Forums are the best way to get help in researching your family tree and searching for family living in Russia and Ukraine. It is amazing by how helpful people can be on forums.
Here are the best forums I have found. Suggestions for additions to this list can be made in the comments section.
Last updated on June 11, 2019
2. Russian genealogy forum on Genealogy.com (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)
3. Ukrainian genealogy forum on Genealogy.com (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)
It is highly recommended to post in Russian or Ukrainian on these forums. English is frowned upon in many Russian-language and Ukrainian-language forums.
1. All Russia Family Tree– The best and most widely used forum for genealogy in the former USSR and finding relatives of ancestors or missing family from the former USSR. (A guide on using this forum without knowing Russian, including a video guide, is posted here.)
3. Rusgenealogy.clan.su– A great forum that provides helpful information on getting documents from various archives.
4. Analizfamilii.ru (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)
8. Smolbattle– covers Kaluga Province, Novgorod Province, Belarus, Siberia and Trans-Urals and Tver Province.
10. Geneo– This form covers the former USSR and other nearby European countries.
Volga German Ancestry
Kursk newspaper forum (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)
Our City Kursk (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)
Novocherkassk.net– This forum has a great section for history and an active thread for genealogy.
Yaroslavl State Historical and Architectural Museum Preserve– This forum is open to posts about ancestry and relative searches in all areas of Russia.
Read these two posts to learn how to take full advantage of these forums: