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Volhynia Town Database

Find a Town and all the Other Towns Nearby



An interface to our Database of Volhynian Towns. We have a database of over 10,000 town names, covering Volhynia and some of the surrounding areas now in the Ukraine (including the area around Lviv). Search the database for your town, then view a map that shows all the surrounding towns.


  1. Enter a town name into the table interface. You may enter either the entire town name, or just a prefix if you are not sure of the spelling. When you find the town you want,

    Hint: If looking for a town whose name has two parts (e.g., Glusha Wielke), try also reversing the parts when searching for the town (e.g., Wielke Glusha).

    Note that names like "Volina" and "Gobanye" probably refer to the entire Volhynia Gubernia, and not to a specific town.

    When the list of matching town names appears, click on the map button opposite a town name to see a map showing all of the larger towns and some of the villages in the surrounding area. Use the zoom button on the map to see another map showing all the nearby towns and villages. If you cannot find the town, possibly the town is in our list of "lost towns". If you still cannot find the town, possibly the town was not in Volhynia. Try using the JewishGen ShtetlSeeker (JGSS) to search for the town.

  2. Once you have found the town in the table, and saved your map (use your browser's "print" feature), check the JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) to find other researchers who are researching the same town.


Database of Volhynian Towns

Search methods:

  1. Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex method: This method searches for towns with names that might sound like what you type in (given the different languages spoken in the area and how they might be transliterated into english). For example, a search for the name BERDICHEV will find BERDICHIV and BERDYCIV, BERDYKHOV, and even VERTIKIYEVKA. Generally, this method will match quite a few more town names than the plain text method, so we recommend that you enter an entire town name or as much of the town name as you know.
  2. Plain text method: This method searches using the exact text that you type in. For example, entering BE will return all town names that begin with "BE". Entering BERD will return just those town names that begin with "BERD", and so on. There are 10,000 town names in the database, so be selective. To speed up your search, we recommend that you enter at least a two or three letter prefix.

NOTE: We occasionally experience trouble with our server, which causes the soundex feature to fail. If you use the soundex method and no town is found, try your search again using the plaintext method.

TOWN: Search method:


Each row of the table contains the the following information:

A town name. The list of names includes approximately 10,000 town names from the JewishGen ShtetlSeeker (JGSS) database. The towns in the list were either located within or not far from Volhynia.
The location of the town in north latitude and east longitude (from the JGSS).
The country in which the town is now located.
A flag denoting if the name is either the modern town name ("N"), or a variant of the name ("V"). The variants are typically historical names, names in other languages, or alternative spellings due to transliteration of names from a non-roman alphabet.
A link to the automatic map generator, which will create a map of the region around the town.

If you are researching a settlement that was in Volhynia but is not in our database, check our list of "Lost Towns".

If you know the location of a town that is not in our database, send us a message that includes the name and latitude/longitude of the town as it appears in the JewishGen ShtetlSeeker.

  • Last Modified: 02-23-2012
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