New database documents fighters of independence of Ukraine from 1917-1924

Quietly during the COVID-19 pandemic, an important database involving Ukraine’s history went online.

Ukraine 1917-1924 has documented more than 16,000 people who were involved in the fight for Ukraine’s independence. This website is in ENGLISH and can be searched in ENGLISH.

The database provides the following information on participants: name, unit of service, rank, birthdate, birth place, death date, cause of death, place of death and place of burial. Information varies for each person, naturally.

The results pages come back in English but once a brown bold last name result is clicked on, the information pops up in Ukrainian. Downloading Google Translate or a similar language translator app onto computers and other devices can put the information into English.

Ukrainian text also can be copied and pasted into Google Translate for quick English translation. Having Google Translate open in the next window would make the process easier.

Luckily, only last names of participants are required to search the database. A search trick that works for those of unsure of spellings of last names is using the first four letters followed by a * will provide a listing of participants with those spellings.

The database is expected to continue to expand with information on more participants so bookmark the database or this post. News on the database can be found here. The project managers also post news on their efforts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks.

Once participants are found in the database, don’t be shy and copy the Ukrainian keywords from the database into Google to check whether more information is available online.

Remember to follow this blog with the top right button to catch more posts on new and updated databases and important guides on Ukrainian and Russian genealogy.

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Newly published genealogy guide will help get a better hold on Russian genealogy

You are reading the 300th blog post for Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family. It took almost 10 years.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the best advice, information and websites for Russian genealogy research from this blog in a convenient form? If that is your wish, it has come true.

I am excited to announce that leading and oldest publisher of genealogy books in the USA, Genealogical Publishing Co., has published “Genealogy at a Glance: Russian Genealogy Research”($9.95 U.S. dollars and U.S. shipping only for now).

Click here to view a video about the genealogy guide.

Back in August, the company approached me to write the guide on Russian genealogy. I almost said no but changed my mind when I realized that the genealogy market is lacking on informational guides for Russian genealogy.

My journey into Russian genealogy started 11 years ago and I had to learn everything on my own. I have looked for years for books and guides that could help me. Instead, I used my basic Russian language knowledge from my childhood to maneuver around Russian genealogy websites and connect with Russian-speakers on the same journey.

After learning incredible and invaluable information on Russian genealogy and revealing that information in “Genealogy at a Glance: Russian Genealogy Research”, others on the same journey will have the information and confidence needed to take on Russian genealogy.

Three months of thinking, researching and writing went into the guide. Topics such as Russian names, conversion to the Gregorian calendar, locating Russian ancestral places, metric books, censuses, archives, Russian consular records, online databases (not the ones listed everywhere else), the Russian alphabet and more complete the guide to Russian genealogy.

So far, I am aware of one review by Linda Stufflebean of Empty Branches of the Family Tree. Read her praises of the guide here. (Other bloggers and writers can obtain review copies of the guide by contacting Joe Garonzik.)

The guide is perfect as presents, additions to reference rooms of genealogical organizations and merchandise for in-person genealogy workshops and conventions.

I’m awaiting to hear when the genealogy guide will be made available on, which will ship the guide to the USA and abroad. Follow this blog with the top right button to learn about the big news. The publisher only ships within the USA.

Help me spread the news about the genealogy guide by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Don’t forget to check out the amazing selection of professional genealogy publications on Genealogical Publishing.

Thank you to each person who purchases the Russian genealogy guide. I hope it leads readers to some great genealogy success stories!

Introducing “Bending Curtain: A Changing Tide in Genealogy in the Former USSR”

For more than 8 years, I have focused on my journey to research my ancestors from Ukraine and Russia. My journey has made me wonder about what it’s like for people from the former USSR to do the same.

Now, you and I will have those answers. Several people from the former USSR have agreed to answer questions about their journey to research their ancestry.

Each of them have different and amazing stories to tell for my series, “Bending Curtain: A Changing Tide in Genealogy in the Former USSR”. My hope is to give inspiration from seeing the challenges and successes of people from the former USSR.

The series will continue throughout 2020, while I continue to write about my journey in genealogy and the latest databases and resources available in researching in the former USSR.

2020 on Find Lost Russian and Ukrainian Family will be a more thought provoking year for those researching in the former USSR. The other side of Russian and Ukrainian genealogy will be finally told here.

Remember to follow this blog with the top right button to catch all the stories from “Bending Curtain: A Changing Tide in Genealogy in the Former USSR”. I am hoping you will be as excited to read these stories as I am to tell these great stories.

Ancestry releases important database on WWII displaced persons

Researching relatives and ancestors who survived WWII is getting even more easier this summer, thanks to

The second newest WWII-related database is Africa, Asia and Europe, Passenger Lists of Displaced Persons, 1946-1971, a resource on 1.7 million people. Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service) provided the document scans on Holocaust victims and survivors, Nazi forced laborers and refugees.

The documents in the database provide first and last name, nationality, country of birth, religion, martial status, gender, age or birth date, country of last residence, job title, departure date, departure place, resettlement camp, arrival place and destination on immigrants.

Here is a sample document from the database:

These documents cannot be found online elsewhere. Last week, Ancestry posted Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947 with 10.1 million records also from Arolsen Archives.

Just two months ago, Arolsen Archives added 10 million records to its own database, totaling the records to 13 million. That database doesn’t involve any fees nor registration.

Anyone who has relatives or ancestors who were displaced by WWII should search for records in these databases. It takes one new piece of information to make breakthroughs. Sometimes, the breakthrough could be a different spelling of a first name.

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Major updates to Cemetery Databases and Best Genealogy Forums pages

Thanks to the surge of interest in genealogy in Russia and Ukraine, more resources are appearing online. That results in many new additions to the Cemetery Databases and Best Genealogy Forums pages.

I really didn’t expect to find many new databases for the Cemetery Databases page but a trend is spreading in Russia and other former USSR countries. Cemetery databases are appearing more online to build up cemetery maintenance businesses as more interest develops in genealogy.

It is a complete blessing to be able to find cemeteries documented online in Russia, Ukraine and other former USSR countries. Death records cannot be obtained in Russia until 100 years have passed and in Ukraine until 75 years have passed.

Many of the databases are in Russian but I explain on the Cemetery Databases page on how to use the websites with browser translators such as Google Translate.

The same is the case for the Best Genealogy Forums page. Those who truly want to make breakthroughs in their genealogy research need to try to use these forums in Russian and Ukrainian. Apps for browser translation really open opportunities to find relatives in the former USSR and fellow genealogy enthusiasts who will be eager to help you.

I repeatedly say this on my blog because one major mistake I made. Sixteen years ago, I found the All Russia Family Tree forum. I refused to try to learn how to use the forum, the largest genealogy forum for the Russian-speaking world.

When I realized years later I could combine my basic Russian language skills from my childhood and Google Translate to use this forum, I found that my grandfather’s nephew in Kyiv, Ukraine, was looking for my family. By the time I found his phone number online and had a friend in Moscow call his house, he was dead for two years already.

Thankfully, I connected with his daughter and she is visiting my house in July. We already met two years ago in Washington, D.C., but had I not been so stubborn I could have met her family and an army of cousins in Kyiv, my mother’s and her parents’ birthplace, a long time ago.

Now a war between Russia and Ukraine is preventing me to see my paternal grandmother’s brothers’ birthplaces in Luhansk and fear of terrorism is stopping me from visiting other areas of Ukraine.

Jump on any chance to use the resources on this blog. Challenging yourself will put you on a journey that cannot be imagined as I have shown in my blog posts. Stubbornness in genealogy only solidifies the cement holding up the brickwalls.

Follow this blog with the top right button to learn about other major updates to resources.

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