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.

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 after she was missing for 66 years.


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.

Phone  directories:


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.

Postal codes:

6. Postal codes for all regions of Ukraine

7. ZipRussia– Postal codes for all regions of Russia

Russian versions of Facebook:


2. Odnoklassniki

Free Translation Websites:

1. Google

2. Prompt

3. Babel Fish

Displaced persons camps after WWII:

1.– A wealth of information on camps throughout the world.

U.S. Archives:

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.

14 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. chance gordon

    My father was Joseph Garfincle and my grandparents were from Russia but I don’t know much more maybe you can help me!

  4. 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

  5. Cathy Geyman

    I’m looking for family of motenko and rudenko in russia or Austria my parents imagrate from austria to new york by boat in 1942

  6. 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?

  7. 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?

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