Here are the best resources on searching for lost family and researching ancestors in Russia and Ukraine.
Free help to find family lost during WWII:
1. International Tracing Service– This organization, based in Germany, has an unbelievable amount of records on victims and survivors of Nazi persecution.
2. The American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center– This center has been very successful in finding lost relatives. The center found my grand aunt in Russia after she was missing for 66 years.
Russian, Ukrainian and Polish archives:
1. Ukrainian archives– The official English website for archives in Ukraine.
2. Russian archives– The official website for archives in Russia.
3. Russian Archives Forum– A forum run by Russian archives to help patrons.
4. ArcheoBiblioBase– An English website that provides a wealth of information on archives in Russia.
5. Polish archives– The official English website for archives in Poland. Due to border changes, some archives for areas formerly of Russia are in Poland.
Displaced persons camps after WWII:
1. Dpcamps.org– A wealth of information on camps that existed throughout the world.
1. Genealogy program of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services– This program has a great collection of immigration records.
2. National Archives database– Use this Web site to see whether archives has documents on your relatives.
Nomer.org– A great address and phone directory for many cities of Russia and Ukraine. The database of all registered Ukrainians can be found here. Only works in Russian. Use this website for translating names from English to Russian.
CIS White Pages – Another good phone and address book for Ukraine and Russia.
Jitely.info– A great address directory with birth dates for cities of Russia and Ukraine, in addition to Kazakhstan and Bashkortostan. It can be slow.
Tapix– A paid phone directory for Ukraine and Russia. The site charges through a cell phone texting fee.
ZipRussia– Postal codes for all regions of Russia
Maps of Ukraine:
Current maps of Ukraine (English)
Old maps of Ukraine (Russian)
Old maps of Ukraine (English)
Maps of Russia:
Old maps of Russia (English)
Old maps of Russia (Russian)
Social networks for the former USSR:
Free Translation Web sites: