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