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.– A wealth of information on camps that existed throughout the world.

U.S. archives:

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.

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. 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.– 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.

Postal codes:

Postal codes for all regions of Ukraine

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:




Transliterating English to Russian in One Step



16 thoughts on “Links

  1. Joye Idiart

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  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!


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