


9 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Teresa

    I am the mother of a Ukrainian adoptee. We have her parents names but she is not wanting to make contact. She would, however, like to know more about her family line and if she has siblings. I have had no luck finding records. I have contacted a couple of recommended researchers but never gotten a response. The children’s home where she lived is no longer in service. Apparently they have gone to a foster care system.

    I happened upon this blog so I will try to input what we have for her parents into one or 2 of the search engines. Would it be normal for both parents to share the same family name? And can you give me any leads on a record search site for living persons? My daughter was born in Zymiiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine.

    Thanks for all the info!

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  2. Hello Vera
    I hope you could direct me.
    I came to the States in 1977 from Kiev. I have a half sister that I’m trying to find.
    Our father’s name was Gregory Frenkel, born April 7, 1936 in Kiev and died sometime in 1989 or 1990. My half sister’s name is Victoria and I don’t think she took our father’s name because it sounded too Jewish. So I don’t know her last name. She was born in 1975 in Kiev. This is all the information I have, Do you have any suggestions for me as to where to look and how to try and find her.
    Thank you for your time.
    Vicky Frenkel


    1. Maybe you should join vk.com and create a profile with your childhood photos with your father and have looking for my sister Victoria Frenkel as your status. Join Kiev Facebook pages and post about your missing sister. Send me a private message with more info at bepa.miller at mail.ru and maybe I can come up with other ideas.


      1. Vicky Frenkel

        hello again vera
        i tried several places and have not succeeded. do you have any other suggestions for me?
        thank you


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  4. Hi,

    I had previously asked if you might possibly be Vera Grabovetsky, since I have that name on my list of matches at 23 and Me. You replied that you aren’t. I noticed I had another Vera there as well, so did a search for the name Vera. Turns out I have:

    Vera Grabovetsky
    Vera Gerasenko
    Vera Vyssotski
    Vera Tourick

    I think it is worth asking if you might be any of those people. If you were I can’t offer much information since I know almost nothing, but I’m sure you would have a lot that would be of interest to me.


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