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Geographic AreaCollection NameTime frameTypeLocationView
GeneralUSHMM Registry of Holocaust Survivors1939-1945HolocaustUSHMM
GeneralYad Vashem Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names1939-1945HolocaustYad Vashem Shoah Names Database
GeneralEncyclopedia of Jewish Life (2001, Reference)2001General ReferenceLibraries
Printed books, not available online
GeneralCAHJP DocumentsPre-HolocaustCommunity Records: KahalCAHJP
The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) were established in 1939. They hold the archives of hundreds of Jewish communities, as well as of local, national and international Jewish organizations and the private collections of many outstanding Jewish personalities. The Archives now hold the most extensive collection of documents, pinkassim (registers) and other records of Jewish history from the Middle Ages to the present day.
GeneralJewish Historical Institute CollectionsGeneral CollectionsJHI
Jewish Historical Institute holds the greatest collection of Jewish-related archival documents, books and museum objects in Poland.

 

Its most valued treasure is the Undergound Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto, Ringelblum Archives.

 

The collection of books, oldprints, manuscripts and journals amounts to 70,000 volumes, half of them in Yiddish and Hebrew. Its historical core, consisting of the remains of the Main Judaic Library, the Library of the Breslau Theological Seminar, and numerous public Jewish libraries, has been continuously expanded with new publications.
GeneralPinkas Ha'kehilot Encyclopaedia General ReferenceLibraries
Encyclopaedia of Jewish Communities in Poland
GeneralShtetl Finder Gazetteer by Chester G. CohenGeneral ReferenceLibraries
Shtetl Finder Gazetter by Chester G. Cohen (1989, Paperback) ISBN-10: 1556132484|ISBN-13: 9781556132483. This book is not available online.
GeneralOur Father's Harvest SupplementBookKehilaLinks
reference source for items from Hamelitz
GeneralPrenumeranten, Sefer Imri Shmuel1912Prenumeranten
Prenumeranten from pages 51-66 of Sefer Imri Shmuel, published in Warsaw, 1912. Contains 1,662 names from various towns and Agricultural Colonies.
GeneralCAHJP Archival AcquisitionsPre-HolocaustGeneral CollectionsUkraine SIG researcher listed in Description
Revision Lists, metrical records, and other documents from Ukraine archives, purchased from the Central Archives of the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem.
GeneralPassenger Ship Manifests, EIDB1892-1924Migration: Passenger Ship ManifestsEllis Island Database (EIDB)
Ellis Island Database (EIDB) of passenger manifests, online. Also directly from Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7488)
GeneralHelkat Mehokek IndexCemeteries: Inscriptions & Burial RecordsIsrael Genealogical Society
A database of 8,090 listed tombstones at the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem managed and hosted by the IGS (Israel Genealogical Society).
GeneralJewishGen Online Worldwide Burial RegistryCemeteries: Inscriptions & Burial RecordsJOWBR
The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) is a database of more than 1.7 million names and other identifying information from cemeteries and burial records worldwide, from the earliest records to the present.
GeneralRussian State Archives of Ancient Acts (RAGADA)pre-1800sArchival Registers, AncientRussian State Archives
Russian State Archives of Ancient Acts (RAGADA)
GeneralCAHJP Catalog CardsPre-HolocaustArchives, Catalog of holdingsCAHJP
Catalog cards describing documents at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP). Cards are mostly printed and are in Russian, Polish, Hebrew, or Yiddish, or a combination of them. Cards for selected towns are available online on the Ukraine SIG website. They are listed below with links to the individual town collections.
GeneralMilitary RecordsMilitary RecordsUkraine Archives
Russian Empire
GeneralCemeteries: Burial datasets and photosCemeteries: Inscriptions & Burial Records
Town Cemetery records and gravestone inscriptions
GeneralSlownik Geograficzny (Geographical Dictionary of the Polish Kingdom and other Slavic countries)General ReferenceLibraries
Slownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów slowianskich
GeneralEncyclopedia Judaica, 2nd edition2007General Referencehttp://www.bjeindy.org/encyclopedia_judaica_online
The Encyclopedia Judaica is available online, in English.
GeneralYahad - In Unum Archives and Interactive Map of Execution Sites of Jewish Holocaust Victims1941-1945HolocaustYahad - in Unum
Yahad - In Unum ("together" in Hebrew and Latin) is a Paris-based organization established in 2004 by Father Patrick Desbois and dedicated to systematically identifying and documenting the sites of Jewish mass executions by Nazi mobile-killing units in Eastern Europe during World War II.

In the Ukraine, Yahad recorded more than 1,800 eyewitness-testimonies of mass shootings of Jewish victims and identified more than 700 execution sites.

Different resources and tools within Yahad - In Unum"s database can help genealogists in their research for information regarding their town.

1. Yahad - In Unum archives

In the Yahad - In Unum archives, one can find information not only about the mass shootings of Jews, but also about Jewish life before the war in the towns and villages of the Ukraine, as well as the fate of specific Jewish inhabitants murdered in theses villages and towns.

Yahad - In Unum archives include:

-	Videos of eyewitness testimonies of mass shootings of Jews during the Holocaust
-	Contemporary photographs of the villages, towns, and sites of execution, ghetto locations, camps of forced labor, synagogues, cemeteries...
-	Archival photographs of the town/village and their Jewish inhabitants
-	Archives of the Soviet State Extraordinary Commission. These are inquiries led by Soviet authorities between 1943 and 1946, after the liberation of the towns and villages about what had happened during the occupation (not only for the Jewish population). These archives are available for consultation at Yahad - In Unum"s research center in Paris.
-	The German archives are from the collection of the Bundesarchivs of Ludwisburg.  These are files of the trials of perpetrators including interrogation of people on trial as well as the witnesses (Jewish survivors, bystanders and so on). These archives are available for consultation at Yahad - In Unum"s research center in Paris.

Video testimonies can be made available online upon request through the page of the town you are interested in, at Yahad Interactive map

Photos and short video clips of testimonies are available online at Yahad - In Unum interactive map

Others archives are available for consultation at Yahad"s research center in Paris. For more information, please contact Patrice Bensimon

2. Yahad - In Unum Interactive Map

The Yahad - In Unum Interactive Map indicates the sites of mass execution sites located by Yahad research teams at which the Nazis and their allies murdered Jews in towns and villages throughout Eastern Europe. Each site includes a link to a brief village profile and to research findings for each location.

One can get access to each village where Yahad - In Unum investigated. There 2 ways to find a specific village: 1/ click on the map directly on the village you are interested in if you know where it is located; 2/ enter the name of the village in the line called "village" in the column on the left. 

Users have also the possibility to launch a search by country, scrolling through the section "country" in the column on the left of the map. Selecting a country, all the villages investigated by Yahad - In Unum in the selected country will appear on the map.

Users can also make search with other criteria than geographical. For that, users must write any word (for example: "gas van", "synagogue", "rabbi"...) and all the occurrences of the selected word published on the interactive map will be listed.

Each village has a dedicated page containing various information including:

1.	Archival pictures of the town/village and their Jewish inhabitants
2.	Contemporary photos of witnesses, of various places (execution sites, ghetto location, synagogues, camps location...)
3.	Number of video testimonies recorded in the village in question
4.	Short video clips of witness testimony
5.	Written excerpt of testimony
6.	If available, an excerpt of German archives with the reference of the archives. The German archives are from the collection of the Bundesarchivs of Ludwisburg.  It is files of trials of perpetrators including interrogation of sued persons, interrogations of witnesses (Jewish survivors, bystanders and so on). These archives are available for consultation in Yahad - In Unum research Center in Paris.
7.	If available, an excerpt of Soviet archives with the reference of the archives. The Soviet archives are from the collection of the Soviet State Extraordinary Commission. It is inquiries lead by Soviet authorities between 1943 and 1946 after the liberation of the towns and villages about what happened (not only for the Jewish population) during the occupation. These archives are available for consultation in Yahad - In Unum research Center in Paris.

Users must be aware that not all of the sites identified and not all of the villages investigated are published for the moment. Village profiles are being added incrementally each month as information is prepared and new sites are identified.
GeneralPrenumeranten, Kehilot Yitschak1911PrenumerantenKehilaLinks
Prenumeranten from 9 pages of "Kehilot Yitschak" by Yitskhak Tzvi Margolin, Rabbi of Sladkovodna (also known as Sladkovodna), published in Poltava in 1911. Contains about 2,000 names from various towns and Agricultural Colonies.
GeneralCatalog Cards, Ukraine Archives18th - 20th centuriesArchives, Catalog of holdingsUkraine Archives
Catalog cards from State Archives of Ukraine
GeneralBiographical Names Collection, Center for Genealogical Research19th and early 20th CenturiesName Lists, BiographicalRussian Language Websites
The Russian language Center for Genealogical Research has created an alphabetic list of names with brief biographical notes about each. It covers the European territory of the former Russian Empire, persons born before 1918. About 10% of the names seem to be Jewish. We are extracting these Jewish names for our dataset, erring on the side of inclusiveness.

The website contains about 420,000 primary surnames (almost 2,600 pages of primary surnames with about 160 names per page). Common surnames have multiple secondary pages, each with 10 to 15 people listed. For example the primary surname Kagan has six secondary pages with a total of 60 to 90 name entries. We estimate that the Center"s website has more than 6 million individual name entries ... between 500,000 and 1 million Jewish name entries.

The entries seem to cover several countries and several provinces of Ukraine. They appear to be drawn from 5 reference works (all in Russian):

1) Address book of members of the All-Union Botanical Society; as of May 1, 1957. St. Petersburg. Publisher: USSR Academy of Sciences. Leningrad, 1958. (scanning funded by the Center for Genealogical Research)

2)  City of Yekaterinburg. Collection of historical statistics and background information on the city, with an address pointer and including some information on the Yekaterinburg district.  A publication of Yekaterinburg Mayor I.I. Simanova. Yekaterinburg. Printed in Yekaterinburg Week  
in 1889. (Scanning funded by Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company).

3) Picturesque Russia.  Volume 4. Part two. by P.P. Semionov;
St. Petersburg - Moscow: 1881-1901, M.O. Wolf (bookseller-typographer). 
(scanning funded by Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company)

4) Complete list of officer ranks of the Russian Imperial Army on 1 January 1909. St. Petersburg: Military press (in the building of the General Staff). (Scanning funded by the Center for Genealogical Research)

5) Russia. The full geographical description of our country. Desktop and road book. Volume 5. Urals and the Ural region. St. Petersburg. Publisher: A.F. DeVries, 1914. (scanning funded Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company)
GeneralAmerican Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)mid-1900sArchives, Catalog of holdingsJDC
JDC Records dealing with overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation of Jews during the mThey will then be made available on line world-wide. Over 300,000 digitized documents are available at http://archives.jdc.org/archives-search/?s=archivestopnav.
GeneralBiographical Names Collection1784-1997Name Lists, BiographicalUkraine SIG Website, Downloadable Files
Several Russian language websites contain short biographies of Russians, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Ukraine SIG is extracting entries that appear to be for Jews and that have a Ukraine connection. We have begun by processing lists from two sources: 
Encyclopedia of Names, Kharkov Province, Volume 1
by Andrey Fedorovich Paramonov. Mr. Paramonov is Director of the Private Museum of Kharkov City Mansion, and
Center for Genealogical Research (CGR).

In addition, there are many "Memory Books" online. These memorialize soldiers and civilian casualties of wars, pogroms, and other events. Ukraine SIG is cataloging these and will begin extraction and translation projects when we obtain volunteer translators for the work.

If you can help translate these important lists, please contact 
Janette Silverman
GeneralRussian Language Websites, Catalog of Datasets19th and 20th centuriesCatalog of Online Documents and DatasetsUkraine SIG Website, Downloadable Files
Marilyn Robinson has been searching Russian language websites, identifying documents and datasets of interest to Ukraine SIG researchers. Marlis Humphrey and several volunteers have explored some of these sites and discovered additional documents and datasets. Marlis created an Excel spreadsheet that catalogs some of the content that has been discovered. As of 7 September 2012, the catalog contains 415 entries, representing 182 towns in Ukraine. We currently have web addresses for more than 1,000 Russian language datasets and Marilyn continues to find more. 

This is an extremely important project. We need volunteers who can read printed Russian to help identify the content of Marilyn"s "finds" and who will enter data into the Catalog. If you have Russian language skills, and are willing to help, please contact Janette Silverman or Marlis Humphrey.

The Excel Catalog contains the following fields:


  
    Town Referenced
    Uyezd
    Guberniya
  
  
    Timeframe of Records
    Type of Information
    General Description
  
  
    Title
    Location of Records
    Owner of Records
  
  
    Format of Records
    Size of Collection
    Percent Jewish Records
  
  
    URL - Online
    URL - Local
    Language
  
  
    Typed or Cursive
    No. of Records
    No. of Fields
  
  
    Fields
     
     


A document that explains entries in the Catalog can be downloaded by clicking on this link.

Ukraine SIG is helping Town Leaders and KehilaLinks Owners prioritize the datasets for their towns and to create fundraising projects to translate the datasets. Please contact Ron Doctor or Marlis Humphrey if you can help.
GeneralHelkat Mehokek (edition 1902)1902Cemeteries: Inscriptions & Burial RecordsLibraries
Gravestone inscriptions in the Mount of Olives Cemetery of Jerusalem (edition 1902, in Hebrew)
GeneralPassenger Ship Manifests, New York1820-1957Migration: Passenger Ship ManifestsAncestry.com
New York passenger manifests, online at Ancestry.com via Steve Morse"s One-Step website (http://www.stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=phil). Also directly from Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7488)
GeneralPassenger Ship Manifests, Philadelphia1800-1945Migration: Passenger Ship ManifestsAncestry.com
Philadelphia passenger manifests, online at Ancestry.com via Steve Morse"s One-Step website (http://www.stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=phil). Also directly from Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8769)
GeneralPassenger Ship Manifests, Galveston1893-1948Migration: Passenger Ship ManifestsAncestry.com
Galveston passenger manifests, online at Ancestry.com via Steve Morse"s One-Step website (http://www.stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=galv). Also directly from Galveston (http://www.galvestonhistory.org/Galveston_Immigration_Database.asp)
GeneralPassenger Ship Manifests, Boston1820-1943Migration: Passenger Ship ManifestsAncestry.com
Boston passenger manifests, online at Ancestry.com via Steve Morse"s One-Step website (http://www.stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=balt). Also directly from Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8745)
GeneralPassenger Ship Manifests, Canada1895-1956Migration: Passenger Ship ManifestsAncestry.com
Canadian passenger manifests, online at Ancestry.com via Steve Morse"s One-Step website (http://www.stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=can). Also directly from Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1263)
GeneralJewish Encyclopedia of Brockhaus-Efron1908-1913General ReferenceRussian Language Websites
Online Encyclopedia
GeneralFHL Microfilms17th to 20th centuriesGeneral CollectionsFHL
Vital record images from FHL library microfilms.  Jewish birth, marriage, death divorce records
GeneralUkraine: An Illustrated History2007BookLibraries
This book provides a historical survey of the country from earliest times to the present. It includes maps, historic photographs, and reproductions of books and works of art. Author Paul Robert Magocsi emphasizes the multicultural nature of Ukraine throughout its history.
GeneralPassenger Ship Manifests, Baltimore1820-1948, 1954-1957Migration: Passenger Ship ManifestsAncestry.com
Baltimore passenger manifests, online at Ancestry.com via Steve Morse"s One-Step website (http://www.stevemorse.org/ellis/passengers.php?mode=balt). Also directly from Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8679)
GeneralSefer haPrenumeranten (Kagan)All time periodsPrenumerantenLibraries
Kagan"s book lists books that contain Prenumeranten (name lists of subscribers). It is organized by town.

Total: 37 records

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