Re: New Ukraine records #ukraine #russia

Emily Garber


These records, of course, will be a huge help to anyone doing research in the records of the Ukrainian portion of the former Russian and Austrian Empires. We are all looking forward to seeing them. But, unless you have some idea of the town your people came from in the old country, trying to find records for your family will be like looking for needles in the proverbial hay stack (Weinstein is not exactly a rare surname).

It will be several years before these records are online and, most importantly, indexed. Better to spend your time researching through the records in the country to which your ancestors immigrated. US records should provide evidence of where your relatives were from originally. It may also provide information on other family members' names and places of origin (they may not all be the same). You will need as much information as possible to be able to recognize the correct people in old country records once they become available.

The borders of today's Ukraine includes land that was once in several different Empires at different times. If your people were from the Austrian province of Galicia, you will find that many record images are already available online via JRI-Poland and the Polish archives. Some record images from towns in today's Ukraine are already available on FamilySearch and are currently being indexed. As some people have noted, some Russian Empire records are available now (thanks to Alex Krakovsky's work), but they have not been fully indexed.

If you are not experienced with family history research, I suggest you sign up for a JewishGen online course <>. That will provide the skills you will need to carry out preliminary research and get ready for the promised records from Ukrainian archives.

Good luck with your research!

Emily Garber
Phoenix, AZ

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