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Maps of Ukraine[edit | edit source]

  • To view the present-day Ukraine at Google Maps, click here.
  • For a Jewish population density map of Europe in 1900, click here.
  • For a map showing the percentage of Jews in the Pale of Settlement and Congress Poland, c. 1905, click here.
  • To view an additional historical map showing the historical percentage of Jews in governments, click here.
    Definition of "Pale of Settlement" from Wikipedia.org:
    The Pale of Settlement (Russian: Черта́ осе́длости, chertá osédlosti, Yiddish: דער תּחום-המושבֿ, der tkhum-ha-moyshəv, Hebrew: תְּחוּם הַמּוֹשָב, tḥùm ha-mosháv‎) was the term given to a region of Imperial Russia in which permanent residency by Jews was allowed and beyond which Jewish permanent residency was generally prohibited. It extended from the eastern pale, or demarcation line, to the western Russian border with the Kingdom of Prussia (later the German Empire) and with Austria-Hungary. The English term "pale" is derived from the Latin word "palus", a stake, extended to mean the area enclosed by a fence or boundary.

Jewish History in Ukraine[edit | edit source]

  • To learn read the Wikipedia.org article History of the Jews in Ukraine, click here.


JewishGen.org Family Finder[edit source]

Find others, possibly cousins, searching for your family name in the same countries, cities, and villages. Search by clicking JewishGen Family Finder. Free registration required.

The JewishGen Ukraine Database[edit | edit source]

More than 1.5 million records for Ukraine, from a variety of sources, including: voter lists, business directories, vital records, diplomatic records, yizkor books, and others. Requires free registration. To search, click here.

AGAD Jewish Records (scanned images)[edit | edit source]

AGAD Archive (In Polish language. Chrome browser will offer to translate.)

AGAD, the Archiwum Glowne Akt Dawnych (The Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw), is the repository of about 3,000 Jewish metrical books for the area of the former Lwow, Stanislawow, and Tarnopol Wojewodztwa (now Lviv, Ivano Frankivsk, and Ternopil oblasts in Ukraine). These registers are mainly for the period from 1877-1911 when these areas were a part of the Austrian province of Galicia.

Assorted Jewish Records (scanned images)[edit | edit source]

Includes records for Volyn province, Transcarpathia, Katerynoslav province, Kiev province, Podolsk province, Poltava province, Stanisław Voivodeship, Kherson province Ukrainian Jewish records -- includes metrical books, revision lists, etc.

Volhynia[edit | edit source]

Volhynian Civil Records Indexes
Metryki Wołyń, public registers of Volhynia are being indexed here.
To search the database by name, look at the very bottom of the page for "In order to search the database press HERE"

Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation[edit | edit source]

Data regarding locations of Ukrainian Jewish records originally published in books by Miriam Weiner is now on this website with periodic updates. Contains articles, essays, maps, archivist insights, and archival inventory for Jewish research in Ukraine. The website also contains a database of documents that is searchable by town. The search for documents in Eastern Europe ancestral towns is complicated, partly because of the destruction of documents during the Holocaust and changing borders and names. Only the first few letters of the town needs to be known, as all towns beginning with those letters will appear in the list. Some towns will even be cross-referenced with spelling variations or name changes. However, to determine the current spelling of a town, consult Where Once We Walked by Mokotoff and Sack (Avotaynu, 1991). The database will note the types of documents that has survived for that town, including army lists, Jewish vital records, family lists, census records, voter and tax lists, immigration documents, Holocaust material, school records, occupational lists, and more. The span of years covered by these documents and where to find them will also be provided. Records in the archives can be accessed on various websites or databases (such as JewishGen) in person at the archives, by writing to the archives directly, or by hiring a professional researcher to do the work. By consolidating data from five Eastern European countries, researchers can easily determine which records are kept by which archives or repositories.[1]

  • See Routes to Roots Foundation and hover over Ukraine for a Genealogical and Family History guide to Jewish and civil records in Eastern Europe
  • See also the book, Jewish roots in Ukraine and Moldova by Miriam Weiner (FamilySearch Catalog call no. 947.71 F2w 1999)

Ukrainian State Archives[edit | edit source]

  • View the Ukrainian State Archives home page by clicking here. Includes a "Contacts" link.
  • Discover over 100 web pages of Jewish information available online at the Ukrainian State Archives by clicking here.

Facebook Research Community[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Weiner, Miriam. "Eastern European Archival Database Planned". AVOTAYNU XVII no. 3 (Fall 2001): 3-5.