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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
401 YUCZYN: (Yiddish) see Tuchin
402 YOSYPIVKA: (Ukraine) see v. Iosipovka
404 YOCYPIVKA: (Ukraine) see v. Iosipovka
405 YEZHERNE: (Russian) see Ozeryany
406 YEZHENA: (Ukraine) see Ozeryany
407 YEZERZANI: (Polish and Hungarian) see Ozeryani (Wolyn 2)
408 YEVPATORIYA: see Eypatoria
409 YEMILCHENO: (Russian) see Emilchino
410 YEMELCHINO: (German) see Emilchino
411 YELIZAVETGRAD: (others) see Kirovograd
412 YELIZAVELGRAD: (German) see Kirovograd
413 YELISAVETGROD: (Polish) see Kirovograd
414 YELISAVELGRAD: (German) see Kirovograd
415 YAZLOVETS: (Yiddish) see Pomortsy
416 YAZLIVITZ: (Czech) see Pomortsy
417 YAVOROV: Jaworów, Jaworiw Yavoriv, Iavoriv, Javorov, Javoriv,
419 YASNUV DOLNY: (Yiddish) see Yasenev Dolnyy
421 YASINYA: Zakarpattya,
428 YAROMEL: (Yiddish) see Zof'yuvka
429 YARMOLINYZA: (Polish) see v. Yarmolintsy
430 YARMOLINTSZA: (Polish) see v. Yarmolintsy
432 YARMOLINTSI: (Ukraine) see Yarmolintsy
433 YARMOLINIYS: (German) see v. Yarmolintsy
434 YARMOLINITS: (German) see v. Yarmolintsy
435 YANUSHPOL: (Russian) see Ivanopol
436 YANOVKA: (1858-1964) (Polish) see v. Ivanovka
437 YANOVKA: (Polish) see Ivanovka
441 YAGOTINA: (Yiddish) see Yagotin
443 YABLONUV: (Polish) see Jablonov
444 YABLONOVKA: (Russian) see Pomortsy
445 YABLONOVKA: (1947-1994) (Russian) see Pomortsy
447 YABLANOV: (Yiddish) see Jablonov
449 WYSZKOW: (German) see Vyshkov
450 WYSOTSK: (German) see Visotsk
451 WYSOSK: (German and Hungarian) see Visotsk
452 WYBRANOWKA: (Polish) see Vybranovka
453 WOZNIESIENSK: (Polish) see Voznesensk
454 WOROSZYLOVGRAD, LUGANSK: (Russian) see Lugansk
455 WOLOWE: (Russian) see Mezhgorye
456 WOLOWA: (Hebrew) see Mezhgorye
457 WOLKOWINZY: (Ukraine) see Volkovintsy
458 WOLKOWINZ: (Polish) see Volkovintsy
459 WOJNILOW: (Hungarian) see Voynilov
460 WLODZIMIERZ WOLYNSKY: (German) see Vladimir-Volynskiy
461 WLODZIMIERZ WOLYNSKI: (Hebrew) see Vladimir-Volynskiy
462 WLODZIMIERZ: (Hungarian) see Vladimir Volinskiy
463 WLADIMITETS: (German) see Vladimirets
464 WLADIMIRETS: (German) see Vladimirets
465 WJASOWKA: (Ukraine) see Vyazovka
466 WIZNITZ: (Hungarian) see Vizhnitsa
467 WISOTSK: (German) see Visotsk
468 WISNIOWIEC: (Slov) see Vishnevets
469 WISHNIEVICZE: (Hungarian and Ukraine) see Vishnevets
470 WINOGRADOW: (Czech) see Vinogradov
471 WINOGRADOV: (Czech) see Vinogradov
472 WINNIZA: (Ukraine) see Vinitsa
473 WINNITSA: (Polish) see Vinitsa
474 WINNICA: (Yiddish) see Vinitsa
475 WIEZNITS: (Hungarian) see Vizhnitsa
476 WIELEDNIKI: (Polish) see v. Noviye Veledniky
477 WIELEDNIK: (Polish) see v. Noviye Veledniky
478 WIBRANUWKA: (German) see Vybranovka
479 WHITE FIELD: (English) see Belaya Tserkov
480 WERBOWEZ: (German) see Verbovets
481 WELEDNIKI: (Ukraine) see Noviye Veledniky
482 WAVKOVIEZE: (Hungarian) see Varkovichi
483 WASHKOUTS: (German) see Vashkovtsy WASHKOUTS: (Polish) see Vashkovtsy 275600
484 WARKOWIZIERE: (Yiddish) see Varkovichi
485 WARKOVIEZE: (Hungarian, Ukraine and Yiddish) see Varkovichi
486 WAREZ MIASTO: (Polish) see Varyazh
487 WAREZ: (German) see Varyazh
488 WALEDOZULOWO: (Polish) see Dolinskoye
489 WACHNOWKA: (Polish) see Vakhnovka
492 VYSHKUV: (Yiddish) see v. Wyshkov
494 VYSHINSKOGO ST.: (Yiddish) see Ostrog
495 VYNOHRADIV: see Vinogradnoye
496 VYLOK: (German) see Vilok
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