Find A Grave is a big hit for finding graves and viewing photos of graves worldwide. This page provides links to free cemetery databases for the former USSR and its immigrants worldwide and war cemeteries for the Russian Imperial and Soviet armies in Europe.
I highly recommend downloading a translator app for your browser such as Google Translate, if you aren’t familiar with Russian. Most of these databases are in Russian and none of this information can be found on any subscription genealogy websites. Seeing these databases in English is as simple as copying and pasting the links into Google Translate.
Here are Russian words and their translations for those unfamiliar with Russian: Фамилия (surname); Имя (first name); Отчество (patronymic name such as Ivanovich/Ivanovna derived from the father’s first name); Дата рождения (date of birth); Дата смерти (date of death); Город (city); and Кладбище (cemetery).
The former USSR is moving slower than the English-speaking world to get information online for cemeteries but the ability to see this information online is great progress. These databases will open the door for genealogy research to those willing to make the effort to get comfortable with foreign language databases.
Updated June 16, 2019
1. Russian graves in Germany– A list of Russian soldiers of WWII buried in Bochum, Bottrop, Emdem, Greffen, Hamm, Muelheim, Oberhausen and Siegburg. Names are listed in Russian by alphabetical order. Some are only listed by name, others have birth dates and death dates.
2. Russian soldier cemeteries in France– Here is a list of WWII cemeteries in France and a list of buried soldiers for one cemetery.
3. War graves in Norway– Soviet soldiers’ graves can be searched in English and Russian for WWII.
4. World War I graves– Photos of cemeteries and gravestones for World War I soldiers.
5. Zeithain Memorial Grove– Names of Soviet prisoners who died at Zeithain POW camp can be searched in this database.
6. Lithuanian Association of Military History Researchers “Memorial”– database of WWII burials in Lithuania.
Pomnim– The majority of this database covers large Moscow cemeteries but the database also covers Tyumen, Yekaterinburg, Kiev and Minsk, in addition to other cities of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
General databases for Russia
1. Skorbim– This website appears to have hopes of being the Russian version of US-based Findagrave.com. (Guide in English on using this website for non-Russian speaking users).
2. Russian Necropolis– Grave photos from cemeteries in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tver Region and Ryazan and one from Zaporozhye, Ukraine.
3. Site Memory
Russia by city
1. Moscow graves– Photographed graves of famous Moscow residents who died from 1986-2019
2. Gravesearch.info-Here are more than 250,000 graves photographed from Moscow Region. The database can be searched in English and Russian.
1. Jewish Cemeteries of Saint Petersburg– A database with photos of more than 100,000 Jewish graves at four cemeteries in the city.
Cemeteries of Novosibirsk– A searchable database in Russian for cemeteries in Novosibirsk. Information on the deceased included their full name, birth date or birth year, death date or death year and place of burial on a map.
Perm– This database lists people of note from Perm with their full name, birth year, death date and notable work.
Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast
12. Cemeteries of Yekaterinburg– More than 500,000 graves are documented in this database. Some grave pages have photos.
21. Kazan– Database covers 13 cemeteries.
Taganrog, Rostov Region
Old Cemetery of Taganrog in Rostov Region. A good database for the cemetery but not all burials listed have photos.
Here’s the website’s VKontakte page with many photos of gravestones.
Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan
Ufa– This database has some graves photographed but has more grave information listed than photos.
Barnaul, Altai Krai
Barnaul, Altai Krai– This database lists the full name, death date and location of burials.
Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Region
Magnitogorsk– This database is updated daily for this city.
Russia by region
Sverdlovsk Region– Various cemeteries within or near Sverdlovsk Region.
Kurgan Region– More than 100,000 graves in the database.
Former USSR by profession
1. Pedagogical necropolis– information and grave location of people from the former USSR who worked as teachers.
2. Space Memorial– information on those who worked in space technology for the former USSR. The site has photos and locations of graves.
3. Notable Graves– information on those who impacted future generations from the former USSR. The site has photos and locations of graves.
First Christian Cemetery of Odessa– This cemetery was destroyed long ago so this is only an alphabetical listing of known burials.
Toldot– This database has more than 100,000 documented graves in Russia and Ukraine. It can be searched in English.
Mitzvatemet– The database has information and photos on graves in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Lithuania.
Haudi– A database for the entire country of Estonia. The link provided allows searching in English.
Graves of Belarus– This website documents Christian and Jewish graves.
Cemetery Project of Canada Gen Web– This website is worth a look when many Russians and Ukrainians immigrated to Canada.
Novo-Diveevo Russian Orthodox Cemetery– The largest Russian Orthodox cemetery outside of Russia.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Monastery– An important Russian Orthodox cemetery for eastern New York State.
Find A Grave– This site has more than 250 Russian and more than 175 Ukrainian cemeteries listed in the database. Some cemeteries have a few listings of burials and others have many. It’s worth doing a search here, especially for Russian and Ukrainian graves in the USA.
Here is a guide for using Find A Grave more effectively for those researching relatives and ancestors from the former USSR.