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Medieval Ukrainian lands were a loosely knit group of principalities. By the late 1300s, most Ukrainian lands were controlled by either the Grand Duchy of Lithuania or the Mongolian-Tatar Golden Horde. In 1569, the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania became the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Poland controlled Western Ukrainian lands while eastern Ukrainian was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. In 1772, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at which time several Ukrainian areas became part of Galicia, a province of Austria. By 1795, Austria controlled western Ukraine and Russia controlled eastern Ukraine. During the 1930s, all of western Ukraine was governed by either Poland and/or Czechoslovakia. By the end of WWI, Ukrainian territory was divided into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR), Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania. In 1939 the Jewish population of Ukraine was 1.5 million (1,532,776) or 3% of the total population of Ukraine. One half to two thirds of the total Jewish population of Ukraine were evacuated, killed or exiled to Siberia. Ukraine lost more population per capita than any other country in the world in WW II. After WWII, the borders of the Ukrainian SSR expanded west, including those Ukrainian areas of Galicia. At the collapse of the USSR in 1991, Ukraine became an independent state. JewishGen's ShtetlSeeker references border changes of a given town with more information at JewishGen ShtetLinks for Ukrainian towns. [February 2009]

Ukraine SIG facilitates research of former Russian Empire Guberniyas now in Ukraine; Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Poltava, Chernigov, Kharkov, Kherson, Taurida and Yekaterinoslav. [February 2009]

Wikipedia article: "History of the Jews of Ukraine" and The Virtual Jewish History Library- Ukraine [February 2009]

DONOR OF REPORTS: US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad, 1101 Fifteenth Street, Suite 1040, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone 202-254-3824. Executive Director: Joel Barries. US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad supplied most Ukraine information. The data is alphabetical by the name of the town. The Ukrainian government has ordered an immediate and absolute moratorium on all construction or privatization of sites that have been identified as Jewish cemeteries either now or in the past. A Joint Cultural Heritage Commission to develop and agree on a comprehensive solution to preserve and protect Jewish cemeteries. Over 1000 individual sites have been described, which is estimated to be about one-half of the recoverable sites. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information and details about the report of the Commission. [Date?]

Historical Research Center for Western Ukrainian communities in all countries: "ZIKARON"

Ukraine Jewish community.

Jewish Cemeteries in Ukraine Report, Winter 1997-98

Ukraine's sovereignty passed between Poland, Russia and other nations. One Crimean tribe converted to Judaism in the eighth century. The first shtetls were built by Jews working for Polish aristocrats (18th century),  The Germans murderedSome 1500 Jewish heritage sites published by the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (2005)

Western Ukraine, Only a small remnant of its former Jewish population remains with L'viv and Chernivtsi each with about 6,000 Jews.  The majority of Jews in present-day Ukraine are native Russian/Ukrainian speakers, and only some of the elderly speak Yiddish as their mother tongue (in 1926, 76.1% claimed Yiddish as their mother tongue). The average age is close to 45. To find where records can be found, right click Archives Database, then Search Database. Activate Soundex and type in your ancestral town names.

Jewish Agricultural Colonies in the Ukraine: Chaim Freedman links to other interesting sites

Ukrainian Language, Culture and Travel with  photos of synagogues and memorials along with articles about Jewish culture 


  • Yizkor Books:
  1. Chelm, M. Bakalczuk-Felin, 1954, in Yiddish.
  2. Dnepropetrovsk-Yekaterinoslav, Harkavy and Goldburt, 1973, in Hebrew.
  3. Pinkas Hakehillot Poland, Volumes I-VII.
  • Frank, Ben G. A Travel Guide to Jewish Russia & Ukraine. Paperback (October 1999) Pelican Pub Co; ISBN: 1565543556
  • Gitelman, Zvi. Chapter The Jews of Ukraine and Moldova" published in Miriam Weiner's Jewish Roots in Ukraine
    and Moldova
    (see below) online.
  • Goberman, D. Jewish Tombstones in Ukraine and Moldova. Image Press, 1993. ISBN 5-86044-019-7) shows many interesting styles.
  • Greenberg, M. Graves of Tsadikim Justs in Russia. Jerusalem, 1989. 97 pages, illustrated, Hebrew and English. S2 89A4924. Notes: Rabbis tombstone restoration, no index, arranged by non-alphabetical town names.
  • Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe, Washington: National Geographic, 2007
  • Ostrovskaya, Rita (Photographer), Southard, John S. and Eskildsen, Ute (Editor). Jews in the Ukraine: 1989-1994: Shtetls. Distributed Art Publishers; ISBN: 3893228527
  • Weiner, Miriam. Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories (The Jewish Genealogy Series). Routes to Roots Foundation/YIVO InstituteYIVO Institute; ISBN: 0965650812. see Routes to Roots Foundation, Inc.
  • BELGIUM: Contact Daniel Dratwa This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for books among the collection at the Jewish Museum of Belgium.
  • ISRAEL: Tragger, Mathilde. Printed Books on Jewish cemeteries in the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem: an annotated bibliography. Jerusalem: The Israel Genealogical Society, 1997.
  • David Chapin, Plano, Texas This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it can answer questions about general structure of tombstones in this country.


  • Chwolson, D. Corpus inscriptionum hebraicarum (All the Hebrew Inscriptions). Hildesheim, 1974 (1st print: St. Petersburg, 1882). 527 pages, Latin title and German text. SB74B2774. Notes: 194 tombstones, 9th-15th centuries, based on Firkowiz's book scripture analysis.
  • Chwolson, D. Achtzehn hebraische Grabschiften aus der Krim (Eighteen Hebrew grave inscriptions in Crimea).. St. Petersburg, 1985 in "Memories de L'Academie Imperial de St. Petersburg", 7Šme, series, volume IX, no. 7, III XVIII, 528 pages, illustrated. [translation] of the author's Russian book s29V5256]. German text and Hebrew inscriptions. PV255, series 7, book 9, no.7. Notes: 18 tombstones, 6-960, scripture analysis based on Firkowiz's book.
  • Firkowiz, A. Y. Avnei zikaron behatsi ha'i krim, besela hayehudim bemangup, besulkat ubekapa (Jewish memorial stones in Crimea and in [the Caucasian towns of Mangup, Sulkat and Kapa [Theodesia). Vilnius, 1872. 256 pages, illustrated, Hebrew. 29V4818. Notes: 564 tombstones, 3-1842.
  • Harkavy, A.L. Alte juedusche Denmaeler aus der krim (The old Jewish monuments in Crimea),. St. Petersburg, 1876, X, 288 pages. German and Hebrew inscriptions. PV255, VII, 24/1. Notes: 261 inscriptions, 604-916?, scripture analysis based on Firkowiz's book.

[UPDATE] Ukraine-Israel Community Information/Pictures of Cemteries and more [October 2017]

    Click the words "Burial Location" below to sort the page names alphabetically.

    The names will be sorted from Z to A.  Click a second time to see them listed from A to Z.   Our apologies for the unsorted condition of this list.  We hope to have the list appear in A to Z sort very soon.

    --IAJGS Jewish Cemetery Project Technical Staff.

Title Filter     Display # 
# Burial Location
1801 HOTZILA: see Dolinskoye
1802 HOTZIA: see Dolinskoye
1803 HOSTOMLIA: see Gostomel
1804 HOSTOMLA: see Gostomel
1805 HOSTOML: see Hostomel
1806 HOSCHT: see Goscha
1807 HOSCHA: see Goscha
1808 HOSCG: see Goscha
1809 HOROSHKI: see Volodarsk-Volynsk
1810 HOROSCHKI: see Volodarsk-Volynsk
1811 HORODYSZCZE: see Gorodishche
1812 HORODNITSA: see Gorodnitsa
1813 HORODNITCA: see Gorodnitsa
1814 HORODNA: see Gorodnya
1815 HOROCHOW: see Gorokhov
1816 HOROCHOV: see Gorokhov
1817 HORKHUV: see Gorokhov
1818 HORKHURE: see Gorokhov
1819 HORINCOVO: see Horinkovo
1820 HORCKHOV: see Gorokhov
1821 HORCHOV: see Gorokhov
1822 HOMUTETS: see Mirgorod
1823 HOLOVANEVSK: see Golovanevsk
1824 HOLOIUV: see Uzlovoe
1825 HOLOIOW: see Uzlovoe
1826 HOLOBY: see Goloby
1827 HOLOBI: see Goloby
1828 HOLMI: see Brech
1829 HOLIAPOL: see Gulyay Pole
1830 HOLAVANEVSK: see Golovanevsk
1831 HODORKOV: see Khodorkov
1832 HODOROV: see Rogatin
1833 HLUCHOV: see Glukhov
1834 HITTZA: see Gadyach
1835 HIDALMAS: see Hida
1836 HIDA
1837 HERTA: see Hertsa
1838 HEROSHKI: see Volodarsk-Volynsk
1839 HELITCH: see Galich
1840 HEISIN: see Gaysin
1841 HARITZEV: see Gritsev
1844 HALICH: see Galich
1845 HAJSYN: see Gaysin
1846 HAISYN: see Gaysin
1847 HAISSIN: see Gaysin
1848 HADZIACZ: see Gadyach
1849 HADZHIDER: see Ovidiopol
1850 HADZHIBEY: see Odessa
1851 HADGI-DERE: see Ovidiopol
1852 MYSZKOV NOWY: (German) see Kozelets
1854 MYKITIN RIG , SLAVYANSK: (Ukraine) see Nikopol
1855 MYENA: (German and Yiddish) see Mena
1857 MUZHILOVICHY: (Russian) see Kalinovka
1858 MUSHKEV: (Yiddish) see Kozelets
1860 MURAVICA: (Polish) see v. Muravitsa
1862 MUNKACS: (Hungarian) see Mukacevo
1863 MUKACS: (Hungarian) see Mukacevo
1865 MOSTYSKA: Lviv
1866 MOSTY WLK: (Polish) see Velikie Mosty
1868 MOSTOVOI: (Polish) see Mostovoye
1869 MOST RABATI: (others) see Velikie Mosty
1873 MONAVITZ: (English) see Manevichy
1874 MONAVITSH: (Polish) see Manevichy
1876 MOLDAVKA:(Russian) see Kozubovka
1877 MOLDADAVSKIY-VALEGOTZYLOV: (Russian) see Dolinskoye
1878 MOHYLIV-PODILSKY (Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Mogilów, Mogilov Podolski, Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Mogilev-na-Dniestr , Mogilev Podolksk (Mohyliv-Podilskyy,, Moghilǎu ,
1879 MOCHALIVKA: (Russian and Ukraine) see Boreml
1880 MLYNOV: (Slov) see Mlinov
1881 MLINUV: (German) see Mlinov
1885 MIZIKOV: (others) see v. Mizyakov
1886 MIZIKOV: (Hungarian) see Myakov
1887 MISJAKOW: (Polish) see v. Mizyakov
1888 MISJAKOW: (German) see Myakov
1889 MISIANKOV: (Yiddish) see Myakov and v. Mizyakov
1892 MIRNY: see Mirnyi
1893 MIRGOROD YASHAN: (Yiddish) see Mirgorod
1895 MIRARID: (Hungarian and Slov) see Mirgorod
1896 MIKULINTSY:Mykulyntsi, Mikulińce ,Mikilinits, Mikolintza,
1897 MIKULINIE: (Hungarian) see Mikulintsy
1898 MIKOLINTZA: (Yiddish) see Mikulintsy
1899 MIKOLINCE: (German) see Mikulintsy
1900 MIKOLAJOW: (Polish) see Nikolaev
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