JewishGen Ukraine Special Interest Group
Introduction to Ukraine SIG
Welcome to Ukraine SIG. We are one of 16
country-specific SIGs on JewishGen. Our objective is to connect you to
information that will further your Jewish family history research in Ukraine. We
are active in seeking out records, translating them, processing them and making
them available to you. We strive for improved and personal communication.
Our SIG has five ways of interacting with
you: by e-mail, through this website, through messages on our Mailing List and
page, and by posting data in the JewishGen Ukraine Database.
This All-Ukraine Database is meant to be a searchable repository for all
JewishGen information about Jews in Ukraine. Our Mailing List, Website, and
Facebook page are the primary ways we communicate with each other. Click on the
hyperlinks above to subscribe to the Mailing List or Facebook page, or to bring
up a search form for the Database.
What geographic areas does Ukraine SIG cover?
You may be surprised to learn that Ukraine
SIG does not cover all of modern day Ukraine. There is a reason for this.
National boundaries in this part of the world have shifted from time-to-time. To
recognize this reality, JewishGen assigns some areas that are in modern Ukraine
to other SIGs. This includes a large swath of western Ukraine which JewishGen’s
Database Sharing Committee has assigned to Gesher Galicia, and the SIGs for
Hungary, Romania, and Bessarabia.
This means that we’re not allowed to initiate
projects involving towns within these areas. However, if another SIG develops
data for towns that are in present day Ukraine, those data will be included in
our All-Ukraine Database (now called the JewishGen Ukraine Database), as well
in the database for the other SIG. In addition, JewishGen encourages SIGs to
work together cooperatively. Our objective is to generate data that will be
useful for all JewishGen researchers.
Ukraine SIG’s territory covers nine
provinces of the former Russian Empire shown in the map below: Chernigov,
Ekaterinoslav, Kharkov, Kherson, Kyyiv, Podolia, Poltava, Taurida, and
Ukraine SIG focuses on towns and districts
Our website and our research have a towns
and district focus because most of us think of towns when we seek information
about our ancestral homes. In addition, almost all available data are specific
to towns or districts, not provinces. So, instead of province coordinators, we
have town and district leaders. You will find a complete, browsable list of
almost 800 towns that
we cover on our website. Our website also lists contact information
for our town leaders and for “owners’ of KehilaLinks websites for Ukraine
Ukraine SIG Projects
We list current
projects, and the status of each, under Research on the top menu bar. The
list is alphabetical by town name. You can re-alphabetize it by any column
simply by clicking on the column heading. Most projects are managed by
KehilaLinks website owners and by Ukraine SIG Town Leaders, but some are
managed by SIG Project Leaders. This list is a “work-in-progress”. We
constantly add new projects to the list, so check back frequently. A search
form at the top of the page allows you to search for any town that has a project
or for any project by using the keyword search. The form contains dropdown
lists of provinces, districts, and towns.
How you can help
What we accomplish depends on you and on
others doing Ukraine research. We need volunteers with various skills, and we
need project leaders to manage our projects. Project leaders may be focused on
specific towns, or they may be focused on specific tasks that cover many towns.
Check out some of our volunteer opportunities here.
To find out who among us has the skills we
need and are willing to volunteer, we have developed a series of online
surveys. The Survey
Forms are on this website under the section "About Us" on the top menu. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete a survey form. Please take a few
minutes to respond to one or more of our surveys.
An organization like JewishGen and its SIGs
cannot operate only with volunteers. The organization needs funding to acquire
documents, pay professional translators who supplement our volunteers, and
improve computer systems. That’s where “JewishGen‑erosity”
comes in. If you are unable to serve as a volunteer you can help by making a
tax-deductible donation to the SIG and its projects. You can designate your donation
for general use or for use by a specific SIG. You also can make a donation for any
specific town or project.
If you need help or have any questions,
please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our Board Members. Our contact information is
here. We will try our best to assist you.
Janette Silverman, Ukraine SIG Coordinator
where Jewish genealogy is personal