It is an important idea to use the resources of your
ethnic and religious groups. It is an especially great idea to join a Polish
and/or Ukrainian genealogical association. There you will be able to learn about
genealogical topics directly related to you and your research. Researching
Polish and Ukrainian roots have unique concerns and stumbling blocks that others
do not know about or need to know about. Such organizations that focus on areas
particular to your interest will benefit you enormously. Also, Polish and
Ukrainian organizations have publications, in which are articles of interest to
your research, interesting information that deals with your own family research,
as well as bulletin boards or surname indexes where members can post surnames
and villages they’re researching. It’s a great place to network, share
information and possibly find a long-lost relative!
East European Genealogical
First and foremost among the societies that deal with
Galicia and Western Ukraine is the East European Genealogical Society. Although
not specifically devoted to our region of study, many of their articles focus on
our interests. There are many members in that organization who have devoted
themselves to Galician research, among them are Brian Lenius (who I like to call
"Mr. Galicia") and John Pihach. Anyone who is serious about study and research
in the area of Galicia and Western Ukraine should join this organization.
Other worthy organizations:
FEEFHS (Federation of
East European Family History Societies)
Ukrainian Genealogical Society
Polish genealogical societies in North America
Polish Genealogical Society of America
Polish Genealogical Society
Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut
Polish Genealogical Society of
Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
Society of Minnesota
Polish Genealogical Society of New York State
Polish Genealogical Society of
Greater Cleveland Ohio
Polish Genealogical Society of Texas
Polish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin (website down)
Galicia: A special interest group for Galician Jewish Family History
These sites are a great place to learn more about the
archives. Although they do not contain information on specific village
records, you'll find interesting histories, archival structures and complete
Archives (in Polish with link to English version)
State Committee on Archives of Ukraine
(formerly the Main Archival Administration of Ukraine)
(Of particular interest is a new link in English on
genealogical research through the archives. Although one may still inquire
directly to the archives, the State Committee on Archives of Ukraine also
suggests the newly created Ukrainian Center of Genealogical Research.
Please visit them at their website "The
Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine-Lviv
The Greek Catholic
Church in Lviv Official website of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic
Church in Ukraine (Latin Rite) Website maintained by the Archdiocese
Database (Jewish Genealogy) Names of over 10,000 Jews in the Ghetto of
Lwów Poland, 1942-1945. Keep in mind that they
often use Russian spellings of towns and villages, basing their geography
written on a book long ago.
1929 Polish Business Directory Project Search for your ancestral
town/village to download pages (in PDF format) from the 1929 business directory
New film "A
Forgotten Odyssey" Information on a new film which "deals with the
forgotten tragedy of 1.7 million Polish citizens of various faiths and
ethnicities (Polish, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish)
deported from eastern Poland (Kresy) in 1940-42 to special labor camps in
Siberia, Kazakhstan and Soviet Asia".
German Descendants Site dedicated to those researching the German-speaking
settlers of the Austro-Hungarian province of Galizien. Wonderful site with
many resources for all ethnic groups.
Galizien Online Homepage
Surname databases with over 70,000 names
Home of Jewish Genealogy Extensive links to Jewish genealogical
research in Halychyna / Eastern Galicia
Galicia and Bukovina : a research handbook about Western Ukraine, late 19th and
20th centuries An excellent resource about Eastern Galicia / Western
Ukrainian, written by John-Paul Himka.
Partial listing of Polish casualties in the Austro-Hungarian army
About 4500 names of Poles from Galicia, who were casualties in the
Austro-Hungarian army from 1914 through April 1915. Provided by Paul
Valasek at Polish Roots.
Kresy Links A great place to
find many websites related to the Kresy, or old Polsih Eastern Borderland.
Spend hours on the web viewing a wide variety of information!
The Kresy A large
Polish Kresy portal
Virtual Tour of
Ukraine GenWeb Great source for Ukrainian genealogical research
Vital and Marriage Records From Greek Catholic and Orthodox Parishes in Former
Austrian Galicia, Former Malo Rus, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus (former
http://www.infoukes.com/genealogy/ Great source for Ukrainian
Travel agency from New Jersey specializing in Ukrainian travel. Very
friendly and helpful, especially for non-native speakers! I use them all
West Ukrainian Genealogy, Tours, and Transportation. Although I have not
personally used the services of Lviv Ecotour, I have heard good comments about
Lviv Ecotour and their owner Vladyslav "Slav" Tsarynnyk. Travelling with a
guide is very helpful, especially if it's your first trip or you do not know the
language! They also provide transportation to villages throughout Western
Ukraine, which is much easier and faster than relying on public transportation.
The Ukrainian Historical
and Educational Center of New Jersey Great resource for Ukrainian
genealogy archival collections. You can also find a TV program on
Ukrainian genealogy featuring Mike Buryk, genealogist and lecturer.
Best Polish genealogical site! Many of the Galician-related sites above
come from Polish Roots. It's definitely worth a visit!!
Poland GenWeb Great source for Polish genealogical research
Lwów/Lviv Great list of resources for contemporary Polish
culture in that important city.
Polish telephone book
Search for names using proper Polish spelling and by choosing a
Map in Poland (www.moikrewni.pl)
In the box "Mapa nazwisk" (Map of surnames), type your
surname and click "Szukaj" (Search). For best results, type in
proper Polish spelling.
and Carpatho-Rusyn Genealogy Research Pages
discussion/mailing list through Yahoo
Bilyi Kamin / Biały Kamień
Złoczów / Zolochiv travel website Contains description and
photos of the city of Zolochiv (Золочів) /
Gazeta Powiatowa Oławska
Online newspaper for Oława district (in
southwestern Poland). A majority of ethnic Poles settled in
Oława region after WWII. The newspaper features
many articles on the Kresy and the Złoczów / Zolochiv
Bilyi Kamin' / Biały Kamień Monuments (in Ukrainian)
Złoczów / Zolochiv Information Page
Bilyi Kamin / Biały Kamień is on
Facebook! Copy the Ukrainian spelling "Білий Камінь"
and paste it into your Facebook search.
Bilyi Kamin /
Biały Kamień on the Zolochiv website. Great
information and pictures!
Wikipedia has many entries in Ukrainian and Polish.
Check them out for detailed information, history and more links!
Castles and Cathedrals of Ukraine:
Extinct and Forgotten Monuments of Architecture: The Castle and Roman Catholic
Church of Biały Kamień
And another article on the same subject in The Epoch Times
Parishes of the Złoczów Roman Catholic Deanery
Bulletin Boards are a great part of genealogy on the
internet. You can post a message about the surnames or regions you're
researching. And you can read others' posts as well! Helpful
Hint: Please don't use a subject heading such as "family research".
Please try to be more specific, such as "Researching village of
Jelichowice/Yelykhovychi" or "Surnames: Prokop & Skowron". This is
successful strategy sure to yield better results than the mysterious
Ukrainian and Polish Bulletin Boards at Genealogy.com
Ukrainian Board at Genealogy.com
Polish Board at Genealogy.com
Ukrainian and Polish Bulletin Boards at Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com's Ukrainian boards (broken down by Ukrainian oblast)
Ancestry.com's Polish boards (broken down by Polish region)
Guest Book and Announcements for the Kresy. Here you can find a
bulletin board where people post information on lost relatives and friends for
whom they're searching from the Kresy. (In Polish)
Internet Mailing Lists (also known as listservs) are a
wonderful way to interact with other genealogists. You must sign up for
the particular mailing list to begin receiving the emailed messages. Each
mail list has two email addresses. One address is used to send commands,
such as subscribing or canceling your subscription. The second address is
the address to which you send your email questions/queries. If you send an
email to that one address, your email is disseminated to all members of the
mailing list. Here are some popular mailing lists concerning our region of