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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.
  • 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.

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# Burial Location
2102 GADIACH: see Gadyach
2103 FULLENSTEYN: see Skelivka
2104 FULSTIN: see Skelivka
2105 FULOPFALVA: see Pilipets
2108 FORGOLANY: see Forgolany (Devich'ye)
2109 FOLSTEYN: see Skelivka
2110 FILIPETS: see Pilipets
2111 FILIPEC: see Pilipets
2112 FIGENTOVKA: see Yaromel
2113 FELSZTYN: see Skelivka
2114 FELSOSZINEVER: see Sinevir
2115 FELSOKALOCSA: see Negrovets
2116 FELSOEGREGY: see Agris (Oleshnik)
2117 FELSO BISZTRA: see Verknyaya Bystra
2118 CHORHYI POTIK: [Feketepatak, Černý Potok, Chernyy Potok, Kenézpatak, Chornyy Potik]
2119 FEKETE ARDO: see Chernotisov
2120 FASTIV: Kiev oblast [Fastov, Chvostov, Chwastow, Fastow, Fastiw]
2121 FALN SZLATINA: see Solotvina
2123 EUVPATORIA: see Eypatoaria
2124 ERGESH: see Agris (oleshnik)
2125 EMILTCHINA: see Emilchino
2127 ELIZABETGROD: see Kirovograd
2129 ELIHOVIZ: see Elikhovichi
2130 ELICHOWICE: see Elikhovichi
2131 ELANSK: see Balta
2135 DZHINESTRA: see Odessa
2136 ROMANIV: Zhitomirskaya
2137 DUNEWITZ: see Dunayivtsy
2138 DUNAYEVITZ: see Dunayivtsy
2139 DUNAY-GOROD: see Dunaevtsy
2140 DUNAJEVCY: see Dunayivtsy
2141 DUNAIJEVTCY: see Dunayivtsy
2143 DUNAEV: used the cemetery at Pomoryany
2144 DUMANOVKA: see Domanevka
2145 DUBROWICA: see Dubrovitsa
2146 DUBROVKA: see Novograd-Volinskiy
2147 DUMANEVKA: see Domanevka
2148 DUBROVIZA: see Dubrovitsa
2150 DUBNO
2151 DUBNA: see Dubno
2152 DRUZKOPOL: see Zhuravniki and Zhuravniki
2154 DRUSHKOPOL: see Zhuravniki
2157 DROSHKOPOL: see Zhuravniki
2158 DROHOBYTSCH: see Drogobych
2159 DROHOBYCZ: see Drogobych
2161 DRASHKOPLA: see Zhuravniki
2162 DRAHOVO: see v. Dragovo
2163 DRAHOVA: see Dragovo
2164 DRAHIV: see Dragovo
2166 DRADISK: see Gradisk
2168 DOVBISH: may be buried at Kamenniy Brod
2169 DOSHA: see Dashev
2171 DONETSK [Yuzovka, Stalino, Józówka, Donec'k, Stalin, Jusowka, Yuzovo, Hughesovka]
2172 DOMOSZYN: see Kamenka-Bugskaya
2173 DOMONOVKA: see Domanevka
2174 DOMONOVCA: see Domanevka
2175 DOMANOVKA: see Domanevka
2176 DOMANOVCA: see Domanevka
2177 DOMANIVKA: see Domanevka
2178 DERAZHNIA: see Derazhnya
2182 DEMIDUVKA: see Demidovka
2183 DOLY SLATINSKI: see Solotvinabr
2184 DEMIDOWKA: see Demidovka
2187 DELIATIN: see Delyatin
2188 DELJIER:see Dmitriyevka
2189 DELATYN: see Delyatin
2190 DASZOW: see Dashev
2191 DASHIEV: see v. Dashev
2193 DASEV: see Dashev
2196 CZUDZIN: see Chudin (Mezhirechye)
2197 CZUDYN: see Chudin (Mezhirechye)
2198 CZORTKOW STARY: see Chortkiv
2199 CZORTKOW: see Chortkiv
2200 CZETWIERTNIA: see Chetvertnya
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