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:
Dpcamps.org– A wealth of information on camps that existed throughout the Europe. The website has expanded with information on POW and slave labor camps.
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.
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.
CIS White Pages – Another good phone and address book for Ukraine and 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:
Social networks for the former USSR:
Online keyboards for typing:
Online language translation helpers:
Xe– Use this tool to understand how much money to send abroad when asked to pay in Rubles, Hryvnia or Euros.
Useful SteveMorse.org 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