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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.

Title Filter     Display # 
# Burial Location
202 DAVIDKOVA SZTAROJE: Stare Daydkovo
203 Kleina Davidkif: see STAREDAVUDKOVO
205 Baki: see BUKY
206 Borodzianka: see BORODJANKA
207 Barodeinka: see BORODJANKA
208 Borodyanka: see BORODJANKA
209 Boryspol: see BORYSPIL
210 Borysopol: see BORYSPIL
211 Borispol: see BORYSPIL
212 Browary: see BROVARY
213 Ignatovka: see HNATIVKA
214 Anatovka: Anetovka: see HNATIVKA
215 Gornastaypol: see HORNOSTAJPIL
216 Gornostipol: see HORNOSTAJPIL
217 Hornistopol: see HORNOSTAJPIL
218 Gornostaypol: see HORNOSTAJPIL
219 Kovshevatoe: see KIVSHOVATA
220 KOZIN: see KOZYN
221 Orzistchov: see Rzhyshchiv
222 Irzyszczów: see Rzhyshchiv
223 Tripolye: see Trypillya
224 Tripole: see Trypillya
225 Trypol: see Trypillya
226 Woronkow: see Voronkiv
227 VORONKOV: see Voronkiv
229 YASNOGORODKA: see Yasnohorodka
230 KAMIANKA: Cherkas'ka Oblast [Kamjanka, Kamianka, Kamienka-Shevchenkovskaya, Kamenka, Kam'janka, Kamionka]
231 YASNOHORODKA: Makarivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
232 YAHOTYN: Yahotynskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast [Yagotin, Yagotina, Jagotyn, Jahotyn]
233 VORONKIV: Boryspilskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
234 VASYLKIV : Vasylkivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast [Vasylkiv, Vasilikov, Vasylkov, Wasilkow, Wassilkow, Wassylkiw]
235 TRYPILLIA: Obukhivskyi Raion,Kyiv Oblast
236 RZHYSHCHIV: Rzhyschiv City, Kyiv Oblast
238 POLISKE: Poliskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast [Polesskoye, Kagonovich, Khabno, Chabna, Chabne, Chabnoye, Khabnoye, Kaganowitsch, Kaganovichi, Kaganovichi-Khabnoye]
239 Obukhov: see Obukhiv
240 MEDVYN: see Medvin
241 Shcherbashintsi: see MEDVIN
242 KYYEV: see KIYEV
243 KOZYN: Myronivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
244 KIVSHOVATA: Taraschanskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
245 HREBINKY: Vasylkivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast [Grebënki, Hrebencky, Hrebionki, Rebinke\
246 Gornostaypol: see Hornostaypil
247 Hornostajpol: see Hornostaypil
248 HORNOSTAJPIL: Ivankivskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
249 HNATIVKA: Kirovohrads'ka raion, Kyiv oblast
250 GERMANOVKA: see Hermanivka
251 BROVARY: Brovarskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
252 BORYSPIL: KIEV oblast
253 BORYDYANKA: Borodianskyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast
254 KONELA: Cherkaska oblast [Konella
255 BUKY: Cherkaska [Buki, Baki]
256 BORODJANKA: Borodianskyi Raion, Kiev Oblast
257 BARYSHIVKA: Baryshivkyi Raion, Kyiv Oblast [Lipnyaki, Baryszevk, Baryszówka, Baryshevka]
260 BRAILIV: Vinnitsa
261 STARE DAVYDKOVO: Mukachivs'kyy raion, Zakarpatsk'ka obleast
262 CHABANIVKA: Uzhhorod Raion
263 YUROVSHCHINA: Khmel'nyts'ka Oblast
266 KHERSON [Cherson]
268 NETISHYN ( Netishin, Solov'ye Goryn',), : Khmelnytskyi Oblast
271 DZERZHINSK: see Romaniv, Zhitomirskaya
272 DNIPROPETROVSK:DNEPROPETROVSK Ekaterinoslav, Yekaterinoslav, Jekaterynoslak, Dnjepropetrowsk, Dniepropetrovsk, Dniepropetrovsk, Ekaterinoslav, Jekaterynoslaw, Keterinoslav, Secheslav, Siczeslaw
274 BERSHAD: [Бершадь, Бершадь, Berschad, Barsad, Bersad', Berszad, Berszada] Vinnytsia Oblast
275 BELAYA TSERKOV: see Bila Tserkov
276 BERDYANSK: Zaporizhzhya oblast [Berdiansk , Osipenko , Berdjansk , Berdiańsk ]
277 BELZ: Lviv
279 ARTEMIVSK: Donetsk
282 CHYNADIYOVO: Mukachevskiy
283 ZYWATOW: see Novozhivotov
284 ZYTOMIERZ: see Zhitomir
285 ZYDACZOW: (others) see Zhidachiv
286 ZYATKOVTSY: see Kublitch
287 ZWIAHL: see Novograd-Volunskiy
288 ZWIAHEL: see Novograd-Volinsky
289 ZWIAHEL: see Novograd-Volinsky
290 ZWANCHIK: see Velikiy Zhvanchik
291 ZVYAGEL: see Novograd-Volynskiy
292 ZVIZIGEL: see Novograd-Volunskiy
293 ZVIL: see Novograd-Volynskiy
294 ZVIHIL: (German) see Novograd-Volynskiy
295 ZVIAGEL: (Russian) see Novograd-Volinskiy
296 ZVENIGORODKA: Cherkasy Oblast
297 ZVANTCHIK: (Polish) see Velikiy Zhvanchik
298 ZVANCIK: (German) see Velikiy Zhvanchik
299 ZURAWNO: (Polish) see Zhuravno
300 ZURAVNA: see Zhuravno
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