New Ukraine records #ukraine #russia


I subscribe to a blog tled Finding Lost Russian and Ukrainian Family. The writer just sent the below. I don't know how many useful records will turn up for JewishGen members, but it could signal a general loosening of record restrictions in Ukraine -- we can hope:

Judith Lipmanson

Smyrna, DE (Delaware)

Chuck Weinstein

The JewishGen UkraineResearch Division is aware of the new agreement between Familyseach and the Ukraine State Archives to film records in the Ukraine Archives.  Alex Krakovsky has been filming records in several archives and posting them online on his excellent Ukraine wiki page for over a year.  His records are available now.  The Familysearch records will become available over the next several years, although Alex has suggested they will likely be of better quality, generally.  Contact me if you are interested in organizing a project to index the records already available or are interested in volunteering to help index them.  This is an ongoing project. Currently available scans are at  The page is in Ukrainian, but Google Chrome browser will automatically translate the pages (sort of).  

Chuck Weinstein
Towns Director, JewishGen Ukraine Research Division


I can take part in indexing by the cities of Romny and the county, Sumy, Mogilev-Podolsky, Tulchin.

alizah hochstead

My mother’s family were I believe from the Ukraine. Her father’s name was Asher Aron Weinstein (in EnglishOscar) Her name was Rahel Yetta Weinstein. Her mother’s name was Chaya (Ida) Skora Weinstein. THey came to the US in the 1900’s. Would these records help me?

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

Sherri Bobish

Hi Alizah,

Have you traced your grandparents through U.S. census?  Naturalizations?  Passenger manifests? 

Especially with a common surname it will help your research to find the town that they came from originally.  Naturalization papers (especially post 1906 papers) should give you a town of birth.


Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ

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