Best Genealogy Forums

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

English-language forums

1. Russian genealogy forum on (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)

2.Ukrainian genealogy forum on (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)

3. Russian genealogy forum on

4. Ukrainian genealogy forums on

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.

Please download Google Translate to get around these sites more easily. Then use Google Translate or Promt to post messages on the forums. These forums are free but still require registration.

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.)

2. Ukrainian Genealogical Forum

3.– A great forum that provides helpful information on getting documents from various archives.

4. (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)

5. Union Revival Pedigree Traditions


7. Kuban Genealogy

8. Smolbattle– covers Kaluga Province, Novgorod Province, Belarus, Siberia and Trans-Urals and Tver Province.

9. Ural Genealogy Forum

10. Geneo– This form covers the former USSR and other nearby European countries.

11. Tree of Life Genealogy Forum

12. Center for Genealogical Research Forum

13. Forum of Ukrainian Heraldry Society

Russian-Jewish Ancestry

J-Roots Forum

Volga German Ancestry

Volga German Forum

Kursk, Russia

Our City Kursk (inactive but worth reviewing the posts)

Novocherkassk, Russia– This forum has a great section for history and an active thread for genealogy.

Saratov, Russia

Genealogy Forum

Vyatka, Russia

Yaroslavl, Russia

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:

Making the right connections on forums

Kindness of strangers makes a difference

4 thoughts on “Best Genealogy Forums

  1. Alex Girshovich

    Dear Vera, I tried the Genealogy forum on It’s a very strange forum. The registration has been disabled. I tried a few searches, and only the most common keywords brought some search results, e.g., Kyiv.


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