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These Links are arranged in an order in which you can process a search. You should first refer to the Researching Your Family: Steps to Take page. This explains in detail the search process. This page should pretty well answer most of your questions. The links on this page cover a much broader area of enquiry and should be referred to when you reach a "roadblock." These links are also of a more general nature and cover matters such as Ukrainian culture, technical, travel and other items that may interest someone with a Ukrainian background.
Starting With Yourself Write down what you already know about your family and yourself. Fill in a pedigree chart, starting with yourself. You should gather all your Vital Records (birth, marriage, civil and church records). Then write down everything you know about your family and put it on Pedigree and Family Group charts. Other online pedigree charts are found here and family group charts are found here
The following link has pretty well any form you will need doing your research. http://www.familytreemagazine.com/forms/download.html
Talk to your Family
Explain to your family and family friends that you are compiling a family history and you need their help. Here are some sites, which give you interview tips.
http://genealogy.about.com/od/oral_history/ - A collection of articles on interviewing relatives
http://www.genealogyforum.com/gfnews/october02/gentrek1002.htm - Outlines the process and some questions to ask
http://www.ehow.com/how_1278_research-family-history.html - A good overview of the process
http://www.genealogy.com/70_tipsoral.html - Good questions along with related links
http://www.dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/oralHistory.html - Step by step guide to doing an oral history
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=66 - Tips for Oral History Interviewing
Oral History links at Cyndi's List
Locate their Birthplace Once you know the name of the village/town your ancestors came from you should next consult a Gazetteer. The Gazetteer will give you the correct spelling of the village/town or an alternative spelling, e.g. Polish. The Gazetteer will also indicate the parish to which it belonged, which might be in a nearby village or town. This will point you to the correct church records. An excellent site, which explains the process for locating a birthplace is found at http://www.halgal.com/findingvillage.html
researching Halychyna/Eastern Galicia
Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia - by Brian J. Lenius. 1999.
To order a copy click Order Form
Istoriia mist i sil Ukrainskoi RSR - A History of Cities and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR 1967-1974.
Skorowidz miejscowoœci Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej - Index to Places of the Republic of Poland 1934
geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów
slowianskich - Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland
and Other Slavic Countries
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/maps/ukraine/ukraine.html - Maps of Ukraine - this website that has 1:100,000 topographic maps of the Ukraine, dated 1942.
http://www.daily.lviv.ua/index.php?karta - A clickable map of Lviv oblast (in Ukrainian) with raion boundaries. One can also select a location from a drop-down list, and it will be highlighted on a raion map:
http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/ - The JewishGen ShtetlSeeker Search the towns in Central and Eastern Europe, using exact spelling or the Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex system.
http://www.multimap.com/ - Multimap.com is one of the best searchable online maps for anywhere on the Globe
http://www.terraserver.com/ - The Terraserver site gives you an satellite picture for anywhere on the globe. You can either get an approximate location with your pointer or use the Search Tools to find the place you are searching. The best resolution gets to 1 inch equaling 1.08 kilometers. Subscribing to the site gets you to roof-top quality.
www.mapquest.com - MapQuest - whether trying to locate a town for your family tree, or trying to find a local address, this is a great site for current maps
Microsoft Expedia Maps - Place Finder- Expedia Maps results will give alternate spellings and similar sounding names of towns
http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/3felmeres.htm - 3rd Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary done around 1915. Excellent detail.
http://www.city.sumy.ua/history/ukraine.html - "Ukraine: A Historical Atlas" by Paul Robert Magocsi can be viewed online. Scroll down to get the English pages.
http://www.ukraine.com/ - Ukraine.com History, maps and more.
http://www.pgsa.org/images/Pol1921.gif - Map of Poland-1921
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/ - Rootsweb: Ukraine Genealogy Old and new maps of the Ukraine, surname searches, lots of genelaogy information and research tool.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/ukrainetown.html - Ukraine Town Location Guide
http://www.fallingrain.com/world// - Global Gazetteer - Adirectory of 2,880,532 of the world's cities and towns, sorted by country and linked to a map for each town. A tab separated list is available for each country
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ukrwgw/fhc.html - Cities, Regions/Oblasts and Church Records - found in the LDS Family History Library Catalog.
Search the Family History Library for any microfilms on the village. Go to http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp .
To search the library to see if they have any ancestors in their records go to: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/frameset_search.asp
Go to your nearest Family History Center and order the films. You can locate the nearest FHC at http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp - There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide.
Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 http://www.lds.org
Join a genealogy group such as the Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group (TUGG) for additional help. TUGG meets in the Board Room of St. Vladimir, 620 Spadina Avenue, on the second Tuesday of the month, from September to June from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The members are first to fourth generations, and they are researching their personal family histories in Canada, the United States and also in Ukraine or Poland. All meetings are held in English. TUGG Membership Form
Networking with other genealogists, even if not Ukrainian, could be helpful. You may find someone else researching your name, the history of your town and other related documentation.
Ukrainian Genealogy Group - Ottawa - http://www.geocities.com/uggncr/ottawa.html
Lemko Site (Lemkos are a group of Ukrainians from a mountainous area of Ukraine - also known as Ruthians) offers much information about the country, history, religion, etc.- http://www.lemko.org
The Carpathian Connection - http://www.tccweb.org/
Carpatho-Rusyn Knowledge Base - http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/
Carpatho-Rusyn Society - 125 Westland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 - http://www.carpathorusynsociety.org/
Genealogy Web Site - The goal at this
site is to promote genealogical research for those whose ancestors
may be Carpatho-Rusyns (also known as Rusyns, Rusins, Rusnaks,
Ruthenes, Ruthenians, Carpatho-Russians, Carpatho-Ruthenians, Carpatho-Ukrainians
and Lemkos). http://www.rusyn.com/East European Genealogical Society, Inc.,
P.O. Box 2536, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3C 4A7 http://www.eegsociety.org
Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe http://www.sggee.org/
Avotaynu, Inc., 155 N. Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 http://www.avotaynu.com
JewishGen components include JewishGen Discussion Group, the JewishGen Family Finder, a directory of InfoFiles, ShtetLinks and ShtetlSeeker - http://www.jewishgen.org/
The following is only a partial list. There are hundreds of genealogical societies in Canada. To locate a society of interest, you can search AVITUS, a Directory of Canadian Genealogical Resources.
Vital records are the best places to look for dates of events such as births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. In addition, they often give information such as parents' or children's names, occupation, place of residence, and age.
For addresses and holdings, select one of the locations listed below:
1865 to 1922 - http://www.genealogy.gc.ca/10/1008_e.html
Passenger lists 1925 to 1935 - You can search this data base by going to: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020118_e.html
Post-1935 Immigration Records - Copies of Access to Information Request Forms and Personal Information Request Forms can be obtained from most Canadian public libraries and federal government offices. http://www.genealogy.gc.ca/10/100807_e.html
LI-RA-MA Collection - The Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers (LI-RA-MA) collection (MG 30 E406) consists of documents created by the Imperial Russian Consular offices in Canada during the period from 1898 to 1922. http://www.genealogy.gc.ca/10/100808_e.html
InGeneas Database - contains Canadian passenger and immigration records from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries; well-worth exploring
of New Americans
Island Passenger Records
Island Database record search in One Step
http://www.hamburg.de/fhh/behoerden/staatsarchiv/link_to_your_roots/english/index.htm - Hamburg Port Site has records from 1890-1902. This site has changed to a FEE based service for basic searches. All the data pertaining to the emigrant lists are being processed and brought to the Internet, here at this center. Currently there is access to the years: 1890-1905.
http://www.genealogienetz.de/gene/misc/emig/ - Hamburg Passenger Lists - available at the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) lists all passengers that sailed from the Port of Hamburg from 1850 - 1934 which covers the bulk of Ukrainians immigrating to the new world.
http://istg.rootsweb.com/newcompass/pcindex.html - The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - The Compass is a guide to help locate shipping records and other immigration information. It includes such information as immigration and naturalisation,ethnic, immigrant, emigrant and maritime resources. It consists of a number of links, that are well organised.
Immigration History Research
http://www.polishroots.org/immigration/primer.htm - This guide helps clear up the confusion about leaving the Old Country and arriving in the New World.
http://www.polishroots.org/paha/polish_lithuanian_emigration.htm - Soviet Archival Sources for the Study of Emigration From the Lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to America
http://www.archives.gov/research_room/genealogy/research_topics.html - NARA Site The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the repository for the permanently valuable records of the United States Federal Government, as well as Presidential papers and historical materials. Here's how you can get started in researching NARA's holdings:
Passenger Lists: New Indexes
Steamship Historical Society
and Naturalization Service (INS)
Ships Transcribers Guild
York Passenger Lists 1820-1897
Copies are found in the National Library of Canada or on microfilm or fiche in the legislative or university libraries in each province. You can do some on-line searches at the following URL: http://www.genealogy.gc.ca/06/0603_e.html
Census Records For Western Canada 1881 - 1901- The 1901 census is particularly useful because it asks for date and place of birth, age, relationship to head of household, religion, racial origin, occupation, year of immigration and year of naturalization. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020122_e.html
Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906 - In order to track the high rates of population growth in western Canada, the Canadian government called for a special census of the prairie provinces Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This continued every 10 years from 1906 to 1956, at which time the Census of the Northwest Provinces became part of the Canada-wide census. 1906 Census transcription form in PDF format - legal size paper: Download Here
Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906 - To Search The Data Base
The Census of Canada 1911 covered the nine provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) and two territories (the Yukon and the Northwest Territories) that were then part of Confederation.- http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/1911/index-e.html
There was compulsory registration in Canada during World War Two. Everyone over the age of 16 was to fill in a detailed questionnaire - http://www.genealogy.gc.ca/10/100706_e.html
Homestead files are available from: The archives of the province where they were located. The National Archives of Canada, at their ArchiviaNet web site have a database of those who received Patents only. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020111_e.html
For a list of those who purchased land from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), check the CPR Database at the Glenbow Archives web site. http://www.glenbow.org/lasearch/cpr.htm
Red Cross in Kyiv - http://www.redcross.org.ua/English/english.htm
Canada Red Cross - http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=000005&tid=003
American Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/
American Red Cross, The Holocaust and War Victims Tracing and Information Center, 4700 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215-3231- http://www.redcross.org/services/intl/holotrace/index.html
Jewish Center - Pl. Ks. Jana Skarbka 3-5, 32-600 Oswiecim,
Canadian Genealogy Centre - at the National Archives & Library of Canada is now on line.
Bob's Your Uncle, eh! - Toronto Reference Library search engine
Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry - Alberta Family Histories Society
Indexes to archival material
http://www.ryerson.ca/archives/links.html - Ryerson University Library list of archives
Federal, provincial and territorial archives
National Archives of Canada - databases available on internet. Records created by Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government of Canada. Dominion Land Grants, Immigration Records (1925-1935) and tons more.
http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/index-e.html - National Library of Canada - collections focus primarily on Canadiana, works in all subjects by, about or of interest to Canadians, published in Canada or abroad.
ARCHEION - Ontario's Archival Information Network ARCHEION is a searchable gateway to online descriptions of archival fonds and collections found in archives across Ontario. http://archeion-aao.fis.utoronto.ca/
of Congress, Jefferson Building, Second Street SE, Washington,
D.C. 20540 http://lcweb.loc.gov/homepage
http://www.archives.gov.ua/Eng/Archives/index.php - General List of Oblast and central archives
http://lemko.org/genealogy/oblasts.html - Oblasts and Raions in Ukraine
http://lemko.org/genealogy/addresses.html - Addresses for Archives in Western Ukraine and SouthEastern Poland
http://www.ukrpost.org.ua/clients/ukrpost/ukrposten.nsf/CatalogV?OpenView - Ukrainian Postal Codes
http://lemko.org/lih/indexuke.html - Alphabetical listing of the Villages/Towns in Ukraine in English and Cyrillic and the Oblist they belong to.
http://lemko.org/genealogy/galiciapl.html - Metrical books, 1607-1945 Greek Catholic Consistory, L'viv. An overview of the Vital and Marriage Records From Greek Catholic and Orthodox Parishes in Former Austrian Galicia, Former Malo Rus, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus (former Byelorussia) available through the Mormon Family History Library (FHL).
http://lemko.org/genealogy/galicia.html - Lists the file numbers for the villages and towns of the Metrical books, 1607-1945 Greek Catholic Consistory, L'viv.
Documentary Surveys Research Papers
Archival Institutions of Ukraine: Guide (Kyiv, 2000) (in Ukrainian)
Central State Archive of Public Organizations of Ukraine: Guide / Compiled by B. Ivanenko, O. Bazhan, A. Kentii, N. Makovs'ka, A. Soloviova. - Kyiv, 2001. - 496 pp. (in Ukrainian)
Central State Historical Archive of Ukraine in Lviv: Guide / Compiled by O. Hnievysheva, U. Iedlins'ka, D. Pel'tz, H. Svarnyk, I. Svarnyk, N. Franko. - Kyiv, 2001. - 412 pp. (in Ukrainian)
Archival Repositories of Ukraine: Selected Bibliography of Guides, Directories, Indices, Surveys of Archival and Museum Collections (titles in language of publication)
Publications of Ukrainian Archives. 1925-2003: Bibliographic Index (In Ukrainian)
Archival Ukrainica Abroad: Directories, Guides, Surveys
Canadian Archival Holdings Pertaining to the History of Ukraine: A Preliminary Check-list / - Compiled by Bohdan Kravchenko. - Kyiv; Edmonton, 1990. - 36 pp.
Ukrainica in Austria:
Archives, Libraries, Museums. A Preliminary Check-list
Documentary Sources Relating to Ukraine in Repositories in the United Kingdom: A Preliminary Check-list / - Compiled by Janet M. Hartley. - Kyiv; London, 1993. - 94 pp.
Polish Archives on the Net - This webpage provides basic information about archives in Poland
http://baza.archiwa.gov.pl/sezam/pradziad.eng.php - PRADZIAD - the Data base. Now has Galician Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic films listed from the so called "Zabuzanskie" Archive
http://www.agad.archiwa.gov.pl/eng/index.eng.html. - For those of you researching families who lived in the eastern territories, Galicia, Lwow(Lviv), etc. prior to 1945 there is another source that is available to you. The "Archiwum Glowne Akt Dawnych" (agad) in Warsaw is the depository of all documents from 1604 to 1945 dealing with all former Polish territories confiscated by the USSR in 1945, including church and civil records.
State Archives of Przemysl
http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/russia/xukraine.html - A valuable source of history sites and articles on Ukraine. From the Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, an elite boarding high school located in countryside South Korea, this learning site includes other country's histories.
http://www.infoukes.com/history/ - A collection of Ukrainian history sites from INFOUKES
http://www.artukraine.com/histgallery.htm - The Art of the Long, Bitter Struggle Against Those Who Would Rule Ukrainian Lands and Oppress the People
http://www.oseredok.org/ucec/harvest/english.html - Harvest of Dreams, Shows a history of the first Ukrainian settlers in Canada. a site of the Ukrainian Cultural and Education Centre 'Oseredok'.
http://home.swipnet.se/roland/ukrainiantribes.html - an essay written by Z Kuzela and published in Ukraine - a concise Encyclopedia by the Shevchenko Scientific Society. It gives short descriptions of the various ethnic groups of Ukrainian origin includes a map showing the areas where the groups were traditionally located.
http://www.halgal.com/galicia.html - A collection of sites about Galicia/Halychyna
http://www.personal.ceu.hu/students/97/Roman_Zakharii/galicia.htm - A site listing the districts, cities, towns and history of Galicia
http://www.kresy.co.uk/galicja.html - A brief history of Galicia from a Polish Perspective
http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Ukrainian-language - A history of the Ukrainian language
http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/ - the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine (IEU) a comprehensive source of information in English on Ukraine, its history, people, geography, society, economy, and cultural heritage.
http://vlib.iue.it/history/europe/ukraine.html - A huge site from the World-Wide Web Virtual Library with many Ukrainian-related URLs
http://www.cossackweb.com/?f - A collection of sites related to Cossack history
http://www.answers.com/topic/history-of-christianity-in-ukraine - A History of Christianity in Ukraine
http://timelines.ws/countries/UKRAINE.HTML - A timeline for Ukraine
http://www.zum.de/whkmla/timelines/meh/tlrussia.html - A timeline for Russia
http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/html/e-timeline.html - A timeline for Canada
http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/List-of-themed-timelines - The mother of all timeline sites covering timelines of many different sibjects. An valuable learning site.
http://www.allempires.com/empires/polish_lit_full/polish_lit1.htm - The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1795) - Complete Article
http://www.poloniatoday.com/historyix.htm - A Brief History of Poland
http://www.jasinski.co.uk/wojna/index.htm - Polish Warfare 1450 to 1699
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~koby/political/toc.html - Detailed History of Poland
http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/eceurope/christpol.html - History of Poland Illustrated with Stamps
http://historicus.umk.pl/vl/ - A very Useful Links Page about Poland
http://www.worldhistory.com/ - A world history search engine with 547,290 articles/pages and 61,311 events
http://www.canadianstudies.ca/NewJapan/sigdates.html - An excellent Timeline on Canadian History.
http://www.zum.de/whkmla/ - This World History site contains links to ENCYCLOPEDIC DESCRIPTION OF HISTORY - NARRATIVE TEXTS, DICTIONARIES, MAPS, BIOGRAPHIES ETC. and HISTORY COURSES
Genealogy of Halychyna / Eastern Galicia - focuses on genealogical study for those researching their Ukrainian and Polish roots in Halychyna / Eastern Galicia / Western Ukraine. Excellent material on reading vital records - http://www.halgal.com
Introduction to Genealogical Research - An site for both those starting and well versed in Austrian-Hungarian research. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~atpc/genealogy/articles/introgenres.html
Brama - Ukraine - a very comprehensive and current site featuring Arts and Culture, Business, Calendar of Events, Computing and Software, Education, Entertainment Humor, Forum, Issues, Law, News and Media, Nova Khvylia (New Wave), Services, Shopping, Sports, Travel, about Ukraine, Government of Ukraine, Embassies, Ministries, etc. - http://www.brama.com/
Ukrainian Roots - Genealogy Webring Home Page - Premier webring homepage dedicated in bringing together web sites devoted to Ukrainian genealogy research. The first and only webring exclusively for Ukrainian genealogy web sites. - http://ukrcommunities.8k.com/ukrroots.html
Famous Ukrainians List - http://www2.uwindsor.ca/~hlynka/ukfam.html
Myron Hlynka's Favorite UKRAINIAN WEB LINKS - http://www2.uwindsor.ca/~hlynka/uklink.html
Ukrainian Recipe Links - http://www2.uwindsor.ca/~hlynka/ukrecipe.html
Baran's Links to Ukrainian Sites Around the World
Ottawa doesn’t seem to be a town with a highly-visible Ukrainian presence. There’s nothing like Winnipeg’s North End, or Toronto’s Bloor West Village. But look a bit deeper, and you’ll see that we have left our mark on the city in a whole range of ways, from public monuments to street names, from cemeteries to gardens. http://www.infoukes.com/ucpbaott/touring.htm
on the Internet - A link to many varied topics of interest
General Facts About Ukraine - if you want to know about the country, then this site has a lot to offer and is about Ukraine today if you are interested in traveling there in the future. http://www.uazone.net/Ukraine_General.html and also a page dealing with a Guide to Kiev including photos http://www.uazone.net/Caption.html and http://www.uazone.net/Ukraine_toc.html
Ukrainian Customs and Information - contains information on feast and celebration dates as well as customs associated with these celebrations - http://www.geocities.com/ukrcustoms/
Velykyi Tyzhden' - Ukrainian Easter Week - Ukrainian Easter celebrations, rites and customs http://ukrainian-easter.20m.com/
The Day - Weekly Digest - Ukrainian newspaper in English (also Ukrainian and Russian). http://www.day.kiev.ua/DIGEST/
Dictionary of Period Russian Names (and some of their
a compilation of over 25,000 Russian names
Naming customs in Poland and Ukraine - http://www.rootsweb.com/~polwgw/naming.html
Heraldry / Coats of Arms
Ukrainian Heraldry - http://heraldry.com.ua/index.php3?lang=E&id=1478
- State Symbol (The Trident / Tryzub)
Web Index / Ukraine - very comprehensive links to all things
Polish Research Website - documents from Halychyna (Galicia) and Bukovia are held in the archivies in Warsaw. http://members.xoom.com/agadadm/
Researching Russian Roots - very practical advise on how to do research in Russia, as well as links to Ukrainian and Belarussian genealogical information. http://www.mtu-net.ru/rrr/how.htm
Revelations from the Russian Archives - provides many links to material on Soviet history and its represive measures, such as the Ukrainian Famine, deportations and collectivisation. http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/archives/intro.html
http://www.genealogybuff.com/ - A site that lets you search about 200 family history databases for your surname in one fell swoop.
A growing list of Ukrainian and Polish surnames. Clicking the name
will take you to an e-mail page of someone researching that name.
It's a place to add your own surnames you are searching.
http://www.herby.com.pl/herby/indexslo.html - Enter a surname and see how many phone listings there were for people in Poland with that name in 1990. Type in the name and you will get a list of them. Click on Tutaj znajduja sie objasnienia skrotow and it will give the the names of the abbreviated provinces. Next click on Zobacz mape, and you can see where they were located.
Embassy of Ukraine in Canada - 310 Somerset St., Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0J9 Tel. (613) 230-2961; Fax (613) 230-2400 http://188.8.131.52/ukremb/contacts.shtml
http://dfait-maeci.gc.ca/english/missions/rep-can1e.htm - Canadian Representatives abroad by country
http://www.embassy.org/embassies/index.html - Foreign Embassies of Washington, D.C.
http://www.king.igs.net/~bdmlhm/obit_links.html - Obituaries On-Line All these links lead to obituaries, death or funeral notices, mostly from newspapers, but all are free, Some sites may require you to register or allow cookies to be set. Some are for the current day only, some are archived for a week, a month, or more. Also included are death registers.
http://www.findagrave.com/index.html - Find a Grave - Another good source for locating grave sites.
http://www.geocities.com/ukrainianfamilies/ - Ukrainian Community and Family Histories- this website provides links to sources for names of pioneers, primarily in Western Canada.
Mailing lists and message boards are two resources that offer incredible opportunities for beginning researchers as well as the veteran family historians.
So why both lists
and boards? While there are many similarities, there are differences
and occasions when one or both will best suit your research needs.
Both mailing lists and message boards can be found for a vast array
of surnames, localities, and topics and are completely free to use.
Each forum provides an opportunity to post a query or data to learn
or share information, make contact with fellow researchers, or help
others by making data publicly available to all. Both offer
Mailing lists are
an e-mail forum for discussion among a group of researchers who subscribe
to a list. Some list subscribers have e-mail capabilities, but not
Web access. Those on a mailing list receive all messages posted to
a list by others. The fact that you must subscribe to (join) a list
in order to post or receive messages from it encourages serious researchers
and makes them relatively immune to spam
Mailing lists function more "in the moment" than message boards do. The "real-time" discussion on a list often includes queries and responses on a specific thread until all aspects of the initial query have been thoroughly answered or covered.
One valuable tool to aid mailing list subscribers in viewing message board posts is the "gateway," which makes board posts available on a corresponding list with a link to permit replying on the board. The boards that makes use of the gateway option carry a yellow highlighted notation to that effect as well as a yellow envelope icon.
boards require Web access in order to search, browse,
or post a message. Also, anyone can post on a message board whether
he is a serious researcher writing about an ancestral line or someone
with only a passing interest in the subject. Data such as wills,
deeds, obituaries, or biographical information can be recorded
by anyone -- regardless of whether they have any connection to,
Message boards operate more as a repository so that future visitors may respond -- weeks, months, or even years later. Boards are a great place to archive data. Additionally, the boards have a wider audience due to their searchability through RootsWeb or Ancestry's interface, meaning a greater number of researchers will probably see your message on a board than on a list. However, most "experts" or "locals" are subscribed to the lists in their areas of major research or geographic area. Not all mailing list subscribers check message boards.
Messages found on all message boards and most mailing lists are searchable, but a major difference between the two is that the boards are searchable on a global basis while list archives are searchable on a list by list and year-by-year basis. Both archives are both browseable on an individual basis. Anyone can search or browse boards and lists.
For many lists and boards gatewaying provides the best of both worlds by playing to the strengths of both the message board and mailing list forums. Utilize both lists and boards to get the max out of your researches. And, don't just post once and wait for answers. Remember to give help as well as ask for it -- that's what these forums are all about.
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 Husiatyn" or "Surnames: Szklar/Shklar & Dutka". This is successful strategy sure to yield better results than the mysterious generalizations.
http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=rw&p=surnames.onyschuk - Onyschuk Forum
http://genforum.genealogy.com/ukraine/ - Ukraine Genealogy Forum
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Galicia_Poland-Ukraine/ - Yahoo's Galicia Mailing List. Information for finding your Galician ancestors and living relatives. A very active list where questions are answered.
http://genforum.genealogy.com/poland/ - Polish Board at Genealogy.com
and Polish Bulletin Boards at Ancestry.com
http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/board/an/localities.ceeurope.poland(broken down by Polish region)
CAN-TUGG. A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the activities of the Toronto (Canada) Ukrainian Genealogy Group (TUGG) and genealogical resources applicable to Ukrainian genealogical research. To subscribe send "subscribe" to email@example.com (mail mode) or firstname.lastname@example.org (digest mode).
RootsWeb Mailing Lists - http://lists.rootsweb.com/
RootsWeb Message Boards - http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/script/main/rw
The Encyclopaedia Britannica - is over 200 years old. It is free on the web, and now features "Britannica's Heritage", a collection of articles from their past tomes. - http://www.britannica.com
Guide to Cyrillic and Polish for Windows 95/98/Me (Not XP*)
George Primak's transliterated Ukrainian Keyboard layout - for Windows XP (and 2000) is along the line of Paul's and is available at: http://www3.sympatico.ca/primak/page12.htm
Biography Assistant - Welcome to Biography Assistant, your personal research assistant for writing biographies about your relatives or an autobiography about yourself. http://www.genealogy.com/bio/index.html
Language Tools - brings you several language tools like dictionaries and translation tools, biographical and quotation resources, maps, stock quotes http://www.itools.com
Ukrainian/English Language Dictionaries & Keyboard
Ukrainian Phonetic Keyboard: http://www.shklar.org/keyboard/
English-Ukrainian Dictionary: http://lingresua.tripod.com/cgi-bin/olenuapro.pl
Ukrainian-English Dictionary: http://lingresua.tripod.com/cgi-bin/oluaen.pl
Online Ukrainian Dictionary: http://ulif.org.ua/ulp/dict_all/
'Nova Mova.com.ua' is the first web-project in Ukraine, which deals with the problem of the Ukrainian language policy and situation, its development and usage. http://www.novamova.com.ua/
Ukrainian Transliteration Table: http://infoshare1.princeton.edu/katmandu/sgman/trukr.htm
http://www.kindredkonnections.com/genmaps.html - Site where you can order large size genealogy charts
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/guide/WLLatin1.asp#doctop - Lists the most common Latin words used in genealogy