Recommended researchers

Here is my list of recommended researchers. Picking a researcher must be done carefully. Genealogical research can be expensive so only researchers who are trustworthy and professional should be used. Many of these researchers I have used for my own research.

Russia

 

Kursk Region

Evgeniy Karpuk e-mail website

He is my favorite researcher. Evgeniy is very familiar with Kursk Region and its archives. He knows the condition of archives very well. He communicates only in Russian.

St. Petersburg

Blitz Information Center e-mail website

This is a great research firm in St. Petersburg. It is very knowledgeable about archives in St. Petersburg. Initial round of research costs $80 U.S. dollars for five hours of research, a reasonable rate. The firm gives a detailed report of its findings and proposal for further research in excellent English.

Victoria Krymova e-mail

Victoria is very knowledgeable about the Russian State Historical Archive in St. Petersburg, one of the largest archives in Russia and the world. She is eager and knows how to find records. She communicates only in Russian.

Ukraine

Central Ukraine

Andrey Potyomkin e-mail

He is familiar with archives in Kiev, Zhitomir, Vinnitsa and Chernigov. His rates are reasonable. Andrey communicates in Russian.

Nikita Kovalchuk e-mail

Nikita knows how to get around Kiev archives. He charges a reasonable rate and answers all messages in fine English. Nikita is honest about the condition of archive records.

Vladimir Kreshchishin e-mail

He works in archives of Kiev and central Ukraine. Vladimir  is recommended by members of Our Ancestors- Ukrainian Genealogy.

Western Ukraine

Ihor Udovitski e-mail

He is very familiar with Chernivtsi Regional Archives. He communicates in English and Russian.

Victor Kuzio e-mail

He has an excellent reputation and provides a lot of help on www.ukraine.com/forums/genealogy/. He communicates in Russian and English.

Ihor Voronchak e-mail Facebook

He has an excellent reputation and provides a lot of help on genforum.genealogy.com/ukraine/. Ihor does research in Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk regions. He communicates in Russian and English.

Igor Holyboroda e-mail

He works as a travel guide and researcher in Lviv. Igor is recommended by members of Our Ancestors- Ukrainian Genealogy.

Eastern Ukraine

Kharkiv

Julia Kulik e-mail

She is a researcher and travel guide for Kharkiv. She communicates in Russian and excellent English. Julia is recommended by members of Our Ancestors- Ukrainian Genealogy.

Poland

Lodz

Iwona Dakiniewicz e-mail  website

She knows the area of Lodz and its archives very well. Iwona responds to e-mail messages quickly. She communicates in excellent English.

33 thoughts on “Recommended researchers

  1. G. Prokopowich

    From personal experience I completely agree that Ihor Voronchak does excellent work at a reasonable price. He has been invaluable to me as I explored my family’s history.

  2. Lorenzo Bartomilio

    Hello I was wondering about recommendations for a researcher in the Kiev Archives and Zhitomry as well. I have had lots of work done already but was wondering about another researcher since mine is a little too busy on others projects…

    1. Lawrence K.

      Lorenzo did you ever find someone to assist you with your research since I have a friend who needs assistance as well and maybe you can tell me if yoi had any luck? Also maybe the last one who you felt was too busy to assist if we can maybe not pick that one as well…

  3. Inna Saporoschetz

    Nikita Kovalchuk in Kiev has been working on my family record for about six months and is currently doing some more research for me , I am very pleased with his work ,he is efficient, responds quickly to my questions and has positive results ,I recommend him highly .

  4. GenealogyGeek

    Has anyone ever used Sergey Burlachko to do research? I’ve contacted
    him through his webpage (genealogy-ua.com) and his emails
    (ua.genealogy@gmail.com and info@genealogy-ua.com). He accepted my
    money and promised me results in 3 weeks (this was in January). He
    continually has excuses about why he hasn’t been able to complete the
    job. They include:

    1) He was so sick he hadn’t been able to even be on the computer for a
    week. But “his associate” was even now at the archives doing the
    research. This was in February.

    2) He then stopped responding to emails until the end of March when he
    told me that his wife in the hospital. I understood (and stupidly
    believed him) and didn’t contact him for several weeks to allow him to
    spend time with her.

    3) He then didn’t respond to my ever-increasingly urgent emails until
    the beginning of July. His excuse was that he was “outside of
    Ukraine.” He then promised me he would definitely have results by the
    end of July.

    4) I emailed him at the end of July and then daily at the beginning of
    August. I didn’t hear from him until this Sunday when he promised
    that I’d have results by “day after tomorrow.”

    5) And even though he promised (and seemed offended that I was calling
    him on his lies) to have results Tuesday, it’s now Wednesday evening
    in the US (and already early Thursday in Ukraine), and I still haven’t
    heard from him.

    I’m hoping that others have used him with good (but slow) results and
    that he hasn’t scammed me out of my (and others who chipped in) money.
    But I’m getting very concerned and upset.

      1. GenealogyGeek

        Vinnytsia Oblast. His site allows for searching by village all over Ukraine to see records he is aware of. He listed several of my family villages and sets of records that I was interested in. His initial responses were fast and seemed legitimate; he told me the fond/opus/delo where the records were kept and laid out what he would do for each data set.

        But once he had money, he wasn’t so fast to respond. If I’d email him reminding him that he’d last promised me the work done by a specific date and calling him out on his lies (and after a few months a scammer), he’d either not respond or respond with an excuse. He always acts surprised that I was upset–kind of like it was my fault, and how on earth could I be upset with him?!?

      2. I hope this is not a lot of money. Maybe you should send him another message showing your comments on this blog to scare him to finish the work. I am sorry for this mess.

  5. Joseph Pesterev

    Hello Vera, I am beginning the journey to look for my relatives in Siberia near a city called Chita. My grandfather was a Cossack and our family were victims of the “great terror”. Can you recommend someone that can do some research for me. My attempts have hit a brick wall. Thank you very much for publishing this resource it is very helpful.

  6. Joseph Pesterey

    Hello Vera
    Thanks for this great resource, I followed you mouse trap advice and joined vk.com and ok.ru. I joined many groups in vk.com that I thought were relevant, even a group relating to older nursing home people, but no response. However ok.ru turned out to be a gold mine, gold rush, I got so many contacts that I have been spending the last week chatting on line to all these beautiful people who want to help. Two of them even visited the street number where our last contact was in 1983 to see what was there. Unfortunately the house is no longer there as is the village where my father was born (Farkovo near Sretensk) in the Chita oblast. I now think that my next step is to contact the Chita archives and if possible the Sretensk archives to find the names of my Uncles, Aunties and cousins.Then with the help of my support crew, most of them women I shall try to find them.I sent you a message a few weeks ago but it has not shown up.I read in your articles about a good translator program, what was it again? Thanks for your help I shall keep you informed on my progress. Wishing you a good day.

    1. Oleg Shadrin

      Hello Joseph! I am from Irkutsk, Russia. I was born Sretensk area and I am a granchild of Pestereva Taisiya Spiridonovna from Farkovo. Maybe I have some useful information for you. We sent you a messege on the ok.ru with my email. Let’s contact. I will wait for a message from you!

      1. Joseph Pesterey

        Hello Oleg, I have been looking for you, I know your name from the predistoria forum. You asked a question from the genealogy expert and voila` I found my family. I was never able to join the forum, for some reason they would not let me in. See you soon

    1. I don’t. Sorry. I tried to get a recommendation on a Facebook genealogy group and I didn’t have luck. Are you a member of any Facebook genealogy groups where you could get a recommendation?

  7. Alan

    Thanks – I have recommendations for people who don’t live in Dnepropetrovsk but who can do research in the archives there.

    1. I am not sure about the researchers for Saint Petersburg. I haven’t contacted them in a few years. I’m not sure if they would be familiar with those areas. You could contact them and see what they say.

  8. Hi The email & website links to Nikita Kovalchu & Vladimir Kreshchishin don’t work. I am tracing a Polish family of Kiev before 1914. I was there about a year ago without success and would appreciate assistance as I have found new info, Many thanks

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