Here are the best Web resources on searching for lost family in Russia and Ukraine.
Free help to find documents or relatives:
1. International Tracing Service– This organization, based in Germany, has a unbelievable amount of records on victims and survivors of Nazi persecutions.
1. Ukrainian archives– The official website for archives in Ukraine written in English.
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– A website that provides a wealth of information on archives in Russia.
5. Polish archives– The official website for archives in Poland in English. Due to border changes, some archives of areas formerly of Russia are in Poland.
2. CIS White Pages – The best online phonebook I have seen so far for Ukraine and Russia.
3. Taipx– The best paid phone directory for Ukraine and Russia. The site charges through a cell phone texting fee.
7. ZipRussia– Postal codes for all regions of Russia
Russian versions of Facebook:
Free Translation Websites:
3. Babel Fish
Displaced persons camps after WWII:
1. Dpcamps.org– A wealth of information on camps throughout the world.
1. Genealogy program of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services– This program has a great collection of immigration records. The fees to search and obtain records are reasonable.
2. National Archives database– Use this Web site to see whether archives has documents on your relatives.