Links to Resources

Updated July 9, 2021

It takes more than databases to take on Russian and Ukrainian genealogy. Here are important resources that will make the searches easier.

Free searches for records on victims of WWII:

Arolsen Archives- International Center on Nazi Persecution (formerly International Tracing Service)– This organization, based in Germany, has an unbelievable amount of records on victims and survivors of Nazi persecution. The organization will search its records for free but many records have been posted online at this free database.

Displaced persons camps:– A wealth of information on camps that existed throughout the Europe. The website has expanded with information on POW and slave labor camps.

General information on displaced persons camps by Yad Vashem


Ukrainian archives– The official English website for archives in Ukraine.
Russian archives– The official website for archives in Russia.
ArcheoBiblioBase– An English website that provides a wealth of information on archives in Russia.
Polish archives– The official English website for archives in Poland. Due to border changes, some archives for areas formerly of Russia and Ukraine are in Poland.

U.S. archives:

Genealogy program of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services– This program has a great collection of immigration records. Searches and record retrieval are fee-based.
National Archives database– Worth searching to see if records can be found on relatives and ancestors with the free search engine.

Phone  directories:– A great address and phone directory for many cities of Russia and Ukraine. The database of all registered Ukrainians can be found here.

Search words must be in Russian. Use this website for translating names from English to Russian. A post on using the Ukrainian database for Nomer is here.

CIS White Pages – Another good phone and address book for Ukraine and Russia.

Postal codes:

Postal codes for all regions of Ukraine
Postal codes for all regions of Russia

Maps of Ukraine:

Current maps of Ukraine
Historical maps of Ukraine
Old maps of Ukraine
Free Old Maps of Ukraine
The Gesher Galicia Map Room– helpful for those researching ancestors from Galicia (now in Poland and Ukraine)

Maps of Russia:


Maps of the former USSR and other areas:

Clubklad– includes Ukraine, Moldavia, Romania, Uzbekistan, Belarus and Kazakhstan, in addition to Russia

Jewish communities on maps:

JewishGen Communities Database


Germans from Russia

Renaming of towns:


Online encyclopedia:

Encyclopedia of Ukraine

Social networks for the former USSR:


Online keyboards for typing:

Russian, Ukrainian from Typeit
RussianUkrainian, Hebrew and Yiddish from Lexilogos

Online language translation helpers:


Money Converter:

Xe– Use this tool to understand how much money to send abroad when asked to pay in Rubles, Hryvnia or Euros.

Useful tools:

Transliterating English to Russian in One Step
Transliterating Russian to English in One Step
Converting between Julian and Gregorian Calendar in One Step
Searching the Russian Phone/Military Books in One Step
Converting between Russian Print and Cursive in One Step

26 thoughts on “Links to Resources

  1. Joye Idiart

    It’s in point of fact a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.


  2. gabriel

    we are looking for grandmother in Ukraine, her name is Lena Ohatnicova, how can I get some info, please let us know if you can help?


  3. Jonathan bacsik

    My Granmother maiden name is
    Vera pavlitchkova

    married name is
    Vera Bacsik

    Russian who was born in ukraine “stalino city”
    Russian orthodox.
    She was a prisoner of war.

    Married to “Bila or Bela” Bacsik a Hungarian Musician who played bass.
    Ended up in Canada, Toronto

    My dad, Paul Bacsik was born 13 oct 1949 Germany, Heidelberg

    My grandmother and father who was 6 at the time came to Australia in 1955

    I don’t know of any family or if I have any at all but I’m hoping for the best and hoping me and dad aren’t alone


  4. Sophie

    I’m hoping to get back in touch with family that we lost contact with a couple of decades ago.
    I know the surname and I remember a few people’s first names in the family.
    Unless they have moved, I know that they come from Nowostawce (Новоставці) near the city of Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine.
    Any tips?


  5. Janeli Kurm

    I am looking for my uncle. He was born to my grandmother in Siberia, after their whole family was deported from Estonia. My grandmother got married in Siberia and got my uncle. They lived at Cherepanov. My grandma then moved back to Estonia with my uncle, but left her husband behind. However, my uncle decided to move back to Russia and no one knows about his whereabouts now.. Would you be able to help me?


  6. Jay Jaloshin

    Hi. This might be a hard one – on my mother’s side, her dad was a Russian Officer in WW1, I believe a Lieutenant. He fought in the Civil War, with the White Army, was captured, and sent to a camp. He escaped, and went to St Petersburg (Leningrad), found his family all shot, then crossed the German lines and made his way to Morocco, where he died. Somewhere along the line, he marries, had 2 children, my mum, and uncle (d.2003). Mum says the name he used was a fake name, so as mum is quite old (73 yrs) I would like to maybe find out who her dad was, his real name, where he was from, and are there any living relatives? I am hoping to visit Russia late 2018/early 2019, to show my son where his roots lay. We live in Australia. Is there any hope here?


    1. I don’t know if you’ll be able to find information that quickly. I highly recommend your mother DNA test with Family Tree DNA and then 23andme. Have you tried collecting documents on her father from his death record and immigration records? Also collect records on the uncle to see if there is a difference in information. I hope that helps. Good luck!


  7. Tricia Samilenko

    I am looking for any living relatives for my father. He was born in Ukraine surname Samilenko. We are planning a trip to Ukraine in September. Supposedly he lived in either KREMENCHUK or KHMELNYTSKY. I am hopeful we can locate someone. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


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  8. Mirta

    Hola mi nombre es mirta y estoy buscando familiares en el oblast ivano-frankivsk : hrusca, oblast ternopil: humnyska, mis raices son de alla de ucrania. Antes estuvo bajo el imperio autro-hungaro. Gracias


  9. Mirta

    Apellidos krujoski, o kruchowski
    Apellidos mazur
    Apellidos jaskiw
    Apellidos scromeda
    Apellidos kosteski o kocteski
    O apellidos parecidos, cualquiera de ellos.gracias


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