Free Databases

The below searchable databases will ask for information in Russian. Google Translate tool for web browsers will not work for some of these websites. So you will need to know some  Russian words. Найти  is find, поиск is search, фамилия is last name, имя is first name, отчество is patronymic middle name (i.e. Ivanovich, son of Ivan), год роджения is birth year, mесто рождения is place of birth, звание is rank,  место призыва is town/city called to duty and место жительства is place of residence. Use this website in another window to write names of people, towns and cities in Russian and Ukrainian. Please remember that these databases will not have information on everyone. Some databases are still being updated with new information.

Political terror victims

1. Victims of political terror in the USSR– The list of people killed in the USSR for “crimes against the state” are ordered by alphabet. There is not a search engine. I highly recommend downloading the Google Translate tool to your web browser if you are not comfortable with Russian.

2. National database of repressed of Ukraine– The list of Ukrainians killed by the government during Soviet times can viewed in alphabetical order or be searched. Click on Розширений пошук to use the search engine. Прізвще is last name, Ім’я is first name, По-батькові is patronymic middle name, Рік народження is year of birth, Місце народження is place of birth, Останнє місце проживання is last residence and Bci is all.

Military databases for World Wars

1. Memorial– This is a very flexible, searchable database for soldiers who died or went missing in action during World War II. You can search by name of village/town/city alone under the Расширенный поиск tab. Remember to click on all of the options below the search text line for Расширенный поиск to catch as much information as possible. You can search by first, middle (patronymic) and last name, birth year or rank.

2. Подвиг Народа– Click on поиск по фамилии on the left to search for awards given to Soviet soldiers during WWII. This database is very flexible, too. You can search by first, middle, last name, birth year, rank and place of recruitment (last residence). Scans of the actual hand written or typed citations are provided, in addition to images of the awards received.

3. Soviet POW database–  A searchable list of Soviet soldiers who were POWs of the German army for World War II

4. Проект Союза Возрождений Родословных Традиций (СВРТ)– Database of injured and killed World War I soldiers of the Russian Empire. This database can be searched in English or Russian.

5. International Committee of the Red Cross database on World War I Prisoners of War– This database covers the Russian Empire, along with the other countries involved in the war.

Memory Books

1. Ukraine’s Memory Book– List of soldiers, underground soldiers and civilians who died during WWII. The list is searchable. The list is divided by cities, regions and other categories.

2. Consolidated Memory Books– Information on the death of more than 4.5 million people killed during WWII. The information comes from several regional memory books, burial lists for Germany, Romania and Hungary and fatality lists for Poland and various military records. The search engine is very flexible.

3. Books of Memory– This website has a searchable database of the soldiers who died in the Soviet-Finnish War of 1939-40, Soviet conflict during 1923-1939 and local wars and conflicts of 1946-1982.

4. Famine victims of Ukraine– Lists of victims of Holodomor, the Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians. Click on The National Book of Memory to find the correct memory book by region. See Wikipedia for more information on Holodomor.

U.S. Immigration

  1. Russian Immigrants– Database of 406,121 passengers who arrived in the United States from 1834 to 1897 and identified their country of origin or nationality as Russian or Russian Poles as well as Armenian, Finnish, Galician, Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian.

58 thoughts on “Free Databases

  1. Lori J. Selway

    Researching YEVLANPII LANOVOEV CHELPANOV, aka JOSEPH WILLIAMS, born:_________Russia, Nov. 1869, Came to USA 1886, died: 26 Jul. 1936 in Vestaburg, PA. W. Bethelehan, Washington, Co., PA. Wife: MARY ROMANOFF – WILLIAMS, she came to USA the following year in 1887. They had 7 chi8ldren: JOSEPH, JR., MARY, JOHN. MARTHA, CHARLES, PHILLIP, WILLIAM, all born in Pennsylvania.

    JOSEPH WILLIAMS eath certificate.
    Primary Reg. Dist # 63 – 12 -81
    Reg. # 452 File # 737333

    Regards,

    Lori

  2. Judy Zeeb

    Looking for family of David Kimmel. Arrived US NY in 1913. Born 1893 in Odessa, states Norchnia Krasnucha russia as birth place. He was smuggled on ship to avoid service I believe.

  3. I consider this particular article , “Free Databases | Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family”,
    especially interesting not to mention it was a very good read.
    Thanks for the post,Darcy

  4. marika smith

    hi..looking for fathers relatives ..He was born in Skala-Podilska. 1923/ 4..Lewyckyj (english version of surname)

  5. Margret

    HI, I am trying to find my Grandfather JANIS GRASIS born 1875 d,1950.
    I am told that he was in the Russian army, he was Latvian/Russian, and a high ranking officer. is there anyway to get information on him through the old war records?

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog.

      To find records on him, you would need to know more details-years he served, area of Russia where he served and lived.What else do you know?You can e-mail me at bepa.miller at mail. ru.

  6. Margret

    I have tried to email you but it won’t accept the address.
    Hello,
    Thank you for your response. All I know about him is that he was b1875 d 1950 married 1920 to Alise Bruverise.

    My father remembers him as a High ranking officer, and a carpenter by trade.
    Not in WW1, the fight after that time.
    It is unclear if he was Russian or Latvian. My father was born in Bauska Latvia.
    I have been searching for my lost family for over 12 years, have some success with my grandmothers side.
    My grandparents divorced, and my father has little knowledge of his father.

    I would so much love a photo of him. I know this is not much at all to go by, and I will understand if you can not help.

    Kind regards,
    Margret.
    Australia.

      1. Margret

        Vera, my father JULIUS, came to Australia. I have his records. As far as I am aware my gfather died in Latvia.

  7. Looking for any information on a Martha Bindas, Srokowski, Zarakowski or any variation of theses names with a daughter named Anastasia born July 1, 1914. She married my grandfather Nicholas (Nikolaus) Bilinsky October 14, 1914. Martha was born in May 1890? She had a sister named Maria who married a Dmytro Melnyk (Miller) and had three children. Can anyone help?

      1. Marilyn Yardley

        To the best of my knowledge tey arrived in Canada in 1914 and resided in Ottawa moving onto Toronto and then to Simcoe, Ontario. e-mail me at marmal23@hotmail if you like.

  8. Margret

    Vera,
    My grandfather died in Latvia. My father came to Australia as a Displaced Person in 1950,
    I have tried the ITS and the Red Cross, neither have had any luck. The ITS do have information on my father, what it is I don’t know, as I am still waiting for it. I am hoping that it has my fathers birth cert and that maybe it will give my grandfathers details. I often wonder if he was a Russian as he was in Latvia all his life that I know of. I don’t even know if my grandfather had brothers or sisters. I am aware that he lived his life out on a farm near Sigulda and remarried a woman with sons from another marriage. So sad not to know one’s own relatives.
    Thank you again Vera.

  9. EL

    I’m trying to find WALZ (WALTZ) family from Dnepropetrovsk (Ekaterinoslavl) area. They lived before WW2 in german village near Dnepropetrovsk.
    Magdalena Walz, daughter of Joseph (1902?-1974)- my grandma. As I know- my grandma had at least two sisters.

    1. Have you tried reaching archives, which have records up until 1919? If you can prove ancestry, the registry office could release communist era info on your family. I can give you more details when you tell me what information you need and family records you already have.

  10. EL

    Hello, I know very little and don’t know exactly places.

    My grandma Walz/Waltz Magdalena, Joseph’s d. (b.06-mar-1900? – d.04-nov-1974) get married Chayukov Kuzma, Ostahovich (b.1909-d.1952 in Abez, Vorkuta) in c.1930 and had son Vladimir Chayukov (b.1932) and daughter (my mother) Ludmila Chayukova (b.1936-d.2002). As my mother told me- they lived in german village and she named german village (I don’t remember taht name now) and said that village were in about 40km from Dnepropetrovsk. It was german community.

    My mother told me that during the war they were deported to Germany and worked on a farm near Frankfurt Oder. Kuzma worked as watchman in goods stock. After the war, they were returned to the Soviet Union, immediately separated and deported- Kuzma to Vorkuta, Magdalena with children to Siberia.

    There is another story that during the war has been deported to Germany Magdalena’s two sisters too, but they remained (missing?) in Germany after the war.

  11. Sue

    I am trying to find anything on family from Kiev or Moscow. I don’t know the Russian spelling – but when relative came here last name was spelled Skover.

  12. Sue

    I have Alex Skover, ( a relative put Alex Roman Skowera in parenthesis),
    born 8/28/1887 in Kiev. Iimmigrated to U.S. via Canada to Michigan 1912.
    I don’t have his spelling on a document, but I do have his brothers(John) spelling on a document when they came in to Michigan and it is spelled Skover. I believe there were sisters Martha & Olga that remained in Russia and possibly a brother Peter in Russia. Alex, John and Nick (Nickolas?) came to the U.S.

    Olga Rutkowski who married ALex in the U.S. born 1893 in Minsk,immigrated to U.S. via Ellis Island – not sure what year for her though.

    Thanks for writing back so quickly!

  13. taschia

    Thank you for making this site! I never dreamed of being able to search Russian databases but with your advise it has now become possible.
    However, none of the links above has come up with anything, so I wish to ask you if you have any idea what I can do next?

    The family name is Weintraube/Veintraub, and I am trying to track down the family that lived in Chotin/Khotyn. My great grandfather Vladimir was born there in 1884, but apart from him having 12 siblings, and his fathers name being Mikhail, we do not have any records.
    The search is really difficult because 1) I don’t speak russian 2) Khotyn has belonged to several countries;
    -until 1812 Moldavia and Austria
    1812-1917 Bessarabia (Russian Empire)
    1917-1918 Moldavia
    1918-1941 Romania
    and finally USSR – today Ukraine
    Do you have any idea where to look for the 1812-1917 records?

    My grandfather at some point moved to Kishinev (also Bessarabia, today Chisinau Moldavia) where he married. In 1917 he was wounded in battle in Kiev, and the family moved permanently to Kiev, I am very interested in finding out which battle he fought in, and whose side. But how? Would that information be in Moldavia, in Ukraine?

    He was arrested in Kiev nov.2, 1937 during the Great Purge, never to be heard of again, and the family think it has to do with the 1917 battle. I google-translated your link to “victims of political terror” and understand that the years 1937-1938 are still not available online (Can that CD be purchased?)

    I do not expect you to know what I must do, but it doesn’t matter where I search – it is as my family never existed, so I hope perhaps you might have some ideas.

    Thanks again for a great site – very inspirational

    1. Hello!

      I highly recommend that you contact this researcher- Ihor Udovitski- at iudovitski@gmail.com He is highly knowledgeable and knows good English.

      Here is the e-mail address for archives in Moldova for the marriage record. Please go to http://translate.google.com to write to them in Romanian. Write in short and simple English sentences and the translation should go well.

      I recommend asking Ihor about the military and Great Purge records. I haven’t had much luck in that area.

      Good luck and I am happy that you have enjoyed my blog.

      I hope this all helps.

      Vera

  14. Thank you very much for your reply🙂
    You forgot to post the email for the arcives in Moldavia, can I ask you to post again?
    I will definitely consider contacting Ihor. Have you used him yourself?

  15. Lily

    Looking for relatives by the name of Trebka in Ukraine or a place called Gmiryanka. My mother lived in Ichyna but left as a young girl. She told me she had one uncle and hoping he is still living. Is there anyone that can give me some idea on how I can track him down.

  16. Allison White

    My grandfather emigrated to the U.S. in 1897. On his naturalization papers he lists his ‘Last Foreign Residence, Schwartimia, Russia’. After years of research I found that the spelling of this town/city is Yiddish and when translated becomes ‘Bila Tskerva, Ukraine’. His name on the ship manifest was Samuel Chajt. Eventually his name was changed to David Samuel White. Can anyone tell me if ‘Chajt’ is Yiddish or Russian/Ukrainian? What might it be when translated to English? Also, can anyone suggest how I could find records for Russian/Ukrainian Jews?

  17. Lana (Smolnisky) La Plante

    My great grandfather was in the Cossack Military. His name is Nickolas Smolnisky. His birth date is 12-06-1845 and was born in Warsaw, Poland, Russia. He and his wife Christine arrived in America on May 16, 1885. The port of departure was Bremen, Germany. How do I get his military record? How do I order the $10 booklet by Sergei Koryagin?

  18. Michael Fedeczko

    Hi, I am trying to track down background information on my late father Wolodymyr Fedeczko (Fedechko) from Kiev Ukraine. His recorded whereabouts begins at the POW camp Rimini Italy 1944/46, before coming to the UK. Can any one guide me with my search.Thank you

  19. Maria Olga Rain

    I just want to find my mother’s family,the left in 1920 from Elizabeth grad ,Herson ,Ukrania, the last name’s are Nosolovich,Polovolotzky ,some family was in Argentina, others in USA. but I do not have any more information. My grandmother name was Dina Nosolovich Povolotzky, my grandfather Gedali (Gregorio in spanish)Povolotzky. they left with 9 kids,but 3 died only 6 arrived to Argentina, Buenos Aires and then they move them to Rivera Provincia de Buenos Aires)
    with the ship Lipari (1922)

  20. Carole Jensen Gatza

    I am happy to find your blog. I hope everyone has good luck in finding their relatives using your hints and help. All I knew about my mother’s family was their names and their parents names. That changed this past Oct as I received an email from a lady in Russia. She saw a post I wrote years ago and my email has stayed the same so she took a chance and emailed me. She is descended from my Grandmother’s older sister. So we are cousins! It is so wonderful to have this contact in Russia! She has sent me so many photos and information. I now, thanks to Svetlana, know who was one of the original Germans to settle in Stahl am Karaman. His name was Johannes Seibel, came from Dienheim Germany and he is my sixth great grandfather. She has filled in my family tree starting with him and taking it to the present time. My grandmother was Christine Seibel, born 1885 in Rosenheim, Russia. She married Alexander Halle who was born in Boaro, Russia. They came to Chicago in 1912. Several family members were sent to Siberia during the purge. My great Grandfather Casper Seibel died their in 1944. Thank you again for helping so many people!
    Carole

  21. shailesh

    I need help finding some Jewish ancestry from Ukraine. (LIthuania as well but can not do it here). I have had trouble with names, parents etc. Kryve, Ozero, Ukraine is a total mess since Russian leaders as well ad the Nazis exterminated many of the Jews from this and surrounding areas. Here is hat I have

    Isabelle Muriel Challove
    1917–2000
    Birth JANUARY 11, 1917 • New York, New York, New York, USA
    Death JUNE 7, 2000 • Del Mar CA

    Isabelle’s parents:
    HERSCHEL HERSHEL Harry George Georg Herschell CHALEWSKIJ Challove Cheilofsky Jelovsky Challov Cheilovsky Chalofsky Challoff
    1884–1966
    Birth DECEMBER 25, 1884 • Kryve, Ozero, Ukraine (Odessa district)
    Death 18 SEP 1966 • Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA

    GITTEL (GITL) Gussie or Augusta? Beckerman
    1887–1953
    Birth 9 SEPT 1887 • Kamenetsk Podolskiy, Ukraine or Russia
    Death 11 JUL 1953 • Detroit, Michigan Grave 807E, sectionD, Row02, Lot75

    Herschel’s parents:
    Yitzchak (iSAAC) (Mitzchok) (BEDORE?) Chalewskij Chalofsky Challove cheilofsky jelovsky Challov cheilovsky challoff

    And
    Anna Goldberg

    GITTELS PARENTS:
    NISSIN (NISAN) Nathan Beckerman
    Esther Beckerman

    can anyone help me :-(((

    The tree is online on ancestry.

  22. Kristine

    I’ve been trying to research a part of my family that, to my knowledge, remained in Russia (while my great great grandfather came to America via Argentina).

    My great great grandfather George Frick – Born Jan 1, 1871, Huck, Saratov, Russia) and died 25 Nov 1962, La Crosse, Kansas, USA. His parents were Laurence and Carlota Frick from Huck, Russia in the Volga region – Germans living in the Volga region since the 1700s. He had 3 sisters, Katarina, Kate and Lissbeth that did not immigrate to the USA. From my research online, I’ve determined that Katarina married a Georg Kreick and had one child, Jacob. Kate married a Georg Pillizz and had two sons, Conrad and Johannes. According to a letter from October of 1917 from one of the sisters from Russia (notifying George of his mother (Carlota)’s death), we know that this part of the family was still living in Russia at this time. I know that with the tremendous changes that were in Russia after this letter was written, it is extremely possible that the families did not survive. But with 3 known children between these sisters, is it even reasonable of me to continue search, hoping that there are perhaps some descendants still living? If so, are Russian forums the best hope for me try to locate any descendants? Any direction would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks🙂

  23. Ulla-Riitta Raitamaa

    Vera, I´m so happy to find your blog! Thanks a lot for it and have a nice time over there! I´m trying to find my relatives from Russia: Kaarle Höyhtyä and Terttu Höyhtyä – they´re not living any more but we don´t know what happened to them. Ulla-Riitta from Finland

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